Chef Daniel Lindley Hosts Celebrity Chef Tour, Benefiting The Beard Foundation

Friday, March 22, 2013
Chef Daniel Lindley of St. John's Restaurant is honored to bring together seven James Beard Foundation Award nominees, semi-finalists and culinary professionals from the South and Southeast, in a single event on April 25, 2013. Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, the Celebrity Chef Tour offers attendees a rare opportunity to experience the diverse culinary talent of this distinguished lineup.

Joining Chef Lindley at St. John's Restaurant will be acclaimed chefs Katie Button (Cúrate, Asheville), Kelly English (Restaurant Iris, Memphis), James Lewis (Bettola, Birmingham), Steven Satterfield (Miller Union, Atlanta), Michael Stoltzfus (Coquette, New Orleans) and Michael Sullivan (Blackberry Farm, Walland).
Each celebrity chef will compose a dish, demonstrating his or her individual expertise, artistry and culinary background, for this intimate seven-course dinner.

"It is a great honor for me, and for the restaurant, to bring such a talented group of chefs to my hometown," said Chef Lindley. "Gathering six of the South's leading chefs in Chattanooga is exciting in itself; doing so in support of the James Beard Foundation makes it even better."

The James Beard Foundation Awards, the nation's preeminent honors for culinary professionals, are awarded to chefs and restaurants, as well as for outstanding books, restaurant design and wine program. The James Beard Foundation's education programs include continuing education classes, guided tastings, conferences, children's programs, culinary scholarships and volunteer opportunities. Dinners at the historic James Beard House in New York City feature multi-course meals prepared by guest chefs and may highlight an individual chef or chefs from different restaurants.

"I am humbled and honored to be nominated for Best Chef Southeast, and I share this honor with four very talented friends and colleagues," said Chef Steven Satterfield, who is nominated this year. "I am very proud of the work that we do and am excited to enjoy this moment with Ashley, Ed, Joseph and Tandy."

Celebrity Chef Tour began working with the foundation in 2004, bringing the unique experience of dining at the James Beard House to cities across the country. The Tour has helped raise over $900,000 for the James Beard Foundation, which is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing and preserving America's culinary heritage and future.

Celebrity Chef Tour Comes to Chattanooga on April 25. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. John's Restaurant with cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by a seven-course dinner, complemented with wine pairings.

Learn more about each of the celebrity chefs at Celebrity Chef Tour: St John's Restaurant

Crabtree Farms Offers Instant Pot Workshop On Saturday

Crabtree Farms is offering an afternoon on the basics of using an Instant Pot o n Saturday, March 10 ,  from 3-4:30 p.m .  Amanda Nelson-Varnell, of Dish T’Pass Catering Company, will be host the of this class.  An Instant Pot is an electric, programmable, and highly versatile kitchen device that does the work of seven kitchen gadgets.  It can be ... (click for more)

Former Hixson Ryan's To Become Buffet Restaurant

Signs this week have gone up announcing that a Crazy Buffet restaurant will be in the former Ryan's building in Hixson. The building had been sold to Bill Raines of the Raines Group in December for $1.5 million, and he said he planned to announce in the near future a tenant for the property. Ryan's had been at that location and another building a few feet west near Hixson ... (click for more)

Volkswagen Sets Press Conference To Announce New Project; Governor Haslam To Attend

Volkswagen has called a press conference at its Chattanooga plant on Monday to announce "a new project." Governor Bill Haslam is among those set to attend. Also taking part will be Antonio Pinto, president and CEO of the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant, and Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen group of America. The announcement will be at 2:30 p.m. at the plant ... (click for more)

Herman Brown Charged After Striking A Pedestrian March 10

Herman Brown, Sr. 50, was indicted by the Grand Jury and arrested by the Chattanooga Police Department for striking a pedestrian on E. 11th St. on March 10.  Brown was charged with aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, driving under the influence (2nd offense), driving on revoked license, financial responsibility and due care. Police said the accident happened ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Airport Needs To Upgrade Its TSA PreCheck Benefits

Dear Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Hart,  I am a lifelong Chattanoogan who enjoys traveling. Since the birth of my toddler son in April 2016, my husband and I have been frequent patrons of the Chattanooga Airport for almost all of our flights, both business and pleasure, as this saves us time and is very convenient. In fact, our 22-month-old son has flown 24 segments with us in his ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

As your dress in your best green outfit today so you can join in the Saint Patrick’s Day revelry, here’s a conversation that was overhead at an Irish pub in Killarney. Finnegan is sitting in his favorite corner, using some of the proceeds after selling his friend Michael a donkey. Suddenly Michael bolts in the door and yells, “Hey, Finnegan, that donkey you sold me went and died.' ... (click for more)