One of my many restaurant pet peeves is mammoth portion sizes: Rather than give a diner a reasonably sized serving for one, too many restaurants deliver a plate piled with enough food to feed a family of four. One of two things frequently happens as a result: Diners either feel compelled to clean their plates, then roll out of the restaurant feeling as if they have consumed a small barnyard animal; or they manage to exercise self-control by leaving food on their plates, but exit the restaurant feeling wasteful and mindful of those who go to bed and wake up hungry on a far too regular basis.
Diners who share my concerns will be heartened to hear of a new fundraiser that will benefit Nashville’s Table, a nonprofit organization ever mindful of the tragedy of hunger, particularly in our own well-fed city. Generous Helpings, chaired by restaurateurs Terry Carr-Hall (Provence Breads & Café), Jay Pennington (Bound’ry) and Randy Rayburn (Sunset Grill and Midtown Café), and presented by telecommunications carrier US LEC, is a gourmet grazing event that will serve fare from 35 of the Nashville area’s finest independently owned restaurants. Among the eateries offering up small servings for a hugely important cause are Margot Café and Bar, The Acorn, Mirror, Caffe Nonna, mAmbu, F. Scott’s, Yellow Porch, Zola, Cibo and Chapel Bistro.
The scrumptious benefit will take place 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Nashville Convention Center. Tickets are $50 per person; patron sponsorships are $175 and include two tickets to the event, valet parking, four complimentary beverage tickets and reserved seating in the patron area. Call 244-4564 for reservations and more information.
Brunch with punch
Weary of eggs Benedict, biscuits and cheese omelets for brunch? Bistro Shakti, the stylish and contemporary Indian restaurant in Franklin, has added Sunday brunch to its schedule. From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Shakti offers a four-item menu of tasty and creatively prepared Indian fare, priced from $8 to $11: vegetable biriyani, chicken tandoori, lamb tikka and tandoori fish topped with coconut-dill cream sauce. Each entrée is served with the vegetable of the day, yogurt raita and naan. (Adventurous kiddie culinarians can order half a serving for half the price.)
Bistro Shakti, at 142 Second Ave. N. in Franklin, is now closed on Mondays. Phone: 790-6774.