But on Saturday, after a wonderful meal with my daughter Caitlin at our favorite local Italian restaurant (Bella Monica), she and I saw an iconic North Carolina band - the Red Clay Ramblers - at the North Carolina Museum of Art. With my wife Sue having a blast in Hershey, PA with her "quilt chicks", it was a great opportunity to spend some time with Caitlin (and gave her a wonderful opportunity to tell me all of the things that drive her crazy about her boyfriend! What are fathers for, anyway??). After eating outdoors, then attending the outdoor concert, we returned home somewhat melted but quite satisfied for having a memorable evening together.
Sunday was very cool indeed (well, it was as hot as hell, to tell the truth). But in the morning I got to spend half an hour on the air with a Halifax Nova Scotia radio station, talking tomatoes and answering questions during Niki Jabbour's Sunday show. It's amazing to experience 30 minutes in what seems to be about 5 seconds!
Then I got to do another of my favorite activities - participate in a cooking class at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. What a joy to be able to share my passion with an equally passionate audience, sharing information and stories with Alex Hitt (of Peregrine Farms), and Marilyn Markel (who manages the cooking school). With Sue away, I asked our friend Margie to come along, guaranteeing a friendly face in the audience (all of the faces were friendly, to tell the truth!). In an incredible coincidence, it turns out that Alex was perhaps the first grower in North Carolina to grow and sell Cherokee Purple tomatoes at the Carrboro Farmers market. So he and I knew well of each other, but didn't actually meet until just a few years ago. He and his wife are just wonderful people, and I always look forward to opportunities to work together.
Then, to cap off the weekend, Sue pulled into the driveway just behind me, home from her own enjoyable trip safe and sound. A beer and a grilled cheese with a slab of Cherokee Green later, we shared stories and reflected on our weekends....each happy doing our things, now happy to be together again