Nashville Originals Restaurant Week

January 19th – 25th, 2015

Sorry that I’m a little late notifying you of this one. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week is happening right now, so be sure to get out and support our locally owned restaurants this week! For a full list of everyone participating and a peek at the menus, click here.




Nashville on the Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
8:30 pm

Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez came to Nashville a while back to tape his “Taco Trip” show for the Cooking Channel. While here, he visited Mas Tacos Por Favor, Smoke Et Al, Delta Bound and Taco Mamacita. My friend Tabitha and I were there to eat Smoke Et Al’s House-Smoked Pork Belly and BLT Taco, so be sure to tune in tonight to see if I had food stuck in my teeth while talking on camera! (that is, if I even made the cut and appear on screen!)




Flip Burger Opening

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Flip Burger Boutique
4111 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

Tomorrow the Nashville Flip Burger Boutique opens! This is one restaurant that I know many of you have been excited about since we heard the news they were coming to town. I’ve eaten in the original location in Atlanta and loved it, so I can’t wait to get over there and order a big fat burger.

They’ll be serving lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.



Biscuit Love Brunch Opening

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Biscuit Love Brunch
316 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Open Daily 7 am – 3 pm

If you haven’t already heard the news, one of my favorite food trucks, Biscuit Love, has a new brick-and-mortar location where they’ll be serving brunch 7 days a week! In addition to the sit down brunch service, there will also be a pastry counter and a ham bar with regional country hams. They’re speaking my language.

I was lucky enough to be invited to preview the new Biscuit Love Brunch this past weekend and am happy to report back that it’s just as awesome as I thought it would be! They open this Thursday, so go check them out as soon as you can.



Wine, Women & Shoes

Saturday, January 24th, 2015
11 am – 3 pm

Omni Hotel
250 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $125

For those of you looking for something to do this weekend, why not support a few great causes while shopping and drinking?

Wine Women and Shoes benefits the programs of the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, including the Weaver Domestic Violence Center and Girls Inc. The event will have a marketplace selling designer goods, a fashion show featuring Leona by Lauren Leonard, live and silent auctions, more wine than you’ll ever need, and Chip Esten. Yes ladies, Deacon will be in the house as the special musical guest.

To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.




Cured & Chopped Tasting Event & Viewing Party

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
7 – 10 pm

Mason’s at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE and open to the public

Wow. I just found out about this FREE event happening at Mason’s next week, and it looks awesome!  Locals are invited to the Cured & Chopped tasting event and viewing party, celebrating and featuring Mason’s Southern Gypsy Ham created by Bob Woods of The Hamery and chef Brandon Frohne. Attendees will be able to sample the ham as well several other local artisan products (see below) and everyone is encouraged to stick around until 9 p.m. to watch the premiere of ‘Chopped’ episode “Chopped, Again!” where Chef Frohne will be making his second appearance!

Featured Artisanal Goods: Southern Gypsy Ham from Bob Wood’s Hammery & Mason’s; Samples of Jams & Pepper Jelly from Nashville Jam Company; Famous Pimento Cheese & Cornbread from Miss Daisy King of Miss Daisy’s Kitchen; Biscuit Samples from Bluebird’s Biscuits; Samples of Kimchi, Relishes, Turnip Kraut from Chef Richard Jones of Green Door Gourmet; Cheese Samples from Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese; samples of Spring Mountain Farms Chicken from Chef Jamie Watson/ Springer Mountain; Sample cocktails with their new Pristine Tonic from Jon & Lindsey Yeager of Pour Taste & E Harlow




Wiseacre Beer Dinner

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

2600 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204

Next week, Sinema, one of my favorite restaurants, will host a special Wiseacre Beer event in their upstairs lounge. There are a couple of different levels of participation:

  • Private brewmaster dinner
    • VIP meet & greet
    • Seated four-course dinner with beer pairings
    • Entry to the Wiseacre Beer Bash
    • Tickets are $100, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
    • Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.
  • Wiseacre Beer Bash
    • Wiseacre beer samples
    • Passed appetizers from Chef Levitski
    • Tickets are $25, exclusive of tax and gratuity
    • Event begins at 8 p.m.

All tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 615-942-7746.

Now, there is so much I’d love for you to know about Wiseacre (including their relation to Sinema), but per usual, I don’t have much time to write, so I’m going to direct you over to my friend Chris at the Nashville Scene’s Bites blog, as he does a great job giving you the full  story!


GOO_GOO Shop Logo

Goo Goo Shop Grand Opening Celebration

Friday, January 30th & Saturday, January 31st, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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

If you wonder why I haven’t been blogging as much recently, this is why. As the Director of Marketing for the Goo Goo Cluster brand, I already had a full plate. Now we’ve got a huge new retail store in downtown Nashville that I’m also managing the PR and Marketing of, and all I can say is… I’m exhausted! Totally exciting and thrilling to be a part of this Shop coming to life though, so it’s worth it.

Last summer we opened the Goo Goo Shop as smaller scale pop-up while undergoing construction on a larger space within the building. Well, that larger space has now been revealed and we have a confectionery kitchen where our new line of handmade Goo Goos are produced. These Premium Goo Goos are sold exclusively at the Shop and our chocolatier Lauren is continuously cranking out a variety of flavor combinations every day.

Next weekend we’re finally hosting a grand opening celebration and I would absolutely love for all of you to attend and taste some of the new Pemiums!

Here are some things we’ll have happening:

  • Friday, January 30th
    • 10:30 a.m. – Ribbon cutting with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
    • 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Raffles, discounts, and samples of Premium Goo Goos throughout the day
    • 10:30 a.m. – First 25 customers to make a purchase receive a free Premium Goo Goo each month for a year
    • 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. – Artist on hand to create fun caricatures of guests free of charge
  • Saturday, January 31st
    • 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Raffles, discounts, and samples of Premium Goo Goos throughout the day
    • 10:30 a.m. – First 25 customers to make a purchase receive a free Premium Goo Goo each month for a year
    • Noon to 4 p.m. – Artist on hand to create fun caricatures of guests free of charge




Peanut Butter Pretzel Premium Goo Goo

photo credit: Hannah Messinger






A new recipe from me! Can you believe it? Maybe you haven’t noticed since *hopefully* you come to me for more than recipes, but I haven’t posted a new recipe in a very long time. Like, OMG — August. Wow.

I’ll be honest. While I do cook at home on a regular basis, now that I have a toddler, my experimenting days are few and far between. Archer was a pretty good eater when he was smaller, but this past year he has become pickier and pickier, so our meals at home are usually very basic. As in – roasted vegetables, meat, starchy carb. There aren’t too many dishes that I prepare that are worth blogging about. Not to say they don’t taste good, they just don’t require much instruction, or there are already a million recipes floating around online for them.

But, every now and then I’m called on to prepare food for a party or gathering of friends, and that’s when I take some time to play around in the kitchen. Over the holidays I did just that as I prepared for a NYE party at a friend’s. The kiddo was away from home for a couple of days, and I had time off work, so instead of relaxing in front of the TV or going to get a massage, I cooked. Because honestly, that’s my therapy. Losing myself in food prep is good for my soul and while I was doing it last week, I realized how much I missed it.

Since I had time, I went a little crazy and volunteered to make several appetizers for the party. Some I’ve made many times before, like the Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers, Mini Chicken ‘n Waffles, and Prosciutto and Boursin Wrapped Asparagus. And then I had a brand new one: Ají Amarillo Dip served with plaintain chips (inspired by my visit to Tanta in Chicago). And an easy-to-prepare assorted cheese tray served with Simple & Crisp Dried Fruit Crisps to give a fairly basic party platter an interesting new twist.

But the dish I’m sharing the recipe for today is really special, as it’s actually one that my mom made and I ate throughout my entire childhood: BBQ Meatballs! Definitely a family favorite and requested often for potlucks back home, I’m not sure why I haven’t ever thought to make them before now. So happy I pulled out that tattered, handwritten (by my mom and aunts) recipe book last week and decided to give them a go, because they turned out to be a huge hit at the party. Not only did several people rave about them, but they wanted to know how they were made, what went in them, etc. So, here you go!



