Okay you guys, you know I very rarely mention movies on my blog. Like, I’m thinking I may have blogged about 3 or 4 movies over the past 6 years and I’m pretty certain they’ve all been food focused documentaries.

Well, this is no documentary. But it’s about food. Actually, it’s about a chef. And that chef is played by Bradley Cooper. Enough said?

Burnt releases October 23rd. Who wants to go with me?!?


Les-DamesLast year I was absolutely honored and thrilled to accept an invitation as a founding member of the newest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier Interanational here in Nashville.

In case you’ve never heard of it, Les Dames is an international organization (501c3) of women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality professions. The goal of the membership (1900 members in 30 chapters in the U.S., U.K, and Canada) is to create a supportive culture in their respective communities and provide leadership and educational opportunities, as well as host philanthropic events.

Well, next week we’re throwing our first major fundraiser here in Nashville and it is going to be awesome!


carla and maneet

One of the newest dames in the Nashville chapter, Chef Maneet Chauhan (of Chopped fame) will host the fundraiser at her restaurant, Chauhan Ale & Masala House. We also welcome a very special guest, fellow dame and Nashville native, Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew.”

Guests will enjoy a special menu of cocktails and dinner prepared by these lovely ladies in addition to lively conversation with them. And as someone who has chatted with them both on a few occasions, I can assure you, it will definitely be lively! Not only are they both blessed with incredible culinary talents, but they also have personality +!


SPICE IT UP! Les Dames Nashville Scholarship Fund Benefit Dinner


Sunday, September 20th, 2015
5 pm – 6:30 pm: Cocktails
6 pm – 8:30pm: Dinner and Conversation


Chauhan Ale & Masala House
123 12th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203


Chef Maneet Chauhan, Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Carla Hall, ABC’s “The Chew”
Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville
and YOU!

Tickets, available for purchase here, are $150 for cocktails and dinner and $30 for cocktails only. The event will also feature a silent auction including valuable items such as fine wines, restaurant gift certificates, collectibles, and culinary equipment.

Funds raised from this event will go toward culinary scholarships for women in Middle Tennessee as well as benefit community organizations and projects that further the mission of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.



 photo courtesy of Cooks & Soldiers FB page

You may remember that earlier in the summer I visited Atlanta for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival  with my good friend Lisa. This is one trip I look forward to every year, because even though it’s technically work, we have plenty of time to play as well! And I must say, Lisa is the perfect traveling companion, as she’s an adventurous and voracious eater like me.

When I was researching Atlanta restaurants, there were several that looked great, but many that didn’t look very different from what Nashville has to offer, so that made it pretty easy to narrow down our choices. I was determined to eat a meal that I couldn’t find here at home, and we did just that. Cooks & Soldiers is a new-ish (opened very late 2014) Basque restaurant on the Westside.



Caña Klasikoa at Cooks & Soldiers, Atlanta
Goat cheese, roasted tomato, green pepper, shallot jam, pistachio


Spain’s Basque region is located on the northern seacoast near France. As you know, I just got back from a vacation to France and Spain, so this area was one that I’d already done a bit of research on when planning our upcoming trip. From what I understand, the area is known for pintxos — not tapas. Of course, I’ll be completely honest and admit that I am not an expert in pintxos vs tapas, but if you’re interested in learning more, you can see what this guy has to say. The one thing I do know is that I absolutely love Spanish food and the way almost everything is served in small bites, or in a manner that is meant to be shared.

At Cooks & Soldiers, their menu is broken into 4 parts: pintxos tradicionales (toasts), pintxos especiales (small plates), main plates from the asador (grill), and side dishes.

Naturally we started at the top with the pintxos tradicionales, ordering the Caña Klasikoa and the Huevos y Gambas. The latter, cucumber gribiche and cured rock shrimp on toast, was great but paled in comparison to the Caña Klasikoa, which was goat cheese, roasted tomato, green pepper, shallot jam and pistachio. This toast still haunts me in my dreams.



Cooks & Soldiers’ Hamachi Crudo
Thinly sliced hamachi, mango carpaccio, coconut, lime, Yuzukosho

Toward the end of our meal that evening, we both decided we couldn’t leave the restaurant without having another order of Caña Klasikoa. Oh my goodness. After taking a quick peek at their menu just now, I’m happy to report that they are still on the menu, so I hope they stay there forever because the next time I’m in town, I must have some!

Before I go further, I must apologize for the not-so-great quality of all of these photos. We dined after dark on the patio, with just a small candle as our only source of light. On top of that, I only had my iphone with me, not my better camera that can sometimes pull off a few decent quality shots in dim lighting. Please believe me when I say that all of the dishes looked soooo much prettier in person than they do here.



