Middleton Place Welcomes The Lee Brothers

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Matt and Ted Lee will be giving a lecture on Lowcountry cuisine at Middleton Place on April 25. PROVIDED

Middleton Place is pleased to announce an upcoming visit from the famous Lee Brothers on April 25.  Award–winning authors and Charleston natives Matt Lee and Ted Lee will give a brief lecture on Low Country cuisine, and its influence on modern American cooking.  The discussion will be followed by a reception and a book signing of the Lee Brothers’ latest narrative cookbook release: The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen.  The event is open to the public and free of charge. 
            The Lee Brothers have been distinguished members of the modern-era American cooking scene since The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook won the James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year in 2007.  They are contributing editors at Travel + Leisure and frequently write food stories for Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Fine Cooking and Food & Wine, among others.
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen documents a journey through a comprehensive list of traditional Low Country recipes, their origins, their proper place in Charleston food culture, and step-by-step preparation.  The Lee Brothers conducted significant archival research to reacquaint home cooks with treasures lost to time.  They delved deep into Charleston culture, interviewing home cooks, chefs, farmers, fishermen, and caterers to create an accurate portrait of the city’s food traditions.
Readers will find references to Middleton Place and the Middleton Place Restaurant peppered throughout the 236-page book.  Some of the recipes for The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen are drawn from the Middleton Place archives.  These include recipes and stories about notable historic and contemporary Middleton Place personalities, such as Paolina Bentavolio Middleton, Hester Middleton Drayton and former Middleton Place Restaurant Chef-in-Residence Edna Lewis.  The Lees include Hester Middleton Drayton’s 1774 recipe for Macaroons; Rice and Ham Croquettes with tomato sauce based on Paolina’s recipe as listed in the 1847 publication The Carolina Housewife by Sarah Rutledge (Paolina’s cousin by marriage); and Flounder in Parchment with Shaved Vegetables, Edna Lewis’s signature dish during her tenure at Middleton Place Restaurant.
The Lee Brothers will discuss these ladies, and much more at the lecture, which will begin in The Pavilion at 7 p.m.  The address will be followed by a reception and book signing with the authors.  Refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.  Guests are asked to RSVP by calling 843-556-6020, or emailing marketing@middletonplace.org.
The mission of the Middleton Place Foundation, a public non-profit educational trust, is to sustain the highest levels of preservation and interpretation for the Middleton Place National Historic Landmark, its Gardens, House, Plantation Stableyards and affiliated properties, such as the Edmondston-Alston House, and their collections and programs.  Middleton Place and the Middleton Place Restaurant are located at 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414.  www.middletonplace.org

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