Meet BBQ’s Steven Raichlen & NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff at NPT events this May


This May NPT is offering two opportunities to meet public media personalities at events that support NPT’s educational, cultural and civic programming.

Steven Raichlen, “the man who reinvented modern barbecue,” will appear at NPT on Thursday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to talk brisket and sign copies of his new cookbook, The Brisket Chronicles. Raichlen will discuss buying, trimming and seasoning brisket, as well as mastering various cooking techniques for indoors and outdoors.

The evening takes place in NPT’s Studio A (161 Rains Ave., Nashville TN 37203) and will include a slider station serving brisket, slaw, baked beans and mac & cheese; a street taco station with mini flour tortillas, brisket queso, rice and beans; and little cupcakes topped with candied bacon  – all from Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering. Craft beers and a signature bourbon drink will be provided by Lipman Brothers.

Tickets are available at brisketnpt.eventbrite.com and are $50 per person or $75 for admission and a copy of The Brisket Chronicles: How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke, and Cure the World’s Most Epic Cut of Meat.

Raichlen is a five-time James Beard Award-winner, winner of three International Association of Culinary Professional Awards and a member of the Barbecue Hall of Fame. His popular public television series include Project Smoke and Project Fire and he is the author of several bestselling cookbooks. Founder of Barbecue University at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Raichlen has lectured on the history of barbecue at institutions as diverse as Harvard, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He holds a degree in French literature from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and studied medieval cooking in Europe on a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

His new cookbook includes an in-depth look at the history and culture of brisket along with an exploration of cooking methods and gear, from Dutch ovens to Kamado-style cookers. And, of course, The Brisket Chronicles includes recipes ‒ starters, mains, sides and a section on seasonings and sauces.


On Friday, May 31, NPT will host a breakfast with special guest Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour, public television’s signature nightly news program. Woodruff will be joined by NPT’s La Tonya Turner to talk about her career in broadcast journalism – and about the NewsHour’s place in an increasingly fractured media landscape. The event will be held in the Pinnacle Learning Center (Pinnacle Financial Partners, 150 3rd Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37201) and will begin promptly at 7 a.m.

Tickets are available at judynpt.eventbrite.com and are $100 per person, which includes parking at the Pinnacle building in downtown Nashville.

Woodruff has covered politics and other news topics for more than four decades at NBC, CNN and PBS. She was the chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour from 1983 to 1993. From 1984 to 1990, she also anchored PBS’ award-winning documentary series, Frontline with Judy Woodruff. She moved to CNN in 1993, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program Inside Politics. Woodruff returned to the NewsHour in 2007, and in 2013, she and the late Gwen Ifill were named the first two women to co-anchor a national news broadcast. Woodruff was named sole anchor after Ifill’s death.

Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in journalism and communication industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, The Duke Endowment and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and is a director of Public Radio International and the National Association to End Homelessness.

Breakfast & Conversation with Judy Woodruff is sponsored by Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering & BBQ and Pinnacle Financial Partners.

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