You may recognize Chef Stone as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice or as the host of the most recent edition of Top Chef Masters. Around my house, we know the handsome Aussie from his two seasons on Take Home Chef who used to stalk grocery stores looking for attractive young women whom he would follow home, then cook dinner for her family. Or as my girlfriend calls him, "that guy I'd leave you for in a Melbourne minute."
Curtis will be visiting the Hotel Indigo Downtown at 301 Union St. this Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will be soliciting stories from Nashvillagers about who makes the best local dishes in their neighborhoods. The event is intended to kick off a contest where some lucky local could win a trip to the Big Apple. Here are the details:
Meanwhile, Kayne's sister restaurant in Midtown, Tavern, has added brunch on Saturday and Sunday, as I reported in my Food Biz column in the Nashville Post section of The City Paper currently on newsstands.
The full release on changes at Kayne Prime follows:
Chef’s Market, the local favorite cafe and catering in Goodlettsville, is hosting a customer-inspired summer salad contest, and the winning salads will be rotated onto the restaurant's menu over the summer.
The contest is open to individuals with a salad recipe that uses fresh summer flavors to make Chef Kathy Doak sit up and take notice. Winners will receive two dinner passes to Chef’s Market and have their salad featured in the Chef’s Market restaurant.
The contest continues through Labor Day, so you can submit recipes throughout the rest of July and August. Go on — use it as a reason to write down that favorite concoction or unearth the formula for that special salad that always has people asking you to bring it for potluck.
The first winning salad, from Suha Dabit, is Sicilian Pesto Bowtie Pasta Salad, a more-ish melange of prosciutto, pine nuts, pesto, tomatoes and spinach. I'd order that, no doubt.
A new winning recipe is selected every two weeks. Email the recipe to email@example.com. Include your name, contact information, recipe and a little inside info on why you love the recipe you're submitting.
A Nashville police officer stabbed a man in the leg during a scuffle in the restroom at Provence downtown, my colleague James Nix of The City Paper reports. The man had allegedly tried to take the officer's handgun:
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said officer Marty Crowder, a 23-year-veteran of the force, was using the urinal in the restroom at Provence next to the Main Library at approximately 10 a.m. Friday when James Collier entered the facility, locked the door and approached the officer.
Crowder told Collier, 43, to back off. When Collier refused the officer’s order and allegedly attempted to grab the officer’s gun, a scuffle ensued. Crowder pulled a knife from his vest area and stabbed Collier in the upper left leg, Aaron said.
“An officer at all costs will work to protect his firearm,” Aaron said, adding that officers are given the option to carry a knife on them and most do.
I'm not sure whether God is smiling on me for blogging amongst the plain people. I've lost three entire posts this morning.
All I want to do is talk about how awesome the food is at Jim's Country Market in Chambersburg, Pa. Is that too much to ask? Probably.
After the jump, check out a couple more pics from one of my favorite food spots on the planet.
(And here's the blurb about the market from the Franklin County, Pa., tourism website: "More than 25 vendors selling freshly butchered meats, cheeses, desserts, baked goods, deli style meats, seafood, soft pretzels, hoagies, fresh locally grown produce, candies, rare coins, crafts, candles, collectibles, Avon, unique gifts, Peruvian treasures, organic teas, herbs, spices, bath & body, health products, treats for the pooch and something for everyone at the ever-changing flea market.")
My favorite Tom Robbins quote expresses what most visitors to New Orleans feel, but can't express as eloquently, "The minute you land in New Orleans, something wet and dark leaps on you and starts humping you like a swamp dog in heat, and the only way to get that aspect of New Orleans off you is to eat it off." We're doing our best down here, and from the looks of the Wandering WIno schedule, y'all will have a couple good chances to take in a little bit of debauchery yourselves in Nashville in a week or two.
The first event is Experience Italy at The Bound'ry.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, Midtown Wine and Spirits will have Sara Klein, Italian specialist and brand manager for Kobrand Imports, visiting to showcase some of her wonderful wines and share her expertise. This will be a stunning tasting featuring Brunellos, Barolos, Super Tuscans, Chianti Classico Riservas and more.
Dinner these nights is either a tomato sandwich and a glass of wine or ice cream. I call it "frozen dinner." Hey, don't knock it — there's calcium and enough calories to fuel an evening under the ceiling fan, watching Tour de France.
Call it the Tour de Glace — we've made dinner of Cece's, Jeni's at Bongo Hot and Cold (that golden ale with apricot — woof!), Bobbie's Dairy Dip, Las Paletas, Bravo Gelato, Maggie Moo, Pied Piper, Whole Foods ice cream counter, and Porta Via, so far. (Just as an aside, if there's a more densely, deeply chocolate ice cream in town than Porta Via's, I don't know about it)
The air-conditioner and ice maker repair services will be here eventually, and with them goes our excuse for sweet, frosty meals.
What's your strategy for cool dining in uncivilized temperatures? And why isn't there a women's Tour de France? The comments section awaits your observations, ideas and questions.
Earlier this week, we reported that the restaurant, which has been operating on Elliston at least since 1939, was planning to close after lunch this Saturday. Today the parties announced an agreement to extend the lease, Bites' colleagues at The City Paper report. Veteran real estate investor Jim Crossman is the shop's landlord.
The soda shop is known not just for its ice cream, but also inexpensive breakfast and meat-and-three lunch. Its friendly waitresses and old-school vibe appeal to tourists and locals alike.
I knew this stuff had a powerful impact on those who had tried it, and personal sampling confirmed that it is indeed pretty kick-butt. Nashvillians have kept the scoopers scooping furiously at Hot & Cold, which serves Jeni's ice cream. And when Jeni's opened it's first local stand-alone location in East Nashville last month, lines for free samples stretched around the block. Jeni's matriarch Jeni Britton Bauer was in the house that evening. Patrons alternately thanked her for providing such butterfat goodness and kiddingly cursed her for the effect on their waistlines.
In the Scene that hits the stands today, Susannah Felts from Chapter16.org has an intriguing interview with Jeni, who discusses the challenges of starting a business, the reason she chose East Nashville for her store — and of course, butterfat.
And if you didn't get a chance to meet the woman behind the calories last month, you've got another opportunity this Thursday, July 21, at Williams-Sonoma in the Mall at Green Hills. Jeni will be signing copies of her new cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home: More than 100 Addictively Good Artisanal Recipes, starting at 3 p.m. As per usual, please purchase your cookbook at the store if you would like her to sign it.
The announcement mentions a cooking demonstration, so with any luck you can expect some yummy free samples. Back to the gym for me.
At that time, I was not one of those informed tasters, and I swilled most of the glasses down with abandon. I did remember particularly enjoying a California version of a Bordeaux blend which they told us was called Insignia. I wish I'd sipped on that one, because when we found out that it retailed for about $125 per bottle, suddenly the polite tasting attendees were throwing elbows like Dennis Rodman while they scrambled to grab the extra glasses of that prime juice from the extra settings of glasses for people who failed to show up.
Finally I (and you, if I don't elbow you out of the way) have the chance to make amends and try that delightful wine again. Palm Restaurant downtown is hosting a dinner featuring the wines of Joseph Phelps next Tuesday, July 26, beginning with a reception at 6:30 and dinner at 7. The dinner costs $125 for members of Palm's (free) 837 frequent diners' club and $25 more if you haven't filled out your 837 application yet. Trust me, you'll get in if you apply. Heck, even I got in.
That may sound like a big chunk of change, but consider the fact that it's a six-course dinner with accompanying Joseph Phelps wines with every course. Including Insignia. Check out the menu:
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