From the press release:
She kicks off her tour by stopping for a traditional Thai salad and some exercise, followed by a stop at a Somalian restaurant. She continues her tour with some Bosnian cuisine and history while making a traditional stuffed onion dish for dinner. She stops in for a late night drink, a snack, and some dancing at an Irish pub, followed by an early morning baking session at a Kurdish Halal market. To finish her eating marathon, Eden visits a Ghanaian market for a traditional African experience. Who knew “Music City” was so multicultural!
The answer to that question is, "no one who reads The New York Times exclusively." And whaddya know, not a single mention of the words "hipster," "Jack White," or "Catbird Seat." New Yorkers might actually learn that there's more to the cuisine in our city than trendy restaurants, food trucks, and hot chicken! Even better, Nashvillians might learn a thing or two. It'll be nice to see some eateries from outside the I-440 loop profiled for a change.
Bourdain's riding a king-of-all-media wave, as he's about to add CNN to the list of networks that have featured his shows (which include The Food Network's A Cook's Tour and The Travel Channel's The Layover). (He'll also be hosting AMC's "Mob Week" of gangster movies coming up, an offer he evidently couldn't refuse.) He's making Nashville a stop on his 11-city fall tour, which will include candid reminiscences and an audience Q&A.
That's about all we know at the moment, with more details expected later today. The most important information right now, given that the event will sell out quickly: Tickets will range from $15 to $65 and go on sale July 27, with limited tickets available for a VIP party after the show with a photo opp and meet and greet. To sweeten the deal, it's being catered by City House, Corsair, Yazoo and Olive and Sinclair Chocolate, with book-selling partner Parnassus Books on hand also. Stay tuned for more information leading up to the sale date and show.
UPDATE: Press release below.
Well, now the rest of the nation is gonna find out about him as he appears on a special episode of the Food Network's popular competition cooking show Chopped as part of a series of shows featuring grilling. The shows were filmed in the Sonoran desert at the the nostalgic Old Tucson Studios. Sixteen grill pros faced off in duels for judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Aarón Sánchez with a $50,000 grand prize on the line.
Like on the traditional version of the show, all the chefs were presented with a basket of mystery ingredients and asked to compose and cook innovative dishes. As if that wasn't enough to make you sweat, they were also working over a hot fire in the middle of the desert.
Bringle's episode is due to premiere on Sunday, July 29, at 8 p.m. Central time. Will he bring home the Peg Leg bacon? Will he figure out what to cook with prawns and chile taffy? You'll have to tune in to find out.
Whether he wins or loses on the tube, Bringle has won a pretty big prize in East Tennessee, where his line of barbecue sauces has just been introduced into nineteen Kroger stores. Already named a top sauce by Bon Appetit magazine, Bringle's sauces and rubs can be purchased from his website until the day (hopefully soon) when some local grocery stores pick him up.
So make us proud, Peg Leg!
You may recall that a couple weeks ago Chris Chamberlain chatted with hearty food enthusiast Adam Richman about the upcoming episode of Richman's show on Travel Channel, Best Sandwich in America, which includes a stop in Nashville.
Quizzed as to why he picked the Asian flank steak sandwich at Mitchell Delicatessen as a Nashville delicacy, Richman explained that it was suggested to him by local Americana troubadour Will Hoge.
We still don't know that much about the episode, which apparently rounds up sandwiches of the South, but Travel Channel has posted a YouTube video, above, with an excerpt from the Mitchell Deli segment. Gotta love any food discussion that includes the phrase "the crunch of the giardiniera."
The episode airs tomorrow (Wednesday, June 13) at 8 p.m. CDT.
Tonight, the show's host, hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri, trains his makeover sights on Fiddler's Inn on Music Valley Drive. I haven't seen the episode, but based on the preview stills on Travel Channel's site, one segment features a food truck competition in the parking lot, judged by country star Craig Morgan.
The show airs tonight at 9 p.m. CDT on Travel Channel.
So the first thing I did when I had the chance to talk on the phone with Richman about his upcoming new show Best Sandwich in America was to apologize for all of Nashville's Twitter-stalkers. I commented about how hard it must be for him to keep filming under wraps here in town with so many dedicated fans.
"You know what? I have no problem. I have to say there were some cities where, you know, the aggressive nature of it actually is intimidating, but I have to say — and I'm not saying because I’m speaking to a member of the press from Nashville — I've always loved Nashville. I've always loved it from the first moment I went there, and each successive visit I find something else about it."
The episode’s challenges are closely guarded by the show’s producers, but I’d guess there’s going to be hot chicken and/or Benton’s bacon involved. Also not yet determined is exactly where the food trucks will set up to sell, as it is part of the competition for each truck to find the best location. Local food trucks will be set up at Brew at the Zoo Friday night, the Tour de Fat and Musicians Corner in Centennial Park on Saturday, and at the Wanderland Urban Food Park in Elmington Park on both Saturday and Sunday, but I don’t know if drive-ups are welcome at any of those events. The best way to keep up is to follow the hashtags #greatfoodtruckrace and #GFTR on Twitter. But beware, there are spoilers for the upcoming season, including which remaining four trucks will be in town this weekend.
If you have any competing food truck sightings — and certainly any Tyler Florence sightings, ahem — please let us know. And what do you think the Nashville challenge and Speed Bump will involve?
Most Bites readers are, by this point, familiar with the magician Allan Benton, whose act is all smoke and ... well, here's what the man himself says, in this Southern Foodways Alliance video: "What I'm doing any hillbilly can do in their backyard. It just takes a tiny bit of knowledge, a little bit of salt and sugar, and a lot of time. That's the only thing." Suffice it to say two years is more time than a lot of us could wait on a ham. And while we're on a Benton kick, check out this shorter, more impressionistic video below — in which Benton is constantly interrupted by the ringing of a rotary phone:
The Bobby Flay Project is looking for food entrepreneurs who have left their previous career to start a bricks-and-mortar food business. (And I assume that "left their career " means "lost their career in the recession.")
The plan seems to be to follow the entrepreneur as he or she opens the business, so the business can't be operating yet.
Three key points of eligibility:
* The entrepreneur must have little or no prior professional culinary experience.
* The entrepreneur mus be planning to open a brick-and-mortar space where there will be walk-in customers (restaurant, bakery, sandwich shop, etc.)
*The business can't be operating yet, though the entrepreneur must be aiming to open this year.
If you fit those criteria, assemble the information on your timeline, budget, menu and team. Write up a line or two about what's at stake for you in this endeavor (why you are doing it and what risks, financial as well as personal, you are taking). The network is "highly interested in the human-interest angle of your story."
Email your assembled information to email@example.com.
Get a little info on the competition at the show's Facebook page, or look 'em up on Twitter, @RockShrimpProd.
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