This year on Sunday, July 15, he'll be repeating the party with some of the same chefs as last year and a few exciting new guests. Tandy Williams of City House will be back in the kitchen, reuniting the powerhouse Team TnT with Tyler. Any time these two talents get together, you'd better loosen your belt a notch. Local favorite Hal Holden-Bache will also be taking a break from the process of starting up his new restaurant at Lockeland Table (which might even be open by then, fingers crossed!) to contribute some of his inspiration to the menu.
The out-of-towners are an impressive lot as well. Ed Lee, the lovably cranky contestant from last season's Top Chef: Texas will be heading south from his restaurant 610 Magnolia in Louisville. I've met him a few times and can vouch that he's not nearly as prickly as he came off in the show's edits, and he is a remarkable chef.
Visiting chefs from Atlanta include Steven Satterfield from Miller Union and Ryan Smith from Empire State South. Both of these chefs have well-deserved reputations as some of the most inventive culinary minds in the region, and you know they'll bring something special to the table.
Diners will also enjoy a spirited live auction as well as a silent auction during the cocktail reception that begins at 6 p.m. At last year's dinner, I really enjoyed the presentations that highlighted the work of Share Our Strength and educated us about the mounting problem of childhood hunger. No, it really wasn't a downer, I swear. The representatives of SOS are such an enthusiastic and hopeful lot, you'll leave the dinner with a much better understanding of where America stands and where it hopes to go with regard to these vital issues.
You'll also leave the dinner with a full belly. For more information and to make reservations, visit the event website or call Share Our Strength at (202) 478-6528. If you want to make an entire night of it, the Hermitage Hotel is offering a special hotel package for dinner attendees. To book your discounted room, contact Janet Kurtz at (615) 345-7120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.