Flavors of Nashville 2012!! City Club Wins 2 of 3!!
On April 29th, 2012, Flavors of Nashville was hosted by the Nashville City Club. I look so forward to this event each year and this year marked my 4th to participate. This also marked my 3rd year as Chair Chef for the annual benefit for the American Liver Foundation! Other participants included chefs from Flyte, Saffire, Hillwood Country Club, Gaylord Opryland, Mad Platter, & Loews Vanderbilt. Each chef presents a 5-course dinner and tablescape reflective of the restaurant they’re representing. The catch is the guests do not know with which chef they will be dining until a drawing at the start of the event.
Following dinner and an auction and presentation, 3 awards are presented to the chefs: Best of Show, Best Table, & Best Menu. We won both “Best of Show” and “Best Menu” and Saffire took home “Best Table”. This was my 2nd year in a row to win “Best Menu” and I also have won “Best Table” in 2009. Here is the menu and some pics from the night:
Flavors of Nashville 2012
Cruze Farm Buttermilk-Poached Oyster, Sweet Potato Cake; Smoked Tomato Marmalade
Rye Profiteroles; Pastrami-Spiced Pork Butt; Swiss, House-Made Sauerkraut, & Dijon
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. ~Nadine Stair
Morel Panna Cotta; Morel & Fava Bean Ragout, Crispy Chicken Skin Chip
Raw Vegetable Minestrone, Fresh Daikon Radish, Zucchini, Black Radish, Celery Root, Carrot, Pickled Yellow, Red and Candy Striped Beets, and Cucumber, Verjus
Seared Hamachi, Bruleed Watermelon, Jicama, Radish; Yuzu Vinaigrette, Micro Cilantro
Braised Pork Osso Bucco, Smoked Tomato Olive Oil Powder; Truffled Navy Bean Puree, Kale
Charred Strawberries, Chevre Cheesecake, Raspberry Saffron Sauce, Chocolate Cookie Crumble