KNOXVILLE, TN. – The International Biscuit Festival today announced the lineup of speakers for the third annual Southern Food Writing Conference , to be held May 15th and 16th, 2014 in Knoxville, TN.  The Conference celebrates the tradition of Southern food writing and its important connection to the culture of the South.

The Conference program is designed to attract food enthusiasts, professional food writers, food bloggers, and lovers of all things Southern.  The Conference sessions mix educational, artistic and vocational topics that examine various facets of Southern food and culture.

 “We are excited about the growing popularity of the Southern Food Writing Conference,” said John Craig, Biscuit Boss and lead organizer of the Conference.  “Our goal is to provide a fun and informative gathering for professionals and amateurs alike,” added Craig.  “Some of the most noted food and culture writers from across the Southeast will delve into a variety of topics that any Southern food lover will find entertaining.”

Confirmed speakers include:

            John T. Edge – Director                                     Southern Foodways Alliance

            Edward Lee – Chef/Author                                Smoke & Pickles

            Hunter Lewis – Executive Editor                       Southern Living

            Ted Lee- Author                                              The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen

            Jessica Mischner – Senior Editor                       Garden & Gun

            Damon Lee Fowler – Author                             Essentials of Southern Cooking

            Adrian Miller- Author                                       Soul Food

            Carrie Morey – Author/Owner                           Callie’s Biscuits of Charleston

            Penny De Los Santos – Photographer                Saveur

            Joe Yonan – Food and Travel Editor                  Washington Post

            Lisa Donovan – Pastry Chef                              Husk

                Belinda Ellis – Author                                      Biscuits: A Savor the South Cookbook

            Beth Kirby – Author/Blogger                            Local Milk

            Jennifer Justus – Author                                   The Food Lover’s Guide to Nashville

            Ronni Lundy – Author                                     In Praise of Tomatoes


Session topics will include a range of conversations about the intersection of Southern food and Southern culture.  Attendees will include authors, chefs, publishers, editors, producers, as well as fans who just love Southern food and those that write about it.

The registration fee covers all Conference sessions and all meals, including a special dinner at Blackberry Farm, voted the #1 Resort in North America and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine.  Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis. 

The Crowne Plaza Knoxville and the Hilton Downtown Knoxville are the headquarters hotels for the Conference and offers special rates for Conference attendees.

The Southern Food Writing Conference is presented by the International Biscuit Festival, in partnership with White Lily and Visit Knoxville.

For more information about the Southern Food Writing Conference, go to or contact John Craig at