Fall for the Book Festival: September 18

Fall for the Book Festival Spotlight: Haute Cuisine at the
Hylton Sept. 18

On the closing
night of this year’s Fall for the Book, Thurs., Sept.18, the festival will host
its 2nd annual celebration of fine food, superior drink, and the various
stories behind the scenes of every aspect of the food industry from farm to
table—and beyond! Cookbook authors, food writers, chefs and chocolatiers, novelists
incorporating food into their fiction, and even the newly minted Prince William
County Poets Laureate—all will be part of Haute Cuisine at the Hylton,
beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason
University, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas.
The first event
of the evening is a 6:15 p.m. food writing workshop with Jason Shriner.  Dubbed “Prince
William County’s very own pastry chef” by Potomac
Local
, Shriner is a food blogger, podcaster, instructor,
entrepreneur, and volunteer. He began his video baking & pastry
blog the Aubergine Chef in 2010 and was quickly
recognized by Every Day with Rachael Ray
magazine in their Talk with Friends section. In 2011, he propelled from this
achievement to offering university standard yet affordable baking classes at
the Manassas Park Community Center. From there he evolved his business to
include private baking and pastry classes for individuals, businesses, and
events where he inspires future bakers and engages audiences of all ages. He
was recently recognized as one of Potomac Local’s Forty Under 40 for being an
influential person in his industry and a catalyst of community impact. Today
Jason continues to teach on a weekly basis and write monthly online articles
for Prince William Living.  At 7 p.m., novelist Laura Florand takes the stage to
discuss her internationally bestselling and award-winning Amour et Chocolat
series, including The Chocolate Thief,
The Chocolate Kiss, and
more—books in which sexy Parisian chocolatiers woo the women they love with
what they love best – romance you can taste. Her books have been translated
into seven languages, nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book of the Year,
received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and been recommended by USA Today, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Now a lecturer
at Duke University, Florand is very dedicated to her research into French
chocolate.

At
7:30 p.m., individual stations open for tastings, demonstrations, and
discussions by a variety of chefs and food celebrities, including noted
cookbook authors Amy Riolo and Joe Yonan. Riolo is an
award–winning author, chef, television personality, cuisine and culture expert,
and educator whose ninety-second cooking videos “Culture of Cuisine”  air
on nationally syndicated news shows on 28 different channels across the United
States, totaling a reach of over 300 million people; her most recent book, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, won
the 2011 Nautilus Book Award and was named “Best. Diabetes. Cookbook. Ever.” by
DiabetesMine.com. Yonan is the two-time James Beard Award-winning Food and
Travel editor of The Washington Post
and the author of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold
Recipes for the Single Cook
(Ten Speed Press, 2013), which was
named among the best cookbooks of 2013 by The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and
NPR’s “Here and Now.”  Other participants
in the tastings, demonstrations and discussions include:
·       Robert Kingsbury of Kingsbury Chocolates and Confections, distributed throughout No.Va. and DC;
·       Dave Lefeve of The Cock and Bowl in Occoquan, making recipes included in his wife Claudia Lefeve’s
novels;
·       Belinda Miller,
whose children’s fantasy novel Phillip’s
Quest, Book I: Winterfrost
features whimsical recipes;
·       Miguel Pires, owner
of Zandra’s Taqueria in Manassas, VA;
·       Jason Shriner of the
Aubergine Chef; and
·       Representatives of Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas.

Finally,
the recently appointed Prince William County Poet Laureates Robert Scott and Alexandra “Zan” Hailey make a
appearance at the event as well, talking about their work and community
projects. As a special preview of the full evening’s program, check out Rick
Davis, executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, discussing the
program on “Be A Singular
Sensation.”
The second annual Haute Cuisine at the Hylton is sponsored
by Write by the Rails, the Prince William
Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. Admission is free and open to the
public.For more information on the complete schedule of Fall for the Book
events—taking place Sept. 11-18 at George Mason University and at locations throughout
VA, DC, and MD—visit www.fallforthebook.org or download the new FftB app, keeping the entire
festival right at your fingertips.