Pulpo at Cooks & Soldiers, Atlanta
Grilled Mediterranean octopus, chickpeas, chorizo, cracked olives, orange, smoked Marcona almonds


After the toasts, we moved on to the small plates and the grill, devouring hamachi crudo, pulpo, and veal cheeks -all really flavorful and unique. At this point we were satiated, but not stuffed, which is exactly how it should be after a great meal. Of course, while I was no longer hungry, per usual, I still wanted a little something sweet.

We looked over the dessert menu, but nothing was really calling to us, so we decided to revisit the pintxos especiales section, as there was a dish there that caught our eye earlier. While we both love beets, we’d skipped the ‘Beets & Peaches’ in favor of meatier things for dinner.


Cooks & Soldiers’ Beets and Peaches
Grated red beets, grilled peaches, raspberry, pistachio, house ricotta

This dish was absolutely the perfect ending to this incredible meal. The textures and flavors of grated beets, grilled peaches, raspberries, pistachio and housemade ricotta had our palates singing. Lisa was so enamored that she analyzed every single bite she took, trying to memorize every aspect in hopes of recreating it at home. Truly fantastic.

Above I shared two photos of the dish – mine taken with my iphone and one from Cooks & Soldiers Instagram account (on right). Amazing what a little light, a white bowl and a good camera will do!


Seven Are One cocktail at Cooks & Soldiers, Atlanta

Oh, and I almost forgot! How could I forget?? I had one of the best cocktails EVER — the Seven Are One, a mixture of gin, lime juice, simple syrup, cherry tomatoes, basil and salt. Wow. I may have had a couple. Or three. Who’s counting?


Cooks & Soldiers

691 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 996-2623

Twitter: @cooksatl
Instagram: @cooksatl
Facebook: cooksandsoldiers


Sun-Wed 5 – 10pm
Thurs 5 – 11 pm
Fri & Sat  5 pm – midnight
Bar open until 2 am


Last week I shared a whole list of happenings for September, one of which was the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival. In case you missed that post, here are the details:

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
3 – 6 pm

Rocketown (great new venue for the fest this year!)
601 Fourth Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $55
$80 VIP

Purchase tickets here.

The $55 general admission ticket includes unlimited cheese and artisan food sampling, wine and beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, an insulated tote bag, and a $5 voucher towards any cheese purchase.

The $80 VIP tickets will get you into the event one hour early (at 2pm), all of the other things I listed above, plus access to the VIP area, and a $10 voucher towards the purchase of cheese or artisan foods available at the festival (vs a $5 voucher with general admission).

Now for the really fun part. I’m back today not only to remind you of all that, but to give some things away!! See these cute aprons below? You can win one. AND you can win a pair of tickets to the fest!




That’s right, 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 AND one of these aprons for one of my lucky readers!


Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#28 Susan Williams

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me what cheesemaker or artisan food vendor you’re most excited to meet and/or sample. You can click on this link to see a list of everyone that will be there.


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! http://bit.ly/1UrErqT” 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 Wednesday, September 9th at 12 NOON CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. You must respond within 24 hours or I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

Voting for this year’s Nashville Scene “Best of Nashville” has been underway for a couple of weeks now, and the deadline is fast approaching! Voting ends on September 4th, so be sure to head on over there and cast votes for your favorites as soon as possible.

I’m not one to beg, but just so you know, I’d love it if you wrote Eat. Drink. Smile. in that blank space next to “Best Food Blog” in the Media section! This year there’s also a “Best Candy Store” category (I think it’s new???), and since I’ve been working my butt off for the past year on the Goo Goo Shop downtown, I’d also be ever so appreciative if you voted for it in that category.

Click here to choose your favorites, and please note: make sure you enter at least 20 categories or your vote won’t count.


InterNASHional Food Crawl

Saturday, September 5th, 2015
12 – 4 pm

~ Venue change!~

Plaza Mariachi
3955 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211

Cost: $10 General admission
$30 for VIP

I’m so excited to have purchased my tickets for this year’s InterNASHional Food Crawl, as this is the first time during the 3 years of its existence that I’ve had a clear schedule and am able to go!

The crawl explores a 5‐mile span of Nashville’s international corridor, Nolensville Road, and participants are able to try delicious foods from around the world– Mexico, India, Thailand, the Middle East and many more. This year the Food Crawl will feature more than 15 ethnic restaurants and markets, with different ticket holders visiting different combinations of locations.

For just $10, you’ll receive a wristband and map of 6-10 participating restaurants/markets that will offer samples of foods and beverages that represent their cultures. Note that with the $10 ticket option, you’ll be using your own vehicle to visit the different locations.

If you’d rather be transported around, then the new VIP ticket may be a better choice for you. VIP participants will ride a charter bus from site to site, and have a tour guide as well as drinks. The VIP tours are at noon and 2 pm.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.



