Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What the Super Chefs Will Be Cooking: Savor Nashville Menus Announced

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 11:20 AM

The big Taste of Music City and Savor Nashville events will be happening downtown this weekend. In advance of the special Savor dinner on Saturday night, June 4, which will bring five James Beard Award-winning chefs to our fair city, organizers have released the menu of the dishes that the visitors will be preparing with five local chefs.

The guest chefs have impressive resumes: 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 participating locals will be Matt Simonds of the Hilton Downtown Nashville, Jeremy Barlow of Tayst, Matt Bolus of Watermark, Brian Uhl of Sunset Grille and Megan Williams of Capitol Grille. I'd put that roster of kitchen professionals up against any town's talent. Entertainment will be provided by Grammy Award-winning songwriters Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman and friends, and wine will be served with each course, courtesy of Concannon Vineyards.

The dinner is at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Nashville Downtown. Tickets are $150 per person (which includes access to a silent auction with 100 percent of auction proceeds benefiting Community Food Advocates), and it's not too late to get a seat. Check out the menu:

Lydia Shire & Matt Simonds of the Hilton Downtown Nashville
Lobster Popovers
Demitasse of Chilled Minted English Pea with Hot Pork Belly Bap

Paired With: Concannon Selected Vineyards 2010 Pinot Grigio, Central Coast

Norman Van Aken & Jeremy Barlow of Tayst

Brazilian Shrimp Chowder

Paired With: Concannon Conservancy 2009 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Robert Kinkead & Matt Bolus of Watermark
Brioche and Mustard Crusted Halibut with Porcini Broth
Favas and Exotic Mushroom Agnolotti

Paired With: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Merlot, Livermore Valley

Robert Del Grande & Brian Uhl of Sunset Grille
Roasted "Triple NY" Steak
Beef Rib Mole and Hominy

Paired With: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Larry Forgione & Megan Williams of Capitol Grille
HI Vintage Chocolate Macadamia Torte
James Beard Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake
Candied Citrus Charlotte Russe

Paired With: Concannon Conservancy 2008 Petite Sirah, Livermore Valley

Taste of Music City/Savor Nashville includes four major events, including the popular pageant of food and beverage tents that takes over Public Square Park and Deaderick Street on Saturday.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Taste of Music City website.

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