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Memphis Food & Wine Festival Returns Saturday, October 16

Paul Ryburn

Event to feature a star-studded lineup of local and national chefs

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Memphis Food & Wine Festival: Food, wine, and music to excite your soulImage courtesy of Memphis Food & Wine Festival

Nicolas Costagliola, executive chef of Restaurant Guy Savoy in Las Vegas, will anchor a lineup of 35 local Memphis and internationally-renowned chefs at the Memphis Food & Wine Festival, to be held Saturday, October 16. 2021. The event will be held at the Radians Amphitheater at the beautiful Memphis Botanic Garden.

The food and wine festival, back for its fifth event following a year off due to COVID protocols, promises to be "bigger and better than ever." Participants will be able to dine under the stars and talk with the chefs. Over 200 wines will be available for sampling, including wines from Cornerstone Cellars, Frederick Wildman Imports, and Heitz Cellar.

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Nicolas Costagliola, Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, the festival's featured chefImage courtesy of Memphis Food & Wine Festival

There are many notable chef participants. Gerard Berthelon, Chief Strategy Officer of Cuisine Solutions, is a recognized expert on the sous vide technique. Originally from France, Berthelon has been the executive chef of La Panetière, Rye, N.Y.

Michael Smith of Farina and Extra Virgin in Kansas City was a 1999 James Beard Award winner for "Best Chef in the Midwest," a first for his city. Smith's recipes have been featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Wine Spectator.

Jose Salazar of Salazar, Mita's, and Goose & Elder in Cincinnati first learned to cook from his Colombian grandmother, his "Mita." Raised in Queens, NY, he came to Cincinnati in 2008 and has remained a fixture on the culinary scene there. For the past five years, Salazar has been a James Beard Great Lakes semifinalist.

The local chefs co-chairing the festival are Wally Joe (Acre Restaurant, Memphis) and Jose Gutierrez (River Oaks, Memphis). Joe said that Memphis restaurants "took it on the chin" last year due to pandemic regulations, "but we are seeing real excitement to come to Memphis and celebrate our craft."

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Chef Wally Joe, local festival co-chairImage courtesy of Memphis Food & Wine Festival

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Chef Jose Gutierrez, local festival co-chairImage courtesy of Memphis Food & Wine Festival

Other notable guest chefs include

  • Deb Paquette, Etch, Nashville
  • Don Yamauchi, 400 Rabbits, Fort Meyers, FL
  • Frank Pullara, Culaccino, Franklin, TN
  • Hugh Balthrop, Sweet Magnoilas Gelatos, Oxford, MS
  • Jason Dallas, Spice Kitchen & Bar, Cleveland, OH
  • Michael Kramer, Jianna, Greenville, SC
  • Miles James, MJ Bistro, Springdale, AR
  • Nico Romo, Nico, Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Tony Briggs, Certified Angus Beef, Wooster, OH

The lineup of local chefs includes

  • Andreas Kisler, Peabody Hotel
  • Andrew Adams, Acre
  • Ashton Hall, Coastal Fish Company
  • Ben Smith, Tsunami
  • Bill Kloos, Frost Bake Shop
  • David Krog, Dory
  • Emily LaForce, River Oaks
  • Erling Jensen, Erling Jensen Restaurant
  • Franck Oysel, Porch & Parlor
  • Jimmy Gentry, Paradox
  • John Vergos, The Rendezvous
  • Jonathan Magallanes, Las Tortugas
  • Keith Porter, Hyatt Centric
  • Konrad Spitzbar, Peabody Hotel
  • Nick Scott, Alchemy, Salt | Soy
  • Oscar Pina, Moondance
  • Patrick Reilly, Majestic Grille
  • Phillip Ashley Rix, Phillip Ashley Chocolates
  • Russel Casey, Bounty on Broad
  • Ryan Trimm, Sweet Grass
  • Valarie Hall, Ridgeway Country Club
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Memphis Food & Wine Festival posterImage courtesy of Memphis Food & Wine Festival

Ticket prices are $200 for a single general admission ticket, $250 for a table seating of one, and $2000 for a table seating of eight. Tickets are now on sale on the Memphis Food & Wine Festival website.

Because this is a wine festival, attendees must be 21 and over, and an ID will be required. This is a non-smoking event, and no pets are allowed except service animals. The festival will happen rain or shine.

Memphis Food & Wine Festival has raised over $300,000 for the FedExFamilyHouse at LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Children from all over the United States come to the hospital for its expertise in various conditions including neurology, heart conditions, and trauma. The house is designed to provide comfort for families traveling to LeBonheur for their children's treatments, and there is no charge for the lodging. Take a virtual tour of FedExFamilyHouse at LeBonheur Children's Hospital.

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