March 2015 Food & Drink Happenings


Food for Thought

Friday, March 6th, 2015
6:30 – 9:30 pm

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

Cost: $50

Note: This is a 21 and over event.

Food for Thought, a “culinary celebration” fundraiser, will feature Margot Cafe and Bar, Riffs Fine Street Food, Edley’s BBQ, Monell’s, Catering by Suzette, Fabulous Wings, Dough Works, Buttercake Babe, Bosses Burgers, Galen’s Gluten Free Donuts and more!

The event will also feature live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Benton Hall Academy, where teachers are dedicated to educating students in grades 3 – 12 who learn differently*.

To purchase tickets, click here.


* About Benton Hall
Benton Hall Academy offers students a learning environment that is as individual as they are.Founded in 1977 in Franklin, Tenn., the teachers and administration of BHA understand and celebrate that all human beings are different: in the ways they perceive the world, express feelings, relate to others and have distinct learning styles.Benton Hall Academy is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and approved by the State of Tennessee, serving approximately 80 students in grades 3-12.For more information, please visit:




BBQ Bash

Saturday, March 7th, 2015
11 am – 3 pm

Sheraton Music City
777 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Cost: $20 at the door

The National BBQ Association will host its annual conference in Nashville, March 4th-7th, and locals are invited to a BBQ Bash Saturday, March 7th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The BBQ Bash will feature demonstrations, outdoor exhibits and vendors, a Steak Cookoff Association competition, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned barbecue competition, and a people’s choice sauce sampling and competition.



Lafite Around the World Wine Dinner

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
6:30 pm reception
7 pm dinner

The Palm
140 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $155 (does not include tax and gratuity)

The Nashville Palm will showcase fine wines from Lafite Rothschild’s French and Argentinean estates at its upcoming wine dinner on Tuesday, March 10. The Lafite Around the World Wine Dinner will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. showcasing signature Palm passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

The menu looks amazing! Check it out:

Course One, paired with Lafite Reserve Speciale Blanc 2013

Seared jumbo sea scallops, served with English pea and truffle puree and maque choux

Course Two, paired with Los Vascos Chardonnay 2013
Roasted beet and baby arugula salad with toasted pecans and feta cheese tossed with champagne vinaigrette

Course Three, paired with Bodegas CARO Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2010 Braised beef short rib with parsnip puree and wild cherry drizzle

Course Four, paired with Lafite Reserve Speciale Pauillac 2011
Ancho chili and espresso rubbed lamb rib chops with braised mustard greens and fresh mint sauce served with family style creamed spinach and Lyonnaise potatoes

Course Five, paired with Paired with Chateau de Cosse Sauternes
Apple strudel with crème caramel and vanilla ice cream beef short rib with parsnip puree and wild cherry drizzle


Seating is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Paige Dixon at 615-742-3193 or



Tennessee Flavors

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
5:30 – 8:30 pm

Nashville State Community College
120 White Bridge Road
Student Services building
Nashville, TN 37201


$150 for VIP tickets

Tennessee Flavors, a benefit for the Randy Rayburn Culinary Arts Program at Nashville State Community College, is a fantastic sampling event of over 60 local food and drink artisans. With some of my favorites like Etch, Red Pony, City House, Amerigo, Strategic Hospitality (Pinewood, Patterson House, Catbird Seat, Merchants), Germantown Cafe, Holland House, Martin’s BBQ, and Yellow Porch making up the list of participants, this is one event I’m certainly not going to miss!

For a full list of the participating vendors, click here and here to purchase tickets in advance. Oh! and I have a giveaway going on right now that you might want to enter — Try your luck at getting 2 free tickets by clicking here. Hurry, because the contest closes at noon on Tuesday!


CSA Fair

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
6 – 8 pm

Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: FREE

Team Green, the Nashville Farmers Market, and Local Table Magazine are putting together a CSA* Fair at the NFM on Wednesday, March 18th. At 6:15 pm, there will be a short program explaining what a CSA is and how it works. After that, attendees will be given the opportunity to meet one on one with local CSA farmers servicing the Nashville area.

Each of the farmers will have a booth with photos of their farms, lists of the products they grow, how they grow and the locations of their pick ups. If you don’t know much about CSAs, this is such a great free opportunity to  learn about them and to help you find the one that is perfect for you (and your family)!


*Community Supported Agriculture



Rise Pop Up Restaurant

Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st, 2015
6 pm and 8 pm seatings

Martha O’Bryan Center
711 South 7th St
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: $75

Martha O’Bryan Center is hosting two nights of pop up dinners to raise money for a class of six trainees in their Second Rise Kitchen. Second Rise Kitchen provides job skills and culinary training for adults who are difficult to employ, unemployed and underemployed.

Dinner Menu

smoked trout and black bean cakes 

served on a bed of arugula lightly tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette

 butternut squash bisque 

with pancetta crisp, garnished with sherry glaze

  mojo duck breast 

with pomegranate “molasses, sweet potato and poblano cake, and roasted brocolini

 “cookies by keith” a la mode 

chocolate chip cookie, topped with vanilla ice cream, finished with a mixed berry coulis

Dinner includes wine.



The Martha O’Bryan Center does great things in our community and I love the idea of the Second Rise Kitchen. Let’s help them send more students through for training! Make reservations by clicking here.



Food Wine and Design

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
6 pm cocktail hour
7 pm dinner seating

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $75/person

Some of our favorite area fashion bloggers will be creating unique tabletop designs that are inspired by their looks for the spring at this delicious dinner where food, wine and design come together.

The ticket price of $75 includes a four-course dinner prepared by Mason’s Chef Brandon Frohne, cocktails and wine pairings. This very special event is limited to 80 guests, so hurry and get your reservation soon! Contact Lacey Keally at or 615-881-7034 for tickets and/or more information.