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Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival

Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival
Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Nashville, TN (July 2013) – Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival is pleased to announce the release of the inaugural festival’s schedule of cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, and the addition of some of Nashville’s and the region’s top chefs and restaurants participating in Flavors of Nashville and Harvest Night: http://www.musiccityeats.com/schedule/


Cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and Flavors of Nashville will be located at Public Square Park in the heart of downtown Nashville on Saturday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, September 22, from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Flavors of Nashville will showcase more than 25 of the city’s most beloved chefs and restaurants serving signature dishes, alongside more than 40 international and national wineries, spirits purveyors, breweries, and other artisanal purveyors to be announced.  Additionally, over the course of Saturday and Sunday, Music City Eats attendees will have the opportunity to participate in intimate and accessible programming, including cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, book signings and more.


On Saturday night, in the beautiful downtown Walk of Fame Park, Harvest Night presented by CITI will offer attendees the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the country’s most acclaimed chefs in an intimate and relaxed setting along with wine and spirits pairings to accompany the chef tasting.  The night continues at the War Memorial Auditorium at the all-star Petty Fest presented by Jameson.  Paying tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the legendary music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Petty Fest Nashville celebrates all things Petty, and will be hosted by the Kings of Leon and the Cabin Down Below band, along with many other very special guests to be announced.


Flavors of Nashville:

Featuring different chefs and restaurants on Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, Flavors Of Nashville will give attendees the opportunity to meet some of the city’s top chefs, while sampling signature dishes from a diverse line-up of restaurants.  New additions to the Flavors of Nashville line-up include: Kahlil Arnold (Arnold’s Country Kitchen); Roderick Bailey (The Silly Goose); Brian Bills (The Wild Hare); Nick Bishop Sr. (Hattie B’s); Larry Carlile (Silo); Jay Flatley (Tavern); Hal Holden-Bache (Lockeland Table); Robert Grace (Kayne Prime); Philip Krajeck (Rolf & Daughters); Margot McCormack (Margot Café, Marche); Arnold Myint; Nick Pellegrino (Mangia Nashville); and Charles Phillips (1808 Grille).


These chefs and restaurants will be joined by previously announced Flavors of Nashville participants: Erik Anderson & Josh Habiger (The Catbird Seat); Carey Bringle (Pegleg Porker); Matt Farley (The Southern); Sarah Gavigan (Otaku South); Joseph Lenn (The Barn at Blackberry Farm); Pat Martin (Martin’s Barbecue); Deb Paquette (Etch); Giovanni Pinato (Giovanni Ristorante); Barclay Stratton (Merchants); and Tandy Wilson (City House).


Full details on the Flavors of Nashville will be released on August 21st.


Harvest Night:

James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef John Currence of Oxford, Mississippi’s City Grocery Restaurant Group joins Saturday night’s all-star line-up at Harvest Night: John Besh (Besh Restaurant Group, Author, TV Personality, John Besh's Family Table, New Orleans, Louisiana); Edward Lee (610 Magnolia and Milkwood; Louisville, Kentucky); Donald Link (Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher, Calcasieu, Pêche; New Orleans, Louisiana); Tim Love (The Lonesome Dove, Queenie’s, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon; Fort Worth, Texas); Aarón Sánchez (Mestizo, Author, TV Personality, Chopped, Motochefs, New York City); Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun; Los Angeles); Nancy Silverton (Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, Author; Los Angeles); Michael Symon (Lola, Lolita, Roast, B Spot, TV Personality, Next Iron Chef, Author; Cleveland, Ohio); Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, Author, A Great American Cook and Italian My Way, Top Chef Masters; New York City); and Trisha Yearwood (TV Personality, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen).


Cooking Demonstrations:

Join festival partner, chef Jonathan Waxman, as he shares rousing recipes for his acclaimed roasted chicken and potato pairings in Birds of a Feather.  Country music legend Trisha Yearwood will show that when it comes to Southern cooking, she doesn’t mess around.  In Bookend Bites, the GRAMMY-award winner will demonstrate party-pleasing sausage hors d'oeuvres as well as her beloved Grandma Yearwood's homemade coconut cake.


Learn how to dress up arancini, a savory Italian staple said to date back to 10th Century Sicily, with luxurious ingredients courtesy of Everyday Italian host Giada de Laurentiis at You Had Me at Lobster.  Grilling master Tim Love will address the age-old question of Rub, Marinade or Season: What’s The Best?  Whether you’re firing up the grill for the family or the entire neighborhood, you’ll learn how to give your guests bold flavors to savor in every bite.


For the full list of cooking demonstrations, please visit http://www.musiccityeats.com/schedule/


Panel Discussions:

Listen in as some of the festival’s top talent tackles subjects high and low during a series of intimate and interactive panel discussions.  From Meat and Three to a modern twist on Hot Chicken, the Nashville food scene is full of storied classics and unexpected innovation. Find out What Music City Eats. Everybody loves a good comeback, especially when it’s bursting with flavor. During What Goes Around Comes Around, get the inside scoop on which past food trends are finding their way back into chefs’ kitchens and why. 


Get a new perspective on a rich tradition with FOOD & WINE Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin as she and other panelists explore Food Fables of the Old South and the lessons they aim to teach.


For the full list of panel topics, please visit http://www.musiccityeats.com/schedule/.  Panel participants will be revealed on September 4th.


Tickets & More Information:

Music City Eats ticket options include a 2-Day Pass or All-In Pass; all attendees must be 21 years of age or older. The 2-Day Pass ($275 per person) includes access to cooking demonstrations, wine & spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions, Saturday’s Flavors of Nashville and Sunday’s Flavors of Nashville Revival Brunch, and a one-year FOOD & WINE Magazine Subscription (US Only).


The All-In Pass ($500 per person) includes access to cooking demonstrations, wine & spirits tastings, intimate panel discussions, Saturday’s Flavors of Nashville and Sunday’s Flavors of Nashville Revival Brunch, Saturday’s Harvest Night presented by CITI and Petty Fest presented by Jameson, as well as a one-year FOOD & WINE Magazine Subscription (US Only).


For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.musiccityeats.com, or follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/musiccityeats) and Facebook (Facebook.com/musiccityeats). 


For media credentials, please fill out an online application here: www.musiccityeats.com/press


Music City Eats is generously sponsored by FOOD & WINE Magazine, Citi, Jameson Irish Whiskey, KitchenAid, Nashville Music City and Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum.


About Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine, & Spirits Festival:

Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival is the brainchild of GRAMMY-award winning artists (and Nashville residents) Caleb and Nathan Followill of GRAMMY-award winning band Kings of Leon, world renowned chef Jonathan Waxman, Austin-based C3 Presents — producer of Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Lollapalooza — and Vector Management's Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn.


Taking place in the historic venues and outdoor spaces of downtown Nashville, Music City Eats makes its debut in 2013 with an authentic, fresh and inspiring experience that will have even the most discriminating gourmet coming back for more.


About C3 Presents:

C3 Presents creates, books, markets and produces live experiences, concerts, and private events. C3 is the force behind Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas and Lollapalooza in Chicago.  Other events in the C3 portfolio include the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, Orion Music + More, Wanderlust Festival, Lollapalooza Brazil, Lollapalooza Chile, and Big Day Out Australia. C3 books and promotes more than 1,000 concerts in arenas, theaters, casinos, and clubs across the US annually, making it the third-largest promoter in the country. In addition to event production and booking, C3 manages the careers of select artists.