With the upheaval seemingly behind them, it's time to celebrate the 25th with a champagne reception, dinner and alumni reunion.
"We were brainstorming about what to do about the 25th," says Wendy Burch, who co-owns the restaurant with Elise Loehr. "The chef [Kevin Ramquist] was saying 'Wouldn't it be great if the old chefs were here, and the old owners, to tell their stories?' "
Burch says Nashvillians have 25 years of happy memories at the restaurant. "I can be walking down the street or at the Y, and people I don't even know will say, 'We had our first date at F. Scott's,' or 'We had our rehearsal dinner at F. Scott's.' "
Burch, Ramquist and the team are assembling a menu of classics for the April 29 dinner, and former chefs are coming to prepare five courses. Chef Josh Weekley (Fish & Co.) will create his signature monkfish with bacon and cabbage. Jason McConnell (Sol, 55South, Red Pony) is making gnocchi. Brian Uhl (Sunset Grill, Midtown Cafe, Cabana), Anita Hartel (mAmbu) and Emile LaBrousse (Poinsett Club, Greenville, S.C.) are prepping for their return engagement, and Will Uhlhorn will amble over from sister restaurant Table 3 to take a turn at the stove.
Former owners are returning for an evening of stories and celebration. Founding partner Daisy King, Hoyt Hill, Craig Clift and Billy Ray Hern will be there. Allen Fiuzat, possibly the only former owner who was in the film Benji,, is coming from out of town. Two well-known F. Scott's alums, Margot McCormack and Randy Rayburn, are unable to attend, but that means we can tell stories behind their backs.
Nashville’s own Annie Sellick will perform live jazz (of course!) in the main dining room. There will also be a 10-foot mural displaying the vivid history and influence of F. Scott’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar in Nashville.
Tickets are $125 and include a champagne reception at 6 and dinner at 7, and if you'd like a dinner date, I'm available. Call the restaurant for details and reservations: 269-5861.