"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Fork It, Let's Go See a Cooking Competition

After becoming fans of the strangely interesting Iron Chef show on Food TV, it sounded intriguing to us to see a similar style of live cooking competition tonight among five Nashville chefs called Iron Fork 2009 sponsored by the town's best entertainment publication, The Nashville Scene. It was held at the beautiful Country Music Hall of Fame downtown and the price of admission (part of which went to charity) included as much free food samples as we could handle (we got full within the first hour we were there, and there was tons of food still left when we left) and three adult beverage tickets including access to their Blue Moon Beer Garden. The secret ingredient for this competition announced before the one-hour competition began (another aspect of the Iron Chefs show) was purple asparagus harvested earlier in the day from a local farm. Larger than normal asparagus, this colorful vegetable had to be used in two separate dishes that had to be prepared and presented within 60 minutes to four different judges. The winner, Jeremy Barlow of Tayst Restaurant, and his staff worked right in front of us and one of their dishes was a beautiful yummy-looking halibut entree. This is a relatively new annual event for Nashville and was not without its problems...the beer garden kegs were a bust giving much more foam than actual beer, they ran out of bottled beer fairly early as well (probably because of the draught problem), and the cooking competition area had some obscured sight lines at times, but overall it was a lot of fun and something we would definitely considered doing again next year when, as they promised on the way out tonight, "would be bigger and better." We can't wait to eat and see!


Craig said...

OK, admit it Rob, you just went for the beer garden.

Ever wonder why draught is pronounced "Draft?" Why don't they just spell it "draft." Upity English. Or is that a Scott term? If it is a Scott or Irish term its probably right. Never mind.

Rob and Ashlee said...

Good question, Craig. According to Wikipedia (man, I love that site) draught is of English origin with Germanic roots as well. Maybe a good topic for my other blog sometime.

Can't say I went solely for a "Blue Moon" beer garden. The taste (and quality) of Blue Moon seems to have gone way downhill in the last few years since Ann.-Busch took it over and you know my ill-will towards that greedy corporate giant. Again, another good topic for my other blog. The food, as it should be, was definitely the star of Iron Fork.

Rob and Ashlee said...

By the way...best joke of the evening was...

"I can't wait for Plastic Spork 2009 sponsored by Taco Bell!"