Friday, April 4, 2014

Remembrance of Pasta Past: Faison to Cook Up His Famous Pasta Ya-Ya

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

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  • Jody Faison
Jody Faison, a legendary figure in the Nashville restaurant scene who quit the food-and-drink biz after 25 years to become an attorney, is getting ready to cook one his more famous creations, Pasta Ya-Ya from the original 12th & Porter menu, as a one-off treat at an event next week at the Music Row campus of SAE Institute, where Faison teaches as an adjunct professor of copyright law.

The pasta party will precede a presentation by composer, musician, Berklee College of Music professor and copyright expert E. Michael Harrington, called "Unhinge the Infringe Machine."

Faison is one of the founding fathers Nashville's current culinary scene. After graduating from Vanderbilt in 1981, he opened Faison's in Hillsboro Village, kicking off that neighborhood's renaissance. Over the years he added more restaurants, including Iguana, Cafe OneTwoThree, the Pub of Love and one of Nashville's most famous music venues, 12th & Porter in the Gulch. That's where his Pasta Ya-Ya, featuring andouille sausage, chicken, Cajun cream sauce and fettucine, earned the adoration of fans. (Talk about infringement: Shoney's copied it for their menu for a while.)

The event is Friday, April 11, at SAE Institute, 7 Music Circle N. Pasta starts at 12:30 p.m.; Harrington speaks at 1. It's free and open to the public; you just need to RSVP with a call to the campus at 244-5848.

Bites folks: Do you remember Pasta Ya-Ya, and do you pine for it? Any great memories of the Faison Years?

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