Chef Virginia Willis to Offer Local Cooking Classes, Book Signings, and More

The Lisa Ekus Group
57 North St.
Hatfield, MA 01038
Contact: Samantha Marsh 

Ten Speed Press
March 2015
ISBN: 978-1607745730

May 26, 2015 | For Immediate Release

We are excited to announce that Chef Virginia Willis (author of Lighten Up Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes made Healthy and Wholesome) will visit the Pioneer Valley this summer to share her lightened up down-home comfort recipes, her newest cookbook, and sweet southern charm with Western Massachusetts.

See below for where and when Virginia will be teaching, cooking, and speaking in the upcoming months.

June 7-12, 2015: 21st Annual Chef Culinary Conference: Future of Food, Power of the Chef at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst .

“The 2015 Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference will feature 11 general sessions, 12 culinary demonstrations, 25 workshops, 2 panel discussions, 2 chef competitions and will include 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 evening receptions, 1 clambake and 1 final dinner.

For the 21st consecutive year, the 2015 Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference will take place June 7 – 12th in the heart of the picturesque University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. This year, the Chef Culinary Conference will aim to accelerate foodservice concepts into the next generation – one that embraces health, sustainability, and food ethics, to meet the increasing diversity of consumer preferences. The 2015 conference will feature unique sessions hosted by the nation’s leading experts and innovators in their respective fields and, as always, will provide numerous presentations & workshops led by a variety of accomplished chefs.”

Virginia will give a brief presentation on Monday, June 8th between 9:50am and 11:30am about the future of Southern food. She will also teach two hands-on workshops and cooking classes on Monday at 1:30pm and Tuesday, June 9th at 2:00pm.

For more information:

Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00pm: Lighten Up, Y’all Book Signing and Demo at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA

Join Virginia at the Odyssey Bookshop to see her sample some of her beloved lightened up Southern recipes, and get a signed copy of her latest cookbook! 

For more information:

Tuesday, August 18th from 6:15pm-8:45pm: Down Home Comfort with Guest Chef Virginia Willis at Different Drummer’s Kitchen in Northampton, MA

Virginia’s non-traditional take on Southern cuisine showcases her freedom of spirit and admiration of home.  In this class she’ll highlight some dishes from her newest book, Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome.

For more information: 

About Virginia Willis:

Georgia-born French-trained Chef Virginia Willis has cooked Lapin Normandie with Julia Child in France, prepared lunch for President Clinton, catered a bowling party for Jane Fonda, and harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily — but it all started in her grandmother’s country kitchen. As a popular Southern food authority and writer, she is the author of Bon Appétit, Y’allBasic to Brilliant, Y’all, and Lighten Up, Y’all, among others. She is also a frequent blogger on Food, as well as her own popular blog at  Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of “Seven Food Writers You Need to Know,” her fans love her knack for giving classic French dishes a down-home comfort feel and remaining Southern favorites. She’s a contributing editor for Southern Living and writes for Eating Well, Fine Cooking, and All-Recipes.



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