Remember when Bites told you about food blog forum, coming to Nashville in October? If you write about food, or know someone who does, well, that person should go.
Here's some of the conference schedule: Friday, Oct. 7, will be "Taste of Tennessee," including samplings of local products and a chef demo by Arnold Myint. Saturday, Oct. 8, the lucky bloggers will be at Patterson House, with a trip upstairs to see The Catbird Seat. And also Saturday, the food trucks visit for lunch — Riffs, Yayo's OMG and Happy Eating. And that's all in addition to the great sessions that will inspire your writing and connect you with other bloggers. Tickets ($120) are still available. Full event itinerary, registration information, and sponsors are listed here.
It's a whole different Tennessee State Fair this year (today through Sept. 18) — loads of livestock, definitely, but also celebrity cow-milking, masses of concerts, an ice cream eating competition, and a cornhole tournament. No sign of the country ham competitions, the pickling or baking exhibits, the quilts and sewing, but there are motor sports, so there's that. The food will still be a drag — the best thing I've eaten at the fair was a deep-fried oreo — but you don't go for the food, you go for the demolition derby.
Restaurant Week is still young! You've got three days to visit an old favorite or take in the eats at a new place. We're hitting Noshville, Nero's and maybe Yellow Porch. What about you?
If you support non-GMO seeds and root for the underdog, or possibly are a George Washington boffin, scoot over to the Landreth Seeds Facebook page (Save Landreth Seeds). This 227-year-old company once shopped in by the father of our country is one of the largest American suppliers of non-GMO seeds, and it's in financial trouble for complex reasons. They need to raise a big bunch of money, and they're hoping to do it primarily by selling their really beautiful $5 catalogs (the heirloom garlic is really tempting). There's also a chipin effort.
The vast collection of non-GMO seeds is what's at stake here, a cause important enough to garner attention for Landreth on Treehugger and Huffington Post, where you can read the full story.
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