Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gobble Some Red-Hot Cock: 30 Days of Hot Chicken Start June 4

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In just a few years, East Nashville's annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival has grown from a neighborhood poultry party to an event that draws thousands every July 4 to East Park. What's not to love (except maybe those blazing July temperatures)? The great atomic bird is our unique civic delicacy, capable of curing colds, boredom, the blues, chills, and any desire you've ever had to settle for KFC. And now, instead of just one day celebrating the flaming fowl, we're getting 30.

Starting June 4, the festival is joining with more than 30 restaurants representing Nashville Originals to present Hot Chicken Days: 30 Ways to Feel the Burn, an event spotlighting hot chicken in all its forms. Every day brings a new variation on the fiery specialty at a different locale, giving some of Nashville's hottest chefs a chance to put their spin. If you're one of those people who carries a tub of Clorox wipes into Prince's, you can nibble a devil-red drumstick at a white-tablecloth joint with pinky daintily extended.

Let this graph from the Hot Chicken Festival website crow its siren song:

To tempt the palate, some of the dishes offered will include: Quail Wings with Habanero Kaffir Dust, Cruze Farms Buttermilk Ranch, White Bread Pudding, Pickled Radishes at ChaCha; Bacon Wrapped Hot Chicken stuffed with Cappicola at Wild Iris; Gorgonzola Crusted Thai Chili Chicken Wing, Krystaled Red Potatoes, Cornichon Chow Chow, Crispy Celery Leaves at Holland House. Cabana will be serving up Jalapeno-Marinated Hot Chicken with Bacon Waffles and Pickled Green Tomatoes. Tayst will add Hot Pickled Chicken: Fried Pickled Chicken Chips served with Celery and American Dressing to their menu. Copper Kettle will serve Sweet and Spicy Southern Fried Chicken and Sweet and Spicy Southern Fried Chicken Salad. Finally, patrons will even be able to participate during casual lunches at places like Noshville which is offering a Spicy Chicken Melt, Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich and a Spicy Chicken Avocado, Bacon Club Sandwich on their menu for the month.

Full release below.

HOT CHICKEN FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 30 HOT CHICKEN DAYS

Nashville Originals partners to bring Nashville’s original Hot Chicken dish to city’s favorite restaurants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This year the Music City Hot Chicken Festival is partnering with Nashville Originals and its membership of local restaurateurs to present Hot Chicken Days: 30 Ways to Feel the Burn. The promotion promises to turn up the heat from June 4 to July 4 when more than 30 area restaurants will be featuring their own creative take on our city’s unique dish all leading up to the July 4 Hot Chicken Festival presented by Piedmont Natural Gas.

“Hot Chicken is a great local culinary tradition, and as Nashville’s locally owned restaurants we were glad for the opportunity to collectively celebrate this great dish,” said Laura Hill, Nashville Originals executive director.

During the month, Nashville favorite restaurants such as ChaChah, Cabana, Fido, Mambu, Noshville and Watermark to name a few will be dishing out some very creative plates in celebration of our spicy bird.

For a complete list of participating restaurants, as well as a list of dishes, visit www.hotchickenfestival.com.

To tempt the palate, some of the dishes offered will include: Quail Wings with Habanero Kaffir Dust, Cruze Farms Buttermilk Ranch, White Bread Pudding, Pickled Radishes at ChaChah; Bacon Wrapped Hot Chicken stuffed with Cappicola at Wild Iris; Gorgonzola Crusted Thai Chili Chicken Wing, Krystaled Red Potatoes, Cornichon Chow Chow, Crispy Celery Leaves at Holland House. Cabana will be serving up Jalapeno-Marinated Hot Chicken with Bacon Waffles and Pickled Green Tomatoes. Tayst will add Hot Pickled Chicken: Fried Pickled Chicken Chips served with Celery and American Dressing to their menu. Copper Kettle will serve Sweet and Spicy Southern Fried Chicken and Sweet and Spicy Southern Fried Chicken Salad. Finally, patrons will even be able to participate during casual lunches at places like Noshville which is offering a Spicy Chicken Melt, Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich and a Spicy Chicken/Avocado/Bacon Club Sandwich on their menu for the month.

Sponsors of this year’s event include Piedmont Natural Gas, Gaylord Entertainment, The City Paper/Nashville Scene, AT&T, Nashville Electric Service, Yazoo Brewing Company, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Metro Parks, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, H.G. Hill Realty, and Bell & Associates Construction.

The sixth annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival presented by Piedmont Natural Gas is a free event to be held on Wednesday, July 4, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Nashville’s East Park, 700 Woodland Street. All festival proceeds go toward Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms.

For more information, please visit www.hotchickenfestival.com.

Nashville Originals are local restaurateurs dedicated to sustaining the independent restaurant as a fixture of Nashville's culture and community. We have joined together to increase the visibility and viability of locally owned restaurants, so we can continue to exercise our individual creativity and style for your dining pleasure.

For more information, please visit www.nashvilleoriginals.com

Connect with the Hot Chicken Festival on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HotChickenFest and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MusicCityHotChickenFestival.

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