Savor Nashville This Weekend!

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Norman Van Aken
  • Norman Van Aken
A couple of revered chefs will be donning their toques in town this weekend as a preview for SAVOR Nashville, a culinary event to be presented in spring 2011 by Nashville Lifestyles.

On Friday, Oct. 15, Watermark executive chef James A. Lohse hosts Norman Van Aken, James Beard Award-winning chef, author and owner of Norman's restaurant in Orlando, Fla. Some little publication called The New York Times has deemed Norman's the best restaurant in Florida, and Van Aken the state's best chef. The evening features a five-course meal that looks drool-worthy, with highlights such as Benton pork belly BLTs, yellow fin tuna tiradito (think of it as ceviche's Peruvian cousin) and diver scallops with duck fat-roasted potatoes.

Dickie Brennan
  • Dickie Brennan
On Saturday, Oct. 16, Fish & Co. Restaurant & Raw Bar executive chef Louis Osteen hosts renowned New Orleans chef Dickie Brennan of Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse in the French Quarter, a frequent presence on "top steakhouses in America" lists.

Brennan also owns two other French Quarter establishments, Bourbon House and Palace Café. Brennan and his senior executive chef Darin Nesbit have lined up an enticing five-course menu with such delectable temptations as smoked duck salad, Bourbon BBQ shrimp and white chocolate bread pudding.

Lipman Bros. will supply wine pairings for both dinners. The price is $125 per person, plus tax and tip. (As of this post, the event website says $140 per person, but the publicist assured us that the press release's quoted price of $125 is correct.) Those who purchase both dinners get a $25 gift certificate good for future use at either restaurant. For reservations to the Watermark dinner, call 254-2000. For reservations to the Fish & Co. dinner, call 320-1119. Reservations are available on at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. both evenings.

UPDATE: A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits Community Food Advocates, a Nashville organization whose mission is "to end hunger and create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system." Read more, after the jump....

Community Food Advocates is a new organization with a rich history and a big mission: to end hunger and create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. We were formed in December 2009 through the merger of Manna, a 35-year old organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty, and Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee, established in 2007 with a mission of ensuring that everyone has access to healthy, affordable food from a just and sustainable food system.

We are a movement of farmers, parents, students, persons of faith, community gardeners, and health advocates united by a commitment to the idea that all members of our community should have access to food grown in a way that promotes the health of people, planet, and community.

Food ties us together as individuals and communities, which gave inspiration to our new motto: “Everybody Eats.” We hope you will join us as we celebrate the role of food and in our shared commitment to healthy, just, and sustainable food for all.

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