Winston-Salem, N.C. – Vivian Howard, chef, restaurant owner, and star of the PBS show “A Chef’s Life,” will headline a fall season dedicated to the American farm at Reynolda House Museum of American Art. “A Morning with Vivian Howard Presented by Lowe’s Foods” will feature a reading and talk by Howard and a book signing of her new cookbook, “Deep Run Roots: Stories & Recipes from My Corner of the South.”
The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. in Reynolda Village, the original farm of the Reynolda Estate. Tickets include a copy of the cookbook, light brunch with mimosas, and admission to Reynolda House and its featured exhibition “Grant Wood and the American Farm.” Lowe’s Foods is the event’s presenting sponsor, and Bookmarks, a Winston-Salem based literary arts organization, is the event’s promotional partner.
Tickets are $75 per person, and will go on sale for members of the Museum and donors to Bookmarks Monday, Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase online at reynoldahouse.org/vivianhoward.
“I’m excited to share my own farm and food stories in the beautiful backdrop of Reynolda, an estate with its own rich history of farming,” Howard said.
The museum is partnering with The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem to offer an exclusive weekend package for the event that includes accommodations in the newly restored boutique hotel located in the former R.J. Reynolds Building and tickets for “A Morning with Vivian Howard.” Reservations for this package will be available starting Sept. 1 at thecardinalhotel.com.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the team bringing Vivian Howard to Winston-Salem. She is in many ways North Carolina’s best known and most beloved food icon for her dedication to local food sources,” Lowes Foods Chief Marketing Officer Michael Moore said. “We think that we’re a good fit because of Lowes Foods’ similar commitment to local, which includes offering produce sourced through our partnership with more than 200 farmers from the Carolinas.”
Howard, a James Beard Award winner, has risen to popularity since opening her famed restaurant Chef & the Farmer in Kinston in 2006. She and her husband opened a second restaurant, The Boiler Room, just a few years later. The restaurants, which have become a destination for diners from all over the country, are known for serving local, seasonal cuisine and source more than 70% of their food from within 60 miles of Kinston. The first restaurant inspired the award-winning PBS series “A Chef’s Life,” now in its fourth season.
“A Morning with Vivian Howard” is part of a weekend of events hosted by Reynolda House inspired by its fall exhibition “Grant Wood and the American Farm.” Howard is the guest of honor at the museum’s annual fundraising gala, which will be held Friday evening, Nov. 4. Tickets for that event are no longer available; “An Evening for Reynolda: Celebrating the American Farm with Vivian Howard” reached its 450-seat capacity months in advance.
The exhibition “Grant Wood and the American Farm” will celebrate Americans’ renewed interest in knowing where their food comes from, while tracing how the family farm has shaped Americans’ identities for centuries. A complementary exhibition will open at the museum Oct. 29, “Reynolda at 100: Reynolda Farm,” and will highlight the history of farming at Reynolda.
“The focus on farming this season is all about telling the whole Reynolda story, including its history, its art, and its place in the community. It’s also about lifting up the importance of farming not only in North Carolina but throughout our country,” said Allison Perkins, executive director of Reynolda House. “The great interest we’ve seen already in these exhibitions and the events planned around them demonstrates that farming is as relevant today as it’s ever been.”
For more information on “A Morning with Vivian Howard Presented by Lowe’s Foods” and other season events, visit reynoldahouse.org or call 336.758.5150.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection. Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events. The museum is located at 2250 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. With its centennial in 2017, Reynolda House will celebrate both its history of interpreting and preserving American art and culture, and its future, which promises exciting exhibitions and innovative reinterpretations of the Reynolda Estate. Along with Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village, which feature spectacular public gardens, dining, and shopping, Reynolda House offers a unique experience that spans both the past and present. For more information, please visit reynoldahouse.org or call 336.758.5150. Connect at facebook.com/rhmaa and @VisitReynolda.