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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Nashville's 2019 Music City Food + Wine Festival Tops the List as Best One Yet!

Chef Jason Dady and KUDU Grills - The Open Fire Company

The Music City Food + Wine Festival returned September 20-22, 2019 with an all-star lineup of chefs and star-studded roster of industry pros serving up tasty dishes from some of Nashville's best restaurants. Attendees enjoyed dishes from dozens of the best restaurants in the city and around the world, danced to a live DJ, participated in book signings, and got to watch chef demos.

Chef Jason Dady and KUDU Grills - The Open Fire Company

Chef Jason Dady and KUDU Grills - The Open Fire Company

Before the Friday Night Throwdown, festival goers had the opportunity to get up close and personal with chefs Tyler Florence (restaurateur, chef, TV host, author and media producer) and Martina McBride (Country music artist, TV Host, author) as they lead interactive and informative cooking demos. Saturday started with a guacamole master class with Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco, Leña Brava, Cruz Blanca, Frontera Cocina, Bar Sótano) and then Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio) shared her beloved family recipes. Aaron Sanchez also demonstrated his take on fish tacos with Mojo. 

Chef Jason Dady and KUDU Grills - The Open Fire Company

Chef Jason Dady and KUDU Grills - The Open Fire Company

Other events at the festival included the Friday Night Throwdown featuring Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne (who won) as well as Tennessee Titans’ Kevin Byard and Logan Ryan as celebrity sous chefs. There was a dynamic line-up of engaging Meet the Maker and Tasting Sessions as well. 

Here are more of the featured dishes we enjoyed!

5Church (Charleston & Charlotte) Shoyu Poke - Chef Jamie's farm fermented chili's, uni aioli, nori, masago rice balls

STK Nashville - Braised Short Rib - jalapeno cheddar grits, crispy shallots, red wine glaze @eatSTK

Holler & Dash - Shrimp & Grits - with Shiitake Bacon, Scallions, and Korean BBQ,

Unbeetable Burger | True Food Kitchen

Thai Esane Nashville - Nina Singto- Stir Fried Noodles- Rice noodles, eggs, sweet soy sauce, bean sprouts, and onions

Daniel Gorman - Henley

Ellington's roasted shrimp salad - brocconcini, heirloom tomatoes, candied bacon citrus vinaigrette

The Restaurant at the Lodge - Charcuterie and Pickles, Garlic Peanut Sausage, Pancetta - Lomo, Pickled Cauliflower, Dill Pickles, Pickled Peppers

etch - Yuzu Compressed Watermelon - togarashi dried squid, tofu sesame, honey whip, pickled melon rind, micro shiso, finger lime pearls

Mangia Nashville- Pumpkin Pie Panna Cotta - prepared by Chef Nick Pellegrino

Whitebird - Chef's Cavatelli - Smoked Goat, Seasonal Vegetables, & Tomato Broth

5Church (Charleston & Charlotte) Salmon Crudo - pickled red cabbage, Chef Jamie's farm borage, heirloom pepper vinaigrette, roasted yellow roma, cucumber, dill

Saturday Harvest Night brought together signature dishes from world-renowned chefs from Nashville and across the country with a live musical performance from Chicago Plays the Stones, two generations of Chicago Blues stars paying homage to The Rolling Stones, whose own sound was inspired by the great bluesmen of all time. 

Chef Tyler Florence Mole at Harvest Night

Ginger Chili Pork from etc. Nashville at Harvest Night

Matt Bolus Gator Gumbo at Harvest night

Cheetie Kumar | Garland - Field Pea & Sweet Potato Chaat at Harvest Night

About Music City Food + Wine Festival: Music City Food + Wine Festival is produced by founding partners Vector Management, GRAMMY-award winning artists Kings of Leon, world-renowned chef Jonathan Waxman and Austin-based C3 Presents — producer of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, and Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin's Zilker Park.  

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