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Café au Libris: Kelly Codling

Café au Libris: Kelly Codling

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Multipurpose Room
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The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library present an evening with local chef and restaurant owner, Kelly Codling, at the Athens-Clarke County Library on Tuesday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m.

Kelly Codling is the owner and founder of Kelly’s Jamaican Foods and Kelly’s Authentic Jamaican Food in Athens. He is the author of True Believer: The Journey of Kelly Codling, which details his incredible life story and includes authentic recipes. Codling wrote the book over the course of four years with help from local author Bowen Craig.

Come learn about the book and try samples of Codling’s signaturefront cover of book true believer dishes at this free library event!

From his upbringing as a rural farm kid in Trelawny, Jamaica, to owning multiple restaurants in Athens, Kelly's wild and curvy path to success is littered with interesting stories: his days of successfully gambling on "the ponies" in Maryland, his time driving a cab and working in a hospital morgue in Washington, D.C., the painting business he ran with a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe in Texas, and the many naysayers along the way who told him he "couldn't do it.” Through it all, Kelly's unwavering belief in the goodness of God and in his own abilities has sustained him. Enjoy his stories. Learn some Jamaican patois. And don't forget to try out some of the recipes for his signature dishes included in his book, including Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Spicy Squash and, if you're feeling adventurous, Oxtail!

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library. For more information, call the library at (706) 613-3650. The Athens-Clarke County Library is located at 2025 Baxter Street, Athens.

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