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Stop by either M.L. Rose (or The Melrose as I will always call it) location this Friday the 4th and get a FREE 3oz burger with a craft beer purchase. No limits!

2535 Franklin Pike
Nashville TN, 37204
615-712-8160

and

4408 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN 37209
615-750-2920

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Thirsty Third: Ditch Day

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
2 – 4 pm

Jackalope Brewery
701 8th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

This Thursday, Sycamore‘s Chef Tony Galzin & his wife Caroline are throwing a kick-off party for the July 4th weekend called “Thirsty Third: Ditch Day” at Jackalope Brewery.”Ditch Day?” you say? Yes, that means you need to skip out of work early and get the long weekend started with some Hattie B’s hot chicken, Tony’s waffles, and Jackalope Brews. I really can’t think of a more Nashville way to show your patriotism!

In addition to the beer and chicken & waffles, Zolli Koffee, which adjoins the Jackalope taproom, will also be open and offering coffee & specialty drinks. Oh, and there will even be a Giant Jenga competition! Signup for the competition will take place on the day of the event and is limited to ten teams of two, so be sure to get there early if you want to get your Jenga on.

The entry fee gives you 3 food & drink tickets which can be redeemed for any combination of food and beer (additional tickets will be available at the event for $5 each). If you’d like to save a little dough, be sure to purchase in advance through this link.

*****But HOLD TIGHT before purchasing because I’ve got tickets to give away! Scroll down to the very bottom of this post for details on how to enter!*****

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Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Friday, July 4th, 2014
11 am – 3 pm (Parade begins at 10:30 am)

East Park
700 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: FREE

I doubt you really need a reminder about this event, but just in case there’s one reader out there that doesn’t know that 4th of July in Nashville is always (well at least for the last several years) the Music City Hot Chicken Festival, here’s the info!

In the past couple of years, a Hot Chicken Festival parade has been added to the festivities. Starting at 8th and Woodland heading west and ending at East Park Community Center, the parade will feature festival founder and former mayor Bill Purcell followed by antique fire trucks, an old hearse, beads and Yazoo Brew.

Free hot chicken samples will be given to the first 500 people in line at the festival, provided by Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish, 400 Degrees, Pepperfire, Hot Stuff, Hattie B’s and the Chicken Shack. If you’re not into hot chicken, don’t worry, there will be other vendors there with other good stuff to eat. Check out the full list at the official website.

FREE PARKING: East Nashville Self Storage is donating free parking for the Festival at their 800 Main Street location.  You can enter this lot all day off from Main Street or after 11 a.m. from Woodland Street.

 

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Red, White and Brew

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
3 – 6 pm

Sevier Park
3021 Lealand Lane
Nashville, TN 37212

Cost: $35/person

A mid-summer festival with red and white wine, local brews, delicious food, music and carnival games sounds like the perfect Saturday afternoon family outing to me! Benefiting the Tomorrow Fund, Red, White and Brew will feature samples from: ACME Feed & Seed Food Trailer, Chago’s Cantina, Crepe a Diem, Commerce Street Grill, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, The Loving Pie Company, Mafioza’s, Mere Bulles, Music City Pie Company, Nashville Sweets, Noelle, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Urban Grub.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here and include food samples and two drink vouchers.

 

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Giveaway for Thirsty Third: Ditch Day

 

~ Contest Closed ~

And the winner is…..

#5 Michelle

The nice folks of Sycamore have offered up free tickets for this Thursday’s Ditch Day at Jackalope! One winning reader and their guest will get 3 tickets each that can be exchanged for beer and/or food at the event.

To enter, all you have to do is this:

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me what’s on the menu of your long holiday weekend ~ OR ~ if you’re not sure yet, then just tell me what your favorite 4th of July celebration food or drink typically is. Is it hot chicken? Homemade ice cream? Spiked watermelon?

