Friday, March 16, 2012

A Day at the Farmers' Market — or Grandmother's Table — With Weekly Open Thread

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 5:58 AM

In this week's dining column, instead of a regular restaurant review, Carrington Fox spends at day at the Nashville Farmers' Market downtown, which as the story's headline explains, bustles with more than bushels.

There's a lively energy these days at the venerable year-round market, as I learned when I wrote about Laura Wilson, chef at the market's spiffy Grow Local Kitchen, in the Scene's People Issue. Carrington clearly had a blast watching the day unfold inside the Market House, talking to vendors like Geraldine Bell of Geraldine's Greatest Chess Pies, and other local food-loving folks.

Wilson keeps coming up with terrific classes at the kitchen, so I urge you to watch the schedule. These events keep selling out! (The gluten-free baking class she lined up with her former sous chef, Sam Tucker — now pastry chef at Watermark — is being rescheduled because of an emergency in her family. We at Bites send Wilson our deep condolences on the death of her dad.)

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Remember last summer when Nicki Wood wrote about Faye Porter's cookbook At My Grandmother's Knee, which gathered 160 traditional Southern recipes that granddaughters across the South (but largely from Tennessee) received from their grandmothers?

Each recipe included a memory or story from the granddaughter about her Southern grandmother’s traditions, what she learned from her and how grandmothers show their love with food.

Now Porter is putting together a second volume, At My Grandmother’s Table. She's looking for new memories of Southern grandmothers: "recipes, traditions, advice, lessons-learned, funny or heartwarming stories."

Women or men alike can submit material for the new book. Get more info or submit your stuff at

Qualified submissions received by April 1 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Williams Sonoma gift card. And if your recipe is accepted, you'll get a free copy of the book.

And a final note: All Porter's proceeds from the second book will go toward the medical bills of her 4-year-old niece and godchild, Lillian Porter. Lil suffers from a rare form of hereditary angioedema.

What's on your mind, Bites Nation? Did you rediscover any of Grandma's recipes this week? Or perfect any new ones? Feel free to share your news, your questions, your ruminations here on the Open Thread.

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