The Boiled Peanut Hour®


Reynolds Industries Theater

Sunday, July 9, 7:00pm

$50 and $250

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ADF will present The Boiled Peanut Hour®: A Live Cooking Show About Southern Identities with cookbook authors and brothers Matt and Ted Lee, The Durham Hotel executive chef Andrea Reusing, and North Carolina born/New York City based choreographer Mark Dendy on Sunday, July 9, 7:00pm at Reynolds Industries Theater. This live hour-plus-long show has the group cooking, storytelling, and trash-talking while preparing dishes from the southern canon that send up the differences between home cooks and professional chefs, and dramatize how tasty it is to be a Southerner. Complimentary pre-show nibbles and cocktails, courtesy of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, will be provided in the theater lobby. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available, which include a ticket to the performance and an after-show four-course dinner with the performers at The Durham Hotel prepared by Andrea Reusing. VIP tickets are $250 with proceeds benefitting the ADF Scholarship Fund.

Tickets-$50 Performance and pre-show tasting
VIP Tickets (includes performance and after show four-course dinner with the performers at The Durham Hotel) $250


Matt and Ted Lee

Andrea Reusing

Mark Dendy

Read the The News and Observer’s article about the show.


The Lee brothers grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of home that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples ( When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food journalists and cookbook authors. Since 2000, they have written hundreds of food, wine, and travel features for The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, Saveur, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine, among many others. Their three cookbooks, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook (2007), The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern (2009), and The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen (2013) have, combined, won six James Beard and IACP Awards, and they are widely credited with bringing a richer understanding of southern cooking into the mainstream. They were on-air commentators for all seven seasons of The Cooking Channel’s hit series Unique Eats, and are the hosts of the travel show Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros. on Ovation.

Andrea Reusing is the executive chef of The Durham Hotel in Durham, NC and the chef and owner of Lantern in Chapel Hill. The recipient of the James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast” in 2011, Reusing collaborates with small farms and producers across North Carolina and is an advocate for food policy change. Reusing was the founding chef and general manager of Enoteca Vin, the critically acclaimed wine-focused restaurant in Raleigh. In 2002, Reusing opened Lantern, where she combines North Carolina ingredients with Asian flavors and has earned accolades including “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” from Gourmet and one of “America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences” from Food & Wine. At The Durham Hotel, Reusing revives American melting pot and hotel classics, and casts them in a modern light at the restaurant and rooftop bar. In 2011, Reusing published her first cookbook, Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes. An absorbing journey through a year in her home kitchen as she cooks for family and friends, the book was named one of the most notable cookbooks of the year by The New York Times. Reusing is the founder of Kitchen Patrol, a non-profit project to improve children’s access to quality food through weekly cooking classes and serves on the board of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Mark Dendy has worked in a variety of dance genres, ranging from experimental dance and edgy East Village drag to high-end Broadway productions, prominent ballet companies and opera, to large-scale site-specific works. His dance and theater work has been presented at PS 122, the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, and Dance Theater Workshop, as well as numerous national and international venues. Dendy has been commissioned by both modern and ballet companies worldwide, most notably Pacific Northwest Ballet. He has collaborated with directors Julie Taymor, Tina Landau, Gabriel Barre, Ellen Hemphill, Rebecca Taichman, and Timothy Sheader, writers Neil Simon and Charles Busch, and composers Boy George, Heather Christian, Don Byron, Andrew Lippa, Jim Steinman, and Stephen Schwartz. His commercial theater credits include choreography for Taboo and The Pirate Queen (Broadway), The Wild Party, The Miracle Brothers, and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well… (Off-Broadway), Pippin, Camille Claudel, and Hair (regional and national tours), The Magic Flute (The Metropolitan Opera), Orpheus (NYC Opera), and Rappaccini’s Daughter (Gotham Chamber Opera). He has received several awards and honors, most notably a 1997 “Bessie” award, a 2000 Obie Award, the National Society of Arts and Letters Sustained Achievement Award (1990), and the Herb Alpert Award and the Joe A. Calloway Award (both in 2000), as well as numerous grants.