Generous Helpings 2017 ~ a giveaway!

Generous Helpings Main Event & Chefs’ Dinner

GH Chefs’ Dinner

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
6 – 9 pm

Mangia Nashville
701 Craighead St
Nashville, TN 37204

Cost: $250/person (click here to purchase)

You guys, May (otherwise known as my birthday month) is just around the corner! To kick off my favorite month of the year, I’ll be dining with some of Nashville’s best chefs at the Generous Helpings Chefs’ Dinner next Tuesday. Like, seriously, this is a dream lineup. Not only do I think they all make amazing food, but I truly adore many of them on a personal level too. (a couple of them I’ve never met but I’m sure once I do meet them, I’ll think they’re awesome too because I’ve been told so by trusted sources)

In case you’re not familiar with the Chefs’ Dinner, it takes place a few days before the main Generous Helpings event (more on that below) and it’s a one-of-a-kind dining experience where multiple chefs are responsible for different courses. And all the money goes for a great cause – Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee! This year’s lineup includes:

Maneet Chauhan, Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Trey Cioccia, The Farm House
John Lasater, Hattie B’s
Nick Pellegrino, Mangia Nashville
Rebekah Turshen, City House
Bryan Lee Weaver, Butcher & Bee
Lisa White, Marsh House

The price of a Chefs’ Dinner ticket also includes admission (a $50 value) to the main event at City Winery on Thursday, May 11th, where you can enjoy tastings from 30 of Nashville’s favorite restaurants. Only a few tickets remain, so get yours before they’re gone!




Generous Helpings Main Event 

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
6 – 9 pm

City Winery
609 Lafayette St
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $50/person in advance here

(note: this event WILL sell out, so don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets!)

I’m not going to name any names, but a while back I attended a tasting event that was a BIG disappointment. I had free tickets, so I didn’t bother complaining. But, as I walked around the event underwhelmed by the food choices and frustrated with the long lines, I felt really bad for the people that actually paid for tickets.

That kind of experience is what makes me want to shout from the rooftops about tasting events that are so well done, so full of delicious food and drinks, and so worth the money. I promise you that Generous Helpings is worth every cent of the $50 you will spend on the ticket!

For as long as I’ve lived in Nashville, it has been one of my favorite events of the year. I love it so much that for the past two years, I’ve been volunteering on the planning committee! As you guys know, between my demanding full time job, my family, and this blog (and all related activities), I don’t have a whole lot of extra hours in my week, so I hope it really tells you something that I choose to spend free time helping Second Harvest with this event.

I’m so excited that we’ve brought on some awesome new participants this year — even a couple of spots that haven’t even opened yet! There are still more restaurants to be announced in the next few days, but check out the list so far:

Amerigo Italian Restaurant
Barcelona Wine Bar
Christie Cookies
City Winery
Eighth & Roast
Fin & Pearl
Funk Seoul Brother
Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar
The Grilled Cheeserie
Holler & Dash
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kroger Chef Shoppe featuring Murray’s Cheese
Olive & Sinclair
Pancho & Lefty’s Cantina (first taste the public will get of this new concept!)
Salt & Vine
Second Harvest’s Culinary Arts Center
Thai Esane
Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House (preview of what’s to come!)
Vui’s Kitchen


I hope to see many of you at City Winery on May 11th. Be sure to say hello if you spot me!


Contest Closed

The Winner is….

Mary Clare!

And now, for the best part — one of my lovely readers is going to get to attend the event along with a friend, for free!

To enter for your chance to win 2 tickets to Generous Helpings being held on Thursday, May 11th, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me which restaurant you’re most excited to try at Generous Helpings, or what you’ve eaten at past years’ events that you loved the most!


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

2. Follow me (@betheats) on Twitter and tweet “Generous Helpings is on 5/11 & @betheats has tickets to give away! Enter here:” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Like Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee on Facebook then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so, or if you already do “like” them, let me know!

Contest ends on Monday, May 1st at noon. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If that person doesn’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!