October 2016 Food and Drink Happenings ~ Nashville


No Kid Hungry Bake Sale

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
10 am til they sell out!

Williams-Sonoma Green Hills
Green Hills Mall
Nashville, TN 37215

Williams-Sonoma Green Hills is hosting a “Professional” Bake Sale this Saturday for a great cause. Featuring donations from local bakeries, pastry chefs and candy companies, 100% of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry, a campaign that connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending child hunger a national priority.

So if you happen to be shopping in Green Hills on Saturday, don’t forget to pop into WS to get your sweet treats and help out this worthy organization!




Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
10 am – 6 pm

Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve lived in Nashville for almost 15 years and have never made it to the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival. This year, the 20th anniversary of the festival, that’s going to change! On Saturday I’m heading to Centennial park to soak in dance and music performances, eat as much exotic food as I possibly can, shop the global marketplace, and let my kiddo have loads of fun with all the children’s activities being offered (He can create wearable Samurai garb? Yes!).

But again, back to the food…. I’m completely overwhelmed by this list of offerings. How will I choose?!?




Green Door Gourmet Fall Fest

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Noon – 6 pm

Green Door Gourmet
7011 River Road Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: $5 per adult, children 10 and under free

This is shaping up to be a busy weekend for our family, because in addition to the cultural festival, we’ll also be attending Fall Fest at Green Door Gourmet.  We had a blast last year, so definitely wouldn’t miss out this time. Join us on Sunday to soak up live music, take a hayride around the farm, play some pumpkin games, and let your kiddos burn off some energy in the Kids Zone.

In addition to all that stuff, more than 40 local artisan vendors will be showcasing their local, Pick TN and Made in the South wares and there will be food from The Grilled Cheeserie, Peg Leg Porker, Yayo’s OMG Tacos, Jeni’s Ice Cream, The Trailer Perk, Califarmia and Yazoo.




Henrietta Red Oyster Roast

Friday, October 7th, 2016
6:30 – 9:30 pm

1307 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: $75

Nashville is not lacking in new restaurants these days, and one of the most highly anticipated openings is Henrietta Red. Slated to open in Germantown in “Winter 2016” (according to the website), it will feature seasonal food with an emphasis on sharing, as well as a raw bar with oysters and seafood.  You can read more of the details here. I’m REALLY looking forward to this one, as I’ve heard great things about Chef Julia Sullivan, and well, I’m a fan of pretty much everything Strategic Hospitality puts their hands on.

Winter seems so far away, but lucky for us, we can kick off Oktoberfest and get a preview of Henrietta Red with an upcoming Oyster Roast being held next Friday, October 7th. Details and tickets can be found here.


Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival

Saturday, October 15th, 2016
Noon – 5 pm

Two Rivers Mansion
3130 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Cost: $30 (early bird online until 10/5), $35 (online from 10/5 – 10/14), $45 (at the door), $15 for designated driver tickets

Purchase tickets here.


The Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival will once again bring beer lovers and wine aficionados together at the gorgeous Two Rivers Mansion on October 15th.

The 7th annual festival brewery lineup includes favorites such as Tennessee Brew Works, The Black Abbey Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing, Core Brewing and Ballast Point Brewing Company. In addition, guests are invited to stroll along the beautiful grounds of Two Rivers Mansion while enjoying local musical talent, a variety of food vendors and moonshine tasting. The event will also feature an educational tent with sessions such as food pairings and home brewing. As an added bonus, Lyft is offering free and discounted rides to guests for safe driving to-and-from the festival.

Tickets include access to the event, samples of beer and wine, a commemorative tasting glass and an invite to the event’s official after party at Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill.

For more information on the festival and discount codes from Lyft, visit the festival website.



Chef Ashley Christensen Cookbook Signing

Monday, October 17th, 2016
6 – 8 pm

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
410 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $25

James Beard Award Winner Chef Ashley Christensen is heading to Nashville to promote her new book and Pat Martin is hosting a shindig for her at the downtown Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the new place, then this is the perfect opportunity!

For $25 you’ll get plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres (see menu below) and two signature cocktails from Ashley’s new cookbook, Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner. The ticket doesn’t include a copy of the cookbook but you are welcome to bring your own copy if you’ve already purchased or they will be available to purchase on-site.

Oysters rocka-billy
Ribs w/mustard sorghum sauce
Crab donuts w/piquillo pepper mayo
Pimento cheese finger sandwiches
AC’s deviled eggs
To purchase tickets, click here.