Other events that are worth it in the next week: the Herb Society Sale on Saturday, April 16, at the sports arena at the state fairgrounds. Tons of inventory, lots of hard-to-find varieties. The sale begins at 9 a.m. and doors close at 2 p.m. Take a cardboard box and wear comfortable shoes.
Also Saturday is a "cheese cracking," as Whole Foods Green Hills celebrates Parmegiano-Reggiano by breaking open a big, beautiful wheel of cheese at 2 p.m. in the specialty department. You'll get a bit of the fresh cheese, and there will be samples of recipes using Parm-Reg and demos from 1 to 5. The 14-year-old in me wants to make a "cut the cheese" joke, but the grown-up me can rise above that.
Next Wednesday, April 20, is both Iron Fork where $40 gets you a bit of some of the city's best eats. It's a great deal — for the price of a good meal, you get access to a couple dozen great eateries. Earlier in the day, Top Chef visits the Nashville Farmers Market. I'll be at one of the sessions, will you?
Everyone in Nashville wants to eat at 7 p.m., so that magical slot is full at Cha Chah's tsunami relief dinner on April 21, but you can still snag a table 15 minutes before or after.
Looking ahead — waaaay ahead — the Outstanding in the Field dinner tour comes to Tennessee on Oct. 2, to the Inn at Blackberry Farm. Tickets went on sale a couple of weeks ago, and that date is sold out. There are still spaces available for the Arkansas dinner in Tyronza, Ark., at Whitton Farms, cheffed by a stellar lineup that includes Nashville's Tyler Brown and Tandy Wilson, along with Memphis' Kelly English and Oxford, Mississippi's John Currence. Tickets and information here.
And in a bit of shameless self-promotion, I'll mention that Dana, Chris and I are co-hosting a Dining Out For Life evening at tayst on Tuesday, April 26. Great food and good company. Make a reservation and let's turn it into a Bites partay!