Otaku South, "the occasional ramen shop" here in Nashville is holding Extra Large 2 on Saturday, February 15 at Marathon Music Works. For the event, Otaku South chef Sarah Gavigan will welcome visiting ramen chefs from all over the south and New York City for a huge party and benefit.
Guest chefs cooking along side Chef Gavigan are Edward Lee (610 Magnolia and Milkwood in Louisville and a former "cheftestant" on Top Chef as well as a visitor during last year's Music City Eats festival), Shigetoshi Nakamura (Ramen Lab and Sun Noodle in NYC), Yuji Haraguchi (YUJI Ramen in NYC), Mihoko Obuni (Mibo Love Ramen in Atlanta), Akiko Moorman (The Gohan Society in NYC, returning for a second Extra Large event) and Jess Benefield and Jason McConnell of Two Ten Jack here in Nashville. UPDATE: Just added to the list of ramen chefs is Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen in NYC.
Each chef will be serving their very own special ramen for the event. Menus haven't been finalized, but Otaku South will be serving its popular "Tennessee Tonkotsu" and there will be at least one vegetarian option.
Advanced tickets are not required, but are strongly encouraged because along with the ramen service, there will be a show performed by Guilty Pleasures. For those who wish to imbibe, there will be a cash bar for drinks. The event is open to all ages from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.; after 7 p.m., it's 18 and up only. Music starts at 8 p.m.
The best deal is to buy a ramen + show ticket for a 10% overall discount. Group discounts are available, too. But you can attend (and buy) tickets for the food and the show separately. And additional food tickets (for more bowls of ramen) will be for sale at the event, but buying online helps you avoid ticket lines. Buy your tickets on the Extra Large website.
Otaku South has generously given me a pair of combo tickets (for one bowl of ramen and admission to the show) to give away to a commenter. If you already have tickets, you can still enter; you'll just get an extra bowl of ramen!
Entry #1 (mandatory to win): leave a comment with your favorite comfort food, the slurpier, the better.
For up to 2 additional, optional entries (total of 3 possible):
Slurp for a cause: win 2 tix to @OtakuSouth's Extra Large 2 benefiting @pablove from @lesleyeats http://ow.ly/tnOZz
and leave a comment with a link to your tweet or your twitter handle.
Entry #3: Like Otaku South on Facebook and leave a comment indicating you have (if you like OtakuSouth already, just mention that!).
The contest will be open from now until Wednesday, February 12 at 1 p.m. CST. The winner will be chosen at random and be notified by email that afternoon and will have until Friday, February 14 at 1 p.m. to respond. If there’s no response, I will choose another winner.
This contest is now CLOSED. Congraulations to commenter #7!