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Chef Adrianne Calvo

Highly acclaimed chef, author, television personality and YouTube host Adrianne Calvo embodies the essence of the American dream. Opening her very own restaurant at the age of 22, she has become a living legend and a source of inspiration for those wanting to follow in her footsteps.

Receiving smashing success with her first venture, Chef Adrianne has since branched out with an array of restaurants, has been named Miami New Times Best Chef, appeared on an array of Food Network shows and is the youngest professional to cook for the United Nations.

During April of 2007, Chef Adrianne opened her first restaurant, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Bar, also referred to as “Chef Adrianne’s.” Having graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004, the new restaurant was a risky decision, but it sure did pay off. Swiftly, the restaurant grew and gained widespread notarization due to Chef Adrianne’s signature Maximum Flavor.

Guests and Critics alike fell in love with her cooking; and Chef Adrianne’s was awarded Best Restaurant by Miami New Times’ Readers’ Choice Awards in 2014 and 2017. Continuing to receive praise by being named one of the 17 Most Important Restaurants in Miami by Thrillist, Chef Adrianne was only just beginning her career.

Chef Adrianne has cooked for the United Nations and its ambassadors, competed on Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay via Food Network and has been acknowledged for her cooking in Bon Appétit, Better Homes & Gardens, USA Today and Saveur.

Her passion for the culinary world and spirit of adventure inspired her to launch Emmy Nominated YouTube series “Searching for Maximum Flavor,” which has been nominated for an Emmy Award. In the show, Chef Adrianne meets with creators while reviewing iconic dishes and adding in her namesake Maximum Flavor.

360 had the opportunity to chat with Chef Adrianne about her success thus far, what made her interested in becoming a chef, and what we can expect to come in the future.

Q: When did you start dabbling in cooking and when did you know you wanted to pursue a career in the field?

A: I have always loved food. I used to come home from school and watch Great Chefs of The World, followed by more cooking shows. But at that time, I thought I wanted to be a journalist. Watching cooking shows was just entertaining until my junior year of high school. I was placed in home ec by mistake, and I had to wait two weeks for schedule to change. During those two weeks, Johnson and Wales University came to do a demo and talk about how they’re the leading culinary school. It was what I call the lightning strike. From then on, I knew I wanted to be a chef.

Q: What was the most difficult part in opening your own restaurant at such a young age?

A: 22 is too young to open anything much less a restaurant. Restaurants are equally demanding as they are rewarding (if successful). I didn’t have normal 20’s. I didn’t have my first real drink till I was 25. I didn’t go on a vacation for 8 years and I spent every day working the line for 11 years straight. I had to stay focused and determined. Looking back at that exchange to where I am today, it was all worth it.

Q: What has it been like receiving so much praise from critics, social media all the way to your beloved customers?

It’s a beautiful thing. I thank God for it every day. I believe I don’t deserve it which is why I keep working harder and harder. This industry doesn’t stop. And want to feel like have earned their love.

Q: How did the pandemic affect your businesses?

A: Thank the good Lord, our loyal customers kept us afloat doing take out.

Q: Tell us a little bit more about your signature maximum flavor.

A: When I decided to go to culinary school, I entered culinary competitions to raise money for college. I started winning, a year later I kept winning. By this time, the judges were talking amongst themselves about how I was winning. The answer was – Flavor. One judge advised me to write a cookbook with all my winning recipes. I took his advice and thus was born my first cookbook, ‘MAXIMUM FLAVOR,’ making me the youngest cookbook author at the time. That lead me to be on the Montel Williams show. He held my cookbook in the air and told his audience and all of the country glued to their TV screens, that they had to buy my cookbook because the scallop recipe he tried from [the book] changed him. He spent all his life hating scallops until he had them Maximum Flavor Style. The book sold like crazy.

Q: Tell us about “Baked,” one of your newest concepts, and what more we can expect from this expansion.

A: Baked by Chef Adrianne started as a Bakehouse I acquired to make bread and desserts for all my restaurants- an internal operation. I’ve always been in love with everything from scratch. I think you can just tell when something is made by hand, or chemically doused. I could buy desserts from any vendor and just defrost, slice, and throw on a plate. But that’s not Maximum Flavor. I am currently working with GoldBelly on a national direct to consumer campaign.

Q: What can we expect next from Chef Adrianne?

A: God willing, I hope to expand my wine label “A Family Vineyards.” After the wild success of “A Cabernet,” I think a Rose’ or Sauvi B is next.  

Article by: McKinley Franklin

Fast food article illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 MAGAZINE

Dining Out for Life Fundraiser

The last two years have curtailed most public events, but Dining Out For Life® hosted by Subaru soldiered on by helping partner restaurants fill take-out or gift card orders while their own fundraising was severely limited. This year, nearly all of the 50+ Dining Out For Life licensed health care organizations are planning to host an event, inviting supporters to partake in a meal that will be meaningful to all involved.

