We talk about food, as a culture, perhaps more than ever before. Food is discussed for its nutrition, its locality, its allergic potential and its healing properties. Like the weather, it’s a topic of common interest among many, and one that breeds strong opinions — like football. Even political party assumptions are made on occasion based on menu choices. Why? Because food is a universal necessity. We all eat, and for a moment life slows down. A meal done properly is a time to cherish; it’s something to celebrate.
From May 29 – 31, seven James Beard-nominated chefs from around America are converging on the city for Nashville Lifestyle’s 3rd annual Savor Nashville weekend to celebrate good food. (This is now part of the Celebrity Chef Tour. For anyone who has attended in the past, you know it’s complete, tasty fun for foodies and wannabe foodies alike! Details are here and at the end of today’s post). We tracked down all but one of these acclaimed chefs and asked them to define what the concept of good food meant to them, and why we should care. The answers will definitely make you think as you pause and enjoy your next restaurant (or home-cooked) meal even more. If you are going to spend money on eating out, you might as well make sure it’s for “good food!”
“Defining good food, for me, comes down to sourcing. As chefs, it’s our responsibility to source the best products available and preserve the integrity of those products, cooking and manipulating ingredients to their full potential. As a consumer, it’s easy to know good food when you taste it – it’s thoughtful, flavorful and nourishing.” — Frank Bonanno of Mizuna and Luca d’Italia in Denver.
“Every once in a while in our busy world, something we do or experience peels back all the noisy layers and connects with our souls. Good food—whether a treasured family recipe, a sophisticated and complex dish, or even the first bite of the season’s freshest produce—provides that moment. And it’s a moment to share … At 1808 Grille, we measure success by the connectivity we see across our tables each day. Fostering community over a great meal is the cornerstone of what we do.” – Charles Phillips of 1808 Grille in the Hutton Hotel.
“As an artist, good food is important as it combines all of ones five senses. Sense of vision, sense of smell, sense of taste, sense of sound and sense of texture. If done properly, they will all combine to affect our most human and least recognized sixth sense: cognition!” — Michael Ginor of Hudson Valley Foie Gras in Hudson Valley New York.
Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer
“The most important thing about good food is that it brings people together. Whether it’s a high end meal, or a bunch of family and friends huddling around a ‘hot pot’, good food brings happiness to everyone. It should never be something that anyone has to live without.” — Gerard Craft of Pastaria in St. Louis.
We’re all excited to meet these chefs, as well as Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe in St. Louis, and experience their food, right here in Nashville. Join Savor Nashville for a seven-course dinner, with wine pairings, by each of these James Beard nominated celebrity chefs. The first event of this fabulous weekend takes place Thursday, May 29 at Hutton Hotel, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Nashville is represented well with Charles Phillips of 1808 Grille and a wine pairing for each course by Rumours 12th and Division. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and the James Beard Foundation.
The Challenge to the Chefs Brunch event for the Savor Nashville weekend is Saturday, May 31 at The Bridge Building from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sample culinary creations from some of Nashville’s top chefs, enjoy Bombay Sapphire cocktails and listen to live music. Plus, vote for your favorite dish!
These local favorites will be on hand cooking up goodness:
- Karl Worley, Biscuit Love
- Jamie Watson, Cafe Fundamental
- Andrew Little, Josephine
- Derek Fulton, M Restaurant & Bar
- Jonathan Humphrey, Mason’s
- Chris Futrell, Music City Tippler
- B.J. Lofback, Riffs Fine Street Food
- Jason Slimak, Saint Anejo
- Larry Carlile, Silo
- Dale Levitski, Sinema Restaurant & Bar (Soon to open in historic Melrose theater)
See more and order your tickets at: www.nashvillelifestyles.com
Nashville Lifestyles Savor Nashville was born in 2011 in hopes of helping further Nashville’s national reputation as a city with incredible dining options. Nashville Lifestyles features the best dining and most talented local chefs each month in print, so it was a natural progression to host an event celebrating all things food and wine. We can’t wait to experience it again!