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
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.