Now in its 26th year, Dining Out For Life is magnificent in its simplicity: Dine at a participating restaurant and that restaurant will donate a generous portion of the day’s proceeds to a local health organization providing essential services to those affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. The 2022 fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 28 in cities across North America. The event is traditionally held on the last Thursday in April, while some markets have alternate dates. To learn more about your region’s event and to make a reservation, click HERE.

Sixteen years ago, Subaru of America, the automaker committed to helping those in need, teamed up with the Dining Out For Life organization, along with spokespeople including Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped!; Mondo Guerra, Project Runway All Stars designer and HIV advocate; and film and television actor Pam Grier (Foxy Brown/Jackie Brown), who said: “While many of us may be limited in what we can donate, we can contribute our time to causes we care about. Consider sharing what you can by becoming a volunteer!”

Since 2006, Dining Out For Life has raised more than $52 million dollars with support from Subaru, thousands of restaurants and hundreds of volunteers.

 “Subaru and our retailers are committed to caring for our communities nationwide, and over many years of partnership, we’ve been privileged to support the HIV/AIDS community through Dining Out For Life,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “We’re excited to bring Dining Out For Life back to cities across North America and invite people to sit down for a meal and show their support for their neighbors who are currently living with HIV and other chronic illnesses.”

How to participate:

  • Visit their website to find a Dining Out For Life event in your community.
  • Support participating restaurants – make a reservation, order takeout, or purchase gift certificates.
  • Donate directly to Dining Out For Life service organizations to support the continued work they do to make communities healthier.
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South Beach Festival

The 21st annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival was held Thursday, February 24, as produced by Capital One (SOBEWFF®). Hosted at the Continuum’s The Patio restaurant, guests indulged the highest quality cuisine with breathtaking oceanfront views.

The event saw the likes of The Food Network’s ‘Chopped judges Amanda Freitag and Marc Murphy. Collaborating with The Patio’s Executive Chef Claudio Lobina, the chefs worked together to contribute to the official Intimate Dinner Series. Guests were treated to a prestigious four-course dinner menu sporting international delights made by some of the most renowned chefs in the business.

While in attendance, the festival sported live music from the Frost School of Music during the pre-dinner reception before the extravagant dinner began. ‘Chopped’ co-stars Amanda Freitag and Marc Murphy greeted guests with a speech and detailing on their menu for the night. Valentina Abbona from Marchesi di Barolo winery, too, explained the rich history of wines that were served on the night of the festival. The Patio’s Chef Claudio Lobina topped off the night by serving the final course.

Managing Director of the Continuum Rishi Idnani spoke about the esteemed event, stating, “Our third year of participation during this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival proved to be an extraordinary evening of culinary brilliance for guests at The Patio. This sensational collaboration between Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and our very own Chef Claudio Lobina, gave our residents and attendees a world class experience in gastronomic indulgence.

“It was tremendous to see the highlight on our property’s social calendar mark the beginning of life resuming back to its normal splendor here in South Florida. On behalf of the entire Continuum management team, I would like to thank the festival’s organizing committee, together with the sponsors and our patrons for helping to make this third dinner installment a resounding success.”

Amongst the divine menu that was curated in collaboration with all three chefs was: Mini Lamb Meatballs with Pistachio Pesto and LabneProsciutto, Gruyere and Basil PinwheelsSicilian Risotto AcquarelloBaked Feta with Shredded Phyllo and Apricot-lime CoulisZa’atar Honey and Chili OilSeared Sea scallops served over Leek and Parmesan Risotto, and Milano Roasted Duck served with a Saffron Cream and Orange Coulis. Chocolate Mousse Parfait was presented as dessert for guests. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits provided various international wines throughout the course of the night as well.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival event photos via World Red Eye for use by 360 MAGAZINE
South Beach Wine & Food Festival event photos via World Red Eye for use by 360 MAGAZINE
South Beach Wine & Food Festival event photos via World Red Eye for use by 360 MAGAZINE
South Beach Wine & Food Festival event photos via World Red Eye for use by 360 MAGAZINE
South Beach Wine & Food Festival event photos via World Red Eye for use by 360 MAGAZINE
South Beach Wine & Food Festival event photos via World Red Eye for use by 360 MAGAZINE
South Beach Wine & Food Festival event photos via World Red Eye for use by 360 MAGAZINE
South Beach Wine & Food Festival event photos via World Red Eye for use by 360 MAGAZINE
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Alexis Sicklick’s Savory Soup Recipe

NYC Chef Alexis Sicklick is known for her savory fall recipes that push conventional cooking boundaries. One of Chef Alexis’ renowned and most unique dishes is her caramelized apple soup.

This caramelized apple soup came from one of Chef Alexis’ favorite fall soups; butternut squash and apple soup. The powerful notes included in butternut squash are optimized with the apple flavor that creates more acidity and depth. Like many others, Chef Alexis has a liking for the caramelized apple, and this was the flavor that she wanted to encapsulate in her own soup. Chef Alexis describes the soup as a combination of “all your favorite parts of French Onion Soup into a lighter, luscious version for the fall, focusing on the elegance of the cooked apple and enhancing it with the unmistakable goodness of caramelized onions.”

For the full story on Chef Alexis’ caramelized apple soup, read HERE.

