Tuesday, May 14, 2013

High-Powered Chefs Coming to Town for Music City Eats Festival, Produced by Kings of Leon

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM

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A splashy new event, Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival, was announced today. It's a collaboration between Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon; Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn of Vector Management (which manages the band); and C3 Presents, the producers of Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza and the Austin Food & Wine Festival, among other large events around the country.

Tickets go on sale here at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 17. The festival is set for Sept. 21-22 in downtown Nashville.

One of the celebrity chefs involved is Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in New York, who is a friend of the Followills. He's quoted in today's press release:

“Nashville, long admired for its music and hospitality, has had an enormous explosion of culinary talent in recent years,” said Jonathan Waxman. “A few years ago Caleb Followill quietly slipped into my restaurant Barbuto in New York, and we bonded over food and music, and throughout our many conversations, he kept asking why there wasn't a Food & Wine festival in his hometown of Nashville. So this year, we are doing it, and we are inviting some truly amazing chefs from around the country, and most importantly the best chefs and restaurants in Nashville. I am extremely excited by our shindig, and the Kings and I can't wait until September rolls around.”

The festival will take over Public Square Park with "cooking demos, panel discussions, book signings, and the Flavors of Nashville, where the city’s top chefs and restaurants will serve their Southern dishes and fabled Nashville favorites, along with distinguished wine, beer and spirits purveyors on Saturday, and a new batch of chefs and restaurants dishing up a Revival Brunch on Sunday."

Saturday night will bring Harvest Night, a food event, and Petty Fest, a musical tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "hosted by the Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, along with many other very special guests." The venue for those events is War Memorial Plaza and Auditorium.

Flavors of Nashville features local chefs including Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger (The Catbird Seat); Carey Bringle (The Peg Leg Porker); Matt Farley (The Southern); Sarah Gavigan (Otaku South); Joseph Lenn (The Barn at Blackberry Farm); Pat Martin (Martin’s Bar-B-Que); Deb Paquette (Etch); Giovanni Pinato (Giovanni Ristorante); Barclay Stratton (Merchants); and Tandy Wilson (City House).

Harvest Night will feature Waxman and a dozen or so other nationally known chefs.

After the jump, see the press release with the full list of chefs and details on ticket options, which include festival passes ranging from $275 to $500.

Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival

Debuts September 21-22, 2013;

Produced by Caleb and Nathan Followill of the Kings of Leon, Chef Jonathan Waxman, Vector Management’s
Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn, and C3 Presents

Inaugural Festival to Feature Star-Studded Line-up of Chefs, Live Musical Performances, Interactive Cooking Demos and Panels, & Much More


Nashville, TN (May 14, 2013) — GRAMMY-Award winning artists Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon, world-renowned chef Jonathan Waxman, Vector Management's Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn, and C3 Presents (whose festival production credentials include Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and Austin FOOD & WINE Festival), are pleased to announce the debut of Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival, September 21-22, 2013. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. CT at www.musiccityeats.com.

Quintessentially Southern with soulful spirit, Music City Eats brings together acclaimed national chefs and superstars of the local culinary scene for Nashville’s inaugural Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival. Featuring local restaurant showcases, cooking demonstrations, wine, beer & spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions and, of course, live music, Music City Eats will present the best of high and low cuisine, dishing up authentic Southern flavor in a fresh, inspiring way.

“With a lineup that includes chefs Jonathan Waxman and Tim love, and hosts Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon, FOOD & WINE couldn't pass up the opportunity to partner on the first-ever Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival,“ said FOOD & WINE Magazine SVP and Publisher Christina Grdovic. “We believe that music is an essential ingredient of the FOOD & WINE experience, and there isn't a better place to experience it than in Nashville.”

“Nashville, long admired for its music and hospitality, has had an enormous explosion of culinary talent in recent years,” said Jonathan Waxman. “A few years ago Caleb Followill quietly slipped into my restaurant Barbuto in New York, and we bonded over food and music, and throughout our many conversations, he kept asking why there wasn't a Food & Wine festival in his hometown of Nashville. So this year, we are doing it, and we are inviting some truly amazing chefs from around the country, and most importantly the best chefs and restaurants in Nashville. I am extremely excited by our shindig, and the Kings and I can't wait until September rolls around.”

Taking place in the casual, laid-back atmosphere that is downtown Nashville, Music City Eats will showcase local, regional and national chefs. On Saturday and Sunday, Public Square Park festival grounds will host cooking demos, panel discussions, book signings, and the Flavors of Nashville, where the city’s top chefs and restaurants will serve their Southern dishes and fabled Nashville favorites, along with distinguished wine, beer and spirits purveyors on Saturday, and a new batch of chefs and restaurants dishing up a Revival Brunch on Sunday.

