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JWU Charlotte Library Events

Meet & Greet with Chef Edward Lee- Tuesday, March 19, 2:30- 3 p.m. in the UEC. 

Demonstration by Chef Edward Lee- Tuesday, March 19, 3-4 p.m. in Hance Auditorium.

Scan the QR Code, or click the button below to sign up for the Meet & Greet and Demonstration.

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Book Discussion: Buttermilk Graffiti- Monday, March 18, 2-3 p.m. in the Library

Book Discussion: Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet- Monday, March 25, 2-3 p.m. in the Library

Recipe Board- Up in the Library from March 1 to March 31

Charlotte Mecklenberg Library Events

Click above to check out some of the many events the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library are doing for Community Read!

About Edward Lee

Edward Lee was the recipient of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Writing Award for his book, Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting Pot Cuisine and he also authored Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen. 

Lee has been a multiple finalist for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast. He was the host chef featured in the third season of the Emmy-winning series, The Mind of a Chef on PBS. He owns multiple restaurants throughout the United States and the Caribbean, and his Louisville, KY. restaurant 610 Magnolia was named by Food & Wine as one of the country’s most important restaurants of the past forty years.

Lee, a Korean-American, is known for globally-minded Southern cooking. He started his non-profit, the LEE Initiative, to promote jobs and advance diversity and equality in the restaurant industry.


Learn more at

Follow him on X @chefedwardlee 

About this Guide


Community Read

 March 2024




The Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus Library is joining the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in its 2024 Community Read initiative, with a focus on creating community dialogue around the theme of food as a community and cultural connector. All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate! 

Community Read is CML’s annual initiative to bring the community together to read (or listen to) books around a central theme, participate in programs and celebrate a love of reading. Community members are encouraged to participate in discussions, book clubs and events hosted by CML and community partners, including JWU.

This year's signature title is Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee. The companion titles are Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp, Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, and Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora. 

Copies of all titles are available through the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and copies of Buttermilk Graffiti and Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet will be available through the JWU Library.

Everyone in the community can participate: read a book, share perspectives, attend a program, engage on social media and build a stronger community together. #communityread2024

Don't forget to sign up for the Community Read Challenge on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library website!