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Eeeep! This just happened. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke….at least I hope not ;-)

Thank you Southern Living for listing me as one of the “Bloggers You Should Be Following in 2016“!!!

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The Triple Sip

Friday, April 1, 2016
6-9 pm

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

Cost: $60 in advance, $70 at the door

21+ only

The Triple Sip (formerly known as d’Vine Selections), a wine, beer and spirits tasting fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, is happening this Friday at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. The evening will feature music by jazz musician Denny Jiosa, hors d’oeuvres courtesy of local restaurants, and a silent auction featuring trips, collectibles, event tickets, dinners, and more.

Additional information regarding tickets, sponsorship and donations is available at www.rmhcnashville.com.

 

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Biryani and Beer

Sunday, April 3, 2016
8 pm

Family Wash
626A Main St
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: $25 per person

My friend Vivek of VEA Supper Club is at it again, this time with biryani, which he describes as one of the great dishes of India, and one of his favorites dishes of all time. “At its heart, it is a beautiful dish of aromatic basmati rice that is layered with flavorful, spiced meat or vegetables. In India, there are many versions of biryani depending on where you are. Variables can include cuts of meat (chicken, goat, lamb and egg), the type of rice, different spice mixtures or add-ins, like cashews or raisins.”

His version for this Sunday’s dinner is inspired by many different biryani experiences, making it one that you do not want to miss!

There are two seatings, but note that the 6 pm seating is already sold out, so I would advise that you jump on the 8 pm seating as quickly as you can before it sells out too! To purchase tickets, click here.

MENU

Onion Bhajiyas
Cilantro Chutney, Nigella

Chicken Biryani
Spiced Chicken, Aromatic Basmati Rice, Saffron
Served with:
Chicken Masala, Naan, Kachumber Salad, Yogurt

Apple Cardamom Ginger Handpies
with Lyndi Stein, Littlest Love

*Vegetarian options are available (cauliflower biryani). Just drop a note when you buy your tickets.

 

 

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Beer & Cheese

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Jackalope Brewery
701 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Jackalope Brewing Company and The Bloomy Rind are coming together once again to benefit a great cause, the Tennessee Respite Coalition. This organization helps family caregivers (people who spend much of their time caring for family members in need such as parents with Alzheimer’s, spouses with Parkinson’s or children with special needs) by giving them much-needed time off.

As my own family has faced a situation in the past, and is facing another one in the future where an organization like this could greatly relieve some stress, this is near and dear to my heart and I would love to see them raise lots of money. Your $25 will get you unlimited samples of the beer and cheese pairings selected by Jackalope and Bloomy Rind, so come join me in eating some delicious cheese, drinking some fantastic beer, and know that you’re helping some families that will be forever grateful.

To order your tickets click here and to learn more about this nonprofit, visit www.tnrespite.org.

 

 

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Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival

Thursday, April 28th – Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Pavilion East

Cost: $85 All Access Pass, various pricing for individual events

Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival, created by PourTaste‘s Jon and Lindsay Yeager, is a multi-day celebration showcasing Nashville’s rising cocktail culture. Below is an outline of the various events and their respective dates/times. For more specific information on each, including cost, be sure to visit Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival.

4/28  6:30 – 9 pm
Bluegrass & Bourbon

4/29  6:30 – 9 pm
Shandy Social

4/30  10:30 am – noon
The Bloody Mary Experience

4/30  12 – 4 pm
Tennessee Distillers Showcase

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Happy #PiDay everyone! In honor of this special day, I’m sharing a roundup of my absolute favorite pie recipes! (clockwise)

Lisa Donovan’s Buttermilk Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie with Coconut Graham Cracker Crust

Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

Walnut Pumpkin Pie

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Tequila and Tupperware for Nashville Grown

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
6:30 pm

Acme Feed & Seed
101 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $48 – $98

21+ only

I’ve been to exactly two Tupperware parties in my life. One with my mother when I was a small child, and another in young adulthood when I was starting to outfit my first “real” place. I’m pretty certain that neither of those experiences were anything like what’s going to be happening at Acme Feed & Seed this week to benefit Nashville Grown.  Tequila, comedy, drag, trivia, and delicious food — I’d probably own a lot more Tupperware if all Tupperware parties sounded this fun!

