The old school bus, affectionately called the Bluebird, brought the family that wasn’t a family into the old mountain valley on a mid-Sunday in September. Anywhere but here, the family that wasn’t a family might draw curious eyes or startled double takes, but this place was different, and here people smiled and welcomed them like longtime neighbors. Their stories were painted on the side of the Bluebird like cave drawings, foreshadowing the night to come.
See? This is what happens when you play host to a table full of traveling storytellers: everything becomes a story to be told! We are talking about the cast and crew of 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.
It was a night to remember, and we will carry the memory of Neil Gaiman swooning over our food for a long time to come.
You can read more about the Unchained Tour on their website: www.theunchainedtour.org, and you can read Neil’s account of being on tour with them on his blog.