Procrastinators are in luck. Tickets are still available for this Sunday night’s Stir the Pot dinner at Poole’s Diner, as well as for the Monday night potluck at chef Ashley Christensen’s home. This feature in Bon Appetit magazine (February 2012 issue) covered an earlier Stir the Pot event at Poole’s Diner, where it appears attendees suffered no lack of libations in addition to being very well fed. A pleasantly memorable evening for all, I’m certain.
This Sunday’s event should be equally pleasant as Pitmaster, Pat Martin of Martin’s BBQ Joint in Nolensville, Tennessee (known for his “Redneck Taco” dish, an open-faced construction of pulled pork piled atop a hoecake) serves as guest chef for this eighth Stir the Pot benefit. The chef’s Sunday night menu aspires to celebrate smoke, meat, and Southern summer vegetables. Menu items are said to include deviled eggs, candied and smoked pork belly, frog legs, piles of pickles, and Mother Martin’s coconut cake. Cocktails and snacks will be followed by a five-course dinner with wine pairings. Click here to purchase tickets to the Sunday night supper at Poole’s Diner. The dinner starts at 7 pm, and the price of your ticket includes a one year gift membership to the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Monday evening, chef Ashley Christensen and the Poole’s team plan a main course of beer-can-roasted, smoked chicken. Beverages are included with the price of admission to the potluck. Wine will be served, along with Fullsteam beer and cocktails from Hillsborough’s Panciuto. Attendees should plan to bring a side dish or dessert of their choosing. Click here to purchase tickets to the Monday night potluck at chef Ashley Christensen’s home. The potluck starts at 6 pm.
The dinner and potluck benefit the documentary projects of the Southern Foodways Alliance, a nonprofit based at the University of Mississippi that documents, celebrates and studies Southern food traditions.