But if you are looking for a potentially transcendent fried chicken experience, you might want to check out the first in Sean Brock's planned series of special guest suppers at The Stables, the small private dining area next to the main dining area at husk. On Monday, Dec. 9, Chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm will join Brock in the kitchen to prepare their interpretations of fried yard bird. Considering both Lenn and Brock are recent James Beard Award winners for Best Chef-Southeast, that's some pretty prodigious and prestigious power in the kitchen.
The intimate event starts at 6:30 and will have no more than 25 patrons who will sample appetizers prepared by the two chefs and then Brock and Lenn's two different versions of fried chicken. Finally Husk's Lisa Donovan will make a dessert worthy of the meal. It will all be served family style, so come hungry (and grabby).
UPDATE: Bites received an email this morning from Tina Tackett, sales manager at Ruth's Chris Steak House on West End, saying the beer dinner with Yazoo won't take place tonight: "We have had to postpone our Yazoo Beer Dinner scheduled tonight due to a poor response. We must have scheduled it too close to Thanksgiving!! We will be rescheduling it in February and will let you know the date as soon as it is confirmed. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes!"
There are few things in life more satisfying to me than a great beer and a well-cooked steak. I rarely go out to steakhouses, because I cook meat exactly the way I like it at home on a probably too frequent basis. But every now and again an event catches my eye that might just cause me to put the ol' Green Egg in cold storage for awhile.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, Nov. 20, Yazoo Brewing Company is joining forces with the meatmeisters at Ruth's Chris at Loew's Vanderbilt for a beer dinner. Starting at 6 p.m., you can enjoy a three-course dinner plus dessert, all paired with beers from Yazoo for $59 per person including tax and tip. Here's the menu:
First course - Spicy Lobster and Calamari paired with Yazoo Hefeweizen
Second Course - Louisiana Seafood Gumbo paired with Yazoo Hop Project
Third Course- 6-ounce Filet with a scallop on Polenta cake, with red beans and rice and our signature mushrooms paired with Yazoo Dos Perros
Dessert - Mini Chocolate Sin Cake with Fresh Berries paired with Sly Rye Porter
If you're interested in attending, call 320-0163 to hold your spot at the table.
Yazoo Beer Dinner
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Ruth's Chris Steak House
2100 West End Ave.
The folks at the Nashville Food Truck Association sent us a heads-up that the Cooking Channel show Eat Street is making a return trip to Nashville to film segments featuring some of our noteworthy trucks. And you are welcome to join the party. Here's the info from the NFTA release:
COOKING CHANNEL'S 'EAT ST.' TO FILM IN NASHVILLE
The general public is encouraged to show up before noon each day for their chance to be on TV. Lunch service runs from noon to 2 p.m. each day.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Crepe A Diem
@ Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
@ One LakeView Place
25 Century Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37214
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
@ Craft Brewed
2502 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
@Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203
UPDATE: The Eat Street blog has now posted more info on the events, including menus and mouth-watering photos of what the trucks plan to serve. (It also reveals plans for the next stop after Nashville, which is Knoxville.)
The event kicks off the evening of Friday, Dec. 6, with a reception at Sloco, the local-and-sustainable- food oriented sandwich shop owned by chef Jeremy Barlow, author of Chefs Can Save the World. It will include bites made from locally sourced produce and talks from some of the workshop presenters.
The main event on Saturday will be held at Trevecca Nazarene University. The workshops topics include backyard gardening, urban homesteading, permaculture, and the effects of local food on health, the environment, spirituality and social justice issues from notable sources such as Jeff Poppen, "the Barefoot Farmer," and Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center. Corsair Distillery will host Saturday evening's dinner, which includes entertainment from Will Kimbrough.
The summit will conclude with a visit to and tour of Delvin Farms on Sunday.
The cost of the summit is $100 per person. If you can't make it to each event, you can buy tickets for individual portions of the summit. More information on individual event pricing is available on the website. The full schedule and additional workshop information is also available.
Tennessee Local Food Summit
Trevecca Nazarene University and other locations
Full admission: $100 (discounts and single-event tickets also available)
I've fallen victim to the idea of pairing a Beaujolas Nouveau with the Thanksgiving meal because the acclaimed release day falls close to the holiday meal. It's generally not a good idea because the hype behind this wine usually doesn't live up to the reality that the light, fruity wine can't hold up to all the butter that we usually add to our Thanksgiving dishes.
Fortunately, 100% Italiano is coming to the rescue with a special event at Rumours 12th and Division this Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., which they are calling "Picking the Right Wine for Thanksgiving." At the event, MariaPia De Pasquale of 100% Italiano will share her tips while you taste five wines served with a pate of light appetizers.
