May 7th, 2010
01:43 PM ET

Chefs rally to help Nashville after flood

Kat Kinsman
Special to CNN

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/LIVING/wayoflife/05/07/chefs.rally.flooded.nashville/t1larg.jpg caption="Floodwaters from weekend storms damaged restaurants such as Joe's Crab Shack in downtown Nashville." width=300 height=169]

Nashville chefs have cooked up plans to keep rescue workers fed and farmers in business and to whet the appetites of tourists to return once floodwaters subside.

"I grew up with the philosophy in my family that when you have a tough time in whatever area of life, a good hot meal makes a lot of things better," said chef Tandy Wilson of City House restaurant.

Though his restaurant was stocked and operational and had planned a "flood menu," his difficulty in getting to the building spurred Tandy to shut down his business and rally his staff to volunteer.

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