The Aflac Culinary Experience
Columbus Convention & Trade Center
801 Front Ave
The Aflac Culinary Experience features chefs and mixologists from all over the Southeast displaying their talents! This ticket also grants entry to the Grand Tasting, so whenever you are ready to sample flavors from all over the area, just head in to the South Exhibit Hall at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center! This event has sold out for the past four years and a limited number of tickets are available, so be sure to get your tickets early!
This year, the Aflac Culinary Experience will feature the tastes and flavors of 2017 James Beard Award Winner Kevin Nashan, Owner of Sidney Street Café in St. Louis, Missouri and The Peacemaker in St. Louis and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin won the 2013 Cochon 555 Barbecue Competition and that same year his restaurant, Sidney Street Café, was named Restaurant of the Year by St. Louis Magazine. He was also a featured competitor on Esquire Network’s show “Knife Fight”.
Nashan seamlessly incorporates his wide variety of culinary experiences and influences into seasonal, locally-sourced creations. His French training shines through his food in dishes like a play on Bouillabaisse with eel and uni or foie gras with olives and citrus, while his time in Spain shows its lasting impact in soulful sofrito-based dishes and the innumerable cured products in the pantry. The New Mexican cuisine of his childhood is also never far from his mind—posole and aji paired with chiles rellenos are favorites to this day—and his love for Southern cuisine is reflected in the form of ingredients like ham hocks, sorghum, and speckled grits. Nashan believes that sourcing locally should be expected, not celebrated, and it doesn’t get much closer to home than the micro greens he grows in the basement or the spring garden occupying 100 yards of the Sidney Street Cafe parking lot.
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