Dee W. Ieye is apparently one of the nation’s hottest Tupperware sales ladies, and this will be her first visit to Nashville. I have a feeling Nashville isn’t going to know what hit ‘em! Doors open at 6:30 pm and Dee’s show starts at 7:15 pm.

Admission includes tickets redeemable for: tequila, locally-brewed beverages, trivia games and raffle prizes. Food and drink sponsors: Acme Feed & Seed, Herradura, El Jimador, Bud’s Liquor & Wine, Husk, Rolf & Daughters, Sloco, Treehouse, Butchertown Hall, Silo, Wild Cow, Crepe A Diem, Two Goats Garden Food Truck, Wolfe Gourmet Cakes, Le Macaron, Jess Rice and Chef Tony Galzin.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

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Sprinkles Cupcake Madness

Tuesday, March 15th – Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Sprinkles Cupcakes
2606 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204

While I’ll admit that I’m not a huge sports fan, I do enjoy basketball and March Madness. But you know what other madness I can really get behind? Any kind of madness involving food! 12South’s Sprinkles Cupcakes is putting together Cupcake Madness, March 15-31, and I’m getting in on the action.

Fans will be asked to decide whether they’re Team Vanilla Milk Chocolate or Team Swirl by voting which new flavor they like best at the bakery and Cupcake ATM on 12 South. The winning cupcake will then receive a permanent spot on the Sprinkles menu. Personally, I think I’m leaning Team Swirl, but I could be swayed… What team are you on? To have your say in the winner, all you have to do is go by the shop or the cupcake ATM and purchase one of these flavors. Each purchase scores that flavor a point!

 

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Tennessee Flavors

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
5:30 – 8:30 pm

Nashville State Community College Main Campus
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: $69.24 for Standard ticket or $174.24 for VIP

Over 75 of Nashville’s top restaurants, food and beverage artisans will gather next week at Tennessee Flavors to support the Nashville State Community College Foundation. This will be the 5th year for the event, and it looks as though it’s going to be the best one yet. Not only is the list of participants incredible, but it’s being held in Nashville State Community College’s beautiful new humanities building.

There are standard tasting tickets, or you can get all fancy and sign up for the VIP experience that allows you to arrive 30 minutes before the doors open, and access a private lounge area with additional food and beverage offerings. To purchase tickets, click here.

Before you run off to do that, you might want to try your luck at my giveaway though! That’s right, the generous folks at Tennessee Flavors have been kind enough to offer up two free tickets for one of my readers.

 

~Giveaway~

Contest Closed

The Winner is….

Becca P/rjp03d (Instagram)

 

To enter, all you have to do is this:

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me whose food or drink you’re most eager to try at this year’s Tennessee Flavors! Click here for a list of participants.

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 “Tennessee Flavors is next week and @betheats has 2 tickets to give away! http://bit.ly/1Qn7EzE”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Follow me (@betheats) and Tennessee Flavors (@tnflavors) on Instagram and leave a comment on my latest Instagram post, tagging a friend to alert them of this giveaway.

 

Contest ends on Wednesday, March 2nd at midnight. 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 24 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

 

 

 

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 Pour Over Night cocktail at Steadfast Commons
Steadfast coffee liqueur, pisco, and heavy cream

 

Up until now, there has only been one spot in town where I’ve been able to satisfy my coffee addiction, my cocktail needs, and have a business meeting all at once — Pinewood Social. A few years ago I discovered my love of coffee cocktails (I think perhaps The Patterson House was where it all began), but it was difficult to find them on menus. Believe me, I tried. The fact that Pinewood has at least two coffee cocktails on the menu at all times is enough to keep me coming back again and again.

