Tuesday, May 10, 2011

John T. Edge Joins Food Celebs Coming to Town for Savor Nashville

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2011 at 5:31 AM

The organizers of Savor Nashville, the new festival of food taking place June 3-5, have announced the final details of the program and participating chefs. In addition to adding some more local chefs to the mix, Southern food expert and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance John T. Edge will be on hand to moderate the big shrimp and grits cookoff June 5 at the Hutton Hotel. If you've ever heard John speak, you know that he is as smooth as molasses sliding off the edge of a buttered biscuit, and I'm certain that he'll be a very entertaining host.

As a reminder of who the visiting chefs are for Saturday night's VIP celebrity chef dinner, it's quite the roster of James Beard award winners: Robert Del Grande, executive chef and partner of the renowned Cafe Annie in Houston; “Godfather of American Cuisine” Larry Forgione; Bob Kinkead, chef and owner of Kinkead’s in Washington, D.C.; Lydia Shire of Locke-Ober restaurant of Boston; and Norman Van Aken of Norman’s in Orlando.

The Beard Award winners will have some local assistance in the kitchen in the form of Jeremy Barlow of Tayst, Matt Bolus of Watermark, Matt Simonds of Nashville Downtown Hilton, Brian Uhl of Midtown Cafe/Sunset Grill/Cabana and Megan Williams of Capitol Grille. It should be fun to watch your favorites work alongside the big guys.

On Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m., Nashville chefs will compete in a shrimp and grits cook-off at the Hutton Hotel. Visiting chefs will judge to determine the winners, while guests sample the dishes, taste Bloody Marys and mimosas and enjoy live entertainment.

Participating restaurants will include Bound’ry, Cabana, Delicioux, The Dogwood Room at Park Manor, F. Scotts, Fish & Co., Red Pony Restaurant, The Standard at Smith House, Union Station and 1808 Grille. Come see whose grits are the tits!

(Editor's note: I love the rhyme, but that's my least favorite superlative phrase in the Chris Chamberlain canon!)

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