There are a lot of great tasting events held in Nashville every year, but one of my very favorites is Generous Helpings. Not only because it benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, but also because it always features food from the best restaurants, caterers and food trucks in the area. And for a really great price. For just $40 (in advance; $50 at the door), you get samples of appetizers, entrees and desserts plus wine and beer. All you can eat and drink, folks. This year, the event will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16 in the Market House at The Nashville Farmers Market.
Here’s the preliminary (and impressive!) list of participating restaurants--including some of my favorites as well as a few I'm excited to try for the first time:
Amerigo Italian Restaurant
Chappy’s Seafood Restaurant
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kickin' Coffee and Tea
Kohana Japanese Restaurant
Kroger Chef Shoppes
Marche Artisan Foods
Margot Café & Bar
Nashville State Community College Culinary Arts Program
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Pied Piper Creamery
Porta Via Italian Kitchen
Porter Road Butcher
Provence Breads & Café
Riffs Fine Street Food
Riviera Provencial Grill
Second Harvest Food Bank Culinary Arts Center
The Turnip Truck
Also, a special treat this year: the Patron's Party will be held at Flyte World Dining and Wine on Monday, May 6. Your $150 ticket to the Patron's Party will get you a night of fantastic food and drinks at one of the city's best restaurants, special gifts and entry into the Generous Helpings tastings event 30 minutes before other ticketholders to stake out the best offerings like a dang VIP.
These events are always a good time. And I'm happy to, once again, be able to offer free tickets to this event! The winner of this giveaway will win TWO tickets (a $100 value!).
Entry #1 (mandatory to win): Second Harvest wants to keep you up to date on the great work they do, so all you have to do to enter the giveaway is sign up for their email list. Come back to this post and leave a comment letting me know that you signed up and you're entered to win!
For up to 4 additional entries, you can also:
1. "Like" Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee on Facebook. (If you already like them, just say so!)
2. Follow @2HarvestMidTN on Twitter. (If you already follow them, just say so!).
3. Follow @lesleyeats on Twitter and tweet Yay! @lesleyeats is giving away tickets to @2HarvestMidTN's Generous Helpings http://ow.ly/ktaUq or something similar (as long as you include the @s and the link!).
4. Like Lesley Eats on Facebook. (Once again, if you already do, just say so in your comment).
Leave a separate comment for each entry (up to five total!) to make sure you've maximized your chances of winning.
The contest will be open from now until Thursday, May 9 at 1pm CDT. The winner will be chosen at random and be notified by email that afternoon and will have until Friday, May 10 at 1pm CDT to respond. If there's no response, I will choose another winner.
Good luck! I hope to see you there!
UPDATE: This contest has closed. Congratulations to commenter #16!