But now I’m happy to announce that there’s a new option that satisfies all of my needs and I’m obsessed! When I heard about Steadfast Coffee‘s plans to open a new spot downtown that served coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND cocktails, I was over the moon excited.

 

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Steadfast Commons dining area
photo credit: Mikaela Hamilton Steinwedell

 

Already a big fan of the original Steadfast Coffee in Germantown, I could not believe my luck that their new place was opening in the bottom floor of the Encore building at the corner of Demonbreun and 3rd Avenue South.

This is less than a block from my part-time office! It takes me 2 minutes to walk there. TWO minutes!!!

 

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Samples of Celeriac Salad at Steadfast Commons
apple, celery, pecans, cheddar, olive oil and lemon juice
photo credit: Mikaela Hamilton Steinwedell

 

The new Steadfast Commons is a 60-seat coffee shop, restaurant and cocktail bar that is open 7 days a week from the morning hours until late night, and I’ve already been in a few times since it opened a month ago.

My first visit was in late January for a media preview of the menu, so I was able to sample several food and drink items. Since then, I’ve been in on my own for coffee, lunch and cocktails. In fact, I’m planning to go there again today for lunch (and likely sneak in a midday cocktail).
 
The menu features Steadfast roasts (more on that in a moment), teas, pastries and lunch items during the day, and then in the evening transitions to a dinner and cocktail-focused menu. Some of my favorite food items are the Celeriac Salad, Roasted Fall Vegetables, Duck (dinner) and the Savory Porridge, which is creamy polenta with confit mushrooms, ricotta, spinach and garlic + a poached farm egg. Sooo good.

 

 

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photo credit: Mikaela Hamilton Steinwedell

 

So who’s behind this fantastic new concept and one of my favorite coffee spots in town? Three coffee-industry friends: Nathanael Mehrens, Sean Stewart and Jamie Cunningham. In June 2015, the trio opened their first brick-and-mortar, Steadfast Coffee, in Germantown. Immediately I became enamored with their coffee soda and have since spent many hours there working and getting caffeinated up.

In September, they launched their roasting company, where they craft seven single origin coffees and one decaf. These roasts are served at their Steadfast locations, and in my opinion, is some of the absolute best coffee I’ve had.

 

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 Venn diagram in Steadfast Commons menu used to illustrate how the cocktail flavors are balanced. Genius!

 

They had the coffee part perfected, but when it came time to work on the bar offerings for Steadfast Commons, they enlisted cocktail consultant Troy Sidle, a veteran of the Chicago and NYC cocktail scenes (Pouring Ribbons, The Violet Hour), to help design a unique libattions menu. Wow you guys. I am seriously blown away by this cocktail program!

After visiting a couple of times on my own, I decided I had to take my husband there to try it out because he appreciates a good drink as much as I do. For our Valentine’s Day date that wasn’t on Valentine’s Day (because I refuse to go out ON V-day), we bellied up to the bar and knocked back a few. Truly there was not a single cocktail that we didn’t thoroughly enjoy.

There are still LOTS left to conquer on the menu though, as they have a pretty extensive offering. No worries. I have no problem taking it upon myself to continue the ‘research’. Conquer I will.

 

 

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The Wolfpack Coffee Cocktail at Steadfast Commons
Matchless Coffee Soda, Ramozzotti, mint, orange peel, nutmeg

 

I’m almost a little hesitant to hit publish on this post, because I kind of like that this place feels like my own little secret right now. I have absolutely no doubt that before long it will become a top destination in Nashville and start showing up on all the lists. In the meantime, I’ll get in as many visits as I can before there’s a line out the door I have to contend with.

I suggest you do the same.

