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Knoxville chefs invited to cook at James Beard House

KNOXVILLE - When an extremely rare invite to cook at the prestigious James Beard House comes, it means the right people in the culinary world are taking notice. As a nod towards the advancement and growth of Knoxville's dining scene, four of the area's most successful chefs have been invited to display their culinary skills at "The Knockout of Knoxville" on April 13th at 7pm at The James Beard House in New York's Greenwich Village. The invited Chefs include an impressive roster including Joseph Lenn of JC Holdway, Jesse Newmister of Kaizen, Drew McDonald of The Plaid Apron, and Matt Gallaher of Knox Mason & Emilia.

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If you are interested in making a trip up New York to experience the eight course dinner and drink pairings, tickets and a glimpse at the menu can be found here.

On April 13th, foodies and followers can also follow all of the New York activities with live updates via Visit Knoxville Instagram (@visitknoxville) and Facebook (@visitknoxvilleTN).

The Chefs, currently working to collaborate on the preparations for the dinner, are unified in their excitement and the opportunity to showcase Knoxville's culinary spirit to such an esteemed audience. [KC1] "Food is a vital part of culture, so getting an invite from the James Beard House is something of which everyone in the industry should be proud. We hope this helps to convince others to visit and eat their way through Knoxville," said Drew McDonald. "I'm so proud to be included among these talented chefs and beyond that I'm very excited to share the best of Knoxville with the rest of the world. Our James Beard Dinner is just a glimpse of what Knoxville has to offer," added Matt Gallaher.

Upon gaining the invitation for the dinner, the chefs found immediate support from some partners that were aligned with the opportunity to showcase Knoxville on a large scale. "The support we received from Visit Knoxville, Springer Mountain Farms, and Media Farm Marketing have enabled us to turn this opportunity into reality. Many of our farmers and purveyors have been so supportive as well, it's great," said Jesse Newmister.

For those that can't make the trip to New York, an event to recreate the dinner will take place in Knoxville at Emilia on Monday, May 21, 2018. Follow @EmiliaKnoxville on Facebook for upcoming ticket information.

Published April 3, 2018

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