The first round of information that came out about the $250 event didn't make it clear that the evening is more than just an opportunity to meet Keller and his co-author Sebastien Rouxel and get a signed copy of their new book Bouchon Bakery.
The event is also a benefit for The Nashville Food Project, and proceeds raised will go to support the group's effort to cook and distribute meals to Nashville's homeless communities and some weekly-rent hotels that house many folks in the transition to and from homelessness. Chef Keller is even going to pay a visit to the same kitchen that I was fortunate to be asked to help out in earlier this year. I reckon he might have a more creative contribution to add to the menu than my kale chips.
In a really nice bonus, Viking Corp. will be donating a commercial range to The Nashville Food Project's kitchen during Keller and Rouxel's visit. After seeing what the volunteer chefs put out off their old stoves, this should make them even more prolific.
Your philanthropic dollar will go a long way with this organization, and you'll also get quite a bit of bang for your buck considering the talent that will be providing eats and treats for the book signing event. The list of participating chefs reads like a who's who of the Nashville culinary community, and in a Bites first, I'm going to quote myself to remind you who will be there:
Local chefs who will be returning the favor by cooking for Keller and the assembled masses include Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson of The Catbird Seat, Tyler Brown from the Capitol Grille and host chef Charles Phillips from 1808 Grill in the Hutton. Etch's Megan Williams will be handling the pastry duties, and Chris Carter and James Peisker from Porter Road Butcher are sure to be pitching in something cool as well. Other participants are Matt Bolus, Bart Pickens and Alisa Huntsman of Loveless Cafe, Rebekah Turshen of City House and in a really cool development Lisa Donovan of Buttermilk Road Supper Club.
Tickets are selling fast, so make your reservation here.
Another cool event coming up in a few days is the latest installment of Vivek Surti's Epicurean Adventure Supper Club.
On Saturday Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Grow Local Kitchen in the Nashville Farmers' Market, Vivek will be cooking his interpretations of menus from my book, The Southern Foodie. I've tasted through the menu as part of Vivek's extensive planning process, and I can promise it will be a very interesting and delicious take on Southern food.
Karl Worley from the Biscuit Love food truck has even promised to whip up a batch of his Family Reserve Biscuits to serve as an aperitif, so there's that to look forward to as well! Check out this menu:
Karl Worley’s Family Reserve Biscuits
Apple Butter | Spicy Honey | Bacon Butter
Fritters | Tamarind| Radish | Apple | Oil Cured Chiles
*Inspired by Proof on Main in Louisville, KY
Biryani | Andouille | Peanuts | Garam Masala
*Inspired by Holeman & Finch Public House in Atlanta, GA
Springer Mountain Farm Chicken
Tandoori Breast Schnitzel | Dark Meat Sausage | Crispy Skin | Brussels Sprouts
*Inspired by Strawn’s Eat Shop in Shreveport, LA and Restaurant Iris in Memphis, TN
Cruze’s Dairy Buttermilk
Buttermilk Pie | Cardamom | Lemon | Pistachio
*Inspired by the Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC
*Menu subject to change
Beverage pairings provided by the awesome folks over at Drink Music City!
I'll be there to sell and sign books, and I'll be happy to sign books that you might have bought somewhere else. But I'm not the highlight of the evening by a long shot. That would be Vivek and his unique vision, a fusion of the cuisines of India and the South. Come out and join the fun. DInner is $50 per person with drink pairings for every course, available for $15 more. From what I've heard, the drinks are plentiful and wonderful, so plan for safe transportation home.
Make your reservations here.