3 More Days Until the ‘Shrimp & Grits’ Cookoff @ the Hutton Hotel!

It is certainly going to be an exciting weekend for foodies when the ‘Taste of Music City/Savor Nashville” begins on Friday with a 5-course dinner by James Beard award-winning chefs paired with local chefs @ the Nashville Hilton and concludes with “Challenge to the Chefs: Shrimp & Grits Cookoff” in which I will be competing in Sunday afternoon @ the Hutton Hotel! All I’ll say is that I secured my ‘secret ingredient’ on my trip home to my parents in east Tennessee last weekend!!




Inaugural Savor Nashville partners award-winning celebrity chefs with local favorites


May 6, 2011—Tourists and area residents alike are invited to Savor Nashville, a series of exclusive food events, June 3-5, 2011, in conjunction with Taste of Music City, Nashville’s annual food and wine experience.  

Savor Nashville kicks off with a VIP celebrity chef dinner on Saturday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, hosted by Saveur magazine co-founder and noted food writer Colman Andrews.  Celebrity guest chefs will partner with esteemed local chefs for a five-course gourmet meal featuring locally sourced ingredients.  Grammy, ACM and CMA Award-winning songwriters Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman will provide a special acoustic performance with surprise guests.  The event includes access to a silent auction with 100% of auction proceeds benefiting Community Food Advocates. 

All visiting chefs are James Beard award winners: Robert Del Grande, executive chef and partner of the renowned Cafe Annie in Houston; “Godfather of American Cuisine” Larry Forgione; Bob Kinkead, chef and owner of Kinkead’s in Washington, DC; Lydia Shire of Locke-Ober restaurant of Boston; and Norman Van Aken of Norman’s in Orlando. 
Local chefs participating in Saturday night’s dinner include Jeremy Barlow of Tayst, Matt Bolus of Watermark, Matt Simonds of Nashville Downtown Hilton, Brian Uhl of Midtown Café/Sunset Grill/Cabana, and Megan Williams of Capitol Grille.

On Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m., Nashville chefs will compete in a shrimp & grits cook-off at the Hutton Hotel.  Visiting chefs will judge to determine the winners, while guests sample the dishes, taste Bloody Marys and mimosas, and enjoy live entertainment.  John T. Edge, director of Southern Foodways Alliance and renowned food writer, will serve as moderator for this cook-off.  Participating restaurants include Bound’ry, Cabana, Delicioux, The Dogwood Room at Park Manor, F. Scotts, Fish & Co., Red Pony Restaurant, The Standard at Smith House, Union Station and 1808 Grille. 

“Savor Nashville provides a unique experience for those who appreciate food as an art form,” said Stacie Standifer, publisher of Nashville Lifestyles.  “Nashville is blessed with an abundance of talented chefs who use seasonal, locally produced food regularly, and we wanted to find a fun way to celebrate the amazing food that’s available in our city every day.  The celebrity guest chefs add a layer of excitement, bringing their respective backgrounds and influences to the table.  I can’t wait to see what all these brilliant minds come up with when the collaboration begins.”

Ticket prices are as follows: $150 per person for the celebrity chef dinner, $40 per person for the shrimp and grits cook-off, or $180 for both events.  An all-access pass also is available for $255, which includes admission to both Savor events, 50 food and drink tickets for Taste of Music City and admission to the Taste of Music City kickoff event.  For tickets and the latest information, visit www.tasteofmusiccity.com.  Chefs and schedule are subject to change without notice.

Savor Nashville is presented by Nashville Lifestyles magazine. 

NISSAN Taste of Music City is Nashville’s largest food and drink festival with a local focus.  Come for lunch…stay for dinner and everything in between while sampling delicious dishes from approximately 50 of the area’s best restaurants.  Taste all of the best local breweries in Nashville and Tennessee in the Beer Garden and walk through the Jack Daniel’s Distillery Tour Experience.  Enjoy live music all day, a family friendly Kids Zone, and street performers on Nashville’s beautiful “green” Deaderick Street & Public Square Park.  The Saturday festival is free and open to the public, with pay as you go options for food and drink samples.

Community Food Advocates is a new organization with a rich history and a big mission: to end hunger and create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. We were formed in December 2009 through the merger of Manna, a 35-year old organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty, and Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee, established in 2007 with a mission of ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, affordable food from a just and sustainable food system.  We are a movement of farmers, parents, students, persons of faith, community gardeners, and health advocates united by a commitment to the idea that all members of our community should have access to food grown in a way that promotes the health of people, planet, and community.  Food ties us together as individuals and communities, which gave inspiration to our new motto: “Everybody Eats.”  We hope you will join us as we celebrate the role of food and in our shared commitment to healthy, just, and sustainable food for all.


~ by elevatedsouthern on 2011/06/02.

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