We're Hosting a VIP Happy Hour at Throwdown You Don't Want To Miss


As an exciting introduction to the main event, our VIP Happy Hour will feature three bartenders from some of Nashville's best libation spots, competing to create the best cocktail of Music City Chef Throwdown.

Included with your VIP ticket or as part of your Host package, you will have early access to Music City Chef Throwdown, where you will have the opportunity to meet our competing chefs, sample three original cocktails created by bartenders from WaldenThe Fox Bar & Cocktail Club, and Henley, vote on your favorite creation, and walk away with some great swag!

Items in the swag bag will be actual products from Sweet Tea Candle Co., Little Seed FarmBongo JavaKendra ScottBlack Abbey Brewing Company, and Just Love Coffee

Nick Dolan  | The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club


Nick Dolan has been bartending for 8 years and counting. He began bartending in Philadelphia after finishing college. In 2013, he moved to NYC to train behind the bar at The Nomad (http://www.thenomadhotel.com), where he developed an appreciation for the art of cocktail bartending. The Nomad's high standards and meticulous attention to detail were unlike anything he’d experienced in a working environment. It elevated both his skill set and his approach to craft cocktails. In 2017, Nick moved to Nashville for a change of pace, where he found his next challenge (as well as a new level of professional responsibility), as head bartender of The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club.



Jon Howard  |  Henley 


Jon Howard is the head bartender at Henley, and has been working in the hospitality industry for nearly half of his life. Howard worked on the opening team at Saxon & Parole in NYC and went on to lead the bars at Il Buco Alimentari and American Whisky before moving to town in 2015. Once in Music City, was on the opening team for the nationally acclaimed cocktail bar, Old Glory. Howard was named the 2016 Woodford Reserve Master of the Manhattan besting over 600 other bartenders in the country and has also been a National finalist in the 2016 Chivas Masters competition, a Bacardi Legacy Regional Finalist in 2016 and is a Diageo World Class National Finalist in 2017.


Diane Sweet  | Walden


As a leading bartender in Nashville's hippest neighborhood, Diane Sweet's skills behind the bar take a typical experience to the next level. Over ten years in the industry, unparalleled creativity and just the right amount of attitude combine to make the perfect "cocktail" of a bartender. From Nashville to Northern California to Vegas and back again, Diane's talents have taken her across the country showcasing her flair and intuition in bar service. Attention to detail and focused care are Diane's top priority when taking care of her guests at Nashville's premier cocktail lounge, Walden, where she is making quite a name for herself. Mix up your Nashville experience while you watch her mix things up!



If you're interested in becoming a VIP or Host, contact us here!

Buy tickets to Music City Chef Throwdown here!



< Hattie B's joins the chef line up; Craig Wayne Boyd, Ashford Hughes, Sr. and Deb Paquette join our judging panel The Competition is Heating Up for Music City Chef Throwdown >