The Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Anchorage 1770 Inn are proud to announce the second Cook the Book event–featuring Debbi Covington, award-winning chef, caterer, cookbook author, and food columnist. Debbi will choose recipes from her newest cookbook, Celebrate Beaufort.
This special event is to be held at the Anchorage 1770 (1103 Bay St., Beaufort, SC). The event has three components:
- Debbi will give a cooking demonstration featuring several recipes with tastings from Celebrate Beaufort
- A book and apron signing with wine and appetizers on the second floor veranda
- An appetizer buffet on the third floor balcony.
Menu selections will be prepared by Anchorage chef Byron Landis. Debbi’s signature cocktail, Bourbon Slush, will also be offered.
Tickets for Cook The Book are $75 and include all food and wine, signed copies of the cookbooks Celebrate Beaufort and Celebrate Everything, and a Pat Conroy Literary Center apron. Make your reservations by September 25th by calling the Anchorage 1770 Inn at 843-525-1770. Space is limited to 75 attendees.
Debbi Covington is a natural choice to continue the series, which celebrates foodways, writing, and fellowship. She first met Pat Conroy at a funeral while in her 20’s. She was helping to prepare the food while working at the First Presbyterian Church downtown. Over the many years that followed, Debbi became one of the most respected caterers in Beaufort and a close friend of Pat’s. When Pat died, she was called to cater his funeral reception. Debbi says, “We knew he was sick. When I got the phone call from his family, I had his cookbook in my lap. I happened to be reading the chapter, “Why Dying in the South Is More Fun.”
A contributing writer to Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, Debbi has authored three cookbooks: Celebrate Everything; Dining Under the Carolina Moon; and Celebrate Beaufort. She also writes the food column “Celebrate Everyday” in Beaufort’s Lowcountry Weekly newspaper. She has been featured as a “Master of Entertaining” in Southern Living magazine. The readers of the Beaufort Gazette and The Island News have voted her “Best Caterer,” “Best Catering Company,” and “Favorite Caterer.” Debbi has a passion for southern cuisine and delights in creating seasonal and locally inspired menus.
Anchorage Chef Byron Landis, who will be assisting with food preparation, began his culinary career as an apprentice chef in Overland Park, Kansas, where he logged 6,000 hours of experience. From there he honed his skills at Kansas social clubs including Kansas City’s esteemed Carriage Club. He was then sous chef at Hilton Head’s Long Cove Club before joining the team at the Anchorage 1770.