BBQ Meatballs

Makes 24-30 meatballs


2 lbs ground beef
1 small onion, diced
salt (to taste)
1/4 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup oats
1 cup tomato juice
1 egg

3/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp vinegar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper


Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients for meatballs (ground beef through egg). Once all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated, shape into balls. Put just enough water in a 9 x 13 baking dish to cover the bottom*. Add meatballs to baking dish. Cook, uncovered, in oven for 1 hour.

While the meatballs are cooking, mix all ingredients for sauce in a small pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat.

Once the meatballs are done cooking, remove from oven and drain liquid from pan. Using a spoon, ladle sauce over the meatballs. Return to oven for 15 minutes.

*The water prevents the ground beef from sticking to the pan, helps to catch the grease, and keep the meatballs moist while baking.



Way back in the spring of 2013, I heard the news that a unique Indian concept was coming to town and I was ecstatic. Did you miss that post I wrote way back then? If so, you can click here to see for yourself just how ridiculously excited I was after speaking with celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan regarding her new venture. Many looonnnngggg months later, Chauhan Ale & Masala House is finally open for business and the wait was worth it!

Located across the street from 12th and Porter in the the old Cafe 123/Rooster’s space (for those of you that are old enough to remember either of those), the shotgun room has been completely transformed into a beautifully inviting space. When I first stepped inside the doors, I was struck by the warmth of it all. For lack of a better term, it was comfortable. Not fussy, not busy, not stark. It was just right. The vibrant Indian palette mixes perfectly with exposed brick and wood, giving off a vibe that is perfect for both a date night or group outing with friends.


I know, I know. You don’t come to me to hear about decor, you want to hear about the food!

Well, let me first say that I haven’t even come close to trying everything on the menu, but believe me, that’s definitely a goal of mine. Actually, with New Year’s right around the corner, let’s make it a resolution!

Some favorites on my recent visit were the Kale Pakora Chaat, Mussels Tikka Masala, Gol Guppa Shots (a traditional Indian street food made with semolina puffs, black garbanzo beans, potato and mint-cilantro water), and the Beet Cauliflower Croquette.

Pictured above, clockwise:

 beet cauliflower croquette
cream of wheat crust, black eyed pea and collard green curry, beet chips

mussels tikka masala
tomato fenugreek sauce, artisan sourdough bread

kale pakora chaat
kale chips, spicy garbanzo, tamarind, mint, yogurt

I could seriously eat my weight in the kale pakora chaat. Seriously. For those of you that don’t know, pakora means fried snack. But hey, kale is a green and greens are healthy! Add that to my new year’s resolutions too — eat more kale pakora chaat. For my health, of course.

Oh gosh, I can’t forget to talk about the drinks! You know I love a good cocktail and this bar has them. Not just good, but really interesting, complex concoctions. Standouts for me were the Falling Star (vodka, muddled orange, coconut milk foam, orange blossom water, pink peppercorn and star anise) and the Rye Humor (rye, amaro, Licor 43, orange and old fashioned bitters and clove). So many more cocktails I still want to try, but I also have to make some time for their Indian spice-infused brews crafted by Maneet and Cool Springs Brewery. Cardamom Ale? Yep, I need to get on that.


Bhapa Dohi Pot de crème and Chai Tea Service at Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Now to the last part of our evening, the part where I was so very thankful that I was wearing stretchy leggings and not silly skinny jeans. Already stuffed beyond my stuffing point, I somehow needed to make room for dessert and chai!

And not just any chai. Specifically, Chai Tea Service. Oh my. I love, love, love this. (one small little glitch and word of warning — the mugs are metal, which means they get hot when the hot chai hits them. Which means you need to let them cool a bit or you’re going to scorch your lips. I may have almost done that, but all is forgiven because those mugs and that teapot are just so darn cute I can’t bear the thought of not getting them again!)