 

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 photo credit: Mikaela Hamilton Steinwedell

 

 

Steadfast Commons

299 Demonbreun St
Nashville, TN 37201

Hours
M – F 7 am – 3 pm; 5pm – 1 am
Sat 8 am – 3 pm; 5 pm – 1 am
Sun 8 am – 3 pm; 5 pm – midnight

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photo from Butcher & Bee Facebook page

 

First, let me say that if you’re on my email list, I’m sorry you’re seeing this lovely photo and title for the second time in less than 24 hours. Late last night I started writing this post and somehow managed to completely screw up and publish the draft. And not just that, but I deleted much of what I had written before publishing (including photos) plus completely botched a copy and paste. And no, I had not been drinking!

Long story, but in an attempt to copy my own personal comments I’d left on my friend Lesley’s post over on Bites, I accidentally copied way more than that, and when deleting the excess, I think I hit a series of shortcut keys that published. Ugh. Who knows? Dang technology. So, long story short, you got a little excerpt of Lesley’s First Bite: Butcher & Bee experience if you received that email last night! Be sure to hop over to Bites to read all that she had to say, plus the comments that others left there, because it definitely could aid you in ordering when you visit Butcher & Bee.

 

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YOU GOTTA BURRATA at Butcher & Bee, Nashville
Blood orange, peanut granola, grapefruit, sesame vin

 

Now, to tell you about my experiences! I’ve eaten at Butcher and Bee five times in five weeks (it has been open about 7 weeks) and I’m heading there again for dinner later this week. I think you could say I like it.

I’ve tried over a dozen dishes from the menu at this point, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed almost every single thing I’ve eaten. Of course, there are a few dishes that I’ve repeated ordering on each visit, and some that I’ve ordered two of in one sitting. (Hello kale salad, fire roasted carrots and blistered leeks!) Surprisingly, almost everything has been vegetarian! You know I’m a meat eater, but I do greatly appreciate vegetables done right, and Butcher & Bee is doing just that.

 

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KALE SLAW FTW
Peanuts, benne, soy

photo from Butcher & Bee Nashville Instagram

 

They also have their menu set up in just the way I like to eat… small plates to share. I always go for the 4 Mezzes to start for $16, then add larger plates until I can’t eat any more. If there are 4 of you dining, you’re probably going to want to order several more things from other sections of the menu. If there are only two of you, you could probably get away with ordering just a couple more items from the “fun stuff” category. There is a “sandwiches” section too, but I can’t really speak to those since I’ve only tried one and can’t say that I would recommend.

You know I’m not one to talk much about things I don’t like, but I guess I’ll put this out there and then you can make your own choices. Apparently the Pulled Squash Sandwich was named one of the best sandwiches in the country, so some really important people must like it. Not me. That said, two of my dining partners on that particular evening did enjoy it. But, like me, they didn’t really understand why it’s called “pulled squash” since the butternut squash was just sliced thin and piled on bread, and didn’t really resemble the taste or texture of bbq at all. (Which we thought was supposed to be the point, but maybe it wasn’t??)

 

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LET’S START WITH A SOUP
Roasted butternut squash soup, parmesan, bay leaf milk

photo from Butcher & Bee Nashville Instagram

On the other hand, there is another preparation of butternut squash on the menu that BLEW ME AWAY. “Let’s Start with a Soup” is not even really what I consider soup, but that doesn’t matter in the least. This butternut squash “soup” was more like a bruleed custard and paired with the Parmesan, it had this really interesting savory sweet thing happening.

I’ve only had it once, and we split it four ways that night. While I absolutely loved it, I’m not sure I could eat an entire bowl of it by myself because it’s pretty rich, but I will certainly be happy sharing it with others time and time again!

 

 

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HOT POTATOES
Sweet potatoes, red wine vinegar glaze, pickled chilies

I guess I should mention that the menu is constantly changing, so while I highly recommend all of these dishes I’m mentioning and/or picturing, you might not be able to get them all. Sorry! Just key an eye an out and maybe they’ll bring some back if they aren’t on there when you go.

