Champagne and Chardonnay

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
6 – 8:30 pm

Home of Kelly Pappas Crockett
6145 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

Cost: $100/person

For tickets, call the Nashville Wine Auction office at 615.329.1760 or visit the website.


A few years ago I was introduced to the Nashville Wine Auction through their $29 and Under event, which I really enjoyed. In the years since, they’ve held other parties that I wanted to attend, but there always seemed to be some conflict with my schedule. But when my friend Vivek (who is now the marketing specialist for NWA) told me about Champagne and Chardonnay, I was pretty excited to see that my calendar was clear on October 3rd and I would actually be able to attend!

This ladies-only event will be held at the beautiful home of Kelly Pappas Crockett and will include - you guessed it-  drinking champagne and chardonnay, noshing on hors d’oeuvres, and even some shopping, all to help fund the fight against cancer.



bottles champagne chardonnay event

Another reason that I am particularly interested in this event is that it’s specifically featuring champagne and chardonnay – two things that I can drink these days. What do I mean by that? Well, some pretty big news that I haven’t yet had a chance to share with you guys is that I’ve discovered I’m allergic to red wine.

I know. Tragic. For those that know me well, you know that I love a good red wine. But, alas, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to taste one again! The pain and suffering I’ve endured after even just a little bit is completely not worth any fleeting pleasure I get from the experience.

Soooo- it’s now white wine and champagne for me from here on out. Since I haven’t spent nearly as much time drinking either of these as I have red wines, I don’t have a favorite or “go to”, but I’m hoping this party will change that. I’m looking forward to sipping, sampling and discovering!





Full disclosure: Recently I was contacted by Harvest Snap‘s agency asking if I’d like a sample kit for review. While I turn down about 95% of the sample products normally offered to me, this one looked interesting. Since it seemed to be an item I might actually purchase to eat in our home in the future, I gladly accepted.

Here’s the background scoop on these: Formerly known as Snapea Crisps, Harvest Snaps just launched new flavors under the Snapea and Lentil varieties. Snapea Crisps are available in four different flavors: Lightly Salted, Caesar, Black Pepper and Wasabi Ranch. Lentil Snaps come in Tomato Basil and Onion Thyme. And yes, I got to sample all 6 of them!



My favorites were the Black Pepper and Caesar Snapea, and the Onion Thyme Lentil. That said, I really liked them all, and while they won’t be replacing real peas and real lentils in our house, I feel better about snacking on these than I do regular chips. Why? Well, the Snapea Crisps are from naturally dried peas, which make up 70% of the product, and the Lentil Snaps are made from 65% Lentils and contain 5g of protein and 13% of your daily fiber. Plus, they’re baked, not fried, and are lower in fat and sodium than most packaged snacks.

Oh, and they passed the toddler test. So on those days when I can’t seem to get Archer to eat any vegetables….I give him these. And he gobbles them up!

What about you? Have you tried any of the Harvest Snaps products before? What’s your favorite?

If you haven’t yet, but want to, use the Find ‘Em tool on their website to find stores near you. They’ve got a sweet deal going on right now too. If you like their Facebook page you can download a coupon for a Buy One Get One Free bag!

Nashville Lifestyles Table Talk


Nashville Lifetyles Table Talk

Sunday, September 22, 2013
6 pm



will update with new date/time when available

F Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar
2210 Crestmoor Rd
Nashville, TN 37215

Cost: $95/person (All Inclusive)

Nashville Lifestyles magazine is introducing a cool new series called Table Talk, where each month they’ll team up with a different restaurant here in town to feature one of a kind menus for a chef-interactive dinner.

The first dinner is coming up next weekend and just so happens to be with one of my favorite Nashville chefs, Kevin Ramquist at F. Scott’s. In case you’ve missed some of my posts on him and his food before, be sure to read this post and this post. I think those will get your mouth watering!

For Table Talk, Kevin will be creating a Head-to-Tail menu and there will be beer and wine pairings to go along with his delicious food. If you’ve never been to F Scott’s before, or haven’t yet experienced Kevin’s food or had the pleasure of meeting him, this is a great opportunity to do so.

Tickets are $95 and include a three-course dinner, hors d’oeuvres, drink pairings, tax and gratuity – the whole shebang! Space is limited, so click here to get your tickets now!

