Tastes Kind of Like Nashville

As much as we have awful road construction, tourists in Stetsons, and baristas who are song writers, Nashville has some pretty good eats. Many local eateries (and some chains) were showcasing their wares at the annual Taste of Music City. This party on the Gateway Bridge benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Although the price is a bit steep ($45), you get free reign over the appetizer and entree samplers served locally. Also included is a souvenier wine glass, which you will use, to sample great local beers and some mighty fine wine.

Ambitious me wanted to eat from all 46 food and beverage tents. But, as Mitch Hedberg used to say, like pancakes, after about 10 or so, you just get sick of ’em. There was some delicious barbecue, unique shrimp-n-grits dishes, shepherd’s pie, crab cakes and bruschetta. Surprisingly, the seafood samples traveled very well.

If you go next year, I’d recommend getting there early. The lines get pretty long, except for places like Longhorn and Panera (who shouldn’t have been invited) and a few other places you can find on a short drive down any main thoroughfare in Anytown, USA.

Almost as good as the food were the fellow tasters. The prevalence of summer dresses and male pastel pants make you feel like summer has come in Nashville (like the mid-90 degree weather every day isn’t enough!). However, for every trendy 20- and 30-something is a scantily clad or NASCAR-clad local, there for the beer (any maybe the Longhorn food).

Oyster%20Shooter.jpgMy personal favorite and surprise of the evening was the oyster shooter from the Commerce Street Grille. Growing up sheltered (from alcohol and the beach), I’d never had one. It went down smoother than expected, but I don’t think I’ll be frequenting the lobby of the Renaissance for more.

Also in the crowd was a throng of pageant girls. Not sure what they were here for, but there were all in line for some pulled pork. Pageant%20Gals.jpg

Above all, the proceeds went to a great cause, and with live music, great beer and wine, and tasty treats, it’s not to be missed next year. In fact, I may try to use my sweet MetroBlog business cards to get me into the Music City Brewer’s Fest.

3 Comments so far

  1. Chez Bez (unregistered) on June 25th, 2006 @ 1:17 am

    Ahhh, you had me at the Mitch Hedberg reference. I missed way too many opportunities to see him at Zanies over the years.

    I’ve never been much of a foodie, but I’m glad to hear of such a nice event for those who are go to such a good cause.


  2. Mister Nashville (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

    Let me know how that business card trick works! Press passes are a beautiful thing!


  3. Collins (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

    Outstanding.



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