Music and food grace the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in a current series airing on Public Television stations.
Sing For Your Supper with Bob Waggoner premiered earlier this month on Public Television stations; the fall season’s 13 episodes feature Chef Bob Waggoner preparing a gourmet meal with several top performers. But, there is no such thing as a free lunch, so Chef Bob will make each entertainer “sing for their supper” on the Ryman stage. Artists appearing on the series include Lauren Alaina, Kelleigh Bannen, Dailey & Vincent, Sarah Darling, Brett Eldredge, Escondido, Amy Grant, Brandon Heath, Jana Kramer, The Mavericks, Erin McCarley and Craig Morgan.
The first episode, which debuted Sept. 7 in most markets, featured Waggoner and Grant preparing a Seared Foie Gras & Beef Tenderloin.
Waggoner was one of the first chefs to bring farm-to-table cuisine from Europe to the US. The Southern California native began working at Trumps in West Hollywood, followed by his first position as chef (at age 23) at Members, a private club in Caracas, Venezuela. He became the first American to own his own restaurant in France (at age 26), and then returned to the United States to join The Wild Boar in Nashville, where he helped earn the restaurant the AAA Five-Diamond award as well as the Grand Award from Wine Spectator. He went on to helm the Charleston Grill in Charleston Place for 12 years. He earned an Emmy for his television show “Off The Menu” with Turner South. He has also helmed Nashville restaurant Watermark.
Mike Kirk serves as executive producer for the series, with Anastasia Brown as producer and talent booker.
Upcoming menus and artists include Waggoner making a Duck Breast Salad and Lobster Tempura with Jana Kramer, and creating Wild Shrimp and Elk with Craig Morgan (for this episode, sportsman and entertainer Morgan brought in elk he hunted).
For more information, visit singforyoursupperusa.com.
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