 F Scotts logo


OR….. you can enter my giveaway for TWO FREE TICKETS! And then, if you aren’t the lucky winner of those tickets, you should buy a ticket and go. Don’t even worry if you’re dateless – I’ll be there solo so I’m happy to be your BFF.

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to the winner!

#37 Katy M


To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me about a dining experience you’ve had at F Scott’s or eating Kevin’s food at one of the various events and competitions around town. If you haven’t had either, then just tell me how much you want to do so!

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 “Introducing @NashLifestyles Table Talk at F Scott’s. Win 2 tix ($190 value!) from @betheats!”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like F Scott’s 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 Sunday, September 15th at NOON CST. Once the winner is chosen via, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!


Music City Tippler Mule Variation Instagram

Mule Variation at Music City Tippler

There’s a new kid on the bar scene and this girl is pretty happy about it. The Music City Tippler opened for business a month ago, and while it took me a couple of weeks to make it there for my first visit, I’ve made up for lost time by visiting multiple times each week since!

My first experience with their cocktails was actually while judging the Nashville Lifestyles Bartender Bash. Their bartender, Matt Mindich, wowed us with two of the best drinks of the night. In fact, we awarded him Most Creative Cocktail, and he came very close to getting Best Martini too.

I was so impressed that even though I’d already had 26 cocktails (okay, really just samplings of 26 cocktails!), after the competition was over that night, I insisted we go to the Tippler for a nightcap.



Cracktastic House Made Potato Chips at Music City Tippler

Located in the ground floor of the Adelicia in Midtown, our Tippler is a second location to the original Tippler in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. The layout of the building is well thought out, with different nooks fitting for various occasions – a loft with tabletop shuffleboard and comfy couches, a beautiful main bar and dining room, outdoor patio space, and an intimate downstairs bar that I am already envisioning using for a fun private party. I won’t go into too many details on the decor, as other people have already thoroughly covered that.



Mushroom Pot Pie at Music City Tippler
Oyster, Crimini and White Mushroom Duxelle, Phyllo, Parmesan Cheese

While the cocktails and the bar scene are the main draw for me, the food shouldn’t be dismissed. Although the menu is fairly small, there are a few dishes that I’ve found are really well done and will give me reason to dine here often.

First, the house made potato chips. I’m addicted. This is a bit unusual for me, as I don’t really like potato chips all that much, and most house made chips I’ve eaten are downright bad. Not these. They are like crack. I cannot stop dipping my hand back into that basket!!

Next, the earthy, rich and delicious mushroom pot pie. If you like mushrooms, I think you’ll love this appetizer. While it can be shared, I’d suggest only splitting between two people. If there are more of you than that, you may want to order a couple of them.


Scallops with local Fava Puree, Candied Fennel, and Sage Brown Butter at Music City Tippler

As for the entrees, I’ve personally ordered the salmon with “broccoflower rice”, baby squash, and citrus oregano vinaigrette both times I’ve eaten dinner at the Tippler. I know, I know. Way to be adventurous, Beth! I couldn’t help myself though. It’s really good. The first time I wasn’t sure what to expect of the “rice”, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was thinly shaven broccoflower (somewhat of a cross between broccoli and cauliflower) – absolutely love the texture of it!

I’ve also tried the scallops (pictured above), which have been ordered by my husband and a couple of my friends. Also delicious.



The Tippler’s White and Green Asparagus with Marcona Almonds and Chardonnay Butter

Asparagus and fingerling potatoes have been standout side dishes, and I’ve noticed truffle fries with duck fat on the menu, so gotta get those soon. Peach cobbler and banana cake were favorite desserts. Particularly if you pair them with an after dinner drink….


The Tippler’s Banana Cake with Banana Caramel Sauce, Vanilla Gelato, Cocoa Nib Tuile, Candied Pecans 

On my most recent visit, I asked Bartender Matt to create some sort of coffee concoction to finish off our meal, and as expected, he did not disappoint. He mentioned that this drink, (or at least something similar) may be added to the cocktail menu soon, so be on the lookout!


