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Bridgette A. Lacy is an award-winning journalist with a public love affair with food and culture. She authored a column “Morsels” for The News & Observer in Raleigh for many years and writes about food, chefs and culinary trends for The Independent Weekly and the North Carolina Arts Council.

She's now the author of Sunday Dinner, a part of the Savor the South series by UNC Press. Lacy offers an ode to a meal that, notably in the Sabbath-minding South, is more than a meal. Sunday dinner, Lacy observes, is “a state of mind. It is about taking the time to be with the people who matter to you.” Describing her own childhood Sunday dinners, in which her beloved, culinary-minded grandfather played an indelible role, Lacy explores and celebrates the rhythms of Sunday food traditions.

Lacy draws on life-defining moments to produce rich and honest prose and fiction. She's written about her battle with a brain tumor and authored a popular series on unemployment. In between, she’s had adventures near and far, including a 1994 North Carolina Arts Council fellowship that sent her to the South of France to hone her fiction. In 1996, her short story, “Lilly’s Hunger,” was published in Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience (Viking Penguin, 1996). Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post and Southern Living.

Her essay, “A Literary Place,” is featured in the “27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry,” (Eno Publishers, fall 2013.)

Food Stories and Other Features

Rocky Mount: Home of Thelonious Monk & Restaurants with Great Food and Music

Food writer and cookbook author Bridgette A. Lacy hit the road for the North Carolina Arts Council to sample some of the local cuisine on the African American Music Trail in eastern North Carolina. She enjoyed food, interviewed chefs and talked to customers in Kinston, Goldsboro, Greenville and Rocky Mount.

Bridgette A. Lacy is an award-winning journalist with a public love affair with food and culture. She authored a column “Morsels” for The News & Observer in Raleigh for many years and writes about food, chefs and culinary trends for The Independent Weekly.

In 'Taking on Diversity,' NCSU professor aims to help people get along

The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC
Published 5/29/2015

Poet Elizabeth Alexander’s grief memoir a study in love and loss

Published 12/12/2015
The Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, NC
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Sweets Bakery & Catering's sugary, salty, savory goodness

Published 11/30/2011
The Independent Weekly in Durham, NC

Food Stories: A new book by N.C. chef Stephanie Tyson

Published 12/14/2011
The Independent Weekly in Durham, NC

Oils meet vinegars at Midtown Olive Press

Published 5/11/2011
The Independent Weekly in Durham, NC

Fond memories of afternoons delighted at the Galaxy

Published 11/14/2012
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Unemployment Series

Hearing focuses on plight of the jobless

Published 06/30/2013
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Bridgette A. Lacy writes about subjects she’s passionate about, struggling with or trying to understand better. Right now, that means unemployment. Lacy left the newspaper industry in 2009 after 23 years in the business. In June 2011, she was laid off from her state position as media relations manager for the N.C. Arts Council and started writing about the issues of unemployment in July. Here are her columns:

Message to McCrory: Start customer service with the Division of Employment Security

Published 02/24/2013
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

To find a job, get your space and yourself organized

Published 05/27/2012
The News & Observer in Raleigh

Part-time work offers lifeline to unemployed workers

Published 04/15/2012
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Down Time Put To A Good Use

Published 03/18/2012
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

To Start Your Own Business, Know The SCORE

Published 02/18/2012
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Reinvigorate Your Job Search

Published 01/22/2012
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Dress for Success Provides Clothes and More to Low-Income Women Seeking Jobs

Published 01/08/2012
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Step Back, Be Patient, Network

Published 12/18/2011
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Spreading Holiday Cheer on the Cheap

Published 12/04/2011
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Seek Out Help If You Need It

Published 11/06/2011
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Find Entrepreneur In You

Published 10/09/2011
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Laid-off State Workers Can Find Work at Center

Published 08/28/2011
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Learn To Use LinkedIn To Help You Land a Job

Published 08/14/2011
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Turning Losses Into Wins and Living To Teach About It

Published 07/31/2011
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Introduction: Starting Over and Over Again

Published 07/31/2011
The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC

Fiction

"Sweetie"

Bridgette Lacy’s short story, “Sweetie,” was featured in the double issue of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. Volume 10, Issue 2/Fall/Winter 2009/Volume 11, Issue 1 Spring/Summer 2010.