A signature event of Music City Eats is Saturday night’s Harvest Night presented by CITI and Petty Fest presented by Jameson at War Memorial Plaza and Auditorium. Featuring some of the country’s best chefs serving signature dishes, Harvest Night will offer attendees the opportunity to sample dishes from coast-to-coast, under a nearly full moon and Nashville sky before attending the all-star Petty Fest Nashville. Paying tribute to the legendary music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Petty Fest Nashville celebrates all things Petty, and will be hosted by the Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below Band, along with many other very special guests.

“We love food as much as music and believe that Nashville can be a foodie haven if given the proper exposure to all of our great chef friends, which is why we are putting this festival on,” said Nathan Followill.

Flavors Of Nashville will feature an all-star line-up of chefs, including: Erik Anderson & Josh Habiger (The Catbird Seat); Carey Bringle (Pegleg Porker); Matt Farley (The Southern); Sarah Gavigan (Otaku South); Joseph Lenn (The Barn at Blackberry Farm); Pat Martin (Martin’s Barbecue); Deb Paquette (Etch); Giovanni Pinato (Giovanni Ristorante); Barclay Stratton (Merchants); Tandy Wilson (City House); and many more to be announced.

Featured chefs at Harvest Night will include: John Besh (Besh Restaurant Group, Author, TV Personality, Inedible to Incredible; New Orleans, Louisiana); Tom Colicchio (Craft Restaurants and Riverpark, TV Personality, Top Chef; New York City); Giada De Laurentiis (Chef, Author, TV Personality, Giada at Home, Everyday Italian, Next Food Network Star, The Today Show); Mike Lata (FIG, The Ordinary; Charleston, South Carolina); Edward Lee (610 Magnolia and Milkwood; Louisville, Kentucky); Donald Link (Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher, Calcasieu, Peche; New Orleans, Louisiana); Tim Love (The Lonesome Dove, Queenie’s, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon; Fort Worth, Texas); Aaron Sanchez (Mestizo, TV Personality, Chopped, Heat Seekers; New York City); Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun; Los Angeles); Nancy Silverton (Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, Author; Los Angeles); Michael Symon (Lola, Lolita, Roast, B Spot, TV Personality, Next Iron Chef, Author; Cleveland, Ohio); Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, Author, A Great American Cook and Italian My Way, Top Chef Masters; New York City); and Trisha Yearwood (TV Personality, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.)

Ticket options include a Two-Day Pass or All-In Pass, and all attendees must be 21 years of age or older. The 2-Day Pass ($275 per person) includes access to cooking demonstrations, wine & spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions, Saturday’s Flavors of Nashville and Sunday’s Flavors of Nashville Revival Brunch, and a one-year FOOD & WINE Magazine Subscription (US Only).

The All-In Pass ($500 per person) includes access to cooking demonstrations, wine & spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions, Saturday’s Flavors of Nashville and Sunday’s Flavors of Nashville Revival Brunch, a one-year FOOD & WINE Magazine Subscription (US Only), as well as Saturday’s Harvest Night presented by CITI and Petty Fest presented by Jameson.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.musiccityeats.com, or follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/musiccityeats) and Facebook (Facebook.com/musiccityeats). Additional chefs, along with the programming schedule, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Music City Eats is generously sponsored by FOOD & WINE Magazine, Citi, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

About Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival

Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival is the brainchild of Grammy award winning artists (and Nashville residents) Caleb and Nathan Followill of grammy winning band Kings of Leon, world renowned chef Jonathan Waxman, Austin-based C3 Presents — producer of Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Lollapalooza — and Vector Management's Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn.

Taking place in the historic venues and outdoor spaces of downtown Nashville, Music City Eats makes its debut in 2013 with an authentic, fresh and inspiring experience that will have even the most discriminating gourmet coming back for more.

About C3 Presents

C3 Presents creates, books, markets and produces live experiences, concerts, and private events. C3 is the force behind Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Other events in the C3 portfolio include the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, Orion Music + More, Wanderlust Festival, Lollapalooza Brazil, Lollapalooza Chile, and Big Day Out Australia. C3 books and promotes more than 1,000 concerts in arenas, theaters, casinos, and clubs across the US annually, making it the third-largest promoter in the country. In addition to event production and booking, C3 manages the careers of select artists.

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