Caramelized Apple Soup Recipe

Soup Ingredients

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 White Onions

6 Apples, any variety/mix

1 cup White Wine

Water

½ bunch Thyme

½ bunch Oregano

4 Cinnamon Sticks

4 Star Anise

Salt

  1. Slice the onions 1/8-inch thick. Cover the bottom of a wide soup pot with a thin layer of oil and caramelize the onions over low heat.
  2. Peel and rough chop the apples into medium-sized pieces. Once the onions are golden brown, add the apples and cook until they also turn golden brown and begin to break down, but not too much so they lose their moisture and body (the apple starches help to create the velvety allure!) – you can raise the heat a bit for this step. Stir often to prevent them from sticking.
  3. Once the apples turn soft and deep brown, deglaze with white wine and reduce just a little. Add water to cover and the herbs and spices in a sachet of cheesecloth for quick removal later. Season with a few pinches of salt, cover with a lid, and bring to a boil.
  4. After the soup boils, turn it to a simmer and let it cook, covered, for about 1 hour.
  5. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning as needed – feel free to add in some ground cinnamon or grated star anise if desired. With an immersion or regular blender (careful, it is hot – use small batches for the second option), blend until the soup is smooth and velvety.

Garnishes

1 cup Toasted Hazelnuts

8 ounces White Cheddar

  1. While the soup is cooking, preheat the oven to 325°F. Cut the hazelnuts in half and toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes/until they become amber in appearance.
  2. Grate the cheddar cheese using the large grates on a box grater.

To Serve

  1. Turn the oven to ‘Broil.’ Line oven-proof bowls on a tray and pour the soup into them. Cover with a layer of cheese and place in the oven until the top is completely melted and turns golden brown.
  2. Garnish with the hazelnuts and enjoy!
Wine illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

California Wines × Down to Earth

California Wines Livestream & Video Series Celebrates Down to Earth Month in April

Facebook Live & Instagram Events Share Tips on Enjoying Sustainably Grown & Produced Wines

For “Down to Earth Month” in April, California Wines is celebrating the state’s global leadership in sustainable winegrowing with a series of fun and informative virtual events and videos on Facebook Live and Instagram. Throughout April, the free livestream events and videos will present a variety of discussions, cooking demonstrations, and virtual wine tastings focused on sustainability.

Hosts for the Facebook Live events include Napa Valley sommelier Amanda McCrossin of SommVivant and Aida Mollenkamp, Food Network personality and founder of Salt & Wind Travel.

Videos shared on the California Wines Instagram channel will demonstrate recipes, how to pair and enjoy California wines, and what makes a wine sustainable. Programs will feature food and beverage influencers, including Meg van der Kruik of This Mess Is Ours, Jerry James Stone of the Jerry James Stone blog, Britney Brown Chamberlain of Britney Breaks Bread, and Sarah Gim of The Delicious Life.

To view details on all Down to Earth Month events, visit California Wine’s website.

Facebook Live: Thursdays, 10 am PST

Livestream hosts Amanda McCrossin of SommVivant and Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind taste and discuss sustainably grown and produced California wines. Event replays will be available on the site for later viewing.
 
April 1 – What Is Sustainable Wine?
It’s time to clear up the confusion around what defines sustainability! Participants will learn what sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices are and get the inside story on California’s sustainable certification programs, including the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) program.
 
April 8 – What Are Biodynamic and Organic Wines, and How Are They Sustainable?
Explore the differences between organic and biodynamic practices and learn how they fit into the sustainability equation.
 
April 15 – Why Is There a Chicken in the Vineyard?
Chickens, sheep, and goats don’t just look adorable in California vineyards—each has an important job to do. Learn how animals are helping California vintners in their sustainable farming efforts.
 
April 22 – How to Look for Sustainable Wines
Finding sustainable wines is easy—if you know what to look for. Participants will learn about the sustainable certifications, logos, and terms to look for on wine labels.
 
April 29 – How California Is a Leader in Sustainable Wines & Sustainable Farming
California is not only a world leader in sustainable winemaking and winegrowing practices, but producers also embrace sustainability in dairy and other agricultural areas. Learn about California’s innovative farming practices and how the state leads in sustainable wine and food.

IGTV Videos: Tuesdays 10 am PST

Every Tuesday in April, videos from well-known food and beverage influencers will be shared on the California Wines Instagram channel, each demonstrating a recipe inspired by the Wine Country Table cookbook paired with sustainably made wines from California. Recipes and information about sustainability will be shared on each influencer’s website and social media platforms.
 
