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Radish Salad at Salt & Fat: ramp greens, goat cheese, speck, tokyo turnip, horseradish

I feel pretty fortunate that my job takes me to some great cities, even if the majority of my hours in said cities are usually spent working on a trade show floor, in trainings, or in my hotel room on my laptop. No matter how tired I am, there’s always enough energy to hit the town for a great meal or two.

My latest NYC trip wasn’t exactly glamorous, as a majority of my time was spent at Citi Field, home of the Mets. And no, I wasn’t watching baseball. I was attending a food show that was held inside the stadium. For 3 long days. Of course, I can’t complain too much– I mean, it was a food show. There are worse things I could’ve be doing!

The location and long hours of the show required that I stay near Citi Field, in the New York City borough of Queens. Before this trip, with the exception of flights in and out of LGA, I’d never been to Queens. Since I wasn’t exactly familiar with the area, and all of my previous trips to NYC had been spent in Manhattan, I wasn’t sure how time consuming it would be to get over there from my hotel, or if I would have the energy at the end of each day to do it.

 

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Salt & Fat’s Scallops: roasted carrot puree, truffled corn salsa, capers

 

So, instead of researching restaurant options in Manhattan in advance of my trip, I pretty much did nothing. Luckily my sis-in-law lives on the Upper West Side, and since I wanted to see her while in town, I just let her come up with some options for us. On the day of my arrival. How’s that for last minute planning?

Knowing that I might be exhausted after flights and working at a show, she kindly offered to head my way, over to Queens. She sent me a short list of options, and one stood out from the rest – Salt & Fat. I mean, how could a place with that name not be great?

This is a small neighborhood joint in Sunnyside, a cozy space with friendly staff and some of the best food I’ve had in a while. It was a blessing in disguise that I had to stay outside of Midtown Manhattan on this trip, as I am so happy that I got to experience this place!

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Korean BBQ Wraps: marinated hanger steak, pickles, fried onion, ssamjang

Hudson Valley Foie Gras: cinnamon gastrique, brioche, bacon, seasonal fruit

Duck breast: burnet eggplant yogurt, apricot, shiso chimichurri, duck fat crouton

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Bacon Panna Cotta with Maple Ice Cream and Whiskey Gastrique at Salt & Fat

If you live in NYC or find yourself in or near Queens at some point in the near future, you should definitely give Salt & Fat a visit. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait, but I promise any wait time is worth it!

 

Salt & Fat

41-16 Queens Blvd
Sunnyside Gardens, NY 11104
(718) 433-3702

 

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If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you know that May is pretty much my favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, but it also brings with it a plethora of fun activities: Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the Kentucky Derby, Steeplechase, Memorial Day cookouts, and Generous Helpings!

One of the best tasting events of the year, Generous Helpings supports Second Harvest Food Bank, so not only is it fun for your tummy, but it’s also a great way to do a little good for our community.

This year there are several exciting new participants plus a brand new venue, City Winery. Check out this list:

55 South, Cork & Cow, Red Pony Restaurant and Red Pony Catering
Amerigo Italian Restaurant
Biscuit Love
Caffe Nonna
Chauhan Ale & Masala House
City House
City Winery
FIDO
Goo Goo Cluster
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Kickin’ Coffee & Tea
Kohana Japanese Restaurant
Kroger Chef Shoppe/Murray’s Cheese
Margot Café/Marche Artisan Foods
Martin’s BBQ Joint
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Porter Road Butcher
Puckett’s
Riffs Fine Street Food
Second Harvest Culinary Arts Center
SILO
The Loving Pie Company
The Southern Steak & Oyster
Urban Grub

 

Generous Helpings

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
6 – 9 pm

City Winery
609 Lafayette St
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $50/person in advance here
($60 at the door)

 

 

And one of my lovely readers is going to get to attend the event along with a friend, for free!