Coffee Cocktail created by bartender Matt at the Music City Tippler



Music City Tippler

1922 Adelicia St
Nashville, TN 37212

Bar Open
Mon -Sat 5-Close

Full Dining
Mon -Thurs 5-10pm
Fri – Sat 5-11pm

Closed on Sundays



Roasted Cauliflower at Etch with truffled pea pesto, salted almonds and feta crema


Over the past year I haven’t been shy about my love of Etch. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve recommended it to friends, acquaintances and strangers. I’ve written about it here on the blog a couple of times. In fact, I ranked it #1 on my “Top 12 of 2012″ list. Heck, I even wrote about it for a publication in another country- The Guardian in the UK!

So it is only appropriate that I take a moment and wish them a Happy 1 Year Anniversary! And a successful year it has been. So successful that they’ve already seen a need to add more space; an additional 1200 square feet will accommodate more private dining, growing bakery operations, and additional storage.


Etch’s Shortrib Quesadilla with parmesan onion cream, broccoli & poblano on flour tortilla and Yellow Beet, Tomato & Pepper Bisque with tempura shallots & celery essence


This interview with Chef Deb Paquette for Food Arts magazine touches on pretty much all of the reasons I’m completely enamored with this restaurant, so if you have 4 minutes to spare, be sure to take a moment to watch and listen.  In her words, “Eating out is like going on a journey for the day, going on a mini vacation. Give them that piece of somewhere else they’re not going to get somewhere else.” EXACTLY.

In honor of their anniversary, and because I want you to experience that journey that Deb speaks of, I’ve got a little something to share today– a gift certificate for Lunch for Two (2) at Etch!


~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to the winner!

#41 abbyleigh

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about Etch (the butter tasting? the open kitchen? the free valet?)  -OR- if you still haven’t been there yet, check out the menus and tell me what you’d like to order once you do go.

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 “Win a free lunch for two at @etchrestaurant from @betheats!”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Etch 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 Wednesday, September 11th at 9 pm CST. 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 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!



303 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201
(in the Encore)




Voting for this year’s Nashville Scene “Best of Nashville” has been underway for a few weeks now, and hopefully many of you have voted for your favorites! If not, be sure to visit before September 11th, when voting closes.

I think it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway… I would love for you to put Eat. Drink. Smile. in that blank space next to “Best Food Blog”!

Click here to enter your votes now! Note: make sure you enter at least 20 categories or your vote won’t count!


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Yesterday I told you I’d share a few more details on the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival today, so here you go!

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

Schedule of Events

 ’Meet Your Maker’ Dinner with the Cheesemakers
Friday, September 27, 2013
7 pm

Cost:  $85

Tickets for this event must be purchased by Wednesday, September 25; no tickets will be available at the door.

3rd Annual Southern Artisan Cheese Festival
Saturday, September 28, 2013
2:30 – 6 pm
(2 pm – VIP entry)

Historic Neuhoff Building
1315 Adams Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: $45

Each ticket comes with a $5 voucher that can be used toward the purchase of any cheese or artisan food at the festival


VIP ticket: $80

VIP extras include:

  • Early admission to the event (2 pm)
  • $10 voucher
  • Access to VIP area featuring a dedicated bar, extra cheese samples, and additional seating
  • Choice of one of two classes: Cheese 101/Sensory Evaluation with Tim Gaddis (Star Provisions) and Kathryn Spann (Prodigal Farm)  [OR]  Friday afternoon (limited to 35 seats) Basic Cheesemaking/Cooking with Cheese with Deborah Stone (Stone Hollow Farmstead)

Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended, as there are fewer tickets available this year due to the size of the space. Currently 1/3 of the regular admission tickets and over 1/2 of the VIP tickets have already been sold. Don’t miss out! Purchase tickets now at



photo courtesy of


There are a some exciting new additions to the festival this year:

  • ‘Meet Your Maker’ Dinner on Friday night – Your chance to dine with many of the cheesemakers. Chef Tony Galzin (Flyte, Sycamore Nashville) will prepare 4 cheese-centric courses to be shared family style. Wine pairings included. Limited to 70 tickets.
  • On Saturday, there will be a Butter Making station. Butter making!!!  This will be led by Paula Butler of Standing Stone Farms, who will also be selling home cheesemaking kits.
  • Judy Schad of Capriole, considered one of the matriarchs of American artisan cheesemaking, will be joining the festival!
  • The VIP ticket is a bit different this year. There is now a VIP area with seating, a separate bar, and extra cheese samples, and as noted above, VIPs have the opportunity to take a cheesemaking class!

