Fall Guide: Dinner on the Farm 

DINNER ON THE FARM
Oct. 11, Delvin Farms,
College Grove, Tenn.

Almost any conversation about locally grown sustainable food in Nashville ultimately circles back to Jeremy Barlow at Tayst restaurant or Hank and Cindy Delvin at Delvin Farms. At the city's first restaurant certified by the Green Restaurant Association, Barlow has fine-tuned his kitchen processes to reduce, reuse and recycle, while reveling in recipes for humanely raised meates and locally grown produce.

On Oct. 11, Barlow and the Delvins will team up to host Dinner on the Farm, with a pig roast and buffet drawing from the Delvins' crops. The evening begins with wine and passed appetizers—grit cakes with greens and goat cheese; caramel cones with spicy apple relish; and hushpuppies with wildflower honey and trout—in the orchard and moves to dinner tables under a covered area outside the barn. Woodland Wine Merchant will select a red and white wine to go with the menu of roast pig; skillet cornbread; fall squash napoleon with ricotta; lettuce with pears, toasted nuts and sweet potato dressing; pasta with spaghetti squash, peppers, preserved figs and sorghum; and apple pie, cobbler and caramel apples for dessert.

Tayst's serving staff will perform live music—though Barlow promises he's just there to man the pig.

The cost is $85 per person, with 10 percent of proceeds benefiting Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee. The evening begins at 5 p.m. For reservations, call 383-1953.

• Sept. 17 to 20: Tennessee State Fair The two-week celebration of agriculture concludes with more livestock shows, pig races, and sorghum and gristmill demonstrations. On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2:30 p.m., competitive eaters loosen their belts in the Krystal Square Off, vying for a seat in the World Hamburger Eating Championship in Chattanooga later in the month. A sweeter, gentler showdown takes place at the same time when Purity Dairies hosts an ice cream-eating competition.

• Saturdays through the fall: West Nashville Farmers' Market A block off busy Charlotte Pike, Good Food for Good People, along with a corps of local farmers and artisan food producers, has created a leisurely weekend tradition at the corner of 46th and Park Avenue. What better way to observe the crop cycle than by milling about a neighborhood park, where farmers trade out summer fruits for fall vegetables until the fields finally fall dormant? 9 a.m. to noon, Richland Park

• Sept. 19: Wine on the River Now in its seventh year, the prelude to L'Eté du Vin wine auction brings vineyards from across the country to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. The afternoon of wine and live music benefits programs that support research and treatment of cancer. Admission to the 21-and-up event includes wine samples and a souvenir glass. 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance/$55 at the gate and are available at wineontheriver.com.

• Sunday Evenings: Mad Men at the Oak Bar The Capitol Grille at Hermitage Hotel gets in on the mid-century madness, with weekly screenings of Mad Men accompanied by a roster of themed cocktails. Belly up to the bar for a Betty's Mint Gimlet or Don's Old Fashioned, and a roster of chef Tyler Brown's snacks, including fried green tomatoes with Hoop cheddar pimento cheese and pepper relish; duck sausage meatballs with fig and chili dipping sauce; and lobster corndogs. 8 to 10 p.m. through the Mad Men season

• Oct. 2: Franklin Wine Festival The fifth annual celebration of wine and food features more than 300 wines, food tastings from many of Middle Tennessee's finest restaurants, and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 and benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. 7 to 10 p.m. The Factory at Franklin. Purchase tickets at franklinewinefestival.com.

• Oct. 3: Spring Hill Country Ham Festival The sixth annual fundraiser for Tennessee Children's Home promises to be some party, with pig races, a petting zoo, fireworks, live music and more country ham and biscuits than you can say gravy over. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 804 Branham Hughes Blvd., Spring Hill

• Oct. 8: Red Pony Wine Dinner Chef/owner Jason McConnell jumpstarts Franklin's annual Wine Down Main Street in November with a five-course meal paired with wines from the Caymus Collection. $100 admission supports the Boys & Girls Cub of Franklin. 6 p.m., Hallmark Volkswagen, 620 Bakers Bridge. Purchase tickets through winedownmainstreet.com.

• Oct. 24: Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue Dozens of pitmasters from around the world will convene at "The Jack" to pit their ribs, shoulder, brisket and chicken against 2008 champion team 4 Legs Up. Held near the town square in Lynchburg, the day filled with games, food vendors and distillery tours is free, but contributions to Moore County Schools are appreciated. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jackdaniels.com

• Oct. 31: Halloween at Sol Chef de cuisine Austin Garcia scares up a collection of handmade tacos—stuffed with goat, seafood and pumpkin—for Halloween supper. $30 buys a Mexican meal paired with wines from around the world. Full menu is also available. 403 Main St., Franklin. For reservations call 538-6021.

• Nov. 6: Wine Down Main Street The ninth annual wine tasting and festival in downtown Franklin features tasting stations from 30 wine producers set up throughout stores on the historic square. Admission is $85 per person and benefits the Boy & Girls Club of Franklin. 7 to 10 p.m. Purchase tickets through winedownmainstreet.com

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