Wednesday, May 28, is elastic-waistband day. Don't forget to wear your comfy britches for Generous Helpings, when dozens of Nashville's finest restaurateurs converge on the Nashville Convention Center to dish up tastes of their culinary creativity. The event benefits Nashville's Table, the prepared-food rescue division of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
This democratic event, studded with Nashville Originals and seasoned chefs alongside relative newcomers, brings out the best in the city's restaurant industry in every sense of the word. Lending their expertise are Watermark, Mambu, The Culinary Arts Center at Second Harvest, Ovations Catering, Nashville State Community College Culinary Arts, Park Café, Chaffin’s Barn, Pied Piper Creamery, Cabana, Eastland Café, Midtown Café, Sunset Grill, Tayst, Tin Angel, Mirror, Kalamata's, Margot, Marche, Zola, Noshville, Chappy’s on Church, Flyte, Radius 10, Veggie Café and Caffé Nonna.
As if that weren't incentive enough, restaurant chair Laura Wilson of Ombi says she will finally unchain sous chef Cooper Brunk from the stove to meet the public. Brunk will unveil a shrimp salad with grilled artichokes, tomatoes, hearts of palm and balsamic vinegar.
Previously named “Best Food Event” by the Scene, Generous Helpings 2008 will take place 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Patron tickets are available for $125, which includes valet parking and VIP access to bars and wine tastings. For tickets, visit Second Harvest Nashville or call 627-1565.