Wednesday, August 29

Stir the Pot Nashville, Sept 16-17



On Sunday, September 16, and Monday, September 17, Nashville, Tennessee-based chefs Tyler Brown and Tandy Wilson will host a two-night Stir the Pot benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Brown is the executive chef of the Capitol Grille at Nashville's Hermitage Hotel, where he stocks his pantry with the goods he and his team of farmers grow at Glen Leven Farm just a few miles from the hotel. At City House, opened in 2007, Wilson interprets the flavors of Italy, turning out dishes like pork-belly pizzas, with frequent nods to his own Southern heritage. Chefs Brown and Wilson host guest chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun in Los Angeles, California.

Shook and Dotolo, both natives of Florida, have been cooking together since they met at culinary school in 1999. Based in Los Angeles for the past decade, they ran a catering company and published the cookbook Two Dudes, One Pan before opening Animal in 2008. They were named together on Food & Wine magazine's list of the ten best new chefs of 2009. Animal has developed a following for its imaginative, envelope-pushing meat dishes, which range from chicken-fried sweetbreads to lamb tongue ravioli. In 2011, Shook and Dotolo opened the seafood-centric Son of a Gun, which references their Florida roots with dishes such as alligator schnitzel.

These four gentlemen—or dudes, if you prefer—will knock your Vans off with the menus they've prepared for Stir the Pot.

Dinner at Capitol Grille on Sunday, September 16
A five-course dinner with wine pairings ($150/ticket)
Wine courtesy of Horizon Wine & Spirits

Potluck at Corsair Taproom on Monday, September 17
Host chefs Tyler Brown and Tandy Wilson will supply a main course. Guests are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Corsair Taproom is the hop-infused arm of Corsair Artisan, a Nashville micro-distillery that produces small batches of spirits ranging from gin to absinthe. ($35 ticket includes food and a couple of drinks)

The Stir the Pot fundraising series, featuring events in both Raleigh, North Carolina, and Nashville, supports the documentary projects of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.

Capitol Grille
The Hermitage Hotel
231 6th Avenue North
Nashville, TN

Corsair Taproom
1200 Clinton Street
Nashville, TN

Sunday, September 16 from 7—10 pm
Monday, September 17 from 6—9 pm

Tickets for the dinner are priced at $150 per person, and includes food, drink, and a one year gift membership to the SFA. They are ON SALE NOW and are available by advance purchase online only.

Tickets for the potluck are priced at $35 per person, and includes a main course and drinks (beer and cocktails)—but guests are asked to please bring a side dish or dessert to share. They are ON SALE NOW and are available by advance purchase online only.