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 Sycamore on Twitter (@SycamoreNash) and tweet “Win tickets to the @SycamoreNash Thirsty Third Ditch Day from @betheats! http://bit.ly/1iMyuTn”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

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

 

Hurry, because the contest ends on Tuesday, July 1st at 10 pm CDT (yes, that’s tomorrow!). 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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Where do I even begin? There is no way that my words or photographs will even begin to do this restaurant justice, but I hope that what I share with you will prompt you to make a reservation so you can see for yourself why I’ve fallen in love.

Last week I got to experience Sinema, the new restaurant in the historic Melrose theater building on 8th Avenue/Franklin Road that officially opens to the public this Friday, June 27th. And that experience left me breathless.

When I first heard that the theater was being converted into a restaurant, I was immediately excited. And the more I read about it, hopeful. Hopeful that finally Nashville was getting something new and different on our culinary scene. Don’t get me wrong- I think we have some fantastic restaurants in this city, but many of them have started to feel the same to me. Feel the same, look the same, taste the same.

 

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But not this.

From the moment I opened that front door and stepped inside, I knew this was special.

Truly, there are no words that can explain my first glimpse of the grand entryway, and I didn’t take a photo of it because I want you to have that same feeling that I had. But I did take a photo of the curved staircase because I couldn’t help myself. It is stunning. Leading up to the second level lounge and private dining space, it is an architectural detail that was kept from the original 1942 theater.

 

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And speaking of the upstairs lounge, I want to move into it. Of course, I don’t think they’ll allow that, but you can be certain that I will be there often. With so many nooks and crannies and cool little areas to lounge with a friend, or a group of friends, this is the bar I’ve been waiting for.

Before you start thinking that all I care about is how absolutely gorgeous this space is, I guess I should tell you a little about the food and of course, the man behind the food. Chef Dale Levitski, an alumni of Top Chef (runner up in Season 3) and a James Beard Award nominee, moved here from Chicago a few months ago to take the helm of this new kitchen.

Personally, I was a big fan of his when he was on Top Chef, so it comes as no shock to me that I love the eclectic menu he has created at Sinema.

 

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Sinema Nashville’s Bread n Butter
Sweet Corn Bacon Butter, White Bean Butter, Caviar Butter, Bella Bakery Bread

We ate a lot of food during our visit, but for the sake of space, the photos I’m sharing are of the dishes I considered to be the best of the best of this particular meal. I’ve seen rave reviews of other dishes pop up on Instagram from people that have also been fortunate enough to get an early taste of Sinema, so I’ve already started compiling my list for the next visit!

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Foie Gras at Sinema
Zucchini Bread, Foie Gras Mousse, Curry Cashew Butter

We chose the foie gras as our appetizer, but honestly, I could have eaten it as dessert. It was sweet, but not in a bad way. My gosh, it was incredible. Next appetizers on my list to try: the Octopus (which a trusted source said is phenomenal) and the “Pig and Peach”, a bacon and ham pierogi with mushrooms, stone fruit, and porcini mushroom sauce.

As for entrees, I ordered the double cut pork chop and my husband ordered the lamb, but I probably ended up stealing about half of his. My goodness, it is incredible.

Since there doesn’t yet seem to be a menu posted online, I’ll share with you that prices for appetizers range from $10 – $16. For entrees, you’re looking at $22 – $42, with most prices being right in the middle of that range. The portions are very substantial, so you certainly don’t have to worry about leaving hungry. In fact, we had to take leftovers home because we couldn’t eat it all!

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Sinema’s Colorado Lamb
Duck Fat Poached Rack, Lucknow Spiced Lamb Sausage, Pearled Barley Risotto, Anchovy Sauce Vert

 

Sinema

The Melrose Theater Building
2600 Franklin Pike
Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37204
615-942-7746

Mon – Thurs 4 – 11 pm
Fri and Sat – 4 pm to 12 am

(Sundays brunch will be added soon)

 

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Interior details of the gorgeous new Sinema restaurant

~ Contest Closed ~

And the winner is…..