April 6 – Meg van der Kruik of This Mess Is Ours
 
April 13: – Jerry James Stone of the Jerry James Stone blog
 
April 20 – Britney Brown Chamberlain of Britney Breaks Bread
 
April 27 – Sarah Gim of The Delicious Life
 

Kayaking illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

What’s Trending in Tennessee

What’s New, Trending and Blooming this Spring in Tennessee

  • Memphis – Memphis Zoo’s all-new Kangazoo Experience lets you get face-to-face with kangaroos roaming free in the walk-through exhibit. Visitor favorites also include giraffe-feeding, the panda exhibit and Sting Ray Cove.
  • Jackson – Discover what makes Jackson a unique place for music lovers of all backgrounds whether you’re looking for new eclectic sounds, blues and gospel, country music or more with live performances of Jackson’s Hidden Tracks.
  • Nashville – Enjoy premiere shopping, world-class dining, live music and views of downtown at Fifth + Broadway. This 300,000 square foot multi-level mecca is a must-see and home to the National Museum of African American Musicand Assembly Food Hall featuring two dozen restaurants on multiple levels.
  • Columbia – The Mulehouse is a 55,000 square feet new music and event venue located a few blocks from the downtown square, established by country radio personality and broadcaster, Blair Garner.
  • Manchester – A brand new concert series features live, in-person performances in a socially-distanced setting at the Bonnaroo Farm. Concerts on the Farm includes performances by Billy Strings, Jon Pardy, Jameson Rodgers, The Avett Brothers and more.
  • Chattanooga – Grab your thinking caps, maps and don’t forget your mask. Take adventure to the next level. Learn more about Chattanooga’s top attractions and neighborhoods during the Spring Break Safari Scavenger Hunt.
  • Knoxville – Three levels of magical crystal barrooms wait to be discovered in downtown Knoxville. Bernadette’sbarrooms include the Knox County Quartz House, the Amethyst Lounge, and a stunning rooftop of Crystal Gardens.
  • Gatlinburg – Anakeesta will be in full bloom with the launch of Blooms and Tunes featuring colorful nature-themed art installations, live music and a new spring-themed menu at four restaurants in the park.
  • Townsend – The Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival Noon-10 p.m. May 22 includes live music, vendors, food trucks, bigfoot competitions, oral histories, 1-mile fun run and more at the Townsend Visitor’s Center.
  • Johnson City – Grab a scavenger hunt clue card online or from a downtown business to search for 15 bronze animal sculptures as part of Wildabout Walkabout Scavenger Hunt from the public library and King Commons Park to Main and Market Streets.

New Restaurants, Breweries and Distilleries

  • Memphis – Renowned chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman are at it again, this time with their Little Bettie pizza joint inside Wiseacre’s newly opened downtown taproom.
  • Clarksville – The Thirsty Goat is a newer gathering place outside of the city that features a beer garden, artisan coffee shop and oven-fired pizzas.
  • Murfreesboro – Biscuit-based meals made baked fresh daily are at the forefront of Maple Street Biscuit Co. Jams and jellies are also made in-store. Featured on Food Network, The Squawking Goat dish is an all-natural fried chicken breast, fried goat cheese medallion and house-made pepper jelly atop a flaky biscuit.
  • Columbia – Wolf and Scout Coffee Car is located in the Columbia Arts Building serving varieties of coffees and their signature drink, the Wolfhunter.
  • Carthage – Cajun wings, honey BBQ wings, onion rings, fries and delicious sides are on tap at Something 2 Wing About.
  • Farragut – 35 North, located in the heart of Farragut, features the area’s best food trucks, local brews, wine and spirits and features two patios, an outdoor fireplace and a place for gathering.
  • LaFollette – Twin Flame features amazing hot dogs, burgers, wings, catfish, specialty drinks and much more with carry-out and dining room seating available.
  • Wartburg – The MoCo Brewing Project is Morgan County’s latest brewery and coffee shop with signature beers named and influenced by local landmarks. The owners brew beer, coffee and offer flavored coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Sevierville – Tennessee Shine Co.uses family recipes and small-batch distilling, features a tasting bar and Moonshine Tour.
  • Johnson City – Watauga Brewing Company is a three story brewery, restaurant and rooftop bar. Restaurant On 2 combines upscale New American cuisine with Appalachian and southern roots. The chef uses local, seasonal foods in her menu. 

New Attractions and Exhibits

  • Memphis –Visitors can enjoy movie nights and world-renowned musicians in an all-new outdoor setting at The Grove at GPAC.
  • Memphis – Graceland celebrates the 50 anniversary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll meeting then President Richard Nixon with a special pop-up exhibit and artifacts with Dear Mr. President: Elvis and Mr. Nixon.
  • Nashville – Once Upon a Spring at Gaylord Opryland includes a live story time show, art activities, cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, boat rides and other fun programming.
  • Knoxville – Zoo Knoxville’s The ARC (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus), open spring 2021, will showcase the zoo’s pioneering conservation work with these species and feature revolutionary STEM education resources.
  • Johnson City – Paradise Acresis a family farm park with an 18-hole mini-golf course, outdoor laser tag, barn-side drive-in theater and U-Pick produce.

