It’s not every day that your farmer introduces you to the country’s leading gay etiquette guru, but here in progressive North Carolina these things happen.
On Sunday, Lina and I were at the lively 10th anniversary party of Lantern, the Chapel Hill restaurant headed by chef and author Andrea Reusing that helped kick off the farm-to-table movement here (and in the Southeast). I was talking to one of my favorite farmers, Ben Bergmann of Fickle Creek Farm and somehow it came up that he’d just been chatting with Steven Petrow of “Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners” fame, along with other GLBT etiquette tomes.
On my best behavior, I politely asked Ben for an introduction, and he obliged. I clearly forgot my manners later when I yanked Steven out of a deep conversation with friends to pose for this photo — which I then asked his friend to take. They were game, and we were grateful.
So, dear readers, mind your manners, or we’re telling our new pal Steven!