~Giveaway~

Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#16 Catherine

 

To enter for your chance to win 2 tickets to Generous Helpings being held on Thursday, May 14th, all you have to do is this:

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me which restaurant you’re most excited to try at Generous Helpings, or what you’ve eaten at past years’ events that you loved the most!

Optional

For up to 3 additional entries, you can do any or all of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow Second Harvest on Twitter and tweet “Generous Helpings is on 5/14 & @betheats has tickets to give away! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1PfTcoD” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Second Harvest on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)

4. Sign up for Second Harvest’s Email List and then come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you’re already on it if that’s the case).

Contest ends on Thursday, May 7th at noon. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If that person doesn’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

 

 

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Sophisticakes Open House

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Noon – 9 pm

Sophisticakes
707 Porter Rd
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: FREE

New discovery alert! A little bake shop has opened in East Nashville and you’re going to want to go check it out. Need a birthday cake, wedding cake, or a just-because-I-want-to-eat-cake cake? Sophisticakes is your answer. Self-described as “a custom, bake-to-order, from-scratch cakery”, they use real & natural ingredients whenever possible, and can also accommodate allergy requests.

Not interested in cake? That’s okay, because they can make pretty much any sweet treat you want! Just a few days ago I sampled some of their mini hand pies and WOW. The crust was absolutely perfect, and they’re super cute to boot. In fact, for the last two days, I’ve woken up wishing a bag of coconut cream mini hand pies would magically appear so I could have them with my morning coffee.

But don’t just take my word for it– go see them this weekend for their open house. They’ll have samples and I promise, you’ll be happy you stopped by!

 

 

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FoodBank:Throwdown

Sunday, May 4th, 2015
4 – 7 pm

Tin Roof
316 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $40 advanced
$45 advanced (with parking. purchase your ticket with a parking pass, you will receive downtown parking for ONLY $5!)
$50 day of

This Sunday I’m judging a cooking competition for a great cause, the Martha O’Bryan Food Bank. The FoodBank:Throwdown fundraiser will be a friendly competition among Nashville area chefs Kristin Berginson (City Winery), Trey Cioccia (The Farmhouse), Aaron Thompson (The Blue Porch), Rachel Cannon (Two Bits & Tin Roof), and Keith Batts (Martha O’Bryan Center). The chefs will be challenged to use ingredients typically donated to food banks — peanut butter, cereal, pasta, canned veggies, etc.

I’m super excited to see what creative dishes they come up with and would love to see you all there! For ticket information, visit their Eventbrite page.

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Man Finds Food Viewing Event (and a burger deal!)

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
7:30 – 9 pm (show begins at 8 pm)

Mason’s
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37201

Man Finds Food

On Wednesday night, Mason Bar will host an exclusive viewing party for the Travel Channel series, “Man Finds Food”. Adam Richman, one of my favorite foodie hosts, travels the country on a quest to uncover unique hidden food treasures. During each show, he unveils both off-the-menu items and off-the-grid restaurants, and lucky for us, he made a stop in Nashville!

In this upcoming episode, Adam stops at Mason’s to meet chef Brandon Frohn, and try his hidden dessert that only those who follow the chef on social media know about: the Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Soda. I’ve personally had this amazing concoction more than once, as it’s made with Tennessee Sipping Cream and Goo Goo Clusters! (yes, Brandon loves his Goo Goos, and believe me, he knows how to use them!)

Stop by Mason Bar around 7:30 p.m. for some special hors d’oeuvres from the show as well as happy hour specials – $5 house wines and 20 oz. draft beers. Hope to see you there!

 

A Winning Burger Deal

Something else to check out at Mason’s during National Burger Month (yes, May is National Burger Month!) is Mason’s Don Quixote burger. This burger recently took home the first place win at Nashville Lifestyles Battle of the Burger, so you’re definitely going to want to try it. Featuring a house short rib and brisket patty, avocado slaw, queso fundido, Mexican chorizo, Goo Goo Cluster mole sauce(!!!) and an egg sunny side up, I’m quite sure it’s going to blow your mind.

