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EXCLUSIVE: Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival menu for next weekend! (featuring chefs Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Rusty Hamlin and more)


Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
Oct 21st-23rd, 2011  in Charleston, SC


 Front Porch Stage  Box Menu:

(served family style)





 Moulard duck confit carnitas, tomatillo salsa, cabbage, roasted jalapeno
(Chef RJ Cooper of Rogue 24 in Washington DC)




Bourbon molasses pork belly, goat ricotta, black-eye hoe cake, fennel fig slaw
(Chef Rusty Hamlin of Atkins Park Tavern in Atlanta, GA)











Butter Pea Pasta E Fagioli
(Chef Mike Lata of FIG in Charleston, SC)




 Cornmeal Dusted Flounder with Fall Vegetable and Blue Crab Succotash
Roasted Carrots with Tarragon and Brown Butter Crumble
(Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston, SC) 








Banana Pudding with a Vanilla Wafer Crumble
Mini Chocolate Pies in Graham Cracker
(Pastry Chef David Gaus of Bayou Bakery in Arlington, VA)



Friday October 14th, 2011
by Scott Wink of

Charleston, SC – This is going to be the menu for the 3 course dinner served at the 3 day Southern Ground Music and Food Festival organized by The Zac Brown Band.  The festival is to be held in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island from Friday Oct 21st-23rd 2011.  The meals will be served family style so you will get to taste each dish that is prepared.  The food will arrive at each table via a dumbwaiter system.  Zac Brown’s parter in these music and food events is Chef Rusty Hamlin.  He told us that the dumbwaiter system was one of Zac’s ideas.  As the food begins to rise up through that system Chef Hamlin says you can see how excited all of the waiting guests get as the try to get their first glimpses and smells of the food coming from underneath the stage.   This reminds me of how Garth Brooks used to rise up from underneath the stage surrounded by smoke to start his concerts.  Chef Hamlin says the purpose of these types of events is to, “marry food and music together on a new level.”  The menu will be identical on all three days and is sure to be a big crowd pleaser.  In addition to the 3 course meal Chef Hamlin says the bands 54 foot semi truck named “Cookie” will be serving up additional food and serves as a mobile kitchen.  You can expect:



creole jambalaya,
beef tenderloin sliders,
pork tenderloin,
and chocolate peanut butter biscuit pudding ( recipe )


There should be many other things available including Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ…….oh we haven’t even talked about the amazing bands that will be performing.  We will be posting an interview with Brett Dennen this week who will be performing on Saturday and is one of the acts we are most excited to see. Get your front porch stage tickets fast they are almost sold out!!!

(photos courtesy of The Zac Brown Band and Chef Rusty Hamlin)