Generous Helpings Patrons’ Party

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
6 – 9 pm

Sinema Restaurant
2600 Franklin Pike #102
Nashville, TN 37204

Cost: $250/person (click here to purchase)


If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you know that I go to a lot of events. You may also know that one of my absolute favorites of the entire year is Generous Helpings every May. They always have some of the best restaurants in Nashville participating, and it’s all for a great cause, Second Harvest Food Bank. Next week I’ll talk more about Generous Helpings in my “May Happenings” post, but today I simply must share a different, but related, event with you.

A bit lesser known, the Generous Helpings Patrons’ Party takes place a few days before the main event and it’s always a great lineup of chefs. A one-of-a-kind dining experience, there will be a cocktail hour followed by a six-course meal with incredible wine pairings.

I mean, check out the menu below. Hello!

As if that wasn’t enough, a patron ticket also includes admission (a $50 value) to the main event at City Winery on Thursday, May 12th, where you can enjoy tastings from 25 of Nashville’s favorite restaurants.

Generous Helpings Patrons’ Party Menu

Hors d’oeuvres

B.J. Lofback, Funk Seoul Brother
Farmer’s Market Kimbap with Green Strawberry Kimchi
Braised Tofu with Soy Pickled Jalapeño
Spicy Tuna Taco

Mark Rubin, Second Harvest Food Bank Culinary Arts Center
Fried Cheese Grit Cake with Andouille Mousse, Lobster and Red Eye Coffee Mayo
Polenta Cake with Tomato Gelee, Shaved Fennel, Lump Crab and Orange Zest


Daniel Herget, Little Octopus
Compressed Melon, Lime Leaf Furikake, Aji Panca, Mango Butter and Wood Sorrel

Matt Bolus, 404 Kitchen
Wedge Oak Farm Egg with Johnny Red Grits, Raw Greens, Calabrian Pepper Oil and Colatura Di Alici

Kyle Patterson, Sinema
Ricotta Agnolotti with Pea Mint Puree, English Peas, Blue Oyster Mushrooms and Black Garlic Brown Butter

Deb Paquette, Etch, Etc.
Seared Tuna with Edamame Spring Green Verde, Tempura Eggplant, Warm Fennel Slaw, Caraway, Lemon Walnut Cilantro Relish and Pine Fresno Syrup

Andrew Little, Josephine
Glazed Beef Cheeks with Peas, Pickled Pear Onion and New Potatoes

Paige Yodanis, Olive & Sinclair
Chocolate Cremeux with Sweet Pickled Orange, Candied Fennel, Chai Whip and Nib Brittle


Seating is limited at this dinner, so you’re going to want to buy a ticket before they’re all gone. But…before you run off to do that, let’s try your luck here! Second Harvest has generously offered up 2 tickets for me to use as a giveaway for one of my dear readers!  You guys, this is a $500 value!!!  


To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me which of these Patrons’ Party dishes you’re most excited to eat.


For up to 2 additional entries, you can do the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow Second Harvest on Twitter and tweet “The Generous Helpings Patrons’ Party is on 5/3 & @betheats has 2 tickets to give away- a $500 value!! Enter here:” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Second Harvest on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)

Contest ends on Saturday, April 30th at noon. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If that person doesn’t respond within 24 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!



I have to say, I am not sad that April is coming to an end. It has not been a good month from me and I’m ready to get on with May – my favorite month!

Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on April, but I’m currently trying to shake bronchitis, laryngitis and an ear infection. I’ve been sick since April 10th. The 10th. I’ll save you the math – that’s 15 days! A virus knocked me off my feet for a few days, then I probably pushed myself a little too much a little too fast, and boom. Down again with all of this crud.

Anyway, let’s just say that March was a MUCH better month. In fact, it was a great month, and I wish I could go back to it. Every day I wake up still not feeling my best, I try to cheer myself up by looking back at all of my photos from out trip to San Diego. That usually does the trick. I mean, how can the ocean, sunny skies, and one adorable, happy little boy not make me smile?!?



