Dates for the third Savor Nashville have just been announced and my calendar has been marked. If you love food, then this is a weekend not to be missed!

Mark your calendars for

April 12th and 13th, 2013



Brandon Frohne Porchetta and Egg


This year they’re switching the order of things up a bit by kicking off the weekend on Friday with the “Challenge to the Chefs”, instead of having it follow the big “Celebrity Chef Dinner”.

In case you’re not familiar with either part of the weekend, it goes something like this:

Challenge to the Chefs

Friday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. at Union Station Hotel

Some of Nashville’s top chefs participate in a cooking competition using local ingredients (ingredients tbd). Guests get to mingle, sample the chef’s dishes and throw back a few cocktails while a panel of judges determines the winner. Yours truly was fortunate enough to be one of the judges last year, and you can tell by the photos on this page that choosing a winner was delicious fun!




Celebrity Chef Dinner

Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m. at the Hutton Hotel

This is a seated, high-end, multi-course dinner with wine pairings., and you guessed it – celebrity chefs! The celebrity chefs this year will include Chef Jeremy Ashby of Azur Restaurant  in Lexington, KY; Chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY; Chef Jeff Michaud of Osteria Restaurant and Amis Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA; Chef Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in New York, NY; and Chef Robbie Wilson of Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, CA.

Tickets for both events are on sale now at www.nashvillelifestyles.com.  The Celebrity Chef Dinner is $160/person and Challenge to the Chefs is $35/person.  An all-access pass is available for $185/person.




Now back to the “Challenge to the Chefs”. Currently Savor Nashville is accepting applications from local chefs for participation in the competition, so if you’re a chef here in Nashville and think you’ve got mad skillz, contact Lacey Greene Keally at lgreene@nashvillelifestyles.com for more information.

For those of you that aren’t chefs, but you have some thoughts on what chefs you’d like to see in the competition, speak up!  Who do you think has what it takes to wow the crowd (and the judges) at the Challenge?

~Contest Closed~

The winner is:

#41  Jessy!

Voicing your opinion might just get you a little something too…. the folks at Nashville Lifestyles have been kind enough to offer two (2) Challenge To The Chefs tickets for one of my lucky readers! All you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me what chef (or chefs) you’d like to see compete at Challenge to the Chefs.

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Win 2 tickets to @NashLifestyles Challenge to the Chefs from @betheats! http://bit.ly/13IzKcq”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Eat.Drink.Smile. on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)


Contest ends on Friday, March 1st at Noon Central. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

89 Responses to “The Chefs of Savor Nashville (+ giveaway!)”

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    Christy B — February 26, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    She is a rock star chef and a rock star person. Love her so much. Made her ratatouille crudo the other night. If only she would give us the recipe for Grandama Zola’s paella…

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    Nicole Elliott — February 26, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    I would love to see Josh Habiger and/or Erik Anderson from Catbird Seat. Yum!

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    Nicole Elliott — February 26, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    I already like you on Facebook! :)

  4. 4

    Samantha — February 26, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    Arnold Mynt!

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    Mandee L — February 27, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I wanna see Chef Sean Brock compete in the Challenge to the Chefs! I think it would be a great opportunity for Nashville to get to know him!

  6. 6

    Mandee L — February 27, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I followed you in twittered and tweeted you!

  7. 7

    Mandee L — February 27, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    I liked Eat.Drink.Smile. on Facebook!

  8. 8

    Eden — February 27, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    the folks over at Silo!! Their food is delish!

  9. 9

    Eden — February 27, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    I already “like” you on facebook! :)

  10. 10

    Carolyn G — February 28, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    I want to see Chef Jonathan Waxman

  11. 11

    Carolyn G — February 28, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    Follow on Facebook: carolyn gonzalez

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    Sarah — February 28, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    I’d love to participate myself – although, as a personal chef, I don’t normally prepare foods in the quantities that would be needed.

  13. 13

    Sarah — February 28, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    Liked on facebook!

  14. 14

    Michelle — February 28, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    Not sure about the guy/girl’s name, but I love the folks over at Etch.

  15. 15

    Michelle — February 28, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    I like your facebook page.

  16. 16

    Michelle — February 28, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted the message.

  17. 17

    peter & sharon kleinman — February 28, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    we would love to see chef brandon frohne compete

  18. 18

    Brittany — February 28, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    Brandon frohne for the win!

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    Erin — March 1, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Just Tweeted your message, and heaven knows I follow you. :)

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    Brooke — March 1, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I’d love to see Roderick Bailey from the Silly Goose participate!

  21. 21

    Brooke — March 1, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    I just Tweeted…

  22. 22

    Brooke — March 1, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    And I already follow you on Facebook!

  23. 23

    Anndee Crutcher — March 1, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    Hi! I would love to see one of the chefs from Blackberry Farm compete. Also, I am flowing you on twitter now and like your blog on FB. Have a great weekend!!!!!!!

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    kathy — March 1, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    i’d like to see chef Margot compete

  25. 25

    kathy — March 1, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    i already follow you on FB :)

  26. 26

    Kristina — March 1, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Deb from Etch and the guys from the Catbird Seat.

  27. 27

    kathy — March 1, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    i tweeted about your contest and follow you on Twitter :)

  28. 28

    Kristina — March 1, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    I already like you on FB. :)

  29. 29

    Kristina — March 1, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    And I already follow you on Twitter and re-tweeted.

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    Bekah — March 1, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    All tweeted! So many great chefs to choose from in Nashville these days but I’m going with either Tandy Wilson of City House, Hal Holden-Bache of Lockeland Table, or Will Ulhorn of Table 3. I could keep going but I’ll stop with three! =)

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    Erin — March 1, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Now I have liked you on FB. :)

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    Erin — March 1, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Annnd. after eating at Etch last night, I’d have to say I would love to see Deb of Etch there!

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    Aimee — March 1, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    I’d like to see Chef Brandon Frohne of the new Masons as well as Chef Sean Brock of Husk!

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    Barbara — March 1, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    I would like Chef Brandon Frohne of Mason’s compete.
    He’s great

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