April 16th, 2008 · 61 Comments


hey nashville?  we need to talk, ok?  because here at ‘ceF‘, i’ve got something both exciting and wonderous to tell you – AND to give you.  well not all of you.  but 5 of you.  yep, 5 of you and your one very special friend.  so that’s 10 whole people whose lives i get to enrich, expand and perhaps even alter – forever.  dear readers, can’t you see the absolute ENORMITY of this?  i just knew you could.

and suddenly, i’m feeling very oprah’esqe…

so here’s how it works… ‘the nashville scene‘ has generously given ‘ceF5 pair of tickets to this totally awesome event.  so if you’re going to be in nashville on april 30th, and would like to attend ‘IRON FORK‘,   the culinary event of the year (details listed below), please just leave a comment telling me why you’d like to go – and be sure to get your point across, ok?  i will pick the 5 best comments.  because it is my blog and quite frankly – i’ve got all the power here – within the unlimited confines of my cyber walls.

all entries must be in by monday april 21st at midnight
winners will be announced tuesday april 22nd at noon

        Don’t miss the culinary event of the year!

On Wednesday, April 30th, Whole Foods Market Presents Nashville Scene’s Iron Fork, benefiting St. Luke’s Community House, at LP Field’s West Club Level Riverside. The fun lasts from 6:00-10:00 p.m. with samples of award-winning cuisine from Menu of Menus 2008, the Scene’s guide to Nashville city dining, two complimentary drink tickets, and live entertainment. Watch 5 of the best chefs in Nashville battle it out in a head-to-head chef’s competition better than anything you’ll ever see on TV!  Or enjoy a refreshing glass of delicious Blue Moon ale in the Blue Moon Beer Garden hosted by 107.5’s Woody and Jim.

The 2008 competing chefs are:

Bobby Benjamin – Flyte World Dining
Clay Greenberg – Lime/Virago
Deb Paquette – Zola Restaurant
Sean Norton – Watermark
Will Ulhorn – F. Scott’s

Sampling restaurants include Agave Tequila Lounge, Alleycat Lounge & Tex-Mex Grill, Drew’s Brews Coffee, Fire-N-Ice Bar & Grill, Flyte World Dining & Wine, Green Hills Grille, Mad Platter, Mere Bulles Restaurant, Nero’s Grill, PM, Qdoba Mexican Grill , Ru San’s Sushi and Seafood Japanese Restaurant, Saffire Restaurant & Bar, Sitar Indian Cuisine, Star Bagel, Watermark, Whole Foods Market, Wildhorse Saloon, and Wildwood Oak Fired Kitchen.

And it’s all for a great cause!  Bring your family and friends and help raise money for St. Luke’s Community House, since food is the very foundation of St. Luke’s services. Volunteers deliver around 100 hot meals to area seniors every week day through their mobile meals program. Through a partnership with Second Harvest, St. Luke’s distributes emergency food boxes to hundreds of our neighbors each year. With major support from the Bank of America Foundation, St. Luke’s began offering culinary classes as part of their job skills training program that serves men and women trying to find a better job.

$25 advance tickets can be purchased through the or you can buy your ticket at the door for $30 the day of the event. Presented by Whole Foods Market, and sponsored by Blue Moon, 107.5 The River, and Jive! A Digital Print Factory. You must be 21+ with a valid I.D.  Parking is free. For more information, log onto or call the Iron Fork Hotline at 244.4989 x341.



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61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Robert // Apr 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm


    You are getting so very close. (see comment # 24)

    Insider tip, offer to clean up her whole kitchen on friday night……

  • 2 Leslie Cabrera // Apr 19, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Dear Claudia
    I would like to win the tickets so , I can take my husband. My husband and I have been married 12 years and my passion is food. I have recipes of my own,and cook every chance I get, the sad thing is it seems my husband is never interested n what i do, this is my chance to rekindle our 12 year marriage. Besides meeting you would be a big plus. I finally can meet someone with the same passion and interest that I have THANKS!!!

  • 3 Elzorro // Apr 19, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Italian to English:
    Since I cannot conceive of an evening like this without you and all your of your “friends who are passionate about the kitchen” friend, you should without a doubt pick me as the winner of these tickets. I know that also I won the first challenge -the one about the ‘mole – but in truth the best things in life come in twos, as do couples.

    Thanks and good luck!

  • 4 Patricia Martin // Apr 20, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I would love to win tickets. My daughter and her boyfriend will be here for the weekend from Sarasota. Naturally I would LOVE them to move here and as he has never been to Nashvegas I want to spoil them, wine them dine them and have them fall in love with the city-what a fun time we will have!!!!!!!!!!
    So, pick me and I will run a story with your photo and St.Lukes information in the next Health & Wellness Magazine-how perfect is that?
    Happy eating! And Whole Foods will love me even more!

  • 5 Richard // Apr 21, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Yes I admit it, I am a native New Yorker. Lived in Chicago for five years prior to calling Nashville my home in 1975. There was one Chinese restaurant and no other ethnic food here. What a food/culture shock! We have come a long way in 33 years. And its been an interesting journey. I love good food of all kinds, and I am always amazed when folks here, even those with “credentials”, open a restaurant with food that is not even mediocre. Folks DON’T want sub standard food when they eat out. What part of this is hard to understand? I am ready to be delighted and amazed if I should win this contest.

  • 6 Andrea Hutchinson // Apr 21, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I would love to be selected to win the tickets to Iron Fork. It sounds like an awesome event. I send the weekly e-newsletter Downtown Details which will be promoting Iron Fork and I would love to check out this first-time event. Plus, I can just walk across the river to attend.

    P.S. My fiance who would join me is an architect (who would rather be a chef) and I have a cat … just thought I would include a few things you liked into my submission.

  • 7 Anne Clayton // Apr 21, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I need to be there to be able to write about it in my NFocus food and drink column!!

  • 8 Robert // Apr 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm


    Lets see, a covershot on Health and Wellness, an inteview in Downtown Details, and a NFocus column about ceF. Still 10 more hours to go. You cant buy this kind of publicity……. oh, nevermind.

  • 9 Dana // Apr 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I came to visit after reading about this give-away, and your fabulous blog, over at Lynn’s place (

    Unfortunately, I won’t be in Nashville area April 30th (I’ve been condemned to the hell that is Chicago), but I wanted to put in a good word for Lynn. She’s got to be one of the most giving, caring people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and if anyone deserves a pair of those tickets, it’s her! Besides, who else would be able to attend with a silver spork??

    Now, let me go make those apple muffins – YUMMMM!

  • 10 Walden East // Apr 21, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    As a penurious epicure, I jumped at the chance to taste great food for free. Just like other blogs I subscribe to allow me to travel, delve into political crossfire, or cruise Rodeo Drive with Paris vicariously, yours allows me to explore cooking various dishes while I wait for the Ramen to boil in my East Nashville apartment. Ain’t the interweb great?

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