Thursday, April 17, 2014

Where are You Dining Out for Life on April 22?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Dining Out for Life, the major fundraiser for Nashville Cares is coming up this Tuesday, April 22, but it's not too late to make your plans! As I told you last month, a record number of restaurants are participating this year to donate a portion of their dining receipts that evening to help Nashville Cares assist the HIV and AIDs-afflicted citizens of Middle Tennessee. Last year, over 6,000 diners participated by dining out and by making individual donations, and this year there is an outside chance that the total donations in the 11-year history of the event could exceed the $1 million mark. So kudos you you all and the generous restaurants that have been a part of DOFL through the years.

But that doesn't mean any of us can get complacent. Now is the time to check out the list of restaurants and plan your day's eating plus a few events on Saturday and Sunday. Call the restaurant to make a reservation for a table of four and then get three friends to join you. If you prefer to make your reservations online, may I suggest that you first check the restaurant's website, because it's an industry secret that Open Table charges four times as much per diner for reservations made on vs. the restaurant site. If the restaurateurs are generous enough to support this cause, the least we can do is help them out a little bit.

Taking advantage of the Bites bully pulpit, I'd like to invite you wonderful folks to join me as I host lunch at Provence downtown and dinner at Tin Angel. Rick Bolsom at Tin Angel has even agreed to resurrect the beloved paella from his previous ventures Cakewalk Cafe and Zola as a special for the evening, plus the rarely-on-the-menu Chicken Schnitzel that I've heard is outrageous. We'll also have a special cocktail and dessert on the menu that evening to honor my co-hosts' aunt who passed away from AIDS 17 years ago and would have celebrated her 56th birthday on the exact date of this year's DOFL. Please consider joining us for a nice tribute dinner.

The Farm House and Best Brands are also combining for a really special event that evening to acknowledge the entry of a new spirit to the Nashville market. Whistle Pig is a 10-year old rye whiskey that has achieved cult status around the country and has finally come to town. Best Brands had already planned a tasting dinner featuring Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and Whistle Pig owner Raj Bhakta, but when they heard that it was the same date as DOFL, they graciously arranged to hold the event at a participating restaurant and donate the proceeds to Nashville Cares.

Here are the details of the dinner:

Course 1

two-year aged ham over red fife toast topped with smoked blueberries and house made mustard and garnished with shaved, house cured egg yolks

Course 2

pickled shrimp over a salad of pea tendrils, radicchio, blood orange and green tomato with cheese curds and dehydrated olive

Course 3

roasted lamb loin over house made ricotta, gnocchi with a spring pea and mushroom ragout

TN stack cake
ode to the mint julep

Dinner will begin with a cocktail at 6:30 and service start before 7, there will be a tasting of Whistle Pig with each course and a specialty cocktail with dessert.

Tickets are $50 plus applicable tax and 20% gratuity. Call the restaurant or email to make sure you get a seat.

There are plenty of other great dining events going on for DOFL including the incredibly entertaining John Bridges hosting what should be a festive going-away party for F. Scott's, so please do check your calendar and plan to dine out on April 22!

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