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Alton Brown brings his ‘Edible Inevitable’ tour to Nashville


Television culinary celebrity Alton Brown is coming to Nashville on Thursday November 7 to bring his “Edible Inevitable” tour to TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall at 8 p.m. The combination variety show/cooking demonstration event has been a hit as Brown has made his way across the country, leaving a swath of planned destruction in his path, thanks to a particularly messy cooking demo that necessitates a “Poncho Zone” for the front three rows of the auditorium.

In advance of the show, Brown spoke with us about his relationship with Nashville and answered a few other silly questions.Alton4

“I love coming to Nashville. I used to perform regularly at Gaylord Opryland. Your food scene has really changed so much over the past few years; it’s really grown! I’m definitely going to set aside some time for visiting restaurants while I’m in town. But I’m not interested in finding what’s new and trendy. I just want to find some excellent food and a good glass of whiskey.”

“I made a visit to Nashville recently to tape a future episode of my podcast. I spent time with Scott Witherow and his crew at Olive and Sinclair. I’ve been focusing on Southern food producers, and I really love what they’re doing at Olive and Sinclair. They are inherently Southern in both zip code and mindset.”

Then it was time for the silly questions. We asked how come the first pancake is never any good.Alton1

“I’ve actually studied this. It’s not that the first one isn’t any good; it’s just that the subsequent ones are better. It has to do with getting the excess heat off the griddle so that the pancake can cook more evenly. Also, people don’t let their batter sit long enough before cooking. You have to allow the leavening in the batter to thicken, so batter is better after 3 to 4 minutes. Ideally, you should make it the night before and keep it in the refrigerator.”

Recently at the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium in Oxford, MS, Kat Kinsman of CNN’s Eatocracy and Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief for the New York Times staged a Lincoln/Douglas-style debate on the merits of pie vs. cake. We questioned where Brown comes down on this particular controversy.

“Oh, I’m definitely on the pie side. Pies take more advantage of the great agricultural resources of the South. Pies show off the amazing nuts and fruits that are grown around here. Cakes just don’t show off as much.”

Tickets for Alton Brown’s “Edible Inevitable” tour are still on sale now at tpac.org.


Darlin Dolly

Ever since we landed an exclusive interview with THE Dolly Parton in our September issue, I have been gushing over all things Dolly. Just yesterday I secured my tickets to see her in “9 to 5: The Musical” at TPAC on Sept. 23 so I was suddenly inspired to put together a “Dolly Through the Years” gallery on nashvillelifestyles.com.

Did you know that Dolly is the fourth child out of twelve, she has posed for Playboy and Andy Warhol, she has been married to the same man for 44 years and her literacy program, “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library”, has now been replicated in 566 counties across thirty-six U.S. states? Whew! She has been one amazing woman and isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

As if all that’s not enough … Now she’s staring in “9 to 5: The Musical” which opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in New York City on April 30, 2009. Best part? It’s coming to Nashville next week, Sept. 21-26 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Get your tickets here.

Check out our “Dolly Through the Years” gallery HERE. We promise you’ll be wowed at her diverse accomplishments!

Also, read through our exclusive interview with the hilarious and down-to-earth singer/song writer/actress here.