#54 Traci

Giveaway

Now the best part — I’ve got a Sinema 3 course dinner for TWO* to give away!

To enter, all you have to do is this:

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me what you’ve read or heard about Sinema that excites you the most.

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 Sinema on Twitter (@sinemanashville) and tweet “Win a 3-course dinner for 2 at the incredible new @sinemanashville from @betheats! http://bit.ly/T2XlWy”, 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, June  27th at noon CDT. 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!

*Dinner does not include alcohol or gratuity

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Caffeine Water! — Yes, there really is such a thing.

In the interest of full disclosure, my initial introduction to Avitae (pronounced “uh-vee-tay”) was through a press release and offer to sample the product. As I’ve told you before, I get quite a lot of these types of emails, so it takes a special one to really grab my attention. In this case, the promise of “Zero calories, zero sugars, zero artificial ingredients and no aftertaste”, but plenty of kick (my own words), definitely piqued my interest.

You see, I don’t particularly like sodas, and I hate energy drinks (blech!) but I do feel like I sometimes need caffeine, and I don’t always want a cup of coffee to give me that boost I’m looking for. After having a child 2.5 years ago, morning coffee became a new part of my daily routine out of necessity. Running on little sleep most of the time, it was not only a wake-me-up, be essential for helping me focus.

However, in recent months I’ve gone back to early morning workouts (my pre-baby morning ritual), and I don’t like drinking a hot cup of coffee before, during, or immediately following my workout. But I do need to drink lots of water, so Avitae sounded like just the type of drink that would be a perfect kick off to my day!

So I said yes to the samples, and I became a fan. Unlike sugar-filled sodas and energy drinks, Avitae Caffeine Water contains natural caffeine derived from green coffee beans, so it helps you stay hydrated and energized without all the added calories and sugar high spike.

There are 3 strengths of Avitae available:

45 mg of natural caffeine (equivalent to 1/2 cup of coffee)
90 mg of natural caffeine (equivalent to 1 cup of coffee)
125-milligram level (equivalent to 1 1/2 cups of coffee)

After sampling, I knew I wanted to keep drinking these, so I ordered a case of 45 and 90 from Amazon. I wish they were sold at retail in the Nashville area, but currently they aren’t, so for now, I’ll just use my Amazon Prime account to stock up. For those of you living in other areas, be sure to visit visit  www.goavitae.com/find-now/ to see if there is a retailer near you. If not, just use Amazon or check Office Depot’s online store.

 

Disclosure: I received 3 free samples of Avitae caffeine water but I was not compensated for this post and opinions are solely mine. The link provided to Amazon is to my Amazon store, where I can earn a small percentage on purchases I refer using that link.

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Another year, another Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in the books! This was my third year participating in the festival, and each year really has been a different experience than the last. As I think most of you know, I am the Director of Marketing for Goo Goo Cluster, and we’ve been participating as one of the Tasting Tent vendors since the inaugural festival in 2012.

Since then, I’ve learned how to dress for maximum comfort and utility, what necessities to bring, and how to organize myself so I can get the absolute most out of the 90 hours I’m in Atlanta. After I got that first festival under my belt, I realized that I should really be doing double duty while there, which means simultaneously working as a representative of Goo Goo but also participating as a media member.

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So yes, while it looks like it’s all fun and games, it’s actually a lot of hard work too! Taking classes, eating and drinking for hours upon hours, educating people on a brand, running to and fro to replenish product, and doing most of that in near 90 degree heat is exhausting. Honestly.

Okay, I know I’m not going to get any sympathy.  It’s nice that my hobby of writing about food overlaps with my real life career, and I’m definitely thankful for that!

Now on to what I ate, drank, and learned ~
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Revolution Donuts of Decatur, GA served up peach donut sliders as well as several other insane flavors like coconut creme brulee and maple bourbon buttermilk donuts.

 

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The first class I took was a Technique Lab for “Cocktail Kegging” taught by Taylor Huber and Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Not only was it a fun and informative class, but they served the best Gin and Tonic I’ve ever had. Definitely check out their website to learn more about their products.

