Chefs Jessica Benefied and Trey Burnette, of Nashville Izakaya and ramen restaurant Two Ten Jack and the forthcoming The Green Pheasant, are pleased to announce their Goo Goo Cluster creation, “Miso Crunchy,” in collaboration with the Fourth Annual Goo Goo Summer Chef Series. The imaginative confection, which incorporates fig jam, mochi marshmallow, chocolate crispy bar and miso caramel, covered in milk chocolate, is available for purchase starting September 14, at the Goo Goo Shop in Nashville (116 3rd Ave. South) and online at [googoo.com]googoo.com. “Miso Crunchy” will also be available for sale at Two Ten Jack restaurant (1900 Eastland Ave., Nashville) as well as at The Green Pheasant when it opens this fall at 215 1st Ave. South in downtown Nashville.
The 12-week series, which launched July 6, features a rotating line-up of “who’s who” in the Nashville culinary scene, in collaboration with Goo Goo pastry chef Bethany Halliger. Flavors rotate throughout the series, and a new chef is announced every two weeks while their creation is available for a limited four-week run. As the final launch in the series, Benefield and Burnette’s “Miso Crunchy” will run through October 12.
“We really wanted to choose ingredients that are in season, staples for us, and some we are very excited about bringing more attention to,” says Benefield. “Miso and kokuto are used in our kitchens daily at Two Ten Jack and The Green Pheasant, and mochi is so fun and chewy; it was just begging to be used in a Japanese-American candy collaboration! Figs being in season, as well as providing that gooey, chewy center we love so much, made us particularly excited. We are so thrilled to be a part of creating a candy with such an iconic company from our hometown.”
To culminate the Summer Chef Series, Goo Goo will showcase all of the chefs’ flavors in the Grand Taste Tents at Music City Food + Wine Festival the weekend of September 14-16, 2018: www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com. The 2018 Summer Chef Series line-up included:Aaron Clemins, formerly of Kuchnia + Keller; Vui Hunt of Vui’s Kitchen; Andy Little of Josephine;Kyle Patterson of Sinema; Kahlil Arnold of Arnold’s Country Kitchen; and Jessica Benefield & Trey Burnette of Two Ten Jack and The Green Pheasant.
About Two Ten Jack (http://twotenjack.com/)
Lead by chefs Jessica Benefield and Trey Burnette, Two Ten Jack is a Japanese-inspired neighborhood pub, or izakaya, featuring kodawari ramen, yakitori, sushi selections, and other Japanese-inspired pub comfort food that incorporates local, Southern ingredients. The beverage selection features craft beers, wine, handcrafted cocktails, sake, shochu and Japanese whiskey. With two locations, at Walden’s Phase 2 in East Nashville and Chattanooga’s Warehouse Row, Two Ten Jack offers an unpretentious and comfortable environment – the true izakaya experience – as an urban gathering spot for the community where local and Japanese culture can come together.
About The Green Pheasant (https://thegreenpheasant.com/)
Located in downtown Nashville, across from the Ascend Amphitheater, The Green Pheasant continuously explores the interrelationships between Tennessee and Japan’s culture and cuisine, in a space unlike any other modern Japanese restaurant. Under the direction of co-chefs Jess Benefield and Trey Burnette, of Seed Hospitality, The Green Pheasant aims to honor Japanese culinary traditions while also celebrating regional food and ingredients. The Green Pheasant sources an abundant list of fish and ingredients directly from Japan, as well as meats and produce sourced from local farmers including The Nashville Food Project, Bells Bend Farms, No. 9 Farms and Marmilu Farms, among others.
About Goo Goo (https://googoo.com/)
Goo Goo Cluster, America’s first combination candy bar, was invented in 1912 in a copper kettle at the Standard Candy in Nashville, TN. The unique confection is a roundish mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate. In 2014, Goo Goo Cluster, LLC opened the Goo Goo Shop, its flagship store located at 116 3rd Avenue Southin downtown Nashville where Premium Goo Goos are made by hand daily in full view of visitors. The 4-ounce Premium confection comes in a variety of flavor combinations that rotate frequently. Visit googoo.com for more info.