Another Beard Dinner Worth Traveling For

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While Nashville definitely racked up when it comes to James Beard nominations this year, our neighboring cities to the east and west seem to be getting a little more attention from the foundation as it schedules its traveling road show of chefs. I already told you about the Memphis event coming up this Sunday, and now Chattanooga has their own Beard dinner coming up later this month.

The dinner will be held at St. John's, renowned as the finest in fine dining in the 'Noog. Chef Daniel Lindley will host six other Beard nominees and Southern food luminaries who will prepare a seven-course meal on April 25. The event is part of the Celebrity Chef Tour series, the same folks behind the Savor Nashville dinner. For the Chattanooga dinner, the acclaimed chefs are Katie Button (C├║rate, Asheville), Kelly English (Restaurant Iris, Memphis), James Lewis (Bettola, Birmingham, Ala.), Steven Satterfield (Miller Union, Atlanta), Michael Stoltzfus (Coquette, New Orleans) and Michael Sullivan (Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.).

English is one of my favorite chefs in Memphis, and his innovative take on New Orleans and French foods at Restaurant Iris was one of my highlight meals of last year. Satterfield helms the kitchen at Miller Union and has come to Nashville several times to cook at charity events. Sullivan may have one of the coolest gigs in the state as the head charcutier (or butcher) at Blackberry Farm. I've not dined at Coquette yet, but a trip to Chattanooga to try out Chef Stoltzfus's acclaimed food is a heck of a lot shorter than the drive to NOLA.

Proceeds from the $175 dinner will benefit the James Beard Foundation, and the meal includes cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres before dinner and wine pairings throughout the dinner. The fun kicks off at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern time!) at St. John's located at 1278 Market St. For more information on the event, check out the official website.

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