From now through Father’s Day, the Don Quixote burger & a Thunder Ann APA can be yours for only $15. This is a sweet deal because the burger alone is usually $16 (and worth every penny).

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Generous Helpings

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
6 – 9 pm

City Winery
609 Lafayette St
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $50/person in advance here
($60 at the door)

Easily one of my favorite food sampling events of the year, Generous Helpings will feature some of Nashville’s best independent restaurants and shops showcasing tastings of signature appetizers, entrees and desserts, plus a few wines and craft beers. For a full list of participants, click over to their website where you’ll find names of some of my favorites like Biscuit Love, Chauhan Ale & Masala House, City House, Marche, and Riffs. You might notice that Goo Goo Cluster is also listed, which means I will most definitely be there!

 

And be sure to stay tuned, as I just might have tickets to give away very soon :-)

 

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Thursday May 28th – Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Midtown Atlanta

Cost: Various pricing levels

Well, it may not be a Nashville food happening, but it is a Southern food happening that’s an easy drive from here, so it’s worth a mention! This will be my 4th year attending/covering/working at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, and each year it seems to get better and better. Several other Nashvillians are usually in attendance showcasing their restaurants and brands, so it’s fun to have a weekend away from home to hang with all of them.

For an idea of what to expect, just take a look at some posts of my previous experiences. You’ll find them here, here and here.

If you’re planning to make the trip to Atlanta to partake in all of the deliciousness, be sure to visit the Goo Goo table in the tasting tents and say hi to me!

 

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Nashville Street Food Month

Entire month of May
All over town!

The Nashville Food Truck Association will celebrate its 3rd annual Nashville Street Food Month in May. The kickoff will be TODAY (4/30) at “Street Food Thursdays” where 18 trucks will serve lunch on Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville.

Trucks scheduled for “Street Food Thursdays” include Bacon Nation, The Confeastador, Crankee’s Pizzeria, Dan’s Gourmet Mac Attack, Deg Thai, Grilled Cheeserie, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Julia’s Bakery, King Tut’s, Maggie Moo’s, Moovers and Shakers, Music City Pie Co., Pig N Pit, Pita Pit, Riffs Fine Street Food, Smoke Et Al, Smoothie King, and Yayo’s OMG.

All members of the NFTA will donate a portion of proceeds from May sales to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Musicians Corner Nashville. Daily events will be posted on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow along to find your favorite trucks!

 

 

 

 

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A while back Green BEAN Delivery offered me a trial bin so I could check out their new-to-Nashville grocery delivery service. I didn’t respond right away because I’m one of those people that actually enjoys going to the grocery. I wasn’t really sure I had any use for a delivery service. Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I find grocery shopping sort of therapeutic.

However, there are certainly weeks that it’s more of a stress than it is a therapy session. When I’m traveling or have a schedule full of evening and weekend events, it’s hard to find the time to shop. While I knew I wouldn’t be interested in using the service every week, I decided it might be worth checking out to see if it was something I could use from time to time. So, right before we went on vacation back in late February/early March, I set up my account to take advantage of the free bin they had offered.

Once you sign up with your credit card info, you’ll get an email on Thursday reminding you to choose what you want for the upcoming week. Your selections have to be chosen by noon on Monday for delivery on Wednesday. The timing on my first order was perfect, as we left for vacation on a Thursday and were back home the following Tuesday. While I was in Orlando, I chose my groceries, then had fresh produce on my doorstep just a day after we returned!

I chose a combo bin (mix of produce and groceries), and there is a $35 minimum,$28 of which needs to be produce. All of the products are all natural and free of additives and preservatives, and are primarily sourced from area farmers and artisans. Since that first trial bin I received, I’ve ordered twice more on my own dime, and I’ve been really happy with the service so far. My travel schedule has picked up lately, so it’s been great knowing that I don’t have to worry about getting to the grocery, and instead the grocery will come to me!
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Want to know more?

For more information, visit their “How it Works”  section of their website.

Want to try Green BEAN for yourself?

Great news! I have a code that you can use to get $15 off of your first order. This code is good for 3 months after this post, so be sure to use it before July 28th, 2015.

Code: bc6edsm (good for new members and re-activations only)

Were you a former Plumgood customer?

For those of you that don’t know, Plumgood Food was a grocery delivery service that used to be here in Nashville, and I know several people that were heartbroken when it closed. Now those former Plumgood customers in Nashville have something to be happy about. Green BEAN  is offering them a discount!

Prior Plumgood Food customers who are within the service area of Green BEAN Delivery can register for the service and get the discount by visiting www.greenbeandelivery.com/plumgood.

Love creating new recipes?

You’re in luck! Green BEAN recently launched a recipe contest, Plate Proud. Each participant is asked to submit their favorite original recipe in one—or all—of 5 categories for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Give it a try!

 

 

 

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I’m excited to announce that next Monday, April 27th, I’ll be a part of a panel discussion on branding and marketing for the food industry. The discussion will be ideal for anyone starting, growing or considering a food-based business in Nashville. If that’s you, I would love to see you there!

This event has been POSTPONED. I will update this post with a new date once it is set.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Food branding specialist Jesse Goldstein (Food Sheriff) will moderate a panel discussion on the topic of branding and marketing for the food industry. Panelists include:

  • Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
  • Dawn Craig, Nola Snacks
  • Stephen and Jessica Rose, The Peach Truck
  • Beth Sachan (that’s me!), Goo Goo Cluster
  • Joel Anderson, Anderson Design Group

7:30-8:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Social sponsored by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – yum!!!

 

LOCATION:

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

COST

Non-Member Cost: $25
Skillery Member Cost: $10

For more information on the speakers, the event itself, and to register, click HERE!

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What:

Savor Nashville

When:

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

6 pm cocktail hour
7 pm dinner

Where:

Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost:

$160

To purchase tickets, click here.

 

A couple of weeks ago, I highlighted Savor Nashville as one of the food & drink happenings I was looking forward to this month, and as the event drawers nearer, my excitement grows. That may be because they have now released the menu and it looks darn delicious!

2015 Savor Nashville Menu:

first course
Springer Mountain Farms Chicken charcuterie
Bourbon smoked chicken galantine, chicken liver brule, pecan brittle, pickled okra
Jake Strang of 1808 Grille — Nashville, TN

second course
Crudo of geoduck with yuzu, serrano, thai basil and avacado oil
Kelly English of Restaurant Iris and the Second Line — Memphis, TN

third course
Smoked Colorado Beef Tongue with chard relish & horseradish
Kyle Mendenhall of The Kitchen — Boulder, Denver, and Ft. Collins, CO; Chicago, IL

fourth course
Charred octopus, clams, mussels, chorizo, white beans, kale, roasted tomato broth, saffron rouille, grilled bread
Bruce Moffett of Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford, and Stagioni, Charlotte, NC

fifth course
Hudson Valley Rohan Duck, garden lettuce, pecans, foie sauce
Tiffany Derry of Tiffany Derry Concepts — Dallas, TX

sixth course
Snake River Farms Pork: shaved loin, roasted shoulder, crisp belly, vidalia fondue, shiitake broth
Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene — Atlanta, GA

dessert course
Roasted white chocolate cremeux, olive oil sponge, blueberry, citrus
Jake Strang of 1808 Grille, Nashville, TN

 

Now for some really great news for you guys–

Nashville Lifestyles has been kind enough to give me 2 tickets to the event to share with my readers!

~Giveaway~

Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#29 Maddi

To enter, all you have to do is this:

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me which chef you’re most excited to meet, or whose food you’re dying to taste.