 

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TIGER-STYLE BRUSSELS
Brussels + fish sauce ain’t nothing to F with

Pretty sure you don’t have to worry about the brussels sprouts going anywhere there, because I think half this town is addicted to them. I’ll be honest in that I wasn’t completely blown away by them my first time, but I think there are a couple of good reasons for that. 1) Too much hype. I’d seen a bazillion Instagram posts and Tweets about them, so I thought they were going to turn my world upside down. 2) No one explained the proper technique for eating these brussels sprouts and apparently that’s very important.

Thankfully, even though my world wasn’t rocked by them on my first visit, I ordered them again on my next visit and this time an in-the-know friend was with me to share a tip — stir those babies up to get all the good sauce that’s on the bottom! Um, wow. HUGE difference! They really are really awesome, and maybe my world didn’t flip upside down, but it did go a little sideways.

 

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FIRE ROASTED CARROTS at Butcher & Bee Nashville

There’s one thing absent from this post that you’d typically see me covering– can you guess what it is?

Cocktails! One of my New Year’s resolutions was to give up alcohol for the month of January, and since all of my visits to Butcher & Bee thus far took place in January, well, I haven’t yet had a chance to sample their drinks. But don’t you worry, now that it’s February, I’ll get on that right away. In the meantime, if you have recommendations, feel free to send them my way!

 

Butcher & Bee Nashville

902 Main Street
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 226-3322

Lunch 11 am – 2 pm Mon – Fri
Dinner 5 pm – midnight Every Day
Extended Hours midnight – 2 am Fri and Sat

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Love. It’s a word that shouldn’t be thrown around lightly. When it comes to restaurants, I’m very careful about using that term, as there actually aren’t a lot of places I truly LOVE. However, when I do, I’m not shy about it.

I love Sinema. Most of you probably aren’t shocked by that news. I’ve written about this place probably more than any other restaurant in town, and here I am today writing about it again because if there is one spot I’d recommend above all others for Valentine’s Day dinner with your sweetie, this would be it. The menus they’re offering look to-die-for, and well, the space is just gorgeous and sexy, and perfect for a romantic date night.

Important to note: for their Valentine’s dinners (Saturday and Sunday) they’re offering special menus only, and they’re open for dinner on Sunday (which is not usually the case). There are 2 menus to choose from-  a 5-course and a 3-course –  and you can see them below:

 

5 course, $125 inclusive of tax

1st

Lobster Cannelloni
Lobster & Cheese Filled Pasta, Butter Poached Lobster Radicchio Salad

2nd

Local Grown Green Salad
radish, house made ricotta, hericot vert, champagne vinaigrette

3rd (Choice of)

Fried Oysters
house made cocktail

Foie Gras Mousse
Zucchini Bread

Truffle Risotto Aroncinni
nickajack cheese, house made sauce

4th (Choice Of)

Curry Dumplings
snap peas, cauliflower, butternut, cauliflower puree, honey crisp apples

6oz Bear Creek Filet
cream cheese mash, asparagus
Add Crab Oscar at no charge

Chicken
dijon spaetzle, rainbow chard, brussels, white wine au jus

Surf-n-Surf-n-Surf
scallop, shrimp, caviar, bacon milk broth, mire poix

5th

Chocolate
milk chocolate mousse, dark chocolate mousse, caramel pudding, brown butter cookie crumble, root beer whip, white chocolate gravel, ganache

Citrus Sundae
lemon buttermilk sherbet, lemon curd, candied cashews, orange pate de fruit, basil syrup

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photo by Anthony Matula 

3 Course, $80 inclusive of tax

1st (choice of)

Local Grown Green Salad
champagne vinaigrette

Truffle Risotto Aroncinni

2nd (choice of)

6oz Filet
cream cheese mash, asparagus
Add Crab Oscar $10

Chicken
dijon spaetzle, rainbow chard, white wine au jus, brussels

Curry Dumplings
snap peas, cauliflower, butternut, cauliflower puree, boozy apricots

3rd

Chocolate
milk chocolate mousse, dark chocolate mousse, caramel pudding, brown butter cookie crumble, root beer whip, white chocolate gravel, ganache

Citrus Sundae
lemon buttermilk sherbet, lemon curd, candied cashews, orange pate de fruit, basil syrup

 

Personally, I would dive headfirst into the 5-course because the Chef has brought back a dish from the early days of the restaurant that I seriously have never been able to get out out of my head! The foie gras mousse with zucchini bread is INSANE.  I want all of it. (So, like, be careful if you order it because I may be lurking just around the corner and pounce on you.)