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Some of my favorite savory bites of the weekend were the Smoked Fried Chicken with Sriracha Drizzle and Bacon Cornbread from One Hot Mama’s in Hilton Head, SC, and the Korean BBQ Pork with Kimchi on Sesame Leaf from Simply Seoul Kitchen.

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And the Pork Belly on Grits with Smoked Peaches from Nashville’s own Farm House restaurant, a yummy Edamame Salad from Atlanta’s Tabla, and a crostini with Whipped Pork Butter and Meyer Lemon Sea Salt from Cured in San Antonio, TX. It might not sound like much, but man, oh man, was it delicious!

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Really, the tasting tents are pretty much one blissful bite after another. There were a few things that I forgot to write down descriptions for, which is what happened in the case of Auburn, AL’s Acre restaurant. They had one of the cutest setups of all, and one of our favorite dishes served in little Chinese takeout boxes. For the life of me I can’t remember exactly what it was, but I know I went back on the second day to get it again!

The quick downpour that trapped us under a tent in front of Eden Roc Miami Beach‘s table was a blessing in disguise as we were able enjoy a few of their incredible Poached Wahoo with Avocado Mousse, soy vin and shaved Georgia peach samplers.

I will admit that Buttermilk Kitchen’s Korean BBQ Omelet sounded a little strange to me, but I tried it anyway and am I so glad I did! Definitely a favorite of the weekend.

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One of the first things we saw when we arrived on that first day to set up was the Whisper Creek Whisper Wagon with some of our Nashville buddies inside. I’ll admit that we dropped by more than a few times over the course of the 3 day weekend to enjoy a Whisper Whacker or some of their new Pennington’s Strawberry Rye Whiskey. We had to beat the heat, you know.

So much more to say about these guys and their delicious concoctions, but I’m saving that for a longer post, so stay tuned!

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I can’t think of a more perfect way to start the final day of Atlanta Food & Wine Festival than taking a class called “Sipping Chocolate” with Dan and Jael Rattigan, the owners of French Broad Chocolate. Not only is their chocolate incredible, but they are such a cute, interesting couple. If you’ve never heard their story or tried their chocolates, you really should check it out.

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After a chocolate filled breakfast, the next stop was the 21C lounge where I was hoping to run into Chef Levon Wallace of Louisville’s Proof on Main. As luck would have it, he was there, and after chatting for a bit he directed our attention to their bar. I mean, it was almost noon after all. It was certainly time for a pre-lunch cocktail! Or, um, maybe three. Jasmine Cilantro Lemonade, Mango Cayenne Vanilla Shrub, Grapefruit Cardamom Thyme Shrub. I mean, c’mon, how could we have just one?

So there you have it. Just a quick look at what I consider the best of the best I discovered at the 2014 festival. As you can probably tell, I had a great time and am already looking forward to next year!

 

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McCrady’s Beef Tartare – hay roasted beet, farro and lichen

Every year May seems to get busier and busier for me, and this one was no exception. Luckily, part of the busyness includes work travel and usually that’s to great cities with plenty of good food and drink!

Back in late April/early May, I visited Charleston to attend the Southern C Summit. This was actually my third Southern C to attend, with the others last year being held in Jekyll Island, Athens, and right here at home in Nashville. The conference itself has no shortage of fantastic food and drink. In fact, this time around we got to attend a party at High Wire Distilling and brunch at L’Atelier Le Creuset. Pretty cool!

But outside of the conference there was plenty of time to explore the city, including time to have dinner and drinks on our own every night, so here’s a little rundown of where I spent those hours!

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Yes, that’s a bathroom selfie. Couldn’t resist. Had to show that cool Le Creuset pot turned sink!

EAT Charleston

McCrady’s

2 Unity Aly
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0025

My friend Tabitha was my travel buddy and roomie on this trip, and with really no need for discussion, she made our first dining reservation for McCrady’s. I’ve heard and read so much about it through the years, and have regretted not going when I was in Charleston a couple of years ago.

