Taste of Music City and Savor Nashville Celebrity Chef Dinner!
Nashville is becoming quite the food city. Lately the dining scene has just exploded. We have amazing restaurants that celebrate using great local and seasonal ingredients. The number of gourmet food trucks seems to go up daily. And, I even hear that Nashville is going to be on an episode of the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Foodnation (oh, if only I had a chance to participate in that!)
So, what better way to experience Nashville’s food than by tasting all that it has to offer, right? This is going to be one foodie packed weekend!
When: June 4, 2011, 11 AM – 10 PM
Where: Public Square Park and Deadrick St. in Downtown
Buy yourself some tasting tickets and enjoy foods from some great restaurants like tayst, Martin’s BBQ Joint, Copper Kettle, MafiaOzas, and the Boundry. Did I mention proceeds benefit the Martha O’Bryan Foundation? Eat and benefit a good cause!
*Kickoff Event: June 3, 2011, 5pm-8pm at Public Square Park. $25 ticket for a preview with local breweries!
When: June 4, 2011, 7 pm
Where: Hilton Nashville Downtown
This is the event I’m most excited about! There are five, yes 5!, James Beard Award winning chefs coming to town. They are pairing up with 5 amazing Nashville local chefs and putting on a dinner with wine pairings! Here is a look at all the chefs and the amazing menu. Go to the website to purchase tickets.
Lydia Shire & Matt Simonds of the Hilton Downtown Nashville
Demitasse of Chilled Minted English Pea with Hot Pork Belly Bap
Paired With: Concannon Selected Vineyards 2010 Pinot Grigio, Central Coast
Norman Van Aken & Jeremy Barlow of Tayst
Brazilian Shrimp Chowder
Paired With: Concannon Conservancy 2009 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley
Robert Kinkead & Matt Bolus of Watermark
Brioche and Mustard Crusted Halibut with Porchini Broth
Favas and Exotic Mushroom Agnolotti
Paired With: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Merlot, Livermore Valley
Robert Del Grande & Brian Uhl of Sunset Grille
Roasted “Triple NY” Steak
Beef Rib Mole and Hominy
Paired With: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley
Larry Forgione & Megan Williams of Capitol Grille
HI Vintage Chocolate Macadamia Torte
James Beard Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake
Candied Citrus Charlotte Russe
Paired With: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley
Savor Nashville Shrimp n’ Grits Cookoff
When: June 5, 2011, 2-4 pm
Where: Hutton Hotel
And as if you couldn’t pack any more food in, a bunch of amazing local chefs are making one of my favorite dishes – shrimp n’ grits. Who am I to resist 10 or so offerings of this magnificent combination? Guess what, you’ll get a mimosa there too and get to try all the dishes! Tickets for this event are $40.
Enter the Taste of Music City Kickoff Event Giveaway!!
*NOTE: CONTEST IS CLOSED. Kelly Randall was the winner!
Next week should be an amazing and exciting weekend for the Nashville food scene! So if you are in town or up for a road trip, come on down here next week and engage in some glorious gluttony for the weekend. To help you kick it off, I am giving away TWO tickets to the Taste of Music City KICKOFF event on June 3. In order to enter, leave a comment telling me about your favorite restaurant/dish in Nashville. I will randomly pick a winner next Wednesday (June 1).
I can’t wait and I hope to see you there!