Third Annual Tennessee Flavors Set for March 13 — Plus a Giveaway



Next week, the Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College will host the third annual Tennessee Flavors, a tasting event featuring many of Middle Tennessee’s finest restaurants and purveyors of specialty foods, beverages, and spirits. A new sponsor this year, the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance, will ensure a wide selection of wines from the area’s growing number of wineries, too.

Attendees will not only get to support the school with their ticket purchase, but also be able to taste some of the food prepared by students; the program will be one of the many food vendors set up to provide a good base for all the adult beverages. Other notable participants include Red Pony, The Pharmacy, Provence, Jimmy Kelly’s, Ruth’s Chris, Sunset Grill, Corner Market, Puckett’s, Grays on Main, Fido, Etch, City House, Urban Grub and Germantown Café, among others. Bonnie Blue Farm, Nola Granola, The Nashville Jam Company, MistaDale’s Speciality Foods, Oma’s Sweets, Wild and Local Foods, and Olive and Sinclair are all also scheduled to provide tastings. See a more comprehensive list of participants on the event’s website.

Last year’s event drew a big crowd, but lines were blessedly civil, and few vendors ran out of bites even at the end of the festivities. I suspect the copious amounts of wines, whiskeys and other drinks kept a lot of folks jolly and happy. My recommendation to get the most out of the event, is to buy an extra ticket for a designated driver or take a taxi, Uber or Lyft ride. And maybe take Friday off work.

Tickets are just $50 per person if you purchase them now ($60 at the door) and include all the bites and drinks you can handle. All proceeds from the event support the Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts as well as the Nashville State Foundation which helps to provide the necessary education to staff Nashville’s fantastic restaurants.

One lucky Bites reader (and a friend), however, will get to go for free. Just leave a comment (one per person) with the name of the participating vendor you’re most excited to sample. I’ll choose a number at random Monday morning at 10 a.m., and the corresponding commenter will win. Check back later in the day to see if you’ve won the pair of tickets and I’ll get your contact information (via email) and forward it to the event organizers.

Tennessee Flavors
Thursday, March 13
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College
120 White Bridge Road
Buy tickets online for $50 in advance or $60 at the door on the day of the event

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