Our recent Q&A Cafe at Tudor Place Mansion was a huge success and it felt as southern as possible. Not just because of our guest, Julia Reed, fresh up from New Orleans, and her excellent food and entertaining book, "Julia Reed's South," but also because it was just plain HOT.
We were under a tent, but the tent was clear, and the sun was at high noon and beaming. The men removed their jackets, the ladies made fans out of whatever was convenient, and we off ... with what I hope was some cool conversation about biscuits, pickles, fried chicken, cocktails made with watermelon juice, ham, tomatoes, rosé wine, lunch and dinner al fresco, and on and on.
Susan Gage did the catering of dishes perfectly suited to the heat, plus pitchers of Julia's own sangria. Georgetown Cupcake made create adorable red velvet tributes to the book. After lunch, many in the audience hung around to buy the book, get it signed and talk with Julia.
Many thanks to Julia, and to Mary-Michael Wachur and her colleagues at Tudor Place, for helping to make this a success and, in the end, a breeze.
It will air next Friday, June 3 ... the same day we have our next Q&A Cafe -- this time back at the George Town Club -- with "First Women" author Kate Andersen Brower. It will be a cool room and some hot conversation about First Ladies past, and the possibles for filling the job next. Please join us.