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Chefs Ricky Moore & Whitney Otawka

May 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


We’ll talk the craft of food with award winning chef and author WHITNEY OTAWKA as she shares her journey from the Mojave Desert in California to Cumberland Island, Georgia with stops along the way in Michelin starred kitchens and a season of Top Chef, and RICKY MOORE, who after a stint in the military attended the Culinary Institute of America, also worked in Michelin starred restaurants around the world, and competed in Iron Chef before deciding to return home to North Carolina to open his own seafood joint. Host DABNEY SANDERS chats with our chefs about seafood, a sense of place, family, and of course you won’t want to miss the discussion of Ben’s biscuits and the almighty pork chop. [rsvp required; see below]

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WHITNEY OTAWKA is a chef, writer, and author of The Saltwater Table: Recipes from the Coastal South. With more than 125 recipes, The Saltwater Table is a reflection of the cuisine Whitney has explored through her travels along the Coastal South and time as Executive Chef at Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island. The cookbook reflects a modern perspective on southern flavors with a strong emphasis on vegetables and fresh ingredients. Her recipes have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Garden & Gun, and Culture. She is currently overseeing the restaurant development of the soon to be open Thompson Hotel in Savannah (Summer 2021).
Chef Website

RICKY MOORE is a self-professed evangelist of North Carolina seafood and owner of the popular Saltbox Seafood Joint restaurants in Durham, North Carolina.  Taking inspiration from the famous wet markets in Singapore, Moore focuses purely on the food inspired by his native Carolina coast, and its traditional roadside fish shacks and camps. In 2007, during his tenure as Executive Chef at Agraia in Washington DC (now known as Founding Farmers), Moore’s reputation earned him a spot competing against Chef Michael Symon on “Iron Chef America.” Today Moore continues to fulfill his lifelong dream as an entrepreneur, professional, and preserver of North Carolina fisherman and foodways.  Moore was born and raised in the North Carolina coastal town of New Bern, where catching and eating fresh fish and shellfish is a way of life. He draws inspiration from his Eastern North Carolina culinary background, as well as from culinary experiences across the globe.
Chef Website

DABNEY SANDERS is the Project Manager for the Downtown Greenway – a collaborative project of Action Greensboro and the City of Greensboro and Board Chair of the Greensboro Literary Organization, producer of the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival.  Dabney grew up in Rhode Island, but has lived in North Carolina for more than 30 years and was named the 2019 Jim Roach Downtown Person of the Year by Downtown Greensboro. Dabney has a passion for food, is a self-taught cook, and has cooked professionally in the past, but now enjoys entertaining for friends, family, and to support community organizations. She lives in Fisher Park with her husband, Walker, two dogs Hudson and Scout, and 4 chickens Emma, Adelaide, Phoebe, and Violet.


May 14, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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