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Literary Luncheon with Ruth Reichl, celebrating the release of her memoir, Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

Wednesday, April 3   |   12:00 pm

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Price: $90

This ticketed luncheon celebrates the release of Ruth Reichl’s memoir of her years at Gourmet magazine, Save Me the Plums, and includes lunch with Ms. Reichl and an autographed copy of her memoir.

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the risk (and the job) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. And yet . . . Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Ruth Reichl is the bestselling author of the memoirs <em”>Garlic and Sapphires, Tender at the Bone, and Comfort Me with Apples and the novel Delicious! She was editor in chief of Gourmet magazine for ten years. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two cats.

The Menu

First Course
Pickle Beet & Herb Whipped Cheese with Artisan Greens, Buttermilk & Green Goddess Dressing

Main Course
Honey & Lemon Glazed Chicken with Asparagus Bundles, Couscous & Basil Salad & Sugar Snap Remoulade

Dessert
Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Cream & Strawberry