A Little Glimpse
A little known fact about me (unless you knew me when I was 16-17), is that I used to film a monthly news bit at the local cable affiliate for my high school in coastal N.C.. I’d drive my run down Chevette (with no fender and no bumper and no heat and no radio, mind you-classy, right?) to the cable offices, look the camera square in the lens, and state “I’m Ashley Adams reporting for West Carteret High School.” Then I’d rattle off information about football games and visiting speakers and theatre performances and such for that month.
I never watched myself on camera later, when it aired after the national news, but it did get me out of a jam once, when I was trying to rush home to make curfew and accidentally went 36 through a 25 mph zone. The officer took one look at me, said “Hey, you’re the girl from the news!” and, with a gentle warning when I explained my plight, sent me on my way.
Though I’ve done a few videos promoting my books, the last time I was truly on camera was several decades ago. Until this past August, that is, when a camera crew from Dark Rye, Whole Foods Market’s experimental online magazine, came out to our place for the weekend. Several months prior, I’d been contacted by Kelly Le Castre, Dark Rye’s director, inquiring about the possibility of profiling me.
I was hosting a pickling party for the new book in early August and thought dovetailing the two events would work great. And it did. Kelly and her crew, including expert camera work from director of photography Laura Merians, did their thing with mics and cameras while me and my buddies did ours with okra and vinegar.
Then, in late September, Kelly invited us up to Brooklyn. Each issue of Dark Rye has a specific theme. The issue I was to be in would be called “Gather”, so a gathering of the individuals profiled seemed fitting, they decided. At Flatbush Farms, I met my fellow profilees, including: Kirk Lombard (San Francisco-based wild & seafood forager and educator), Robyn Wilson & Jarred Masse (Lakeland, Florida beignet makers at Poor Porker), James Victore and his lovely wife Laura (Brooklyn-based hosts of The Dinner Series), several of the gents behind Brooklyn-based ax producers Best Made Co., Allison Walla (of Brooklyn-based shortbread cookie company Butter + Love), Gustave Reyes (Chicago-based wooden ring maker and sculptor), and Chip Tate (Waco, TX-based owner of Balcones Distillery).
It was a night and a meal I’ll never forget. The food was exceptional. The instant camaraderie was infectious. We were at once silly and serious, hilarious and heartfelt. We feasted on farm-fresh eats and sipped Chip’s whiskey. I loved every minute of it.
So, here’s the end result of all of that goodness! Along with the video above, you can read more from my profile in this issue of Dark Rye here (scroll sideways on the arrows to see photos, get recipes, see my party-throwing mini manifesto, make scented floral bath salts, and learn Canning 101). Do check out the entire issue, though. The videos, photos, recipes, essays, and more are so incredibly captivating. There’s a world of extraordinary humans out there, and I’m pleased beyond measure to have been included in their company.