Can you tell that Archer was a tiny bit excited about seeing the ocean?

It’s hard to believe that it had been almost 4 years since my last visit to San Diego, but it had been! Archer was just 4 months old when we went out for my friend Alisa’s wedding in May of 2012, and I was desperately in need of a trip. The place, the friends, and the time I got to spend with my family was good for my soul.



Sunset in La Jolla with this cutie


Archer and I traveled out to SD a couple of days ahead of my husband, and although I was a little worried about traveling alone with a 4 year old, it could not have gone better. Seriously, this kid was on his best behavior and we had the best ‘mommy & me’ time I think we’ve ever had.

Our flight landed a little after 5 pm the evening of our arrival, so we had just enough time to pick up our rental car, drive up to our Airbnb in La Jolla, drop off our bags, and run down to the beach for sunset!



Galaxy Taco’s Hamachi crudo

After sunset we met up with my friend Andrew for dinner at one of La Jolla’s newer restaurants, Galaxy Taco.

While I’m usually a big planner when it comes to dining plans while traveling, this time I planned very, very little. All I knew was that I was going to eat as much seafood and as many tacos as possible, and preferably outside in the fresh air. Galaxy Taco had it all, so it was the perfect first meal!

Google maps and the search term “tacos” led me to find Galaxy. With just a bit more research, I found that Chef Trey Foshee of George’s at the Cove was the talent behind this venture and I didn’t think twice. I knew I had to go there.

In addition to the hamachi crudo seen above (that I absolutely LOVED), I had braised and grilled duck legs with pumpkin seed mole verde, baby turnips, and apple salad, served with fresh corn tortillas. My friend Andrew ordered sweet potato tacos and oh my word. Huge thanks to our server for suggesting, because we probably wouldn’t have chosen them if she hadn’t done so. Wood Roasted Sweet Potato with jack cheese, arugula, and salsa arbo -they were absolutely incredible!




So besides tacos, seafood and patio dining, how did we spend our days in San Diego? There was plenty of relaxing but lots of fun kid stuff too. We visited the Birch Aquarium, spent a lot of time at the beach, went to the famous San Diego Zoo, and took a trip up to Legoland because the kiddo is currently obsessed with Legos.


My little beach bum





I think this was his ‘King of the Beach’ roar….




Did I mention I ate a lot of tacos?


Yes, there were tacos at home (sweet home Airbnb that is), tacos at restaurants, even fish tacos at the zoo. Nope, I never got sick of eating tacos.

But there was one more special place I had to hit while in town, and that was Isabel’s Cantina in my old neighborhood of Pacific Beach. Brunch here is my favorite… a mix of healthy with a side of decadent.


The healthy? The Margherita Scramble – eggs scrambled with basil and jack cheese, served with brown rice and topped with marinated chicken, parmesan, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions, avocado sauce, & a pesto drizzle.

The decadent? A King Cake – pancake with peanut butter, bananas, chocolate chips, raspberry purée & powdered sugar. A normal order is 3 pancakes, but one of these babies is enough for me, and thankfully they allow you to get a “side” of just one with any dish.





From San Diego Brewers Guild: “Every corner of San Diego County is soaked in craft beer and sunshine”. Truth. It was fun to sit down at the neighborhood bar for a cold one and have this coaster arrive with our drinks.

Note to parents: This little bag of Legos has become my newest trick — we adults can have a drink, a meal, a conversation (!) — and kiddo is totally content to sit piecing these things together and playing quietly for significant lengths of time. Score!



Archer’s first visit to the San Diego Zoo!




Buffalo Ranch Octopus at Herringbone
Black Eyed Peas, Celery, Carrots, Herbs


Ravi and I were even able to get in a couple of date nights during our trip. Our friends Alisa and Dave took us to Herringbone La Jolla and as soon as I walked in the door, I knew I was going to love it.  Created in a vintage warehouse, there are actual live, 100 year old olive trees growing inside the space.



Herringbone La Jolla

The food, the cocktails, and the ambiance all made for a great night out with good friends.




