Remember when we told you that the Southern Foodways Alliance's Potlikker Film Festival was coming to Nashville? And then we told you how much fun it was to get down in the trough and roll around with your favorite local chefs as we all enveloped ourselves in down-home Southern food and culture? And remember how pissed off you were that you didn't buy your ticket way in advance so that you could share in the afternoon of amazing food, inventive drinks and smokin' good music?
Well, who says that there are no second chances? Lucky for you, the SFA is throwing another version of the Potlikker Festival in our neighbor to the east, Chattanooga, and tickets are still available. The event is planed for Friday, August 20, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Warehouse Row downtown in the 'Noog. If memory serves from the Nashville Potlikker, 8 is just a suggested end time, and the party will spread to the seven winds after that. Make a friend early and hail a cab home.
Early announced participants include blazing-hot and icebox-cold fried chicken by Daniel Lindley of St. John's restaurant and whole hog barbecue pork tacos made from hogs from Sequatchie Cove Farm and Riverview Farms, created Drew Robinson of Jim 'N Nick's. There should be lots of other culinary treats from the locals, so go hungry.
With smart and short food films by the SFA's own Joe York, and music by Chattanooga's own Gerle Haggard your cultural needs are sure to be fulfilled. Come to think of it, why the hell haven't I already heard of a band named "Gerle Haggard?" Somebody kick the Cream guys in the ass for me.
As an extra added treat the Potlikker organizers are even planning an afternoon detour to Lodge Manufacturing., in South Pittsburgh, Tenn., the cast-iron capital of the South (and beyond). I can speak from experience when I tell you that South Pittsburgh is a little slice of crazy in the middle of the Sequatchie Valley. Save room in your truck bed for cast-iron cookware, handmade rocking chairs and some surprisingly good vinyl records.
It sounds like a can't-miss weekend to me, except I'm already committed to a dinner date that night. They damned well better serve fried chicken. If you go, please report back to the rest of us here so we can find out how our Hamilton County neighbors represented.