1 City. 2 Days. 50 Iconic State Dishes
Celebrate the 50 dishes that make America delicious! Eat your way around the country with iconic dishes prepared by rockstar chefs representing each state. A weekend celebration of food, drink, and entertainment.
Through extensive research conducted by a team of culinary experts and food entertainment veterans, Flavored Nation has identified the most iconic foods from across the United States. Those 50 dishes – as well as a roster of top national and local restaurateurs and chefs – will assemble at Greater Columbus Convention Center, August 11-12. Event attendees will experience, for the first time ever in the history of food events, the chance to feast from sea to shining sea. A true culinary tour of America.
Tickets for Flavored Nation are on sale at flavorednation.com. The event will take place Saturday, August 11 (11am-5pm) and Sunday, August 12 (11am-5pm). GA single day tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door.
Flavored Nation is spearheaded by executive producer Richard Gore, who has been developing live culinary entertainment since the mid-1990s (back when food events weren’t a thing). He led the development of “Food Network Live” and “Food University™ at Caesars Palace,” in addition to creating “eat-ertainment” marketing campaigns for brands like Heinz, P&G, Unilever, Ikea and Family Circle.
At Gore’s side are fellow food entertainment veterans, David Rosengarten, Jared Bobkin and Bobby Parrish. Rosengarten is a two-time James Beard award-winning food writer and was one of the first on-air talents at Food Network. He hosted “Food News & Views” then created and hosted the program “Taste,” which ran for eight years. He’s now Flavored Nation’s head of content. Bobkin is a Detroit-area executive chef known for FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen” season 15 and “Hell’s Kitchen: All-Stars” season 17. He’s also Flavored Nation’s culinary director, conducting nationwide research with Rosengarten to determine the United States’ iconic foods and top eateries. Parrish, a Chicago native, is a home cook whose online brand FlavCity has a social following of more than 400K. He’s appeared on “Rachael Ray Show” and Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen;” he’s now the face of Flavored Nation’s online video series.
Bill Glover, the executive chef of Hilton Columbus Downtown and Gallerie Bar & Bistro, is also heavily involved. Glover lured Flavored Nation to the Columbus market by showcasing the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene and culinary talent. He’s now a local ambassador, recruiting fellow high-profile Columbus-area chefs to participate in Flavored Nation, alongside dozens of national restaurateurs/chefs who will be flying in for the event from their respective states.
For more information on Flavored Nation, visit flavorednation.com. Also follow Flavored Nation on Facebook (facebook.com/flavorednation), Twitter and Instagram (@flavorednation), and share your iconic food passions by using the hashtag #flavorednation.