New Hotels & Places to Stay

  • Memphis – Walk the line between southern hospitality, offbeat and elevated cuisine to get a genuine taste of Midtown’s unconventional personality, storied art district and Overton Square at The Memphian, set to open April 2021.
  • Memphis – Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis is within walking distance of the city’s famed entertainment district, nestled in a vibrant neighborhood known for lauded music venues, historic landmarks, southern comfort and Memphis-style barbecue.
  • Nashville – W Hotel Nashville is set to take the stage in the heart of the Gulch. Opening spring 2021 with 346 rooms, the new hotel will welcome visitors with curated local tunes, garden-to-glass cocktails and welcoming communal spaces.
  • Pigeon Forge – Pigeon Forge RV Resort along the Little Pigeon River includes 149 RV sites, camping, riverside fishing, illuminated river walk. On-property offerings include on-site concierge services, a pool, and hot tub, playground, picnic pavilion, a dog park, golf cart rentals, a retail store, conference room, gym, and laundry facilities.

New Stores

  • Columbia – Columbia features several new stores including Cope (in the Columbia Arts Building with a variety of trendy plants), family-owned jewelry store Tillis Jewelry on the downtown square and Southern Clutter Boutique with a variety of clothing, accessories, home goods and crafts.
  • Farragut – Euphoric Cheese features cut-to-order cheeses from all around the world, a wide variety of charcuterie items, specialty groceries and a selection of local brews. Items such as chocolate-covered figs, blue cheese stuffed olives, creamed honey and rosemary crackers will make your grazing board memorable.
  • Kingston – That Local Cheeseboard Co.features handcrafted charcuterie boards & boxes, grazing tables, customizable boxes, corporate catering, and gifts and items for special occasions.

Hot/Trending Places for Spring

  • Hornbeak – Vacation while you dine at Blue Bank Fishhouse & Grill at Blue Bank Resort with delicious weekend specials, local craft beer, live music, fire pits, butterfly garden & front row seating to a beautiful sunset on Reelfoot Lake.
  • Alamo – Drive through the 5.5 miles of safari roads in your own car, interact and feed animals at Tennessee Safari Park. After the journey, experience the walk-through zoo, enjoy refreshments at the concessions, the playground area, and the petting zoo.
  • Clarksville – Downtown at Sundown Concerts at Downtown Commons includes free live music the first and third Friday nights May through October. The large urban outdoor park allows space to socially distance with your chairs or blanket.
  • Linden – Experience serenity on the water. Commodore River Adventures offers an uncrowded, individual or small-group, artisan kayaking experience.
  • Nashville – Celebrate spring, warmer weather and longer days with more than 150,000 blooming bulbs and fun seasonal activities during Cheekwood in Bloom.
  • Nashville – Board the General Jackson Showboat, one of Gaylord Opryland’s most popular attractions, for cruises featuring first-class live entertainment, delicious meals and gorgeous views of Nashville.
  • LaFollette – Chapman Hill Winery is a quaint winery with an elegant tasting room nestled in the hills of East Tennessee on the edge of Norris Lake. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the Vineyard Vibrations live music series.
  • Farragut – Enjoy a stroll through town, a heritage trail, cemetery and educational sites to learn history of the area, pioneer settlements and more through artifacts, photos and stories during the Farragut History Walk.
  • Harriman – Lakeshore Park offers recreation fun for the family and is home to the Gupton Wetlands area, where at least 114 species of birds can be found. Bring bikes, kayaks, fishing poles and enjoy scenery and trails.
  • Lancing – Lilly Hopyard Brewery is tucked away in the woods near the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Warm up around the campfire, watch the game, play corn hole, listen to live music and enjoy the Sauced Frog eatery.
  • Winchester – Stroll with family and friends during Food Truck Fridays at the downtown Farmers Market Pavilion on the Boulevard. Downtown merchants will stay open late on the first Friday of every month.
  • Johnson City – At the 40-acre Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park, riders can experience the thrill of off-road riding from the gnarly, rocky downhill of the Black Diamond to smooth dirt paths on the green trails.
  • Pigeon Forge – Explore larger-than-life plant sculptures adorned in half-a-million colorful flower blooms, dance under an Umbrella Sky and indulge in garden-fresh flavors from chefs during Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival.

