Opryland Acquisition by Marriott

A few weeks back, I detailed out some of my experiences at Opryland as we suffered and recovered from the 2010 Nashville Floods. Not an easy piece to write, and I'm sure for some to read. At any rate, word reached me that the Gaylord brand has been acquired (subject to approval by Gaylord shareholders) …

Notes from a Chef: Compass Box Scotch Dinner, Part 2

  Unbeknownst to me, we had one of my favorite Charleston food writers in residence at last week's Old Village Post House Compass Box Scotch Whisky dinner - Robert Moss. Check out Robert Moss's review of our OVPH Compass Box Scotch Dinner! http://tinyurl.com/ctkg4hk At any rate, it was a real success, a lot of hard …

Notes from The Tennessee BBQ Triangle

I was thinking of BBQ this week. What with the Compass Box Scotch Whisky Dinner at Old Village Post House last week, I was specifically thinking of Tennessee BBQ. Robert Moss himself has written a terriffic book on BBQ. Equally, I truly enjoyed John T. Edge's article on Western Tennessee BBQ tradition in this month's …

Notes from a Chef: Compass Box Scotch Dinner

In the spirit of Notes From A Kitchen (the 2012 James Beard Cookbook Award for Best Photography) I thought it might be interesting to share some of the creative and collaborative thought process in putting a menu together. Once again, I have been able to partner with Patrick Emerson, the wine director for Maverick Southern Kitchens. …

Opryland, Dark and Under Water

Anecdote of the Jar Wallace Stevens I placed a jar in Tennessee, And round it was, upon a hill. It made the slovenly wilderness Surround that hill. The wilderness rose up to it, And sprawled around, no longer wild. The jar was round upon the ground And tall and of a port in air. It …

Lassi Come Home

At the Bombay Indian Restaurant / Bombay Bazaar, Robert Moss, who spent some time in India this year, had a fantastic write up about this combination of Indian grocery store and restaurant back in October. While I generally love Robert's writing, I did feel that he did the restaurant a disservice by largely overlooking a …

The Dining Revolution Begins With Dinner

Charleston, we need to chat. I have for some time had a growing misgiving about our fair city. We continue to enjoy the blessing of the spotlight of national culinary focus. The Upper King Street Design District continues to develop unabated with killer eateries like The Grocery, The Macintosh and Mike Lata's as yet un …

The Kitchen Ambience

I woke up last Wednesday to the daily email push from the NY Times, the Wednesday dining section and their Diner's Journal. Two articles grabbed me out of the gates - What Chefs are Rockin' to in the Kitchen, and an amazing piece of news on one of my heroes, Louis Armstrong. It's not uncommon …