Ya’ll, I am stuffed.

A lot of people think paying upwards of $200 to graze and watch a few cooking demonstrations is too much. Not me. Music City Eats was beyond my expectations and I am personally begging them to come back next year.

First, I ate exceptionally well. I drank more wine and beer than I should have, not to mention the Sunday morning Bloody Mary’s. I learned a few things from people who know better than me. And there were those unexpected moments like giving real estate advice to Donald Link of Herbsaint and Cochon in New Orleans, who is considering opening an outpost here, and talking about farming in Tennessee with The Lonesome Dove’s Tim Love.

OK, I can’t help it. Major food geek alert here.

Like I know these guys but  I don't - John Besh, Tim Love and Aaron Sanchez

Like I know these guys but I don’t – John Besh, Tim Love and Aaron Sanchez

Alright. I have that out of my system. Now on to the food porn.

Bacon and Eggs - Thyme-infused egg custard with a crispy thin slice of Benton's bacon from The Catbird Seat

Bacon and Eggs – Thyme-infused egg custard with a crispy thin slice of Benton’s bacon from The Catbird Seat

Cider-poached apples with Bourbon sorghum granola and spiced yogurt from Tavern Midtown

Cider-poached apples with Bourbon sorghum granola and spiced yogurt from Tavern Midtown

Crispy corn cakes with jalapeno bacon, pimento cheese, quail egg and collard green pesto from The Southern Steak and Oyster

Crispy corn cakes with jalapeno bacon, pimento cheese, quail egg and collard green pesto from The Southern Steak and Oyster

Marinated and roasted eggplant stacks from Rolf and Daughters

Marinated and roasted eggplant stacks from Rolf and Daughters

Miniature banh mi sandwiches from Susy Wong's House of Yum

Miniature banh mi sandwiches from Susy Wong’s House of Yum

Peanut Butter Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream from The Wild Hare

Peanut Butter Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream from The Wild Hare

Pulled pork with mole and a tomatillo sauce from The Silly Goose

Pulled pork with mole and a tomatillo sauce from The Silly Goose

Seared scallops with marinated grapes and lardo from Kayne Prime Steaks

Seared scallops with marinated grapes and lardo from Kayne Prime Steaks

And maybe not the most sophisticated plate at Music City Eats, but one that made my heart warm. The perfect plate from Arnold’s meat and three in miniature – the truest representation of why Nashville rocks.

Roast beef. succotash, green beans, mac and cheese, squash casserole and a yeast roll

Roast beef. succotash, green beans, mac and cheese, squash casserole and a yeast roll






One Comment

  1. Julie
    JulieReply
    September 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    if you actually got to eat one of each of those PLUS the drink PLUS the eye-candy-chef pics, that was totally worth $200.

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