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JenΓ©e Libby  I cook. I eat. I write about both. Head big mouth at Edacious - Food Talk for Gluttons podcast. Subscribe at website or iTunes. Most recent episode πŸ‘‡πŸ»

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Early #TBT I worked in spot 134 for two weeks before Ted Ickes decided I was in fact manager material. The rest? History baby! 😜 #mrsfields #goodenoughneveris #cookies #chocolatechipcookies #chocolate #mallrats #1980s

Welcome to Episode 73! (LINK IN PROFILE) In this fabulous conversation, I speak with Chef Bill Smith of Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Both Bill and the restaurant are beloved fixtures in this great town of advocates, artists, musicians, and other creative types. Sound familiar? Yes, Chapel Hill is very similar in size and energy to Charlottesville and is going through some of the same growing pains. So this talk hit close to home for me and was a great chance to catch up with someone I consider a dear friend.

Chef Bill took over Crook's from founding owner Bill Neal back in the 1990's. Bill was a beloved chef who passed way too young and is credited with bringing shrimp and grits to the masses for better or worse. Needless to say, Neal's version is still the best in my opinion and a must-order.

Musicians were a huge part of Bill's kitchen for many years because they have what he calls, "...a loose point of view," an enthusiasm, as well as a need for flexible hours. These days, his kitchen looks very different, comprised mostly of immigrants, some of whom have worked for Bill 15 years or more. He considers them family. How are they coping in this new political climate? How has Bill attempted to ease their way forward? His efforts are beyond admirable and make me so glad to know him. A true Southern gentleman, scholar, and outspoken advocate.

This was recorded back in February, so it was interesting to hear how the frantic nature of our political sphere was just as anxious back then. Back then meaning 3 months ago! A time capsule for what was to come. Little did we know it would only get worse! What's the solution? We brainstorm some ideas.

His definition of success? Rent and beer money. Awards and recognitions? Not that important. Despite numerous James Beard nominations and other awards, just having a nice cold can of PBR at the ready is reward enough. Sounds damn good to me. As does this episode. Enjoy. #edacious #edaciouspodcast #crookscorner #billsmith #chapelhill #shrimpandgrits #thatstupidpie #atlanticbeachpie

Pretty please? With sugar? Hammock goals. #galleryofedacious #beach #beaches #summer #hammock

Babies! 😍😍😍😍😍😍At Autumn Olive Farms. These precious little ones are 5-6 days old. So frikkin cute! #autumnolivefarms #pig #pigs #pigsofinstagram #babyanimals #cutenessoverload #cute #cutest #charlottesville #virginia #waynesboro

How did you spend your rainy day? I spent mine talking with Linda and Clay Trainum of Autumn Olive Farms then rode around on an ATV visiting heritage piggies! Best. Day. Ever. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ· #charlottesville #virginia #pig #pigsofinstagram #autumnolivefarms #berkabaws #ossabaw

I feel like chicken tonight chicken tonight chicken tonight πŸ— The guy looked at us funny when we asked for 10 pieces. But this is BBQ Exchange lard fried chicken. My death row meal. Honey, I want *ALL* the chicken! 😍 #friedchicken #lard #praisethelard #bbqexchange #allthebirdplease #foodporn #food #feedfeed #charlottesville #gordonsville #virginia

I wait all year for this. First Quietness rose of the season. #pretty #prettyinpink #rose #flowers #flowerstagram #spring #summer #howdoesyourgardengrow #gardening #quietness

This is what front row center at Marc Maron looks like. He was hilarious and totally gave me the wink/thumbs up when I acknowledged a great callback. Meanwhile Helen fell asleep πŸ˜‚ #comedynerd #comedy #comedian #marcmaron #maron #washingtondc #warnertheatre

Tempering milk chocolate at Gearhart's. Great conversation with Tim today! Look for it in a few weeks. It's so mesmerizing! Wanted to stick my face in it 😜 #chocolate #milkchocolate #desserts #sweet #food #foodporn #feedfeed #charlottesville #cville #virginia #rva

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