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Savannah Food & Wine Festival: Final Four
A few highlights of this year's expanded event
Lenny McNab

THE SAVANNAH Food and Wine Festival, happening through this weekend, is outdoing itself with an extravagant series of events sure to please foodies of all types. It features not only the brightest local culinary lights, but an amazing array of visiting chefs from all over the country.

It’s so big an event that writing about every single event would in fact take up more space than we have. But here are a few tidbits to get your tastebuds tantalized.

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Best Cowboy Chef

Self-described “gourmet cowboy chef” Lenny McNab, who recently won “The Next Food Network Star” competition, will bring his big personality and even bigger talent to town.

McNab, whose new Food Network series will debut next spring, will give festival participants a taste of his “creative cowboy cuisine” at several events during the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

On Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m., McNab will partner with Raymond Winery at Rocks on the River at the Bohemian Hotel for the Festival’s nightly Savannah’s Connoisseur Wine Dinners.

Friday, November 14, McNab will join La Crema’s Marita Esteva at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center for the “Pig & Pinot” Big Green Egg Grilling Gurus Demo at 4:15 p.m., one of the Epicurean Learning Experiences sponsored by Sysco and Rioja Wines.

McNab will participate in the Taste of Savannah on Saturday, November 15 on the Jet Blue Chefs & Sommeliers Stage with a cooking demo.

Finally, McNab will be one of three Food Network-recognized celebrity guest chefs at Saturday night’s Winery Cellar Dinner, joining Anthony Lamas of Seviche, Louisville, KY and Aaron Deal, River and Rail, Roanoke, VA. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.


Best Bourbon

Dig Bourbon? Dig Ginger? You’ll love Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon, staging a takeover of sorts at several Food & Wine Fest events all the way through the weekend, including the grand main event.

The handcrafted 80-proof Charleston-based spirit is part of a tasty line created by Chef David Szlam.

Boss Hog

‘Le Grand Cochon’ is a heritage hog roasting and barbecue on the riverfront at the Westin Savannah Harbor, following the Grand Reserve Tasting on Thursday, November 13, at 8 pm. 

The event will feature celebrity chefs Anthony Lamas from Seviche in Louisville, KY and Linkie Marais, Big Green Egg Executive Chef (both of Food Network fame), Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale in Decatur, GA, Harrison Sapp of Southern Soul Barbecue from St. Simons Island and pit master Rodney Scott of Scott’s Barbecue in Hemingway, SC, will be showcasing their personal recipes.

Savannah’s own Chris Nason of Sapphire Grill and Wiley McCrary of Wiley’s Championship BBQ will be creating some local big pig favorites.

New This Year...

• Expanded locations to Ellis & Johnson Squares

• Best of Belgium Beer Garden

• Expanded Georgia Grown Village

• Expanded Big Green Egg Grilling Guru Stage

• Atlanta Magazine expanded Celebrity Chef Kitchen

• Savannah Magazine Locavore Stage

• And.... Savannah Art Association will have en Plein Air artists painting the scene throughout the Taste of Savannah.