Fried Chicken Fest at South Beach Food & Wine Chicken Coupe


2014 South Beach Food & Wine Chicken Coupe

Are there any stories around its beginnings that you’re aware of?
Urban legend states that Mr. Prince was catting around on his girlfriend and one morning he requested fried chicken for breakfast. Feeling a little vindictive, she fried his chicken then dunked it into the frying lard she had generously seasoned with cayenne. She served the chicken to him, and he actually loved it. Fast forward 50 years, and Prince’s Hot Chicken is still the most beloved hot chicken shack in Nashville and Mr. Prince's great-grandneice is still setting Nashville on fire with her amazing fried chicken.

Where did your recipe come from? What was its inspiration?
We are a biscuit truck who likes to nod to the Southern classics. Hot chicken is very Nashville, so we knew we needed to build a biscuit with hot chicken at the core. Our fried chicken gets dunked into our cayenne mixture, and topped with our housemade mustard, housemade pickles, and local honey to play off the spice.

2014 Chicken Coupe Lineup and Menu

Karl Worley, The Biscuit Love Truck, Nashville, Tenn.
Nashville hot chicken with watermelon salad

Andrew Carmellini, The Dutch at W South Beach, Miami Beach, Fla.
Hot fried chicken
Buttermilk-brined, battered and fried with Old Bay seasoning and honey butter biscuits and jalapeño slaw

Elizabeth Karmel, Hill Country Chicken, New York
Mini chickwich
Buttermilk-brined fried chicken breast with sour pickles on a buttered bun and a fried okra pickle

Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, N.C.
Buttermilk-fried boneless chicken thighs
Served on a biscuit with smoked tomato gravy and pickled green tomato chow-chow

Clayton Miller, Yardbird, Miami Beach, Fla.
Mama’s chicken biscuits with pepper jelly and bread and butter pickles

Gavin Kaysen, Café Boulud, New York
Fried Chicken with red cabbage slaw and charred scallion

Giorgio Rapicavoli, eating house, Coral Cables, Fla.
General Tso’s chicken & waffles
Fried chicken thighs, scallion waffle, soy-maple, sesame ‘ranch’

Asha Gomez, Cardamom Hill, Atlanta, Ga.
Kerala fried chicken
Finished with a drizzle of coconut oil and our spicy mango sauce, caramelized onion and cumin rice

Linton Hopkins, Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta, Ga.
Southern fried chicken, red-eye gravy and white eagle grits

Mike Moore, Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder, Asheville, N.C.
Fried chicken with giblet gravy
Buttermilk-marinated fried chicken, giblet gravy, chopped egg, pimento and Benton’s Country Ham mac & cheese

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