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Music City Food + Wine Returns This September With Some Notable Changes

It will now be a three day affair

Justin Chesney

The Music City Food + Wine Festival is returning for a fifth year with some notable changes, including moving the chef showcases to Friday night and Saturday afternoon, with the Gospel Brunch now a stand alone event on Sunday. The bulk of the local and guest chef lineup, along with events, was announced today. Tickets for the annual festival, which takes place Sept. 15-17, went on sale at 10 a.m. this morning.

Returning events this year include the Chef Showcase, featuring over 30 local chefs on Friday and Saturday; Saturday night's Harvest Night event spotlighting guest chefs and featuring a musical tribute from pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph; the return of Pappy Hour; and Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends, where pitmaster Pat Martin sets up his live fire playground and invites his friends to cook with him.

New this year is the Sunday Gospel Brunch, which will feature Tim Love (Back Dough), Joshua Simpson (Proper Bagel), Levon Wallace (Gray & Dudley) and Karl Worley (Biscuit Love), with a live gospel performance from Gayle Mayes. Additional special guests will be announced.

More details will be released as the event gets closer, but you can find the full rundown of participating chefs below.

Chef Showcase


Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge

Jessica Benefield & Trey Burnette, Two Ten Jack

Kristin Beringson, Silo

Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porker

Chris Carter & James Peisker, Porter Road Butcher

Brandon Chavannes, Moto Cucina + Enoteca

Trey Cioccia, The Farm House

RJ Cooper, Henley

Crystal De Luna-Bogan, The Grilled Cheeserie

Nathan Duensing, Marsh House

Matt Farley, Acme, The Southern Steak & Oyster

Jay Flatley, Tavern

Brandon Frohne, Holler & Dash Biscuit House

Tony Galzin, Nicky’s Coal Fired

Sarah Gavigan, Otaku Ramen

Daniel Herget, Little Octopus

Nick Hertel, Merchant's

Hal M. Holden-Bache, Lockeland Table

Jess Lambert, etc.

Brian Lea, Le Sel

Daniel Lindley, 5th & Taylor

Andrew Little, Josephine & Prima

Margot McCormack, Margot Cafe & Marche

Deb Paquette, Etch

Kyle Patterson, Sinema

Nick Pellegrino, Mangia

Giovanni Pinato, Giovanni Ristorante

Andrew Rodriguez, Pinewood Social

Jesse Rossbach, Lonesome Dove Knoxville

Tyler Saracino, Americano

Nina Singto, Thai Esane

David Tieman, Five Points Pizza

Jason Zygmont, The Treehouse

Harvest Night

Hugh Acheson, Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South, The Florence

Jimmy Bannos, Heaven on Seven

Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig

John Besh, Marsh House, L.A. Jackson, Killebrew

Matt Bolus, The 404 Kitchen

Sean Brock, Husk, McCrady's, McCrady’s Tavern, Minero

Maneet Chauhan, Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Drew Curren, Elm Restaurant Group

Cassidee Dabney, The Barn at Blackberry Farm

Susan Feniger, Border Grill

Joseph Lenn, J.C. Holdway

Tim Love, Lonesome Dove, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack

Marcus Samuelsson, Marcus Samuelsson Group

Alon Shaya, Domenica, Domenica Pizza, Shaya

Jonathan Waxman, Adele's, Bajo Sexto Taco, Barbuto

Tandy Wilson, City House

Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen