The Tennessee Department of Tourism Development today unveiled its Official Guide to Tennessee Vacation 2021 with a mouth-watering cover showcasing the state’s diverse cuisine.
Tennessee’s world-class hospitality and culinary creations have long drawn visitors and residents alike, and this year’s guide highlights the best chefs and their signature dishes inspired by regional traditions. The guide comes at a time when many restaurants have suffered significant revenue losses since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and, in some cases, have been forced to close their doors.
Written by Tennessee-based food critic Chris Chamberlain, the cover article focuses on notable chefs and restaurants worthy of a road trip, such as Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, Chef Tam’s Underground Café in Memphis and City Farm Co. in Nashville, among others. To trigger trip planning, the guide highlights Tennessee stops on the US Civil Rights Trail, breathtaking scenic beauty, Tennessee music trails, kid-friendly destinations and more. The guide offers over 140 pages of travel inspiration and is available free of charge as a printed guide or as an instant download at TNvacations.com, or at one of Tennessee’s 16 drop-in centers.
“We are optimistic about our future and look forward to seeing restaurants full of tables again, so it is fitting that this year’s guide shines a spotlight on our wonderful restaurants and chefs,” said Commissioner Mark Ezell of the Department of tourism development of Tennessee. “Our restaurants have worked hard to keep their doors open, implement security measures and provide much needed jobs. It’s up to all of us to move this industry forward and help it get back to business, whether it’s dining there, ordering take out, or buying gift cards.
Readers can enter to win a six-night culinary vacation to Tennessee, including nights in Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville when they register for the guide on TNvacation.com. Open to U.S. residents only, “Come to the table” contest launched today and will run through August 31, 2021. Prices include hotel, complimentary attraction passes and restaurant gift cards valued at over $ 2,000.
Tennessee is home to more than 11,000 restaurants according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, foodservice establishments in the state saw a 47% drop in sales, representing a drop of $ 1.92 billion in gross taxable sales and a loss of $ 135 million. dollars in government revenue since March 2020. Employment continues to increase. , however, the industry remains down 8%, or 22,500 fewer jobs since March 2020.
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