Monday, July 14, 2014

Wine and Swine Benefit Dinner Ups the Ante With 17 Food Purveyors

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM

This Friday, July 18, is the sixth annual Wine and Swine Dinner, a benefit that supports the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year's event will be held at The Bridge Building on the east side of the Cumberland River. Wine and Swine just gets better every year, and this edition has some notable improvements over previous iterations.

Last year, they had four restaurants providing food for over 500 attendees, but for 2014 they've increased the roster to 17 restaurants and caterers. Along with wine, beer and spirits tasting stations, the organizers have listened to past attendees who requested more than just a dribble in their glass. They responded by adding a "general consumption bar" that will offer full pours for those who just want to enjoy a glass and and some fellowship rather than hopping from tasting at tasting. (Not everybody wants to necessarily learn about new wines at these events, y'know.)

Here's a look at some of the food highlights that the organizers shared to get your Pavlovian response activated:

Second Harvest Culinary Arts Center: Smoked pork shoulder with pecan wood served on a cheddar cornbread coin, topped with a white truffle and apple cider vinegar sopping sauce, garnished with an apple/fennel slaw

The Chef & I Catering: Dark Chocolate Truffle infused with candied bacon and red wine crusted in pistachio dust

Fido: Spicy smoked pork and lamb meatball with a fig, aioli, kale and cheddar biscuit

Faye's Cake Pops: Bacon inspired Cake Pops

With a piggy theme, the food providers are bound to impress, and it's a long party so you'll need the sustenance. A VIP Tasting with early admission to the tasting tent and some VIP-only food and drink offerings kicks off at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30, it's Katie bar the door as the general audience is admitted to the party and the tasting room until 9:30. After that, the rooftop bar opens from 9:30 to 11:30 with live entertainment and an open bar.

If you're interested in helping out the CF Foundation and attending what should prove to be a great party, head over to the event website to buy your tickets. VIP tix are $100 apiece, and general admission is $75 on the website or at the door.

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