Through extensive research conducted by a team of culinary experts and food entertainment veterans, Flavored Nation has identified the most iconic foods from across the United States. Those 50 dishes – as well as a roster of top national and local restaurateurs and chefs – will assemble at Greater Columbus Convention Center, August 11-12. Event attendees will experience, for the first time ever in the history of food events, the chance to feast from sea to shining sea. A true culinary tour of America.
Food is reviewed, read about and watched on TV; and our social lives often revolve around eating. However, in a nation of documented culinary diversity, most people’s personal food experience is still limited to local geography and some occasional travel. It’s why a Chicagoan can argue extensively about the city’s best deep dish but has never tried chislic or pork roll… iconic foods from South Dakota and New Jersey, respectively. Flavored Nation wants to fuel debate about local favorites and at the same time spur discovery people crave, providing access to other state and regional dishes that, for most, will be brand new.
Flavored Nation is spearheaded by Richard Gore, former president of live events at Food Network, who has been developing live culinary entertainment since the mid-1990s (back when food events weren’t a thing). He led the development of “Food Network Live” and “Food University™ at Caesars Palace.”
At Gore’s side are fellow food entertainment veterans, David Rosengarten, Jared Bobkin and Bobby Parrish. Rosengarten is a two-time James Beard award winning food writer and was one of the first on-air talents at Food Network. He’s now Flavored Nation’s head of content. Bobkin is a Detroit-area executive chef known for FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” He’s also Flavored Nation’s culinary director. Parrish is a home cook whose online brand FlavCity has a massive social following. He’s appeared on the “Rachael Ray Show” and Food Network.
Bill Glover, executive chef of Hilton Columbus Downtown and Gallerie Bar & Bistro, is also involved. Glover lured Flavored Nation to the Columbus market by showcasing the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene and culinary talent. He’s now a local ambassador, recruiting 13 high-profile Columbus-area chefs to participate in Flavored Nation, alongside 37 national chefs who will be flying in for the event from their respective states.
From Louisiana, gumbo recipe in hand, Flavored Nation will feature Dickie Brennan Jr., a New Orleans native and highly visible owner of four New Orleans restaurants. From Texas’s Horseshoe Hill in Ft Worth, celebrity cowboy chef Grady Spears will cook chicken fried steak in full western regalia. From a lodge in far northwest Alaska, chef Mandy Dixon will bring her own spin on a frontier staple, reindeer sausage.
Tickets for Flavored Nation are on sale now online. The event will take place Saturday, August 11 (11am-5pm) and Sunday, August 12 (11am-5pm). GA single day tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door.
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