Spring Festivals & Events

  • Gatlinburg (March 18-20) – Explore the new Gatlinburg St. Patrick’s Day Celebration complete with traditional Irish music, food, fireworks, and more. The city will be decorated with Shamrock green and feature fireworks show at 10 p.m. Friday at the Space Needle.
  • Bell Buckle (March 20) – The historic town adapts Daffodil Days to include a tree seedling give away, spring bulbs vendors on the square, spring items in stores, and a book signing by beloved former Tennessee Poet Laureate Maggi Vaugn.
  • Chattanooga (March 20-21) – Come see the High Falls flow green during Shamrock City at Rock City featuring Irish food, specialty beer from Chattanooga Brewing Co., bagpipers, pop-up Irish dance performers, and virtual scavenger hunt.
  • Linden (March 26-27) – The Blooming Arts Festival mixes fine arts, local craftsmanship, performances and fantastic local eats. Masks and social distancing recommended. Sanitization stations will be up on Main Street.
  • Pigeon Forge (March 26-28) – Cowboy cooks circle the wagons for the one-of-a-kind outdoor Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff that features chuck wagons–the original food trucks. Attendees can sample the offerings at lunch.
  • Murfreesboro (March 29-April 2) – Looking for a fun and safe way to kick off spring? Stop by the Discovery Center for Mess Fest. Get creative and messy with free outdoor activities such as making oobleck, elephant toothpaste and more.
  • Spring Hill (April 2) – Grammy Award Winner Casting Crowns performs a socially distancing family-friendly drive-in concert 7 p.m. at RippavillaTickets benefit the Well Outreach Food Pantry.
  • Crossville (April 2-June 24) – Cumberland County Playhouse kicks off its 2021 spring season with productions like Clue on Stage, The Savannah Sipping Society, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now and Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.
  • Savannah (April 3) – The 9th Annual Generals Breakfast kicks off at 9 a.m. at Cherry Mansion with an outdoor breakfast, storytelling program and a Q&A by the homeowners. Tickets are $15. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.
  • Murfreesboro (April 23) – Travis Tritt with special guest Frank Foster takes the stage at 7 p.m. at Hop Springs Beer Park. There’s live music every weekend at the family & dog-friendly park with food and a huge selection of craft beers on tap.
  • Harriman (May 1) – The May Day Craft and Antique Fair will have vendors that display handmade crafts, vintage items and antiques, food vendors, live entertainment and classic car show.
  • Granville (May 1) – The Cornbread & Moonshine Festival features whiskey tastings, cornbread tasting, food, music, and craftsmen. Admission is $5. The new Whiskey Decanter Museum also opens with over 3,000 whiskey decanters.
  • Cookeville (May 1) – Cookeville Storyfest 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the big tent in Dogwood Park includes headliners Andy Offutt Irwin and Minton Sparks, and an amateur storytelling competition.
  • Tellico Plains (May 1) – The Tellico Trout Festival 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. downtown gathers fishermen, river sports enthusiasts and families for fun, education, food, entertainment and outfitter services.
  • Gatlinburg (May 1-3) – Guests can begin a creative journey in crafts, woodworking, basket weaving, jewelry making and more during Hands on Gatlinburg in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Register in advance before workshops sell out.
  • Pigeon Forge (May 5-8) – Textile art and techniques to stitch quilts are on display at Pigeon Forge’s A Mountain Quiltfest. Guests can register for instructional classes. The free quilt exhibit and vendor hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LeConte Center.
  • Sweetwater (May 7-8) – Head to Historic Downtown Sweetwater for the Blooms, Bluegrass and BBQ Festival with live music, barbecue competition, vendors, picker’s corner, kids’ zone and fun activities.
  • Smithville (May 8) – Center Hill Lake Fest 4-10 p.m. at The Burlap Room Beer Garden and Dispensary features plenty of space to socially-distance while enjoying food from local food trucks, craft beer and local vendors. Please wear a mask in vendor and restroom lines. Tickets for the kid and pet-friendly event start at $20.
  • Rugby (May 8) – Raise a cup to Queen Victoria during the Queen’s Tea at Historic Rugby. The festive tea will include sandwiches, scones and dessert. Tickets are $22.
  • Wartburg (May 15) – The Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival is filled with music, food, exhibits, creative arts, crafts, a car show and 24 designated scenic trails 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. around courthouse square.
  • Harriman (May 22-23, May 29-31) – Join a weekend of fun with costume contests, pirate Olympics, treasure hunts, get a picture with a mermaid or scallywag or shop the merchant village for unique treasures at the 5th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest.
  • Bell Buckle (May 29) – Load up the car and go on an adventure in Historic Bell Buckle geocaching for prizes 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the Bell Buckle Car Cache and Pig Bash. Registration information can be found here.
  • Donelson (May-October) – Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, shop from local vendors, listen to live music and stroll through the historic grounds of Two Rivers Mansion Fridays 4-7 p.m. during the outdoor Hip Donelson Farmers Market.

For a complete list of what’s happening in Tennessee, visit the calendar on the website.  

Food Network Kitchen Launches Takeout Twins

Food Network Kitchen, with its award-winning culinary app, announced the launch of new, original series, Takeout Twins, featuring The Potash Twins. Twin brothers, Adeev and Ezra Potash, are more than just professional musicians and entertainers, they are on a mission to prove that you can make delicious and budget-friendly versions of your favorite take-out dishes right at home. Over the course of ten episodes, the Twins cook up classic to-go dishes such as margherita pizza, pad Thai, and butter chicken. In addition, they cook along with some of their famous friends including Sheila E, Katie Maloney & Tom Schwartz, Joel McHale, Rob Riggle, Musiq Soulchild, and chef Andrew Zimmern. This all-new, upbeat series, which begins streaming TODAY on Food Network Kitchen app, brings together music and culinary know-how to show just how easy (and fun) it is to cook at home with friends.

The series will take viewers inside some of their favorite celebrities’ kitchens, with The Potash Twins teaching them how to make their favorite takeout dishes. At the conclusion of each episode, the twins and celebrity guests will order the same dish they prepared from a takeout restaurant, and perform the ultimate comparison test. From making Orange Chicken with comedian Joel McHale, and Matzoh Ball Soup with Andrew Zimmern, to drumming up a delicious Pad Thai recipe with musician Sheila E, Takeout Twins aims to deliver global inspiration and show viewers how accessible preparing fan-favorite meals can be from home.

