PEOPLE + PLACE SPEAKER SERIES | Book Talk: Classic Restaurants of Durham

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Classic Restaurants of Durham with Author Chris Holaday

Facebook Live & Zoom Virtual Event

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

12:00 Noon

Preservation Durham’s People + Place Speaker Series connects the people of Durham with the importance of our historic, architectural and cultural places and the stories they bring to life. 

Discover Durham’s history through food culture. Author Chris Holaday will take us on a journey through a book he co-authored call Classic Restaurants of Durham.

The story of the restaurant industry in Durham is also the story of a once prosperous tobacco town that suffered through a long decline only to undergo a stunning rebirth. Legendary barbecue restaurants such as Little Acorn, Bullock’s and Dillard’s and small cafés like Lewis’ served generations of tobacco industry workers. Establishments such as Annamaria’s and the Ivy Room were aimed at the growing college student population. More recently, Nana’s, Magnolia Grill and other award-winning eateries have led a restaurant renaissance. This book profiles fifty longtime restaurants that have helped shape the city’s dining scene–from small takeout sandwich shops to the finest of fine dining. Local authors Chris Holaday and Patrick Cullom tell the story of Durham’s unique food history.

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About the Speaker

Chris Holaday is a writer and photographer based in Durham, North Carolina. A native of Dallas and a life-long Rangers fan, he discovered a love for minor league baseball while a student at the University of North Carolina. His first book, Professional Baseball in North Carolina, won the 1999 Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award. In the years since he has written several other books and was co-author, with Mark Presswood, of Baseball in Dallas and Baseball in Fort Worth. His most recent books are The Tobacco State League, Classic Restaurants of Durham, and a cookbook titled Southern Breads, which is surprisingly unrelated to baseball.