In case you’ve been too busy to digest the magnitude of the upcoming Savor Nashville, we are here today with a highlighter pen to say “Hello. This is something you need to pay attention to.”
Savor Nashville, sponsored by Nashville Lifestyles, has been added to an already fabulous weekend for food in Nashville, The Taste of Music City. If you haven’t been to the day-long food festival, you must go next Saturday (June 4) and experience it. 50 area restaurants will be on hand offering samples of their best dishes and drinks, and the live music and attractions for the kids make it a completely entertaining day all around. I’m particularly excited about the Savor dinner and the FIVE James Beard award-winning chefs traveling to Nashville who will be paired with a local chef to collaboratively prepare dinner. (You remember the post I wrote about Outstanding in the Field, right? I’m just as energized about this weekend, too.) I think it might even be time to throw down the gauntlet and insist that your Atlanta and Birmingham friends and family come on up to prove what a food powerhouse Nashville has become. This is a big deal!
When asked about the upcoming event, Stacie Standifer, editor of Nashville Lifestyles, said:
To have this kind of culinary talent visiting Nashville and together in one location on the same night is a first for Music City. I am so excited to be involved, as this really will put Nashville on the map as a food city. National food writers from the New York Times and the Daily Meal are even coming in to cover this amazing night of food, wine and music- which means incredible exposure for our local chef community. The songwriters are also top notch, seasoned performers and Grammy Award winners. Usually tickets to see them perform are this price- without the food and wine, so this is an incredible value!
Are you convinced? No? Well, you will be once you read the menu for the night’s events:
Hot Pork Belly Dumplings
Chilled Minted Pea Soup
Paired with: Concannon Selected Vineyards 2010 Pinot Grigio, Central Coast
Lydia Shire and Matt Simonds of the Hilton Downtown Nashville
Brazilian Shrimp Chowder
Paired with: Concannon Conservancy 2009 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley
Norman Van Aken and Jeremy Barlow of tayst
Brioche and Mustard Crusted Halibut
with Porchini Broth, Favas and Exotic Mushroom Agnolotti
Paired with: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Merlot, Livermore Valley
Robert Kinkead and Matt Bolus of Watermark
Roasted “Triple” NY steak with Beef Rib Mole and Hominy
Paired with: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley
Robert Del Grande and Brian Uhl of Sunset Grill
HI Vintage Chocolate Macadamia Torte,
James Beard Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake
Candied Citrus Charlotte Russe
Paired with: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley
Larry Forgione and Megan Williams of Capitol Grille
Assortment of freshly baked breads
John Williams of Marche
And, now for the the Shrimp & Grits portion of Savor Nashville, presented on Sunday June 5th at 2:00PM at the Hutton Hotel:
There is nothing better than a great plate of shrimp & grits, and sadly, it’s often prepared in a not-so-great manner. Rest assured that when competing in this shrimp & grits cook-off, Nashville chefs will go all out. John T. Edge, director of Southern Foodways Alliance and renowned food writer, will serve as moderator, while visiting chefs will judge to determine the winners. Guests will have the opportunity to sample the dishes, taste Bloody Marys and mimosas, and enjoy live entertainment. 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.
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.