August 2017 Food & Drink Happenings ~ Nashville

Chefs Backstage at Sinema

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
6:30 – 9:30 pm

2600 8th Ave S
Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37204

Cost: $90/person (inclusive of cocktail reception, dinner with pairings, tax & gratuity)

Purchase tickets here. 

In July I attended the first Chefs Backstage dinner at Sinema, and let me just say — it was awesome!! Going in, I didn’t really know what to expect, and it ended up being one of the best and most enjoyable meals I’ve had all year. Grab a friend or your significant other and join in the fun for the second installment of the series this Thursday, August 17th as chefs Pablo Cesares of Cochon Butcher and Bryan Lee Weaver of Butcher & Bee join chef Kyle Patterson of Sinema to serve a Mediterranean inspired meal.

The intimate dinner will take place at a long table in Sinema’s private dining room, with cocktails starting at 6:30 pm, then the seated dinner at 7 pm. Take a gander at the full menu here.


Epicurean Eclipse at Wedge Oak Farm

Monday, August 21st, 2017
11 am – 2:30 pm (Eclipse expected to begin around 1:28 pm)

Wedge Oak Farm
3964 Old Murfreesboro Road West
Lebanon, TN 37090

Cost: $75/person

In case you haven’t heard, on August 21st, we’ll experience a total solar eclipse here in the United States for the first time in 99 years. Nashville just happens to be the largest U.S. city in the eclipse’s path, so naturally we need to have a major viewing party!

The Strategic Hospitality folks are doing it up in a style I can’t refuse with their Epicurean Eclipse at Wedge Oak Farm. My plan to work that day and just pop outside for a few minutes to see the eclipse was thrown out the window the minute I heard about this family style lunch being served by some of our city’s most talented chefs + beverages by Matt Tocco, cocktail slinger extraordinaire.

Participating chefs:

  • Trevor Moran (Formerly of The Catbird Seat)
  • Josh Habiger (Bastion)
  • Brian Baxter (Bastion)
  • Julia Sullivan (Henrietta Red)
  • Caitlyn Jarvis (Henrietta Red)
  • Nick Hertel (Merchants)

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.



Total Eclipse of the Tart Solar Eclipse Party

Monday, August 21st, 2017
11 am – 10 pm (Full eclipse expected at 1:27 pm)

Tailgate Brewery
7300 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: FREE, open to the public & all ages!

Now that it has been announced that Metro schools will be closed on the 21st, those looking for something to do for the whole family should definitely think about heading out to Tailgate Brewery. They have a giant outdoor area that could likely be one of the best best views of the eclipse in the city! Free of charge to get in, and you can grab some pizza and craft beer and settle in for the show. They’ll have solar eclipse glasses available for sale while supplies last, so get there early.

In honor of this momentous occasion, Tailgate even created a special edition beer for the event, the Total Eclipse of the Tart. The apricot kettle sour (4.6% ABV) was brewed and canned at TailGate’s headquarters, and will soon be available in limited quantities on draft and in 16oz cans at both TailGate locations and select craft beer retailers in Nashville.

For more information on the party, visit the Facebook event page.


Secrets of Goo Goo Chocolate Class

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
6 – 7:30 pm

Goo Goo Shop
116 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $85/person

Note: This is a 21 and over experience.

This event is near and dear to my heart, and I wholeheartedly recommend attending. I’ve spent the whole summer working on new chocolate class concepts for the Goo Goo Shop and after much testing, we’re finally launching them to the public! On Tuesday the 29th you’ll have your first opportunity to participate, and I can promise it is loads of fun!

During the “Secrets of Goo Goo” class, you’ll concept and create your very own custom Goo Goo, learn a secret recipe from our Dessert Bar and make a decadent treat to take home with you, plus walk through a guided tasting of wines and chocolate. What’s included in your ticket price:

  • Admission to Secrets of Goo Goo Class
  • Hands-on “Make Your Own Goo Goo” experience (+take home your custom Goo Goo!)
  • Pastry chef instruction and guidance as you make one of our secret recipes from the Dessert Bar (which you also take home!)
  • Pairing education & instruction
  • Guided tasting of 4 delicious wines paired with 4 of our handmade Goo Buttons
  • Light hors d’oeuvres
  • Your very own super cute Goo Goo apron (seen in pic above) to take home!

Great news for my blog readers and friends: I’ve set up a discount code for you to use for this first class! Just visit Eventbrite to purchase your tickets, and enter GOOFRIEND at checkout for $20 off the class price.


Nashville Lifestyles Bartender Bash

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
6 – 8 pm

The George Jones (first floor)
128 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $25

Note: this is a 21+ event.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve likely seen how much fun I’ve had at Bartender Bashes in the past, and this year is sure to be the same, as I’m super excited to judge the competition for the SEVENTH time! Yep, I’ve been on judging duty since 2009, only missing out in 2011 because of a certain someone, and then last year because I had to be in Bentonville, Arkansas for work. (ugh)

This year, twelve of Nashville’s local mixologists will vye for Best Craft Cocktail featuring Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and Cooper’s Craft. Bourbon heaven, people.

This year’s participating restaurants include:

Acme Feed & Seed
American Craft Tavern
Cork and Cow
The George Jones
Gray’s on Main
Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway
Kayne Prime
LA Jackson
Union Station Hotel

Even before I began judging the competition in 2009, I loved attending this event and always encourage everyone I know that enjoys cocktails (and really, who doesn’t?) to buy their tickets early because the event will sell out in advance. So don’t wait, purchase your tickets now! (and come say hello to me there!)