Made South Supper & Songwriters

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
6 – 10 pm

Carnton Plantation
1345 Eastern Flank Circle
Franklin, TN 37064

21+ event

Cost: $297 per guest  (includes a ticket to Saturday’s Market)
*10% off with promo code: betheats

Made South has put together a full weekend of food, drinks, shopping, and fun down in Franklin September 10th-12th. The first event is Supper & Songwriters at Carnton Plantation. The evening will feature handcrafted cocktails from Donner-Peltier Distillers, small bites from Carey Bringle (aka Peg Leg Porker) and a four-course supper by Chefs Hal Holden-Bache, Brandon Frohne, Audra Dykes, and Trey Cioccia.

Three of Nashville’s best songwriters will play their biggest hits and tell stories about writing songs for Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Eric Church and more.


Made South BBQ & Bourbon Market Preview

Friday, September 11th, 2015
6 – 10 pm

Harlinsdale Farm
239 Franklin Rd
Franklin, TN 37064

Cost: $197 per guest
*10% off with promo code: betheats

The launch of MADE SOUTH Market will kick off with a feast by Martin’s Bar-B-Que and some delicious handcrafted cocktails using three different bourbons from Buffalo Trace Distillery. After supper the market will be unveiled and guests will be able to enjoy three hours of early-access shopping.


Made South Market

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
10 am – 5 pm

Harlinsdale Farm
239 Franklin Rd
Franklin, TN 37064

$17 per guest in advance
$20 at the door

*10% off with promo code: betheats

Children 10 and under free

MADE SOUTH Market will feature beautiful, handmade goods from 80 of the finest makers & artisans from all over the South, plus delicious food and live music.

For more information on all of the events, a list of makers at the market, and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

10% of the profits from all three events will benefit the new Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Programs at Williamson Medical Center.

*The discount code is case sensitive so make sure you type it all in lower case. The code will be good for 10% off any and all tickets sales until the event sells out.




Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
3 – 6 pm

601 Fourth Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $55
$80 VIP

Where has the time gone? I can’t believe it has already been 5 years since my friend Kathleen of The Bloomy Rind launched the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival. If you love cheese, then you certainly do not want to miss this event!

The $55 general admission ticket includes unlimited cheese and artisan food sampling, wine and beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, an insulated tote bag, and a $5 voucher towards any cheese purchase.

The $80 VIP tickets will get you into the event one hour early (at 2pm), all of the other things I listed above, plus access to the VIP area, and a $10 voucher towards the purchase of cheese or artisan foods available at the festival (vs a $5 voucher with general admission).

Purchase tickets here and be sure to check out the ticket information page for cheese-y etiquette.



Eat Green for Tennessee

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

This year, Eat Green for Tennessee is bigger than ever, doubling the number of participating restaurants and expanding to Chattanooga! For the 3rd year, all of the restaurants will be donating a percentage of their food sales for this one day to the Land Trust for Tennessee.

All you have to do is go out to eat at one of these awesome places and you will be helping to protect our greenspaces. Easy, right?

For more information and a list of participating restaurants in both cities, visit the Land Trust website or the event FB page.




Bourbon and The Butcher

Friday, September 18th, 2015
8 – 10 pm

Cochon Butcher
1120 4th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37210

Cost: $50

In case you haven’t heard, Cochon Butcher will be opening here in Nashville very soon (in Germantown to be exact).  Come check it out for what could be the first time, raise a glass of booze from Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and feast on some of Chef Levon Wallace’s house-made meats at this event hosted by Local Palate magazine.

Visit the event page for more information and to purchase tickets.



Music City Food + Wine

Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase
Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th, 2015
11 am – 4 pm
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Harvest Night
Saturday, September 19th
7 – 11 pm
Walk of Fame Park

Cost: 1-day Pass $150
All-in 2 day Pass $500
Harvest Night Only $225

Last, but certainly not least, Music City Food + Wine is less than a month away!!! This will be the third year for the event, and I am fairly confident it will be the best one yet. If you want to see what the past two years have been like, check out my recap from 2013 here and from 2014 here.

For this year’s full schedule, click here and to see what talent (celebrities!) to expect, click here. Celebrity chef demos and panel discussions run simultaneously with Grand Taste, so you can flit back and forth between food stations and tents, and never feel like you’re missing out on anything. So looking forward to this weekend and hope to see some of you there!

To purchase tickets, or for more detailed information, visit the Music City Food + Wine website.







2600 Franklin Pike
Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37204


Sinema Market Menu

It’s no secret that one of my favorite restaurants in town is Sinema. I love their dinner, I love their brunch, I love their staircase, I love their cocktails, I love their lounge. Heck, I even love the ladies room. They’re always introducing something new and interesting, so there’s never a dull moment.