Speaking of pouncing, you may want to hurry up and get those reservations before they’re all gone! You can click here to take care of that right now.

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Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#12 Samantha

And you might also want to try your luck at my giveaway today! Sinema has been very kind to offer a five-course dinner for two ($250 value, in the form of a gift card) to one of of my readers!

 

To enter, all you have to do is this:

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1. Leave a comment telling me about the best meal you’ve had at Sinema. Haven’t been yet? Then just tell me how badly you want to 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 “Take your Valentine to @sinemanashville. Enter to win a 5-course dinner for 2 ($250 value) from @betheats! http://bit.ly/1T2pDgE”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Follow me (@betheats) and Sinema (@sinemanashville) on Instagram and leave a comment on my latest Instagram post, tagging a friend to alert them of this giveaway.

 

Contest ends on Sunday February 7th 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 24 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

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Photo by Anthony Matula

The Hook Opens!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The Hook
2222 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
615-840-7144

 

I’ve alerted you guys of a soon-to-be-open restaurant in the Melrose area that I’ve been looking forward to for months, and today I’m happy to announce the day is almost here! The Hook is set to throw open its doors this Wednesday, February 3rd.

Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week, The Hook is surely going to become a family favorite for us. I’m particularly excited by the many fish/seafood dishes they’re going to serve, as well as the fun cocktail options. Oh, and did I mention the Cheeto Chokes? Flamin’ Hot Cheeto-crusted fried artichoke hearts, served with house ranch. Yep, they’re going there.

 

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Photo by Anthony Matula

 

And those will be pretty perfect alongside one of their Buzz Pops (house made carbonated cocktails served in glass bottles) or a “smashed cocktail” (with flavors like lemon, basil & vodka, and thyme, rhubarb & gin). Yes, please. And if my husband is reading, they have something just for you too honey– a Frosty Pimm’s Cup.

Stay tuned for a full report once I’ve had a chance to eat and drink my way through The Hook menu!

 

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Lightning 100’s Chocolate Affair

Saturday, February 6, 2016
7 – 10 pm

Riverwood Mansion
1833 Welcome Lane
Nashville, TN 37216

Cost: $25

Note: This is a 21 and up event

Lightning 100 has pulled together what looks to be a very sweet event at Riverwood Mansion this weekend. A Chocolate Affair will bring together some of Nashville’s best chocolatiers, candy, and treat makers, along with wines, craft brews, and liquors to pair.

8 Lavender Lane, Tempered Café & Chocolate, The Sweet Stash, Eat Like Kings, Nashville Cookie Company, Brittle Brothers, Goo Goo Cluster, The Loving Pie Company, Chocolate FX, Chocolate Shop Wine, Bulleit Bourbon, Tito’s, and Rum Chata are just a few that you’ll find there! For more information on the event, a full list of participating vendors, and to purchase tickets,  visit the website.

 

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photo by Phillip Fryman, Southern Fatty

 

Goo Goo Shop Dessert Bar Grand Opening

Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th

Goo Goo Shop
116 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210
615-490-6685

It’s here! It’s finally here! For those that know me personally and spend any time around me, you know I’ve been waiting for this day to come for a long time now. The Dessert Bar at the Goo Goo Shop is open for business and we’ve got a big grand opening weekend planned just in time for Valentine’s Day!

