Madison Public Library Foundation has booked acclaimed chef, food writer and six-time James Beard Award winner Ruth Reichl to speak at the organization's annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser on Tuesday, June 2, with Reichl leading a free public program later that day. Also, there will be a benefit happy hour event at 5:30 p.m. $125 per person includes a signed book, VIP seating at the 7:30 Book Talk, cocktails and tastings. Inspired by Reichl’s championing of women in the culinary arts, this fundraiser will showcase a handful of local food and drink artisans.
Confirmed culinary artisans include:
Gail Ambrosius, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
Anna Thomas Bates and Anna Landmark, Landmark Creamery
Lauren Carter, Batch Bakehouse
Janet Chen, Mad Maiden Shrubs
Elizabeth Dahl, Nostrano
Ashley Kinart, Capital Brewery
Marilyn Matt and Megan Travers, Forequarter
Molly Maciejewski, MSCo Patisserie
Nancy Potter, Potter's Crackers
Reichl has been writing about food for more than 40 years. She was editor of the former Gourmet magazine from 1999 to 2009, and was a food critic at The New York Times (1993-1999) and Los Angeles Times (1984-1993). She has published several best-selling memoirs, and her latest work, "Delicious!: A Novel," is a coming-of-age tale that weaves together themes of food, history and self-discovery.
"We're honored to be hosting Ruth this spring and know she will draw a captive audience here in Madison, where we have such a dynamic local food movement," said foundation Executive Director Jenni Collins.
Lunch for Libraries: Relish With Ruth will take place at Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. Check-in will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a book signing at 1:15 p.m. A free, public event presented as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival's year-round programming will take place at 7:30 that evening in Central's Community Room, where Reichl will read an excerpt from "Delicious!" followed by a question-and-answer session.
Lunch for Libraries tickets are $100 each. Proceeds go toward supporting Madison Public Library's programs, collections and facilities, as well as the Wisconsin Book Festival. Tickets are limited and will be available in March; you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive ticket information.
Library cardholders can reserve a copy of "Delicious!: A Novel" at any Madison Public Library or on LINKcat, accessible through the library website at madisonpubliclibrary.org