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Etowah Dinner Series No. 5

An Intimate Dinner with Chef Laurence Faber

A man serving a crowded table at the Etowah Dinner Series
plates being arranged at the Etowah Dinner Series

The Etowah Hunt Club, headed by chef Cole Jeanes (Kinfolk, Bloodhound Provisions, etc.) and Josh Conley started a series of curated, multi-coursed, white tablecloth dinners in interesting and unusual places in and around Memphis, Tennessee. The events are a celebration of seasons, place, and memory. They've hosted chefs such as Jordan Rainbolt (Winston-Salem, North Carolina,) Ysaac Ramirez (Los Angeles, California) James Beard Nominated Hunter Evans (Jackson, Mississippi), and others.

On November 4, 2023 Etowah will host chef Laurence Faber, formerly of Blackberry Farm and currently working on a number of projects in Knoxville, Tennessee. Laurence is a lauded chef who, with his wife and business partner, owns one of two Jewish delis in the state of Tennessee.

A long table filled with guests at the Etowah Dinner Series

After eight years with the Blackberry family, Laurence joined Emily with her home bakery business, Lesser Babka, which gained a cult following in Knoxville. Following a series of popups, Laurence and Emily traveled to Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia in 2021 on a research trip to understand the culinary traditions of the region and connect with the Jewish heritage of his family. After returning stateside, Laurence and Emily began working on their forthcoming project to be announced this year.

Each chef has their own unique story and message and while they have an audience for dinner, meaning, their moment to speak is very brief. To address this, Etowah will host a roundtable discussion with Laurence the night prior to our dinner event, moderated by Melissa Hall of the Southern Foodways Alliance. The discussion will center around the connections between food cultures in the South and Jewish food culture, as well as the realities of running a farm-to-table deli in Tennessee. Space is limited to just 50 seats and light refreshments will be served. The talk will take place at the Commonwealth at 240 Madison Avenue in Memphis.

Tables and drinks at the Etowah Dinner Series

Limited seating for the dinner remains. More information about the roundtable discussion and the dinner event can be found at

Event partners include: Rowdy DepartmentSouthern Foodways AllianceHomeplace PasturesRootstock Wine MerchantsMountain Valley Spring WaterCNCT DesignUgly Art CompanyThe Commonwealth Memphis

To purchase tickets for the November Dinner, click here.

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    November 04, 2023 - November 04, 2023
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