Coming November 14: A Taste of Spartanburg Launch and Release Event

By / Photography By Ian Curcio | September 07, 2017
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"This is a new kind of community cookbook.”

—John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance

Join Hub City Press for a tasty evening and gigantic book signing for the forthcoming book, A Taste of Spartanburg: Local Chefs, Local Farmers, Local Recipes, a celebration of Spartanburg County’s emerging foodie and farm culture. The featured chefs will provide hors d’oeuvres at the event, which is sponsored by Spartanburg Water, Carolina Alliance Bank, and edible Upcountry. Three dozen chefs and farmers will sign copies of the new book.

Within these colorful pages meet an eclectic mix of local food producers who uphold the Upcountry small farming tradition— from dairymen to hydroponic gardeners and from peach orchardists to heirloom corn millers. Learn the secrets and visit the kitchens of a talented and personable assortment of local chefs: bakers, pasta-makers, food truck entrepreneurs, and soul food cooks, among others. And discover recipes that speak to our South Carolina cultural heritage: peach biscuits, Carolina red barbecue, stew meat; as well the cuisine that reflects our international flair: apple strudel, spaghetti carbonara, Thai steak and more.

This farm-to-table story is told through the phenomenal portrait photography of Ian Curcio, who spent a year of his life in kitchens and gardens, from horse country to backcountry. It’s reflected in the field experiences and feature stories of journalist Ana Parra, founding director of the Hub City Farmers’ Market. It’s infused in the entertaining interviews by food enthusiast Amanda Richardson, who created the Hub City Bites culinary blog.

A Taste of Spartanburg is published in hardback and retails for $25.00. Tickets are available at

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