By Chris Chamberlain
Photo by Ron Manville
Nashville should become the center of the foodie universe this weekend as chefs and food lovers descend on the city for the first annual Music City Eats Food, Wine and Spirits Festival on September 21-22. The festival is the brainchild of Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon, world renowned chef Jonathan Waxman, Austin-based C3 Presents and Vector Management’s Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn who put their heads together to create a weekend that will focus on the culinary and musical talent of Music City and will also showcase chefs and musicians from across the country to share in the fun.
Both Saturday and Sunday will feature tastings, seminars and cooking demos from chefs like Waxman, Aaron Sanchez, Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Symon,Tim Love, John Besh, Ed Lee, John Shook, Vinny Dotolo, John Currence, Joseph Lenn and Donald Link. These chefs will join together to cook a huge Harvest Night farm-to-palate dinner extravaganza on Saturday night for a group of lucky guests who purchased VIP packages for the festival.
Finally, food and music will come together for another highlight event on Saturday night as musicians like Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Norah Jones, Buddy Miller and Jakob Miller will join with the Kings of Leon and house band The Cabin Down Below Band to play their favorite Tom Petty songs at a Jameson Irish Whiskey-fueled concert known as Petty Fest.
We’ll be covering the whole event live on Twitter for you, so follow @TheLocalPalate and #MusicCityEats for the blow by blow and bite by bite.