Last November, when Irma Paz Bernstein and her sister Norma showed up one afternoon at Fido, they thought they were representing their renowned 12South popsicle palace Las Paletas on something called "Brain Freeze Stunt Week" for the Food Network. To their shock, they were ambushed by superstar chef Bobby Flay, who challenged them to a paleta-making showdown in a taping of his popular series Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Irma immediately burst into tears. "I wasn't even pregnant and I was all hormonal!" she recalls. "Hey, he's an Iron Chef, hello?" Fear not: she insists her tears were of joyand when the dust settled, we suspect Flay was the one with reason to cry. But the outcome has been kept secret until now. The long-awaited episode airs locally at 8 p.m. on Comcast Channel 65, and Las Paletas is setting up a giant screen in its parking lot so their many friends can watch the fateful face-off. Watch also for the local judgesour own food critic Carrington Fox and Slow Food Nashville's Robin Riddellwho were just as surprised as the sisters.
Wed., Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m., 2008