Truly I can’t believe I let 4 years pass between visits to San Diego. Mark my words– that will never happen again! We’ve already started talking about our next trip, and I honestly don’t know if we’ll even wait an entire year this time. See you soon San Diego! xoxo~


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Beer & cheese. Cheese & beer. What’s not to love?


A couple of weeks ago I shared a whole list of happenings for April, one of which was this event–  Beer & Cheese to benefit Tennessee Respite Coalition. In case you missed that post, here are the details:

Beer & Cheese

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Jackalope Brewery
701 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $25 in advance
$30 at the door

The Tennessee Respite Coalition is a nonprofit that helps family caregivers, people who spend much of their time caring for family members in need (such as parents with Alzheimer’s, spouses with Parkinson’s or children with special needs), by giving them much-needed time off. My family has had firsthand experience in situations like these, so I know how hard these caregivers work, and how desperately they need a break from time to time. Organizations like TRC are such a blessing.

For just $25 you’re ensuring that some of them get those much needed breaks, and you get to enjoy an unlimited supply of beer and cheese samples selected by Jackalope and Bloomy Rind.  What are you waiting for? Hop on over here to purchase tickets!

Oh, but one more thing… TRC has given me 2 tickets to give away for one lucky reader!


Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#3 Sarah Goodin

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me the name of your favorite beer or your favorite type of cheese. Or you can tell me both!


For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Beer & Cheese. Enough said. Win 2 tickets to the @TNRespite event @jackalopebrew from @betheats! ” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like the Tennessee Respite on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)  OR follow this link to FB and click to say you’re “interested” in the event

Contest ends on Sunday, April 17th at 10 a.m. CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. You must respond within 48 hours or I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

There isn’t always time for me to write a full blown post on all of my eating and drinking experiences so I’ve decided that once every couple of months, I’m just going to share a few short bits on some of my current favorites instead of waiting until I have time to give you an essay.

Here’s a quick look at some new-ish Nashville places and meals that I give my full stamp of approval~


 Cocktail at Bastion Nashville

Two new watering holes have opened near me recently and I am head over heels for both of them! Old Glory can be a little tricky to find if you haven’t been there before as it’s tucked away in Edgehill Village behind Taco Mamacita. The former boiler room has an entrance off the alley or you can enter a door next to Legato Gelato. It’s definitely worth the search, as it’s one of the coolest bar spaces I’ve seen in a while. (And the drinks are fab too, of course.)

Bastion in Wedgewood Houston is the latest and greatest Strategic Hospitality/Josh Habiger project, and like many of their other businesses, I’m enamored. I love the layout, I love the bleacher seating, I love the cocktails and I absolutely, totally love the fact that they have Galaga!!!! Oh, and their nachos….the best. They may currently only have one food item on the menu, but man, they do them well.



Photo of me taking photo of sandwich by my friend Tabitha, A la Mode Media


Last month Hattie B‘s launched the first new menu item they’ve added since they opened, and they hit it out of the ballpark. Their new spicy hot chicken sandwich topped with slaw and Nashville comeback sauce on a buttery toasted bun is the perfect solution to eating hot chicken on-the-go.



Photo of the Goo Goo Shop’s Grilled Pimento Cheese by my friend Phillip, Southern Fatty


Naturally, I’ve been spending a lot of time at the Goo Goo Shop these last few months as we opened the new Dessert Bar. There have been days where I felt like all I’ve eaten is sugar on top of sugar. Thankfully, now I don’t have to subsist on cheesecake, sundaes, and pie alone when I’m there working, as last month the Goo Goo Shop Dessert Bar softly and quietly started testing a savory lunch menu. While I’ve enjoyed everything on the menu, my hands-down favorite is the Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the best I’ve ever had. The best part — it’s not too heavy, so there is plenty of room for dessert :-)

The Dessert Bar is now officially serving lunch Monday – Friday 11 am – 3 pm, so you can come check it out for yourself.