The delightful Bhapa Dohi Pot de crème, a steamed honey and vanilla yogurt with hibiscus jelly, candied ginger and nan khatai (cookies) has since been replaced on the menu by a more seasonal Spiced Maple Jaggery Pot de Crème, which I have no doubt is also fantastic. Maple and cardamom custard, jaggery crumble, seasonal compote, and nan khatai — yep, I’ll be ordering that. Another new year’s resolution? Visit Chauhan Ale & Masala House again stat.


Chauhan Ale & Masala House

123 12th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 779-3770

Mon – Sun 5- 11 pm


Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#75 Traci

Now that I’ve shared my experience with you, who would like to go experience Chauhan Ale & Masala House for themselves– for free?!?

They have very generously offered up a 3-course customized Chef’s Tasting for 2, featuring Chauhan favorites and off-the-menu creations. In addition, Maneet is also going to throw in a personalized autographed copy of her book, Flavors of My World!

To enter, all you have to do is this:



1. Leave a comment telling me what Chauhan dish or drink you’re most excited about trying. You can take a peek at the menu if you want more ideas than what I’ve provided.

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 “Spice it up! @betheats is giving away Dinner for 2 at @eatatchauhan. Enter here:”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Sign up for the Chauhan Ale & Masala House newsletter and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already have if that’s the case!)


Contest ends on Saturday, January 3rd at noon 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!

Archer Santa

I’m taking a few days off to be with family, unwind, and hopefully recharge, so before doing so, I wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas! May it be as magical for you as it is for my *almost* three-year-old munchkin!


Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur retails for about $35 for a 750ml bottle

Okay, so you know I’ve recently been sharing a lot of local gift items for you, and this one isn’t exactly local, but it’s from not-too-far-away!

The world’s first pecan liqueur was introduced in Kentucky (my home state!) this past summer. Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur combines slow-distilled, barrel-aged brandy “with a proprietary recipe that extracts delicate pecan flavor.”  You guys. I love pecan flavored things, so when I heard about this liqueur I knew I simply had to sample it. And you know that if I’m here talking about it, that can only mean one thing– I love it!

I poured a little over ice and my tastebuds did a happy dance. You can drink it neat too (trust me, I sipped it that way as well), and I am absolutely certain that it will be great in dessert cocktails. Baking? I think it also has promise for that usage, but sorry, I won’t be the one testing that out. I’ll stick with drinking it, not eating it.

If you want further proof that this stuff is amazing,  check out this listing of awards they’ve received recently. Gold, Double Gold, Platinum and more Gold….impressive.

The most awesome news of all: Rivulet has arrived in Tennessee just in time for the holidays! The bottles are being placed on shelves as I type this, so if you purchase a bottle to give as a gift, it’s quite likely that the receiver will have never seen nor heard of it before. Up until now, it has only been available in Kentucky, and even then, only for a few months. Would make for a really cool gift, don’t you think?

Lipman Brothers will be distributing Rivulet to establishments in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Below is a list of places confirmed to have it in stock as of today. I’ll continue to add to this list as I find out new locations.

Wine & Spirit Stores

Frugal MacDoogal’s, 701 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203

Midtown Wine & Spirits, 1610 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37203

Craft Brewed Bottle Shop, 2502 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

Red Spirits & Wine, 7066 Highway 70 South, Nashville, TN 37221

River Road Liquors, 7078 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

The Wine Chap, 4322 Harding Pike #101, Nashville, TN 37205

Red Dog Wine & Spirits, 1031 Riverside Drive, Franklin, TN 37064

Plantation Fine Wines & Spirits, 940 Memory Lane, Gallatin, TN 37066

Providence Wine & Spirits, 1986 Providence Parkway, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

Bars & Restaurants

The Yellow Porch (restaurant), 734 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204

Disclaimer: I was given a bottle of Rivulet to sample, but I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own!