For those that haven’t had the pleasure of  listening to me chatter incessantly about this place, let me explain…

The Goo Goo Shop opened downtown as a small scale, temporary pop-up shop in July 2014 while undergoing construction on a larger space within the building. A few months later, down came a wall and Phase 2 of the Shop was unveiled, which was our chocolate kitchen. We celebrated with a grand opening of that space last January 2015 (see pics here!).

For the past year, we’ve been cranking out candy and introducing Nashville visitors to their first taste of Goo Goo. We put together a hugely successful Summer Chef Series (it will be back this year), and created a new product called Goo Buttons. Our Premium Goo Goos were even named as Best Candy in the Nashville Scene Best Of this past fall.

(I guess I should have pointed out that I’m the Director of Marketing for Goo Goo Cluster in case you didn’t know that already)

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All that to say — it has been a busy couple of years, and now we’re finally at Phase 3, the final phase (I think??) of the Goo Goo Shop- our Dessert Bar opening. We softly opened a couple of weeks ago, so as we’ve been training, some folks have been able to get a little taste of what was to come.  Now that February is here, it’s official. The Goo Goo Shop Dessert Bar is open for business!

It took many dessert tastings to perfect the menu, but perfect it we did. The entire menu is an ode to Goo Goo and our home – from the ingredients in each treat to their names. I’ve personally tried every single thing, and while I can’t say there is a single one I don’t like, my personal favorites are The Honky Tonk Blonde, The Clark Street Original Cheesecake, The Cumberland Ridge Pecan Pie and The Salty Southern shake. Put on your stretchy pants people.

Come join us on Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th to celebrate the Dessert Bar opening and get a taste of what it’s all about! We’ll have samples, giveaways, and entertainment for the whole family both days. There could not be a sweeter way to kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend!

 

 

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Nashville Chili Festival

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $15

OR – $35 includes admission + 4 Yazoo Brew drink tickets

Obviously there is plenty to satisfy your sweet tooth this month, but what about the savory? Even though it might not feel like chili weather right now (hello, 70 degrees??), we all know that can change quickly around here (remember that  snowstorm last week?). If my sources are correct, Valentine’s Day should be a much chillier day than today, so I’ve got just the thing for you. Instead of going out for a fancy dinner, head over to Yazoo for the Nashville Chili Festival.

There will be tastings, live music, kids activities, beer and even a pepper eating contest! Oh, and do you think you are the ultimate chili master? If so, then make five gallons of your best recipe and bring it with you to enter the tasting contest.

For more information on the event, to enter the contest or see the rules of the contest, visit the website.

 

 

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Our Kids Soup Sunday

Sunday, February 28th, 2016
11 am – 2 pm

Nissan Stadium – Club Level West
(parking is free)

Cost:
Adult- $25
Children ages 4-17 -$5
Children 3 and under – Free

One of my favorite annual events, Our Kids Soup Sunday is coming up at the end of the month, and if I were you, I’d go ahead and secure a ticket now before they sell out (and they will). Fun for families and singles alike, Soup Sunday has a dizzying array of delectable soups, a silent auction, live music and entertainment for kids.

With more than 50 participating restaurants this year, there are definitely more soups than you can possibly eat. And there could be long lines. For those reasons, I give you these tips:

  • Only taste soups that sound really good to you.
  • If you don’t like a soup, don’t finish it. There are SO many more to choose from, you can’t waste precious belly room on underwhelming soup.
  • Attempt to sample the rich, thick, cheesy soups last so you don’t get too full too fast.
  • Don’t fill up on bread!
  • Eat while you wait in line or some of your soups are going to get cold before you get to a seat.
  • Get there early. Did I mention there will be lines? The earlier you get there, the shorter the lines should be.

Proceeds for this event go to a wonderful cause, so come join me and I bet you’ll add it to your list of favorites as I have. You may not think soup is all that exciting, but I promise you, the  participating restaurants  bring their A-game and I’m always blown away by the creativity and deliciousness of it all.

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