 Prima Chef’s Table

I’ve enjoyed many fantastic meals at Prima over the past year+, and recommend it often, particularly for special occasion dining. Last month I had the opportunity to partake in their Chef’s Table experience with some of my best foodie friends, and it cemented the restaurant’s spot on my personal Top 5 Nashville restaurants list.

Chef Sal is super talented, and this meal definitely allows him to shine. The menu is different for every Chef’s Table, and what you will be eating is a surprise, which I absolutely love. Trust the chef and I promise, you’ll be happy you did.



Eeeep! This just happened. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke….at least I hope not ;-)

Thank you Southern Living for listing me as one of the “Bloggers You Should Be Following in 2016“!!!

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The Triple Sip

Friday, April 1, 2016
6-9 pm

Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: $60 in advance, $70 at the door

21+ only

The Triple Sip (formerly known as d’Vine Selections), a wine, beer and spirits tasting fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, is happening this Friday at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. The evening will feature music by jazz musician Denny Jiosa, hors d’oeuvres courtesy of local restaurants, and a silent auction featuring trips, collectibles, event tickets, dinners, and more.

Additional information regarding tickets, sponsorship and donations is available at



Biryani and Beer

Sunday, April 3, 2016
8 pm

Family Wash
626A Main St
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: $25 per person

My friend Vivek of VEA Supper Club is at it again, this time with biryani, which he describes as one of the great dishes of India, and one of his favorites dishes of all time. “At its heart, it is a beautiful dish of aromatic basmati rice that is layered with flavorful, spiced meat or vegetables. In India, there are many versions of biryani depending on where you are. Variables can include cuts of meat (chicken, goat, lamb and egg), the type of rice, different spice mixtures or add-ins, like cashews or raisins.”

His version for this Sunday’s dinner is inspired by many different biryani experiences, making it one that you do not want to miss!

There are two seatings, but note that the 6 pm seating is already sold out, so I would advise that you jump on the 8 pm seating as quickly as you can before it sells out too! To purchase tickets, click here.


Onion Bhajiyas
Cilantro Chutney, Nigella

Chicken Biryani
Spiced Chicken, Aromatic Basmati Rice, Saffron
Served with:
Chicken Masala, Naan, Kachumber Salad, Yogurt

Apple Cardamom Ginger Handpies
with Lyndi Stein, Littlest Love

*Vegetarian options are available (cauliflower biryani). Just drop a note when you buy your tickets.



Battle of the Burger

Thursday, April 21, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Pine Street in the Gulch
1055 Pine St (between Velocity and Pine Street Flats)
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $20 per person

Want to help decide who has the best burger in Nashville? Then head to the Gulch on April 21st for a live burger competition where you can taste all the burgers, meet some of Nashville’s top chefs, and vote!

To find out more and purchase tickets, click here.



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Beer & Cheese

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Jackalope Brewery
701 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Jackalope Brewing Company and The Bloomy Rind are coming together once again to benefit a great cause, the Tennessee Respite Coalition. This organization helps family caregivers (people who spend much of their time caring for family members in need such as parents with Alzheimer’s, spouses with Parkinson’s or children with special needs) by giving them much-needed time off.

As my own family has faced a situation in the past, and is facing another one in the future where an organization like this could greatly relieve some stress, this is near and dear to my heart and I would love to see them raise lots of money. Your $25 will get you unlimited samples of the beer and cheese pairings selected by Jackalope and Bloomy Rind, so come join me in eating some delicious cheese, drinking some fantastic beer, and know that you’re helping some families that will be forever grateful.

To order your tickets click here and to learn more about this nonprofit, visit



music city cocktail spirit

Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival

Thursday, April 28th – Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Pavilion East

Cost: $85 All Access Pass, various pricing for individual events

Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival, created by PourTaste‘s Jon and Lindsay Yeager, is a multi-day celebration showcasing Nashville’s rising cocktail culture. Below is an outline of the various events and their respective dates/times. For more specific information on each, including cost, be sure to visit Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival.