Brunch dishes at Sinema Nashville

It’s no secret that I’ve been a big fan of Sinema since it opened back in the summer, but just because I love their dinner didn’t necessarily mean that I would love their brunch. For the most part, I find brunch menus in Nashville a bit boring, and to be honest, full of items that I can make for myself at home, so I don’t go out for brunch that often.

Well, I’ll tell you, Sinema’s brunch definitely does not fall into that category. Everything on this menu is a far cry from anything I have the ability to make for myself at home. When I sat down at the table and started to look over the menu, I was completely overwhelmed (in a good way) by all of my choices. It all sounded so amazing there was no way I could choose! Luckily, I have a husband and great friends that were willing to share, so we feasted. Just a few things we tried:

I Dreamed of French Toast ~Cardamom Sugar Crusted Amish Sourdough, Swedish Mulled Wine Poached Pear, Toasted Almonds & Whipped Lil Moo

Beef Hodepodge ~ Braised Short Rib, New York Strip, Vol Au Vent Mushrooms, Romaine, Cauliflower Potato Puree, Red Wine Gastrique, Poached Egg

Hush Puppy Fried Steak ~ Filet, Creamy Potato Salad, Sesame Soy Vinaigrette, Thai Pickles, Herb Salad, Sunny Egg


 Sinema’s Turkey Crepedilla (photo credit MA2LA)

And the one that completely took me by surprise and turned out to be my favorite:

Turkey Crepedilla ~ Buckwheat Crepes, Oil Browned Turkey, 3 yr White Cheddar, Broccoli, Red Onion, Sunny Egg, Green Goddess, Potato Chip Salad. Yes, potato chip salad.



 Bubble Service at Sinema (photo credit MA2LA)

Oh, and the bubble service! Can’t forget about the bubble service. Love this touch….a bottle of bubbly served with various juices and mixers to share with the table. I believe we had orange juice, passionfruit and elderflower, but they rotate the syrups and purées frequently, so you never know what you’ll end up with (though they’re sure to be delicious, whatever they may be).

I truly can’t get over how amazing this brunch is– the creativity, the flavors, even the pricing. It’s all incredible! Check out the full menu (and more gorgeous photos!) here. And yes, I titled this post “Best Brunch in Nashville: Sinema”, because as far as I’m concerned, nothing else even comes close!



2600 Franklin Pike
Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37204

Serving Brunch every Sunday from 10:30 am – 3 pm





Have you noticed Sinema’s recently launched “Seven Delicious Sins” series? I love the concept and the complete decadence of it, because, you know, I’m all about sinning when it comes to food and drink! Each month they introduce a new sin, and December’s is Greed, with the tagline “‘Tis better to receive than to give.” Perfect month for it, eh?

So, why not embrace it? It’s time to think about yourself, and I’m going to help you do that.  Yep, I’ve got a giveaway for you! One reader will win TWO (2) prizes:

  • Brunch for Two including Sinema’s signature bubble service (prize awarded in form of a $100 gift card)
  • An extra $50 gift card to give to a friend (or you can stick with being greedy and keep it for yourself)



Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#157 Leah

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me the flavor you’d like to see in Sinema’s bubble service. What syrup or purée lights your fire?

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 “It’s ok to be greedy this holiday season. Enter to win @sinemanashville brunch for 2 from @betheats!”, 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 Monday, December 15th at 5 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!



About this same time last year, I created a list of Nashville made products to help you guys (and myself) when shopping for the holidays – or really any time during the year!

Since then, I’ve discovered a few new products, so I’m updating the list. If you notice that I’m missing something, please leave a comment and let me know.  You can click on the names of the products/companies to go directly to their websites.


Snacks and Sweets

Bang Candy Company

Brittle Brothers

Christie Cookies

Colt’s Chocolates

Goo Goo Clusters

Grab the Gold Bars

Loveless Cafe

Mountain Jim’s Tennessee Tea Cakes

Nashville Chocolate and Nut Co.

