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Southern Culture Cuisine Foodies Benefit BCMM

September 01, 2014

If you are passionate about local food and always looking for an adventure, there is a foodie event coming to the Tri-Cities that promises to delight your palate. Southern Culture Cuisine is teaming up with Tastes of the Town Tours this September to create a unique dining experience modeled after underground supper clubs that are gaining in popularity in metropolitan areas across the country.

The dinners will be prepared by a different local chef from the Tri-Cities each time and will be hosted in unconventional spots all over the region. The exact location will not be disclosed until a few days before the dinner to ticket holders only. The first event is planned for Sunday, September 7, at 6:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown Bristol, featuring Ben Carroll of Rain Restaurant in Abingdon, Virginia.

"I'm excited to be invited as the first chef of these events," says Carroll, "Taking on a challenge to do something new, outside of the restaurant, is appealing."

Southern Culture Cuisine's founder, Nathan Breeding, is a chef himself and has experience working these types of events in Charleston, South Carolina.

Southern Culture Cuisine’s founder, Nathan Breeding — also a chef, has experience working these types of events in Charleston, SC. Originally from Abingdon, VA, Breeding was impressed by the underground dinners there put on by Guerilla Cuisine, and wanted to create similar experiences back home.

“We are bringing the love and passion for Southern hospitality from Charleston here to the foothills of Appalachia,” explains Breeding. “This is much more than just sitting down for dinner-it’s about community and bringing people together.”

Having previously worked with Breeding when he was a chef in Abingdon, Tastes of the Tours operator, Sara Cardinale, was eager to partner on the dinners.

“Nathan always impressed the tour goers with his creativity in using local food from the region,” says Cardinale. “Our tours have highlighted the experience of dining and community in a new format, so it makes perfect sense to help put this together.”

Adventurous eaters can expect an intimate dinner party atmosphere featuring local food reimagined in new ways. Each event features a four-course meal and live music, limited to 60 diners. Part of the proceeds from the dinners will go to a non-profit of the chef's choice, with the first benefactor being the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

September tickets are $55 and available online at www.southernculturellc.com or www.tastesofthetowntours.com. For more information, contact Breeding at 276-608-6854 or Sara Cardinale at 276-274-5483.