4/28  6:30 – 9 pm
Bluegrass & Bourbon

4/29  6:30 – 9 pm
Shandy Social

4/30  10:30 am – noon
The Bloody Mary Experience

4/30  12 – 4 pm
Tennessee Distillers Showcase


Happy #PiDay everyone! In honor of this special day, I’m sharing a roundup of my absolute favorite pie recipes! (clockwise)

Lisa Donovan’s Buttermilk Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie with Coconut Graham Cracker Crust

Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

Walnut Pumpkin Pie

 Basic RGB


Tequila and Tupperware for Nashville Grown

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
6:30 pm

Acme Feed & Seed
101 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $48 – $98

21+ only

I’ve been to exactly two Tupperware parties in my life. One with my mother when I was a small child, and another in young adulthood when I was starting to outfit my first “real” place. I’m pretty certain that neither of those experiences were anything like what’s going to be happening at Acme Feed & Seed this week to benefit Nashville Grown.  Tequila, comedy, drag, trivia, and delicious food — I’d probably own a lot more Tupperware if all Tupperware parties sounded this fun!

Dee W. Ieye is apparently one of the nation’s hottest Tupperware sales ladies, and this will be her first visit to Nashville. I have a feeling Nashville isn’t going to know what hit ‘em! Doors open at 6:30 pm and Dee’s show starts at 7:15 pm.

Admission includes tickets redeemable for: tequila, locally-brewed beverages, trivia games and raffle prizes. Food and drink sponsors: Acme Feed & Seed, Herradura, El Jimador, Bud’s Liquor & Wine, Husk, Rolf & Daughters, Sloco, Treehouse, Butchertown Hall, Silo, Wild Cow, Crepe A Diem, Two Goats Garden Food Truck, Wolfe Gourmet Cakes, Le Macaron, Jess Rice and Chef Tony Galzin.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.




Sprinkles Cupcake Madness

Tuesday, March 15th – Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Sprinkles Cupcakes
2606 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204

While I’ll admit that I’m not a huge sports fan, I do enjoy basketball and March Madness. But you know what other madness I can really get behind? Any kind of madness involving food! 12South’s Sprinkles Cupcakes is putting together Cupcake Madness, March 15-31, and I’m getting in on the action.

Fans will be asked to decide whether they’re Team Vanilla Milk Chocolate or Team Swirl by voting which new flavor they like best at the bakery and Cupcake ATM on 12 South. The winning cupcake will then receive a permanent spot on the Sprinkles menu. Personally, I think I’m leaning Team Swirl, but I could be swayed… What team are you on? To have your say in the winner, all you have to do is go by the shop or the cupcake ATM and purchase one of these flavors. Each purchase scores that flavor a point!



Tennessee Flavors

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
5:30 – 8:30 pm

Nashville State Community College Main Campus
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: $69.24 for Standard ticket or $174.24 for VIP

Over 75 of Nashville’s top restaurants, food and beverage artisans will gather next week at Tennessee Flavors to support the Nashville State Community College Foundation. This will be the 5th year for the event, and it looks as though it’s going to be the best one yet. Not only is the list of participants incredible, but it’s being held in Nashville State Community College’s beautiful new humanities building.

There are standard tasting tickets, or you can get all fancy and sign up for the VIP experience that allows you to arrive 30 minutes before the doors open, and access a private lounge area with additional food and beverage offerings. To purchase tickets, click here.

Before you run off to do that, you might want to try your luck at my giveaway though! That’s right, the generous folks at Tennessee Flavors have been kind enough to offer up two free tickets for one of my readers.



Contest Closed

The Winner is….

Becca P/rjp03d (Instagram)


To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me whose food or drink you’re most eager to try at this year’s Tennessee Flavors! Click here for a list of participants.

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2. Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Tennessee Flavors is next week and @betheats has 2 tickets to give away!”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Follow me (@betheats) and Tennessee Flavors (@tnflavors) on Instagram and leave a comment on my latest Instagram post, tagging a friend to alert them of this giveaway.


Contest ends on Wednesday, March 2nd at midnight. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 24 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!