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Tourists and area residents alike are invited to Savor Nashville, a series of exclusive food events, June 3-5, 2011, in conjunction with Taste of Music City, Nashville's annual food and wine experience.
 
Savor Nashville kicks off with a VIP celebrity chef dinner on Saturday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, hosted by Saveur magazine co-founder and noted food writer Colman Andrews.  Celebrity guest chefs will partner with esteemed local chefs for a five-course gourmet meal featuring locally sourced ingredients.  Grammy, ACM and CMA Award-winning songwriters Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman will provide a special acoustic performance with surprise guests.  The event includes access to a silent auction with 100% of auction proceeds benefiting Community Food Advocates.
 
All visiting chefs are James Beard award winners: Robert Del Grande, executive chef and partner of the renowned Cafe Annie in Houston; "Godfather of American Cuisine" Larry Forgione; Bob Kinkead, chef and owner of Kinkead's in Washington, DC; Lydia Shire of Locke-Ober restaurant of Boston; and Norman Van Aken of Norman's in Orlando.
 
Local chefs participating in Saturday night's dinner include Jeremy Barlow of Tayst, Matt Bolus of Watermark, Matt Simonds of Nashville Downtown Hilton, Brian Uhl of Midtown Café/Sunset Grill/Cabana, and Megan Williams of Capitol Grille.
 
On Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m., Nashville chefs will compete in a shrimp & grits cook-off at the Hutton Hotel.  Visiting chefs will judge to determine the winners, while guests sample the dishes, taste Bloody Marys and mimosas, and enjoy live entertainment.  John T. Edge, director of Southern Foodways Alliance and renowned food writer, will serve as moderator for this cook-off.
 
Participating restaurants include Bound'ry, Cabana, Delicioux, The Dogwood Room at Park Manor, F. Scotts, Fish & Co., Red Pony Restaurant, The Standard at Smith House, Union Station and 1808 Grille.
 
Tickets are available at TASTEOFMUSICCITY.com