Time to Find My Eatin' Pants Again — Flavors of Nashville Event Returns on Oct. 17


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Last year, when I was still relatively new at this food writing gig, I agreed to be one of the judges at the American Liver Foundation's "Flavors of Nashville" fundraiser. Now, despite four to five YMCA visits a week every week since then, I can tell you that I have never gotten back to the weight I was before that evening. My fellow judges and I sampled appetizers from all 13 participating chefs, then sat down to a five-course dinner courtesy of Chef Carl Schultheis of the Red Pony in Franklin.

Ten pounds of fine dining and food writing later, I have agreed to reprise my role as judge this year. But the cool part about it is that you can be a judge as well. The format of the evening is that all participants enjoy cocktails, wine and appetizers while the individual chefs and their staffs prepare their tablescapes and meals. After cocktails, the chefs draw lots to see which table numbers they will be serving. Diners sit down to the multi-course meal and wine pairings as the chefs explain the inspiration behind their plates, wine choices and table decorations. The atmosphere is convivial, with a healthy helping of competition between the individual chefs.

At the end of the evening, the crowd votes for individual awards, including Best Appetizer and Best in Show. The professional judges (yeah, me — quit snickering!) will select the most Creative Menu and the Best Table Setting. Luckily, I will be joined by lovely, talented and popular food blogger, Beth Sachan of Eat. Drink. Smile. She should add some class to the proceedings.

Sunday, Oct. 17
Hillwood Country Club
6210 Hickory Valley Road

Opening Reception & Auction 6 p.m.
Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.

This year's roster of talented participants is pretty impressive:

Hillwood Country Club- Chef Chair Perry Seal, Chef Mark Wakefield

The Crow's Nest - Chef Kelly Weatherford

Macke’s - Chef Toby Willis

Mack and Kate’s - Chef Caleb Phillips

The Mad Platter - Chef Shane Autrey

The Club at Fairvue Plantation - Chef John Williams

Daily Dish - Chef Sean Begin

Sambuca - Chef James Reesor

Saffire- Chef Vinny Tardo

Eat- Chef Elaine Taubin

Germantown Cafe- Chef Jason Norton

Bound'ry - Chef Mike Kidd

Space is limited, so if you're interested and have a powerful hunger, call today to see if seats are available. For more information, please contact the Mid South Division of the ALF at (866) 756-7668 or kviotti@liverfoundation.org. Visit their website for ticketing information.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go do some crunches.


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