Get a Taste of the Music City Eats Festival

09/20/2013 at 12:10 PM ET

Nashville has long been known for its music scene, but now three of its biggest fans are hoping to add a new notch to the city’s resume: food.

Kings of Leon members Caleb and Nathan Followill have teamed with chef Jonathan Waxman to launch the Music City Eats food festival, a two-day event kicking off Sept. 21 that combines great music with gourmet munchies.

From cooking demos and wine tastings with Giada De Laurentiis and Trisha Yearwood to concerts by Tom Petty and Norah Jones (and, hey, even a video shout-out from Nashville star Connie Britton!), there’s something tempting here for everyone.

Chef Tim Love is one of the culinary wizards participating in the festival’s inaugural weekend, and he’s hoping “that all attendees—whether you’re a first–timer or a festival veteran—check out at least one panel and one demo,” he tells PEOPLE. “You’ll learn something new and have a great time.”

One of the recipes he hopes you’ll try? His own artichoke dip, of course, which takes the traditional recipe and adds a fun new twist. So strap on your cowboy boots, and get cooking:

Music City Eats Nashville Festival: Artichoke Dip Recipe from Tim Love
Inset: Rick Kern/WireImage

Tim Love’s Artichoke Dip

2 14 oz. cans of artichokes packed in water, chopped

1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp. red pepper flakes

1 cup sliced almonds

Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the chopped artichokes, cheese, mayonnaise and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and top with the sliced almonds.

3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until almonds are brown and dip is hot in the center. Serve with grilled baguette slices or chips.

— Kiran Hefa

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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