Flavored Nation Debuts in St. Louis
On October 28th and 29th, a brand spankin' new food festival is kicking off in St. Louis: Flavored Nation. Former Food Network exec Richard Gore is at the event's helm, along with chef Jared Bobkin (who you probably know from a little show called Hell's Kitchen). The plan is for Flavored Nation to tour the country, letting people get a taste of dishes that they wouldn't normally get to try.
Here's the deal: Flavored Nation has taken the signature dishes of each state, found the person who cooks the best version of it, and brought them together for an epic weekend of eating. We're talking slow cooked shrimp gumbo from Louisiana's Dickie Brennan Jr., peach cobbler from Georgia's Damiano di Nicolo, and a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch from Kai Cowell.
Some will be making their dishes at their home base and shipping them to St. Louis, like di Nicolo, while others will be cooking here in town. Cowell, for example, will be roasting her 100+ lb. banana leaf wrapped Midwestern pigs on premises.
The Missouri and Illinois representatives haven't been announced yet, but our money is on some form of BBQ—maybe burnt ends? Outside of our home state, the Olio team is most excited for the buttery Connecticut lobster roll. Seriously, just look at this thing:
Flavored Nation takes place 10/28-29 at The Dome at America's Center downtown, with single day tickets starting at $55 (which includes 10 tastings and access to all the stages of entertainment). More information can be found at http://www.flavorednation.com.