I’m pumped about the new location and all of these additions to the festival. My cheese-lovin’ self can’t wait for the event and I hope to see many of you there!





My awesome friend Kathleen of The Bloomy Rind (the gal who is responsible for creating and organizing this fantastic event) was kind enough to offer up a pair of tickets to the festival for one of my lucky readers!

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to the winner!

#48 Karen L

All you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me about your favorite cheese. A story, a recipe, where you discovered it, whether its stinky or subtle… it doesn’t matter what you tell me, just tell me something!


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 “Cheese. Cheese. More Cheese! Win tickets to the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival from @betheats!” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival 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 Friday, September 6th at 12 NOON CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the names 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!


Golden Harvest Dinner

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
6 pm

The Grange at Green Door Gourmet
7011 River Road Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: $125 for James Beard members, $175 for non-members

Typically my calendar roundups are a listing of events that I’m planning to attend personally (or at least hopeful to). Unfortunately this upcoming James Beard Foundation dinner is one that doesn’t jive with my schedule, and after seeing photos of the space and the menu, I’m soooo sad I can’t make it! Alas, I’m sharing with you in hopes that some of you can go.

Green Door Gourmet, a farm in West Nashville, is hosting the Golden Harvest Dinner, a tribute to honey. “The Grange,” a new-ish upscale event barn on the farm, will be the site of the multi-course, multi-chef affair. Four chefs will create their own course, as well as contribute hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Check out the menu I’m dying over:

golden harvest dinner menu

For more details on the event visit the Green Door Gourmet website.  If you’d like to purchase tickets, simply call (615) 942-7169 or email




Made in Nashville

Saturday, September 14, 2013
11 am – 5 pm

Centennial Park Events Shelter
2500 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE

Have I just been living under a rock that I’d never heard of the Made in Nashville festival before now? Apparently it’s an annual event. Benefiting Tennessee Literacy, it’s a “Celebration of all things local”, and it’s free to get in!

After spending several minutes on their website perusing photos from last year’s event, I’m sold. I’ll definitely be at Centennial Park on the 14th,  shopping, ordering from the food trucks, listening to some live music, and throwing back a few Jackalope brews.  For all the details, check out the Made in Nashville website or follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.



Music City Eats Festival

Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 2013
See website for times

Public Square Park, Downtown Nashville

Cost: 2-day Pass $275, All-in Pass $500

I’ve already written about Music City Eats a couple of times before, but the event is quickly approaching and they recently released the full schedule and line up, so I thought I would remind you again just how AWESOME this is going to be!

A few of you have reached out with questions about the differences between a 2-day pass and an All-in pass, and I think the main site now does a good job of explaining it. Basically, the 2-day pass gets you into all of the daytime events both days. Flavors of Nashville is the name of the tasting/sampling session that runs from 11-4 on Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday.  A complete list of who will be featured each of those days can be  found here.

Celebrity chef demos and panel discussions will also be running simultaneously with Flavors of Nashville, so you can pick and choose what you do throughout the day.

With an All-in pass, you get access to the same daytime events as a 2-day pass, but in addition, the Saturday evening Harvest Dinner and Petty Fest .

To purchase tickets, or for more detailed information, visit the Music City Eats website.



Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

Saturday, September 28, 2013
2:30 – 6 pm

Historic Neuhoff Building (Garage)
1315 Adams Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: $45 (or $80 for VIP ticket)

With over 50 cheesemakers, food artisans and craft brewers sampling 150+ delicious products, the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival is nothing short of paradise.

Stinky cheeses, nutty cheeses. Hard and soft cheeses. It will quite likely be the widest assortment of cheese styles under one roof  that you’ve ever seen before. Add some cured meats, breads, crackers, pickles, preserves, jams, and chocolates, and you’ve got the makings of one fantastic party!

Stayed tuned tomorrow for even more details from me about the Southern Artisan Cheese Fest and a giveaway! In the meantime, you can visit for more info and to purchase tickets.