A few weeks ago, I attended one of their premier fund raisers, the Taste of Nashville, the oldest tasting event in Nashville and major fund raiser for the Phoenix Club of Nashville.
The Phoenix Club of Nashville is a non-profit organization for young professional men based in Nashville, Tennessee which raises money in social settings for the benefit of disadvantaged youth.
The Phoenix Club parent organization was founded in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1955, with the Nashville Chapter being founded in 2001, enhancing and enriching the lives of youths in the community.
The Taste of Nashville is one of the most important events raising over $500,000 to date, specifically focused but not limited to the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. They are also involved with Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, W.O. Smith Music School, Barefoot Republic Camp and other non-profit partners.
Not all tasting events are created equally and the taste of Nashville is a shining star.
The Taste of Nashville pulls out all the stops and is a classy food tasting event not to be missed.
Not only did some of Nashville’s very best restaurants make a strong culinary presence, they brought their best bites and their best sips.I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many amazing meat options at a tasting event.
Lamb, Steak, Brisket, Rabbit, Sausage, Chicken, Salmon, Raw Tuna, all artfully prepared with stunning presentations.
I wish I could have taken more pictures; the event was a bit too dark for that.
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse is one of the most upscale restaurants in Nashville. They served filet mignon on the bone, and we couldn’t help but visit three times. They also brought their famous chocolate peanut butter pie.
One of the reasons to attend tasting events is to discover new restaurants.We can’t wait to try Peninsula, coming to East Nashville. A garlic broth with rabbi and crouton got my vote on best bite of the night for innovation and comfort.
Now that I’ve named my best bite, I must confess that all the bites of the night were simply stellar, and it was a joy to see the support the food community bringing their A-game for a good cause.
Some of the participating food sponsors included hot chicken from Hattie B’s, Et Voila Bistro & Bakery, Bricktops, Graze, Mafiozas, Wild Cow, Kitchen Notes, the Yellow Porch, Vui’s Kitchen, Little Donkey, Wild Iris, Citizen Kitchen, Bar Lines, McCabe Pub, Funk Seoul Brother, Urban Grub, Daily Juice, Nama Sushi Bar, Kitchen Tuts, a Little Kitchen, Daddy Bob’s, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Peninsula, Lil Choo Choo Distillery.
This may not cover everyone, and let me know if I’ve missed you.
There was no shortage of spirits, with Yazoo, Greenbriar Distillery, and more.
You can view the partnering sponsors here.
Get in line for next year’s Taste of Nashville, and in the meantime there are many other ways to support the good works of the Phoenix Club. I hope to see you there in 2017.