Nashville Welcomes Chef Ashley Christensen and Her Stir the Pot Dinners



Last year I was lucky enough to attend a special Sunday Supper at City House prepared by Ashley Christensen, the chef-owner of Poole's Diner, Beasley's Chicken + Honey, Chuck's and Fox Liquor Bar in Raleigh, N.C. I found out afterwards that my pitiful pleading for her macaroni au gratin actually convinced her to change her planned menu, and I think I speak for everyone present that night when I say thanks to her (and me).

In addition to operating her original Poole's at a James Beard-nominated level and opening not one but three new joints this year, Christensen also finds time to organize the "Stir the Pot" series of guest chef dinners as a benefit for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Past Stir the Pot exchange chefs at Poole's have included Joseph Lenn and John Fleer of Blackberry Farms, recent Top Chef favorite (at least in my household) Ed Lee, John Currence, Sean Brock and the Nashville team which went by the name TnT, Tyler Brown and Tandy Wilson. Ever gracious, Chef Christensen is even going to open up her kitchen later this summer for a visit by Pitmaster Pat Martin. Hide the good china, Ashley!

This year, Stir the Pot is expanding its boundaries, and our fair city is the lucky beneficiary of this development. Team TnT is welcoming Chef Christensen on April 15 and 16 for a two-night completion of the series. The dinners raise money for the SFA's outstanding documentary film initiative. Sunday night's meal will be a five-course dinner prepared by Christensen along with wine pairings served at City House. The cost of the dinner is $150 per person and tickets are available here.

If that price is too steep for you, or you just seek a more casual environment to interact with these wonderful chefs, fear not. Stir the Pot always has a more laid-back potluck supper on the Monday night following the big dinner. The host chefs and guest chef will provide beverages and a main course, while all attendees are required to join in the convivial atmosphere by bringing a side dish or dessert to share. No pressure, huh?

The potluck supper will be held at Yazoo Tap Room and costs only $35 per person. If you want to join in the fun, grab your tickets here. As always, I've already selfishly made my reservations before telling y'all about it, so there's at least two less remaining seats than yesterday. Don't dawdle or you'll miss out!

Also, go ahead and mark your calendar for Nashville's second Stir the Pot on Sept. 16-17. The big dinner will be held at the Capitol Grille this time with Tyler and Tandy again serving as host chefs. The guest chef and location for the potluck are still TBA, but you know it'll be good.

Chefs Christensen and Lee
  • Chefs Christensen and Lee stir the pot

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