“Adeev and Ezra Potash bring a bright, fun and youthful energy to the kitchen, making them naturals for joining Food Network Kitchen’s roster of talent,” said Deb Puchalla, SVP Digital Programming & Video for Food Network and Cooking Channel at Discovery Digital Studios. “We can’t wait for fans to have a chance to cook along with the twins and their friends as they make some seriously delicious takeout treats.”

“Food is fun, but food with friends is better,” said Ezra and Adeev Potash.  “It’s been a blast spending our quarantine teaching our friends how to build their skills in the kitchen and help them thrive in this unsettling time.”

ABOUT FOOD NETWORK

Food Network Kitchen launched in the United States in October 2019 as a first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer product with proprietary streaming technology. Offering consumers live, interactive cooking classes; on-demand cooking classes; ingredient home delivery; trusted recipes; and direct access to Food Network talent and culinary experts.

ABOUT THE POTASH TWINS

Named the “Musicians of the Food World ” by the Miami Herald, with a passion for food and the culinary community, Adeev and Ezra Potash are musicians, entertainers and acclaimed TV personalities and hosts. Guided at an early age by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, the twins were inspired to pursue a career in the performance of jazz. Upon graduating high school in Nebraska, the twins moved to New York City to develop their skills. Adeev studied under the Dizzy Gillespie protégé Jon Faddis at SUNY Purchase, while Ezra received a full ride scholarship to Manhattan School of Music on Bass Trombone. Having graced prominent jazz stages around the world at notable venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Dakota amongst others, they have also performed at a number of high profile festivals including Lollapalooza, SXSW and Summerfest Milwaukee where they opened for music legend Joe Jackson.

With a strong passion for food and the culinary community, the twins have become well known in the food scene by chefs and foodies alike. They have performed around the country at events including: the Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the James Beard Leadership Awards, Aspen Food & Wine Festival, Toronto Food and Wine Festival, Palm Beach Food and Wine (including Chef Daniel Boulud ’s infamous Sunday brunch at Cafe Boulud ), Chicago Gourmet , the opening of Chef Gavin Kaysen ’s Spoon and Stable and at legendary Chef Rick Bayless’ James Beard Awards after-party. Ezra and Adeev hope to use their relationships to spread jazz to a wider audience. As a part of their ongoing efforts to increase the awareness of jazz and live performance, the Potash Twins served as Artistic Directors at the Love’s Jazz and Arts Center in the historic jazz district of North Omaha.

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Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern and Indianapolis’s Jeremy Martindale, The Alexander Hotel, Join Southern California Chefs in 20CHEFS: A Social Distanced Fundraiser for The Beacon House of San Pedro

Beacon House Fundraiser

Beacon House of San Pedro proudly announces two well-known Midwestern chefs to their 20CHEFS fundraising roster which includes Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Jeremy Martindale, Executive Chef for The Alexander Hotel, the luxury boutique property in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.  The center was recently named by U.S. News and World Report a “Top 200 Treatment Center” in the country.

Food Network host Andrew Zimmern and Jeremy Martindale join Southern California chefs such as event co-chairs Michael Shafer (The Depot) and Christine Brown (Restaurant Christine), Victor Juarez (Fuego at Hotel Maya), and others to raise needed funds for the 115-bed treatment and rehabilitation facility for men in San Pedro. Additional chefs include:

Because of the current pandemic, Beacon House Association of San Pedro had a $225,000.00 shortfall to assist those with alcohol and drug addiction issues. On the website, visitors are encouraged to purchase private dinners with a selected chef starting at $5000.00. The meal will be prepared and served at the buyer’s residence or at the chef’s restaurant with the location and date to be agreed upon by both parties. The number of guests shall be limited to 10 for the culinary team’s well-being. Participating chefs will continue to be announced throughout the summer. More information can be accessed atwww.20CHEFS.org. The buying of the dinners ends on October 11, 2020.  Dining purchases can also be made via email at the 20chefs@beaconhouse.org.

“We feel encouraged by the outpouring of support and love to help these men. Addiction is one of the greatest scourges,” said Beacon House Association of San Pedro’s Executive Director, Brian Smith. “Our center allows these men to rejoin their loving families and become willing participants in their communities.”

ABOUT:  

Founded in 1970 by Father Art Bartlett, a South Bay minister and Michael Dowling, an alcoholic merchant seaman, the Beacon House Association of San Pedro started with a single two-story building with 18 residents. Incorporated into a non-profit in 1974, the association and the accommodations have grown to six residential units with a capacity for 115 residents. The buildings include dining and kitchen areas and spaces for training, counseling, education, and 12-step meetings. The Beacon House Association of San Pedro, for the last 40 years, has assisted thousands of men, from all walks of life, and more than three dozen states, to regain their place as responsible, productive members of society. The non-profit’s mission is to help men recover from the diseases of alcoholism and addiction to other drugs. The association provides food, shelter, treatment, and time to build a foundation in recovery and return to family, home, and community.

