Author Neil Gaiman and Posana chef Peter Pollay. Image from the Posana cafe blog.

Posana Cafe and chef Peter Pollay generously donated dinner to the travelling players of The Unchained Tour that passed through Asheville recently, playing to a sold-out house.

If the tour contained a wildly successful author in Neil Gaiman, it was also a grassroots undertaking in which players traveled together in a 1979 bus, stayed with fans, and welcomed a generous donation of Sunburst Farms trout, rosted eggplant and fingerling potatoes.

From the Posana Cafe blog entry Special Guests – Neil Gaiman and the Unchained Tour

The Unchained Tour, an intimate cast of some of the world’s best storytellers, including best selling authors George Dawes Green and Neil Gaiman, stopped at Posana before their sold-out show at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Sunday night, so we had the pleasure of seeing them up close and personal. We were thrilled to have such a talented and interesting group of people in our private dining room, where we served a family style meal of the last of summer’s local harvest. Plus, we got a story or two in return! Neil Gaiman himself told us the story behind the name “forbidden rice,” one of the dishes we served that night. The black rice, Neil told us, is called “forbidden rice” because only Chinese emperors and the royal family were allowed to eat it.

Read the whole thing here on the Posana Cafe blog.

It really was quite a gathering:

George Dawes Green, Dawn J. French, Neil Gaiman, Charles Vess, Peter Aguero, Edgar Oliver and select crew and guests of The Unchained Tour. Image from the Posana Cafe blog.

Looks like Neil Gaiman might finally soon honor his longstanding promise to sign at Malaprop’s: He reminded the audience at The Unchained Tour that his son will be married in Asheville next month, and also told Malaprop’s booksellers that he hoped to do a reading or signing soon.

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