Celebrated Culinary Masters Ryan and Matthew Poli of The Catbird Seat Host James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner
Diverse Group of National and Local Chefs to be Featured
Nashville, Tenn (September 6, 2017)-Ryan Poli, chef of Strategic Hospitality’s The Catbird Seat, and his brother Matthew Poli, beverage director, are partnering with acclaimed James Beard Foundation (JBF) in hosting the Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner in Nashville. The Celebrity Chef Tour makes its way to Nashville for its first time with Poli as host and a slue of critically acclaimed chefs, both national and local, at his side. The chefs involved include a wide range of talent from Andrew Brochu of Roister in Chicago, Julia Sullivan of Henrietta Red in Nashville, and Jeff Michaud of Osteria in Philadelphia.
“Meals are all about bringing people together and celebrating great flavors, perfect pairings and this crazy ride we call life. We are thrilled to join forces with JBF to bring together some amazing chefs in Nashville, cook some fantastic dishes, and just have an awesome time.” Chef Poli says.
Ryan Poli, a Chicago native, carries with him a diverse resume including experience in some of the world’s most celebrated kitchens as well as extensive travel throughout Spain, France, and Asia. He has worked at esteemed restaurants such as Jean Banchet’s Le Francais, Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry, as well as training with Sergi Arola at La Broche and El Celler de Can Roca with Chef Martin Berasategul in Spain. Poli made his way to Nashville in December 2015 to helm the kitchen of the twenty-two seat The Catbird Seat, where diners are offered a unique experience that puts guests in front of the chefs and chefs in front of the guests.
Matthew Poli’s time at The Catbird Seat began in July 2016 when he travelled south to join his brother, Chef Ryan Poli, in Nashville as beverage director. Poli’s resume highlights nationally renowned establishments including Chicago’s The Publican and Boulder’s Frasca Food & Wine, a JBF Award Winning restaurant. With a beverage style that has evolved throughout his committed career in hospitality, Poli is able to showcase his craft at the intimate and interactive The Catbird Seat.
The dinner, truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience, is set on the field of The Nashville Sounds’ First Tennessee Park. Guests will be given the opportunity to enjoy welcome provisions in the batting cages, dine at a table set through the first baseline of the baseball field, and end the evening at Strategic Hospitality’s in-stadium bar, The Band Box.
The Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner will take place on October 21, beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets are available through The James Beard Foundation for $200.
For the list of participating chefs, more information on the dinner and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.jamesbeard.org/events/nashville-7.
About Strategic Hospitality, LLC
Strategic Hospitality, owned by brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg, is a Nashville-based hospitality company responsible for helping to shape the city's dining landscape by continuously introducing innovative, one-of-a-kind concepts. To date, holdings include Paradise Park, a kitschy honky tonk on Lower Broadway; The Patterson House, a sophisticated speakeasy-style cocktail lounge specializing in hand-crafted artisan cocktails; Aerial, a glass-encased rooftop private event space overlooking downtown Nashville; the recently rejuvenated three-story Merchants Restaurant; and intimate, interactive, chef-run The Catbird Seat. Pinewood Social, a social gathering place that includes a bar, restaurant, bowling lanes, outdoor bocce ball court and dipping pools; Le Sel, a two-level French brasserie and bar; Bastion, a neighborhood bar and a 24-seat chef-driven restaurant in Wedgewood-Houston, and The Band Box, a seasonal outdoor bar, restaurant and entertainment venue located in the right field of First Tennessee Park. Henrietta Red, a convivial barroom and restaurant offering seasonal contemporary cooking and an oyster bar, opened in Germantown in early 2017. For more information, please visit strategichospitalityonline.com. Follow Strategic Hospitality on Instagram.
About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.