 

Celebrated Chefs Unite for Food Network’s Inaugural Culinary Showcase

MASTER CHEFS FROM ITALY AND ISRAEL JOIN CHEF FABIO VACCARELLA FROM THE PATIO AT THE CONTINUUM DURING ITS INAUGURAL CULINARY SHOWCASE FOR THE FOOD NETWORK & COOKING CHANNEL SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE

The world’s most famous butcher, Chef Dario Cecchini, and ‘The Cauliflower King’ Chef Eyal Shani, credited with redefining Israeli street food, join the executive chef from the iconic Miami Beach residences for a private evening of gastronomic excellence

Continuum, South Florida’s premier resort-style oceanfront condominium residences, has announced its inaugural participation in the 19th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®). South Florida’s iconic name in luxury living will be joining forces with some of today’s most iconic chefs for an official SOBEWFF® evening of superlative international cuisine.

The world’s most famous butcher, Dario Cecchini, will join forces with Executive Chef Fabio Vaccarella from The Patio at the Continuum in Miami Beach, together with “The Cauliflower King” and the man credited with redefining Israeli street food, Eyal Shani, to produce an extravagant three-course menu for 100 Continuum residents and their guests on Friday, February 21st, 2020 – poolside at The Patio restaurant. Cecchini’s eighth generation passion for his craft inspires everyone around him at Antica Macelleria Cecchini in Chianti, and is only matched by his invigorating passion for life. Shani, who owns some of the most respected and popular restaurants in Tel Aviv, is known for his extraordinary twists on famous dishes and creative presentations. Together, this dynamic duo will combine forces with The Patio’s Executive Chef, Fabio Vaccarella, for an eclectic dining experience that marries traditional Italian cuisine with vibrant Israeli flavors.

“We are delighted to announce our debut participation during this year’s SOBEWFF®,” says Rishi Idnani, Managing Director of the Continuum in Miami Beach. “The collaboration by this collective group of esteemed chefs represents the best in class from today’s culinary world. We are very excited to present an especially curated menu exclusively to our residents and their guests for an evening that will prove to be most memorable at The Patio restaurant here at the Continuum.”

Guests will enjoy a carefully crafted menu by all three chefs comprising of Italian and Israeli delicacies that will include: Burro del Chianti Crostini (fresh pork fat with garlic and rosemary); Salmone Marinato Crostini (herbs marinade with salmon, chive mousse and Oscietra caviar); Arancini ai Fiori di Zucca (rice balls with zucchini blossom and smoked buffalo mozzarella); Crema di Fave al Cacio (fava beans with braised vegetables and truffle burrata); Roasted Whole Snapper and Bistecca alla Fiorentina (baked potato with chianti butter), among other unique plates that will be paired with a selection of international wines.

“We are pleased to bring two of today’s most progressive chefs to The Patio at the Continuum for the property’s debut participation during this year’s Festival,” says Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as senior vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “We always appreciate the opportunity to curate a private culinary experience at a residential property in South Florida and expose more consumers to great Festival food, wine, spirits and talent. Italy meets Israel at the Continuum is the perfect fit and an excellent way to expose residents to a SOBEWFF® experience.”

Tickets for the private dinner hosted by Dario Cecchini, Eyal Shani and Fabio Vaccarella at The Patio restaurant on Friday, February 21st, 2020 are made available exclusively for Continuum residents and their guests.

For more information on this year’s SOBEWFF, visit www.sobewff.org

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse, Vaughn Lowery, Astoria Queens, NYC, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE, Uncle Jack's Meat House, Willie Degel

Uncle Jack’s Meat House is a neighborhood gem in Astoria, Queens.

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

As of late, 360 MAGAZINE had an opportunity to visit their ‘Boozy Brunch,’ which takes place weekly every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm. Serial entrepreneur, Willie Degel, helms Uncle Jack’s Meat House as well as the host of Food Network’s Restaurant Stakeout. On the show, Degel helps restaurateurs uncover major obstacles which threaten to sink their businesses. Moreover, his culinary vision was to
co-create Uncle Jack’s Meat House; a modest luxury establishment dedicated to steak connoisseurs. 

Inspired by his late godfather and great-uncle Jack; he afforded his first restaurant at age 20. Uncle Jack’s exhibits the debut of branding, tailored to today’s patron who’s interested in natural, organic and sustainable elements.

$29.95 includes one entree and bottomless cocktails for 2 hours. Robust dishes, prepared by Chef Marvin, like the ‘8oz Salmon BLT’ are cooked to perfection. A crispy outside with a moist middle. Dished out with your choice side of fruit salad or fries. Wash it down with the High West punch, a premium cocktail developed by General Manager and resident mixologist. It’s garnished with infused Cherry’s and fresh fruit.

Various antiquities frame the bar which complement original artwork throughout the restaurant, adding authenticity to its natural glory. At the 4-star locale, for social engagement purposes, one can document their visit with the ‘selfie mirror.’

Overall, the restaurant possesses charismatic waitstaff, handcrafted cocktails and succulent bites which are certain to keep you coming back.