The 2013 Savannah Food & Wine Festival, which takes place Nov. 11 through Nov.17, has garnered much support over the recent weeks, including participation from Chef Elizabeth Terry nearly 3,000 miles away in Portland. Ore.
Organizers of the Savannah Food and Wine Festival have just confirmed Terry's participation in two major events: The Farm to Table Bethesda Wine Dinner and the Celebrity Chef Tour.
Terry became hot on the Savannah scene after opening her restaurant, Elizabeth on 37th, in 1981 (she later sold it). In her 20-year career as a chef, Terry has won numerous awards including a James Beard award.
Terry's awards include:
â€¢ James Beard - 1995 Perrier Jouet Best American Chef: Southeast
â€¢ Food Arts - 1999 Silver Spoon Award
â€¢ Forbes - 1999 top 40 restaurants in America
â€¢ Zagat - 1999 Top Ranking for Food, Service, and Decor
â€¢ Mobil Travel Guide - 1997 & 1998 Four-Star Award
â€¢ Cervena Venison - Front of House Service Award 1997 & 1998
â€¢ Restaurants & Institutions - 1995 Ivy Award
â€¢ Dirona - Award of Excellence 1993-1999
â€¢ Food & Wine Magazine - 1992-1993 "Top 25 Restaurants in America"
â€¢ Nations Restaurants News - 1993 Fine Dining Hall of Fame
Terry said: "It was an honor when Maratha Nesbit (culinary adviser for the Savannah Food & Wine Festival) called and invited me to return to Savannah for this celebration and fundraiser for Bethesda and for the Celebrity Chef Tour. I miss the Georgia coast fish, as well as my friends in Savannah; I look forward to cooking for them and supporters of the Bethesda Academy and James Beard Foundation."
The farm at Bethesda Academy is currently growing some herbs that will be used to prepare various items for the Farm to Table dinner.
Nesbit has confirmed the first dish of the night at the Bethesda dinner will come from Terry, who will be preparing a crab-stuffed flounder. The second course, beef short ribs cooked in root beer with a grit cake served on a bed of spinach, will be prepared by Kirk Blaine of Driftaway Cafe. Dusty Grove, executive chef of the Plantation Club, will prepare desert. Master Sommelier Robert Jones from Kysela will be paring each course with the perfect wine for the evening. Tickets are on sale now for the Bethesda Dinner and there are limited tickets still available to The Celebrity Chef Tour. More information and tickets on these events can be found on the website SavannahFoodAndWineFest.com.