Our road trip to Knoxville for the Southern Food Writing Conference and International Biscuit Festival was as delicious as we dreamed it would be. We talked about the future of Southern food with writers like Sheri Castle, Francis Lam, Liz Thorpe, Kat Kinsman and Cynthia Graubart and ate biscuits in every flavor imaginable from Erin Carlini’s “Kimchi Bulgolgi Biscuit” to Jackie Hardin’s “Lemon Lime Pecan Sticky Biscuit.” Here are more highlights:
1. Being wooed by poetry-speaking, googly-eyed biscuits
2. Our executive editor, Hunter Lewis, judging the Biscuit Bake Off. Congrats to Christopher Lowe of Johnson City, Tennessee, who was named Grand Champion for his “Fire on the Mountain Biscuit.”
4. Serving over 1,000 buttermilk biscuits to festivalgoers (we ran out of our supply in 2 hours….next year, we’ll double our batch).
5. Amazing 5-year-old kids competing in the Biscuit Bake Off
Congratulations to the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant in Sevierville, Tennessee for taking home the People’s Choice award for their Andouille Shrimp and Grits Biscuit. We’ll be gunning for that award next year!