May 19 - 20, Get Ready to Savor
What would you cook if you were given Goo Goo Clusters, Jack Daniel's honey and Benton's Bacon? This Sunday May 20th, you'll find out what some of our local, Nashville chefs come up with at the 2012 Savor Nashville Challenge to the Chefs at Union Station Hotel, a cook-off challenge in which these chefs will use their choice of one of those three ingredients.
Personally, it'd be more fun if they had to incorporate all three but there's also a big reason why I'm not a paid/professional chef!
Chefs slated to participate include Jeremy Barlow of Tayst and SloCo, Thomas Cook of Prime 108, Brandon Frohne of Rutland Place Catering and Nashville Urban Gardeners, Giovanni Giosa of Porta Via Italian Kitchen, Matthew Lackey of Flyte World Dining, Deb Paquette of Etch, Kevin Ramquist of F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar, Jarvan Springer of West End Café, Robert Spinelli of perl Catering, Keith West of Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, Toby Willis of Nashville City Club, and Robbie Wilson of Kayne Prime, Tavern, Whiskey Kitchen, and Virago.
I'm not going to speculate who I think/hope will win but let's just say I recently had dinner at one of his restaurants and I'm already rearing to go back for more.
The precursur to the chef cook-off is a more refined event to kick off the weekend. On Saturyda evening, the Hutton Hotel plays host to the Celebrity Chef Dinner featuring chefs James Boyce (chef/owner of Cotton Row in Huntsville, AL) and Bruce Moffett (Barrington's Restaurant in Charlotte, NC). The chefs will prepare a high-end, multiple-course dinner with wine pairings courtesy of Cultivate Wines. If you attend the dinner you will also be treated to entertainment from Grammy Award-winning songwriters Tim Nichols and Marv Green. If you'd like, you can also participate in the silent auction benefiting Hands on Nashville.
Which am I attending? If I had the disposable income to spluge on both events, I would. You see, I'm a sucker for celebrity chefs (they're well-known for a reason and that reason is, they are really really good chefs) and James Boyce, in particular, has caught my attention since he started out under the tutilage of restaurateur and chef extraordinnaire, Daniel Boulud whose restaurants are on my bucket list of places in which to dine. So far, I've eaten at just one and it was an amazing meal. But since I don't, I'd definitely attend the cook-off. The chefs participating in the challenge are great in their own right and it'll be interesting to see which ingredient they choose and how they use it. While I'm a fan of Benton's Bacon, I'm hoping whoever uses the Goo Goo Clusters wins.
Tickets are still available for the Celebrity Chef Dinner ($150) or the Challenge to the Chefs ($35). If you're feeling particularly peckish, you can purchase an all-access pass for $175. Local foodie Chris Chamberlain has a few more compelling reasons for why you should go on the Nashville Scene's Bites blog here, and for a recap of last year's Savor Nashville event, visit Eat, Drink, Smile.
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