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VOL. 38 | NO. 23 | Friday, June 6, 2014

Food events steal center stage in June

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You might have noticed that a major music festival has taken over town this weekend. And after the cowboy boots scoot out Monday, the Birkenstocks will shuffle through on the way to Bonnaroo next weekend, June 12-15, in Manchester.

If you plan to partake in either of these festivals you’ll be treated to interesting eats and drinks, from food trucks along Broadway for CMA Music Festival to bona fide farm-to-table dining on the Bonnaroo grounds.

But what about those of us without tickets to those big events? As the restaurant scene heats up, so do the options for a day or night out with canapé in one hand and local beer in the other.

This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s my top picks for events this month.

Community Food Advocates' Family Farm Day

Sample foods from the Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant, Dozen Bakery, The Peach Truck and Whole Foods at this event for the family including educational activities, crafts and live music from Mr. Steve of YUMZAH. Proceeds benefit Community Food Advocates’ Growing Healthy Kids program, which works to improve school food.

Buffalo Valley Farm

7556 Buffalo Road, Nashville 37221

3-7 p.m.

Tickets start at $10

communityfoodadvocates.wordpress.com/family-farm-day-2014

Porter Flea Summer Market

Summer Market isn’t just for arts and crafts of the inedible type (through you’ll certainly find handmade apparel, accessories, home goods, jewelry and paper goods).

This year the market has teamed up with Hey Rooster General Store for an expanded “Porter Pantry” of artisanal foods from 14 makers, millers and bakers. Several food trucks also will be on hand during the market including The Grilled Cheeserie, Riffs Fine Street Food, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, The Peach Truck, Retro Snow, Yayo’s O.M.G., Deg Thai and Crankees Pizzeria.

Track 1

4th Ave. and Chestnut

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free admission

www.porterflea.com

A Summer Beer Dinner

This combination of awesomeness is enough to make a food lover’s head spin. Sycamore Nashville will host a Summer Beer Dinner to benefit the Hands on Nashville Urban Farm, featuring four courses with beer pairing from Jackalope, Fat Bottom and others.

Each course will be prepared by a different chef such as Tony Galzin of Sycamore and Tom Lazzaro of Lazzaroli Pasta. The dinner takes place at newly opened POP, Sarah Gavigan’s space for Otaku South ramen shop four nights a week, as well as many other pop-up dinners and events, including Sycamore Nashville and Actual Brunch. It’s food collaboration to the max.

$50 for four courses with beer pairings

POP

604 Gallatin Road

www.sycamorenashville.com

www.popnashville.com

Nourish

This annual fundraising dinner started after the Nashville Flood of 2010 when Thomas Williams of Cornbread Consulting invited an all-star cast of chefs from out of town to cook for Nashville.

Part of proceeds benefitted Nashville Food Project (called Mobile Loaves and Fishes at the time). Since then, both the organization and the dinner have blossomed. Nashville Food Project expanded from handing out cold-cut sandwiches to serving brilliantly prepared hot meals from food either grown onsite or gathered from markets, food banks and restaurants around town to working poor and homeless across Nashville.

The Nourish dinner with live auction helps provide around $80,000 to Nashville Food Project’s budget selling out at around 270 seats each year.

This year’s event will feature both visiting and local chefs: Laura Wilson of Grow Local Kitchen at the Nashville Farmers Market, Rebekah Turshen of City House, Charles Phillips of 1808 Grille, Margot McCormack of Margot Café and Bar, Levon Wallace of Proof on Main in Louisville, and David Carrier of The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Ga.

Nashville Farmers Market

900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

6 p.m.

$200 per ticket

www.nourishnashville.com

Celebrating the release of the "Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook"

Local food writer Nancy Vienneau debuts her gorgeous new cookbook this month with three events.

The book, published by Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins, is based on a community potluck that Vienneau has co-hosted for the past five years.

The first event takes place The Mad Platter in Germantown on Tuesday, June 17th at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $40 and includes a signed copy of book and hors d’oeuvres prepared from a few of its recipes. Reserve your place by calling 615.242.2563 615.242.2563.

On Thursday, June 19 (the third Thursday of the month), Vienneau will host a huge community potluck at the Nashville Farmers’ Market/Grow Local Kitchen. Bring a meat, veggie, or dessert and beverage of choice. A portion of the book sales will go to the Community Food Advocates. RSVP to thirdthirstypotluck@gmail.com.

Then on Wednesday, June 25, 5:30 p.m., Vienneau will be speaking about the book at Parnassus Books. Light refreshments will be served. Admission to this event is free.

Night Market

It happens every third Friday of the month, and it’s a guaranteed great night out. Try a new food truck, taste some local libations and listen to live music under the stars.

Nashville Farmers Market

900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

6:30 p.m.

Free admission

nashvillefarmersmarket.org

Taste of Music City

You’re guaranteed to find an interesting mix at this event. Now in its 12th year, the festival includes a variety of vendors from Legato Gelato and Puckett’s, The Farmhouse, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Rumours East to Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse and Watermark.

There’s plenty to wash it down, too, from Little Harpeth Brewing, Corsair Distillery, Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream, Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company, Yazoo and Mayday Brewery, among others.

Public Square Park

Downtown Nashville at

5-9 p.m.

Tickets include all food and drink for $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

www.tasteofmusiccity.com

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