Multiple Chances to Win Tickets to Generous Helpings

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Generous Helpings is one of the most anticipated food events of the season. This benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Nashville Farmers' Market. Generous Helpings always brings out the big guns as some of Nashville's best chefs informally compete to present their absolute best bite for the assembled patrons who stroll from table to table until sated.

This year's slate of restaurants and food purveyors is again impressive:

55 South
Amerigo Italian Restaurant
Bella Nashville
Caffe Nonna
Chappy’s Seafood Restaurant
Cork & Cow
Fido
Goo Goo Clusters
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kickin' Coffee and Tea
Kohana Japanese Restaurant
Kroger Chef Shoppes
Legato Gelato
Marché Artisan Foods
Margot Café & Bar
Mason's
McConnell House
Midtown Café
Miel Restaurant
Mirko Pasta
Nashville State Community College
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Perl
Pied Piper Creamery
Porta Via Italian Kitchen
Porter Road Butcher
Provence Breads & Café
{PUB}licity
Red Pony
Riff’s Fine Street Food
Riviera Provincial Grill
Second Harvest Food Bank Culinary Arts Center
Something Special
Soy Bistro
Sunset Grill
The Bloomy Rind
The Mad Platter
The Turnip Truck
Urban Grub
Yellow Porch

Tickets for Generous Helpings are on sale now $40 in advance at the event website and for $50 at the door. A $150 Patron Ticket is also available and includes an invitation to a separate Patron's Party being held on Monday, May 6, a ticket to Generous Helpings and an event T-shirt and gift. The Generous Helpings Patron's Party will be held at Flyte World Dining and Wine with a special menu prepared for the event. Take a peek at the special menu here. You can also purchase tickets by phone at (615) 627-1611.

The kind people at Second Harvest offered us here at Bites the opportunity to give away a couple of tickets, but I thought it might be better to take advantage of the fact that many other excellent food bloggers in town are also holding contests to give away tickets. Instead of entering here (where we know you already come to read about food and argue about ramen), why not take a tour around some of these other great blogs and leave multiple entries around the Internet as you possibly discover somebody new. And if you win, maybe consider dropping a little money in the charity bucket for Second Harvest since it is a benefit and all.

The first place I'll send you is to Lesley Eats, the home of my lovely and talented Bites compatriot, Lesley Lassiter. Not only does she have a biting wit, but Lesley is also one of my favorite source of advice on healthy food, travel and television, all of which you can find on her blog. A little known fact about Lesley is that she is not a vegetarian because she loves animals. She is a vegetarian because she really hates plants.

Your second stop to enter for a chance to win your tickets should be Amanda Saad's blog, An Organic Process, where Amanda shares recipes and her musings on food and cooking for a blended family. Actually, it looks like she ended her contest last Friday, almost two weeks before the event because she does not procrastinate like the rest of us writers. You should go visit and read her stuff anyway.

I like how Leah Short's blog is not afraid to ask the burning question, "So How's it Taste?" She doesn't just share her successes in the kitchen but also tells stories of recipes that didn't quite work out so well. She's always an interesting read. Head over there and win!

One of my favorite traveling food bloggers is Lannae Long, who knows more about dining in Cleveland than I do about Murfreesboro. Read her entertaining travelogues at Lannae's Food and Travel and enter to win while you're there.

Finally, Amy Donovan is giving away a couple of tickets at her blog, The Fearless Homemaker. Amy shares some great recipes and also fortunately knows her way around a cocktail glass. That's my kind of food blog. So I hope you enjoy the chance to discover a few new spots to point your browser and get the opportunity to win your tickets to Generous Helpings. If you don't win, snap to it because tickets are going fast!

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