Friday, April 22, 2011

All News All the Time at Open Thread

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Rich Sweeney and Casey Thompson at the Top Chef tour
It's a blockbuster seven days for Nashvillians who build their calendars around food events.

First of all, the Scene's food and drink issue came out this week, and if you haven't read it, go get one and settle in for a good read.

The issue was timed to coincide with Iron Fork, the Scene's annual food festival and chef challenge that was held Wednesday night. So much fun to chat with the chefs, employees and patrons of the city's favorite places. Lots of good eats — and no hard choices to make. Just grab one of whatever you fancy. Suh-weet! Kudos to the genius who put the Nashville Originals restaurants in their own rotunda upstairs for best flow and crowd management.

The Bravo TV Top Chef tour came to town, bringing low-key, personable cheftestants Rich Sweeney and Casey Thompson to town for a cooking demonstration (and a little friendly competition).

There was Arnold Myint's tsunami relief sake dinner last night at Cha Chah with visiting chef and fellow Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry. (We hear that Arnold's taking Tiffany on a culinary tour of Nashville today, and hot chicken is definitely on the agenda.)

Next Tuesday is Dining Out for Life. The excellent Garden Brunch Cafe isn't normally open for dinner, but as a special treat owner Jennifer Carpenter is prepping homemade gumbo and other Cajun food for the occasion. And, oh yeah, it's Easter.

In the neighborhoods, restaurant and bar news continues to bustle. Watermark restaurant welcomed new chef Matt Bolus. Noodles and Co. is opening in Green Hills on Monday.

Now I turn it over to you, readers, to update the city on what's new in your corner of the map.

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