Which leads me to why I’m here today. Sinema’s Chef Dale Levitski has partnered with several Tennessee farmers and purveyors to utilize the bounty of seasonal ingredients with a weekly Market Menu, a 3-course fixed meal offered at one price ($39-45 per person depending on the menu). Wine pairings are also available for an additional $20 per person. The menus that have been served so far look delicious. See for yourself:

Menu 1

1st: Ceviche – salmon, fried okra, tomatoes, peaches, wasabi creme fraiche

2nd: Duck- smoked and seared duck breast, herbed farro, sweet pea smash, ras el hanout

3rd: Peaches & Cream Puff – peaches, blueberries, white chocolate, chantilly

Menu 2

1st: Skirt Steak Salad – Skirt Steak, Tomatoes, Peaches, Hibiscus Vinaigrette, Asian Pickle, Radish

2nd: Shrimp Primavera – Shrimp Scampi, Ramp Pesto, Zucchini & Squash Ribbons, Asparagus, Green & White Eggplant, Oven Goat Cheese

3rd: Sweet Potato S’mores – Sweet Potato Pie, Toasted Marshmallows, Milk Chocolate, Cherries

Farms and purveyors used in the Market Menu include: Fresh & Local Nashville, Delvin Farms, Hill and Hollow Farms, Bloomsbury Farms, Fisher Orchards, The Country Barn, Hopkins Farm, Hughes Farm, Green Door Gourmet, Greener Roots, CC Gardens and Tomato Tomato.

This special runs in Sinema’s dining room every Monday – Thursday, so be sure to get in there one weeknight soon to check it out!



Punch & Swizzle

Did I mention I love their cocktails and their lounge? I thought so.

In addition to the Market Menu, Sinema has also just introduced Punch & Swizzle! Running every Wednesday all summer, open to close, Punch & Swizzle features $6 cocktails with seasonal flavors ideal for escaping the brutal heat and humidity of our Southern summer.

Not just a cute name for the series, punch and swizzle are actually types of drinks that both predate the cocktail. A little history lesson for you: “Swizzle is an island cocktail that originated in the Caribbean, made popular by the famous Trader Vic. The ingredients are combined with an abundance of crushed ice and blended with a swizzle stick. Punches were created by British settlers in the 17th century as they found exotic ingredients during their travels, like rum, citrus and spices.” Pretty cool, huh?

Here’s a sample Punch & Swizzle menu for you:

Punch of the Day – A fresh, seasonal surprise

Revere the Punch – Plantation Rum, Olorosso Sherry, House Falernum, Tropical Rooibos Tea, Lime

Rock Island Park Swizzle – Eldorado 5, Grilled Pineapple, Mint, Lime, House Falernum Absinthe, Peychauds Bitters

The Old Man And The Sea – Broker’s Gin, Eldorado 12, Lime, 5 Spice Island Syrup, Spiced Cherry Bitters

Kissed From a Rose – Gosling Black Seal, Hibiscus, Lemon, Ginger Syrup, Pimento Bitters




Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#11 Anna Owen

Now for the most exciting part of this post — I’ve got a giveaway for you! One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Sinema that you can use for the Market Menu or Punch & Swizzle!

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me how you think you’ll spend the $50. Will you check out the new Market Menu for dinner? Or will you grab a friend and head to the lounge to get your drink on at Punch & Swizzle?

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 Market Menu and Punch & Swizzle! Enter to win a @sinemanashville $50 gift card from @betheats! http://bit.ly/1HS1mz9”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Like Sinema 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, August 21st at Noon CT. 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!



The USBG Nashville Chapter kicked off of an AFROHEAD rum 6-week Unscripted Bartender Series a couple of weeks back, but since I was in the midst of traveling, it completely slipped past my radar.

But, now I know about it, so I will be checking it out soon! Each Tuesday through September 8, a guest bartender will create four unique cocktails at Amari, and at least one of those cocktails will include a secret ingredient presented to the bartender that week.

The evening is interactive, where guests get to watch the bartender create a variety of cocktails throughout the hours. The AFROHEAD cocktails will be specially priced at $9 from 8 pm – 12 am.




Guest Bartenders remaining in the series are:

August 18th: Caleb Kimbley, Sinema
August 25th: Andy Knight, Urban Grub
September 1st: Ryan Yamada, Embers Ski Lodge
September 8th: Jordy Sadler, Union Common

(Sorry I didn’t announce this before Will Schultz from Amari and Jared Denham from Pinewood Social had their nights on 8/4 and 8/11!)

I love AFROHEAD Rum, and I’m ashamed to say that I have not yet been to Amari since it opened in February, even though it’s less than 2 miles from my house! This will be corrected soon. Like, on Tuesday. Hope to see some of you there!


2121 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212