The Scene stages this spectacular every year, and it's a great party, with food samples and drinks and the opportunity to meet our favorite chefs and see how they work when the heat is on. Iron Fork is set for April 20 at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Five fine competitors are on the bill: Matt Bolus of Watermark, Charles Phillips of 1808 Grille, Ashley Quick of Flyte, John Stephenson of Fido and Laura Wilson of The Turnip Truck Urban Market.
Well, it looks like a different passel of chefs will also be in town that day. Chefs we've come to love (or hate) on television.
Bravo's Top Chef, another favorite obsession of Bites readers, reports on its website that Top Chef: The Tour will roll into Nashville on April 20. There aren't any details, and tickets don't go on sale until Monday, April 4, but it sets up a possible scheduling conflict for local people of a food-loving persuasion.
With any luck, the Top Chef wingding won't overlap with Iron Fork, which runs 6 to 10 p.m. We'll keep you posted. But it seems like in a clinch, folks who relish fresh, local food would prefer to root for fresh, local chefs.