Nashville Toffee Co

Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Pralines by Leon

Ridiculous Chocolate

Tennessee Cheesecake

Tennessee White Trash

Walker Creek Confections



New this year: J.M. Thomason Seasonings


Cheese, Condiments and Seasonings

Professor Bailey’s Spicy Pimento Cheese

Noble Springs Goat Cheese

Bathtub Gin

East Nashville Spice Company

J.M. Thomason Seasonings

Loveless Cafe

The Nashville Jam Company

Perl Catering 

Puckett’s Sauces and Seasonings

The Southern Sauces and Seasonings

Trubee Honey


Breads & Grains

Bluebird’s Biscuits – Sea Salt and Buttermilk

Haulin’ Oats

Loveless Cafe

Nola Granola

Professor Bailey’s Pimento Cheese Biscuits


Sunday Morning Pancake Mix

Bluebird Biscuits

New this year: Forage South’s first product- Bluebird’s Biscuits, Sea Salt and Buttermilk


Beverages and Mixers

Bongo Java


Drew’s Brews

Eli Mason


Firepot Chai

High Garden Tea

Just Love Coffee Roasters

Roast, Inc

Walker Feed Co Mixers


Jackalope Brewery

Fat Bottom Brewery

Tennessee Brew Works

Yazoo Brew

Belle Meade Bourbon

Collier and McKeel

Corsair Artisan Spirits

Pennington Strawberry Rye Whiskey

Tenn South Distillery

Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream





New this year: the Walk Eat Nashville food tour. You can buy gift certificates!



Walk Eat Nashville gift certificate

Nashville Originals gift certificate



Shopping Destinations

There are a couple of new places that have opened here in town that carry a wide variety of local made products, so I’m including those for ease of one-stop shopping!

ACME Feed & Seed Shop

The Batch Nashville Store in Nashville Farmers’ Market



 Hot Chicken Seasoning Blend from J.M. Thomason
photo credit: Hannah Messinger

For several years I worked for a children’s book publisher down in Cool Springs. Often when I would step outside of our offices, I’d catch a whiff of something fantastic. Cumin. Allspice. Curry. Nutmeg. The list goes on. Different day, different time, different scent. It wasn’t long before I figured out that one of our neighboring buildings was producing spices. Not a bad neighbor to have!

Flash forward to present day. I just recently discovered these fantastic new J.M. Thomason spices with oh-so-cool packaging created by Anderson Design Group. With blends like Hot Chicken and Bourbon BBQ (made with Belle Meade Bourbon!), they make for an oh-so-Nashville gift!

So why did I have to tell you about the smells I encountered in Cool Springs way back when? Well, it’s because I just put two and two together when I learned more about J.M. Thomason.

Apparently the Doug Jeffords Company has been making seasonings for chain and local restaurants since 1961. The Doug Jeffords Company is located in Cool Springs, right next door to my old office.  John Mack McKinley bought the business from Doug Jeffords in 1983. JMM passed away in 2005, and his son, James McKinley Thomason, is now President of the company. JMT wanted to create a high-end gourmet seasoning line in honor of his dad, thus J.M. Thomason was born.



 J.M. Thomason spice blends
photo credit: Louisa Wells

As you can see, the packaging is awesome. I just love the look of the labels, and the fact that the spices are housed in these little metal tins. But what’s even more important is that this stuff tastes great! In addition to the Hot Chicken and Bourbon BBQ previously mentioned, there is also Chili Lime, Porterhouse Steak, Streamside Angler, and Tuscan Dipping Oil. Their website has some great looking recipes if you need inspiration on how to use them.

In addition to their online store, you can also purchase the seasonings locally at Porter Road Butchers, both Turnip Trucks, Batch Nashville and Whole Foods. For an full list of retailers, click here.


Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#48 Elena

Because I love you guys so much, I’ve got a set of these incredible spices to give away! You’ll get one of each of the 6 spice blends – a retail value of over $50.

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me which spice blend you’re most interested in trying, and what you’d do with it.

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 “Spice up your holidays! @betheats is giving away a very cool J.M. Thomason spice gift set. Enter here:”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3. Like JM Thomason 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, December 7th at noon 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! Note: winner must provide an address to ship to within the contiguous United States.