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Tom & Mario or Cooks & Books

Last night I spent a thoroughly enjoyable evening sampling small bites from Mario Batali’s latest cookbook, Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking, sipping Col Solare and Antorini wines and being entertained by Tom Douglas interviewing Mario.  You probably know Mario from Food Network, or perhaps his many successful restaurants or from his cookbooks.  This was a chance, however, to experience the real person. 
The event was sponsored by Kim Ricketts through her Cooks & Books line of book events.  Kim brings chefs and their fans together in a variety of ways and settings.  The one constant is the evenings are always entertaining and often educational.  She also hosts other types of events and two additional categories are especially interesting for food people, Words & Wine, and a brand new concept, Edible Conversations.   Words & Wine cover a variety of subjects that may or may not be food related.  Edible Conversations will cover food, sustainability and community. 
Most of the events (maybe all but read the descriptions) include a copy of the book being discussed in the fee for the event.  There are several upcoming events that will be of interest to food lovers.  From the Cooks & Books series:   
    • May 18:  Stir Frying to the Sky’s Edge – Grace Young and local food writers
    • May 21:  What We Talk About When We Talk about Food, Part 2 – several Seattle food writers
    • June 17:  Planet BBQ with Steve Raichlen and Tom Douglas
From the new Edible Conversations:
    • June 8:  The Town That Food Saved with Ben Hewitt
Kim’s events are such a great local resource.  I encourage you to get on her mailing list to be kept up to date with the latest events.     

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