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Local Palate Music City Eats Recap

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The organizers of last weekend’s Music City Eats festival in Nashville obviously have some friends in powerful places. Not only did they bring nationally-known chefs such as Giada de Laurentiis, Jonathan Waxman, Michael Symon  and John Besh to town to cook and play with musical luminaries Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Jakob Dylan and The Kings of Leon, but they somehow managed to part the clouds of what was forecast as a rainy weekend. At the exact moment the gates opened on Saturday morning, the weather broke and conditions were ideal for an outdoor festival.

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The Most Valuable Performer Award must go to Trisha Yearwood, who not only put on a packed-house cooking demo Saturday afternoon, but also brought down the house at Petty Fest with her rocking rendition of the head Heartbreaker’s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” She dueted with Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, but all eyes were on Trisha. Garth who?

Giada and Waxman were spotted enjoying some late night libations and fried bologna sammiches at Robert’s Western Wear on Friday night, but rallied for the bell and participated in extremely popular cooking demos and panel discussions on Saturday.  Way to take one for the team!

At Saturday Night’s Harvest Night dinner, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal in LA somehow managed to convert beef tendon into crispy chicharrone-like chips that were the hit of the evening. (Well, at least until Trisha took the stage later.)

John Currence moderated a debate entitled “Whiskey vs. Moonshine” where it decided that both were winners in spirit(s.)

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream scooped out samples of their new Loveless Biscuits & Peach Jam Ice Cream to legions of fans who decided that it was THE BEST THING EVER!