The evening of fun costs $30 per person (tax + tips included) and you can get $5 off if you mention that you saw it on Facebook or Twitter, even if we know you found out about it here on Bites. It'll be our little secret. Registration is required in advance, so call (615) 432-2740 to save a seat. Your Thanksgiving guests will thank you.
Rumours 12th and Division
in the Gulch
1104 Division St.
If you haven't had a chance to check out the new Omni yet, that's the locale for this pair of dinners which benefit the Nashville Food Project. (If you're curious about the nonprofit check out Scene stories here and here.)
Tickets to either night (or both) are $100 per guest or $900 for a 10-seat table. The dinners pair two chefs with the charge of creating a wild menu of fantastic food. Tonight's pair of chefs is Matt Lackey from Flyte and Karl Worley of The Biscuit Love Truck. The theme of their meal is "Feast of the Fish." Tomorrow Deb Paquette of Flyte and Steve Robilio of Amerigo will take over the Omni kitchen for their own creative take on cuisine in a dinner titled "A Trip to Spain."
Wine and spirits pairings are included with the meal, and cocktails will be mixed by some of Nashville's best bartenders. The "Design" part of the evening will be in the form of creative tablescapes provided by H Three Events. Maybe you can get some ideas for your Thanksgiving decorations. Here's the full schedule and menus:
The $20 dinner will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hattie B's and will feature Chef Tony's pub snacks, including housemade sausages and fresh pretzels with beer cheese. If you purchase your tickets in advance, you'll get five food and drink tickets for the $20 admission. At the door, that falls to four tix, so you might want to buy your tickets soon at the event website.
Food and drink tickets can be redeemed for any combination of food and beer, and additional tickets will be available at the event for $5 each. "I love beer and the traditional foods that pair best with it,” says Tony. “In the past we have always done a more formal coursed dinner — we wanted to do something more casual and fun this time.”
Sycamore Nashville Barrel-Aged Bash
Sunday, Nov. 24
5 to 8 p.m.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
112 19th Ave. S.
It feeds a crowd and keeps us warm while instigating a friendly fight over prizes and bragging rights. Healthy competition, after all, helps make our collective chilis better. That’s part of why I enjoy the East Nashville Chili Bowl Chili Cook-Off, which happens again tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. on the back patio of 3 Crow Bar on Woodland Street in East Nashville.
Competitors will be wearing game faces and carrying Crock-pots cloaked with dish towels to protect secret ingredients -— from chicken in white chilis to lamb or sausage in beer or tomato-based versions to seasonal butternut squash.
Organizer and 3 Crow bartender Wayne Hanan said a few competition spots remain. So if you think you’ve got what it takes, contact Hanan as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry to compete is $20 or just $3 to taste (and judge — there’s a people’s choice award as well as panel of official judges tasting entries blind). All proceeds go to East C.A.N.
Last year’s champ and Margot Cafe bartender Brian Jackson generously shared his winning recipe below. But look out, chili cooks. Jackson will be sitting at the judges’ table this year.
During World War II, young Navajo men serving in the U.S. military helped create a secret code based on the Navajo language that proved completely unbreakable, saving countless lives and helping to end the war. Morales says he learned about their story from his father, who served with a code talker, Zuri Keames.
The surviving code talkers are now in their 80s and 90s, and The Southern decided to set up the event to honor their service and give Middle Tennesseans get a chance to meet them.
More information about the Navajo Code Talkers can be found here, including efforts to open a museum and veterans center dedicated to their story.
Also going on at The Southern through Monday: Staff and managers will be wearing combat boots to spread word about The Boot Campaign, which helps promote awareness of the challenges that returning soldiers face, along with providing services for wounded veterans and their families. The Boot Campaign also sells combat boots to raise funds as well as providing a way for people to show appreciation for troops.
Meet and Greet Navajo Code Talkers
2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11
The Southern Steak & Oyster
150 Third Ave. S.
In a story in this week's issue of the Scene, Jim Ridley traces the history of the 76-year-old Roxy Theatre — one of the last remaining neighborhood theaters in the country — and the efforts to return it to its former glory.
Folks who live near the Roxy in the McFerrin Park neighborhood say East Nashville's changing fortunes are bringing in real estate investors who don't have a stake in the neighborhood, Ridley writes. Members of Save the Roxy want to rescue the theater before any speculators get a chance to buy it and raze it.
The Roxy Revival event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday and will feature live entertainment on stages inside and outside the theater. The original 1968 Planet of the Apes will screen inside the theater at 4 p.m. All around the theater, there will be “pop-up” retail featuring local vendors as well as a beer and food, including a number of food trucks.
Fresh off their big win in the People’s Choice Category (and drink and taco categories) at the Nashville Street Food Awards, Crepe a Diem will be on site. Also on hand will be Yayo’s O.M.G., Crankee’s Pizza and Music City Pie Company.
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