Optional

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 (@betheats) on Twitter and tweet “Win 2 tickets to @NashLifestyles‘ Savor Nashville on 4/30 from @betheats! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1ywKYWJ” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Eat. Drink. Smile. 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, April 20th at noon CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If that person doesn’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

 

 

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As I read the four page intro of author Ronni Lundy‘s new book, Sorghum’s Savor, I was transported back in time. Back to my childhood in Kentucky. Back to the breakfast table where I smooshed and swirled butter and sorghum together before smearing it on a hot biscuit my mom had just taken from the oven.

There are two foods that will always and forever bring back memories of home for me, and those are country ham and sorghum. So when I got a press release about this book, I immediately told the publisher that I would love a copy. I’m so very, very glad that I did!

Ronni Lundy, also a Kentucky native, is an incredible storyteller, and I found myself quickly devouring (no pun intended) the history and science behind this Southern staple. There are some mouthwatering recipes- from old favorites to new, modern ones that use the ingredient in a way that I’ve never thought to do. I can’t wait to try the Curried Pumpkin Soup, Miso-Sorghum Chicken & Kale, Seared Steak & Lentil Salad and Sorghum & Grits Ice Cream!

For those that have special memories of sweet sorghum like I do, I suggest grabbing a copy of this book now. For those that aren’t so familiar, well, I suggest you do the same. Many well known chefs have started to discover sorghum’s magic, so you’re sure to see this ingredient popping up on restaurant menus even more in the months to come. You’ll be such a fascinating conversationalist if you learn all about sorghum’s savor before everyone else does!

For those of us here in Nashville, we’re very fortunate to have the perfect opportunity to not only buy one of the books, but also hear Ronni Lundy speak and meet her face to face tonight at Parnassus Books in Green Hills!

What:

Ronni Lundy Book Signing

When:

Monday, April 6th, 2015
6:30 p.m.

Where:

Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike

 

 

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Earlier this week in my list of favorite upcoming April food & drink happenings, I highlighted the Music City Spirits and Cocktail Festival. Well, I don’t think I adequately communicated my enthusiasm for the event, so I’m back today to tell you more!

Happening April 29th – May 3rd, the schedule is packed with awesome seminars and cocktail-centric events. Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to visit their website and really dig into the schedule, choosing a session or two to attend. I know I’m planning to try to get to as many as possible!

At the top of my list is the Coffee & Cocktails seminar. You see, I’m a little obsessed with coffee cocktails, and any time I see one on a menu, I immediately order it. At this seminar, Steadfast Coffee will be giving a lesson on the art of coffee and then Nashville bartenders will offer their cocktails featuring sparkling coffee soda. Oh, and a light brunch with biscuits will be provided by chef Brandon Frohne, who I know from personal experience knows his way around a biscuit.

Of course, there’s also the parties. The many, many, parties!  Kicking things off at the Acme, Bourbon & Bluegrass at Two Rivers Mansion, the Speakeasy Spirits party at The Sutler, wrap up party at William Collier’s…. how to choose?!

 

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I can make one party decision easy for at least one of you, because the organizers of the festival have given me a  pair of tickets to give away for the Bourbon & Bluegrass event! Held on Thursday, April 30th, a single ticket is $75, so you’re looking at a $150 value for this prize. Pretty sweet!

~Giveaway~

Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#25 Katie+H

To enter, all you have to do is this:

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me what session or event from the Music City Spirits and Cocktail Festival schedule is the most appealing to you. If time and money were no object, would you want to attend several? If so, share all that you’re interested in!

Optional

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 (@betheats) on Twitter and tweet “Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival is later this month & @betheats has tickets to give away! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1GkDGq9 ” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Music City Spirits and Cocktail 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 Monday, April 6th at 4 pm Central. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If that person doesn’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

 

Photos courtesy of Music City Spirits & Cocktails FB page.