American singer-songwriter, actress, and businesswoman Dolly Parton, speaks to the crowd circa 1996 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
The $10K Food Experience Only Available On Dolly Parton's Tour Bus
By Arianna Endicott
Dolly Parton fans can head to Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa in Tennessee and stay at "Suite 1986," which is actually her retired tour bus and home on the road for 13 years before she retired. The $10,000 experience includes a five-course dinner, packed full of the star's most beloved dishes.
The exclusive meal starts with seasonal soup, followed by bacon-wrapped whiskey-glazed shrimp over yellow stone ground grits, with andouille sausage, onions, bell peppers, and celery. Next is a salad made from an heirloom tomato confit, micro basil, and burrata cheese, topped with balsamic syrup and toasted boule.
The main course, inspired by southern BBQ flavors, has smoked brisket, hickory pulled pork, fried chicken, and ribs with collard greens, sweet potato puree, buttermilk biscuits, mac and cheese, and smashed potatoes. Pecan pralines, bourbon crème brulée, and banana pudding finish off the meal on a sweet note.
If you still have room to snack after dinner, you can enjoy the same cheese board that Dolly has whenever she stays at the resort, with cheddar, fruit, and blue cheese. Food & Wine says every place setting is adorned with a wooden spoon with Parton's Stone Soup recipe tied to it, so you can take a little bit of Dollywood home as a souvenir to enjoy any time.