And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

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State Street Pearl cocktail at McCrady’s

First things first – the before dinner drinks. I was certainly not expecting to come to this white tablecloth, fine dining establishment and have one of the coolest cocktails I’ve ever had, but that’s what happened. The State Street Pearl was made up of gin, aperol, pineapple vinegar, lime, St Germain, and cinnamon boba. Boba, like as in bubble tea!

As for the food, McCrady’s offers a tasting menu, which we chose to do. First course was the gorgeous beef tartare that you see in my photo at the top of the post, and my second course was a trout with fava beans, parsnip, benne and wild bay. Next was the main entree, and I opted for the duo of pork with asparagus, morels, mustard and burnt honey.

For my dessert, I went for the one that didn’t necessarily sound the best to me (normally I would be all about the chocolate), but it was certainly the most interesting and I felt like I couldn’t NOT order it. Even after eating the frozen parfait of grits, geranium and preserved dewberry, I still can’t explain it, but I can tell you it was absolutely incredible!

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Frozen parfait of grits, geranium and preserved dewberry at McCrady’s

 

The Ordinary

Seafood and Oyster Hall

544 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-7060

I feel like the most talked about Charleston restaurant in 2013 was The Ordinary, so there was absolutely no way I could overlook it. That said, I think maybe my expectations were raised a little TOO high. Not that it wasn’t great – it absolutely was. But, I just wasn’t completely blown away by it. I love seafood, and we all know we don’t get nearly enough of it here in Nashville, so it was nice to have all of those fresh options right in front of me.

Everything was delicious, and the service was top notch, so I say if you are in Charleston for a few nights, it’s definitely worth a visit. (Be sure to check out chef/owner Mike Lata’s other restaurant, Fig too. It was my favorite Charleston meal on my last trip!)

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Oyster Sliders at The Ordinary

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The Ordinary’s pickled white shrimp

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 Soft Shell Crab and an amazing panna cotta with rhubarb and strawberries at The Ordinary

 

The Macintosh

479 King St
Charleston, SC
(843) 789-4299

The one restaurant I knew very little about and just chose on a whim was The Macintosh. Surprise, surprise– I believe it was my favorite meal of the trip! One thing I can say with absolutely no hesitation is that their vegetable plate is unequivocally THE best vegetable plate I’ve had the pleasure of devouring. So, any of you vegetarians out there reading this, definitely put The Macintosh on your Charleston itinerary!

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The Macintosh’s Spring Vegetable Plate with Anson Mills’ Farro Piccolo, Mushrooms, Seasonal Vegetables

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Steak at The Macintosh

 

 

DRINK Charleston

The Cocktail Club

479 King St #200
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 724-9411

You know me, I’ve got to seek out the best cocktails in town too, and my heart was happy at The Cocktail Club. Located just above The MacIntosh, if you have dinner there (and you really should go to dinner there), it’s a no-brainer.

In addition to the Cocktail Club, we also grabbed a drink at The Belmont and The Gin Joint (fave from my last visit). Both are worth checking out!

 

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Cocktail Club’s Double Standard (serrano infused gin, cucumber vodka, ginger, cilantro, celery, bitters) and bacon spiced popcorn

 

 

Hi everyone! Wow. May completely got away from, so I’m really sorry I wasn’t around here too much. Believe me, I have lots of incredible food and drink experiences to share with you, but just not much time to write about them this very second. Soon… I promise!

As for now, I’m going to get to the urgent stuff – all of the events that need to be on your calendar for June. Here you go~

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Yum! East

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
6  – 9 pm

Pavilion East
1006 Fatherland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: $45/person

I wasn’t able to attend Yum!East last year, but this year’s lineup is definitely calling to me. Favorites like Edley’s East, Five Points Pizza, Jeni’s, Lockeland Table, Marche, Olive and Sinclair, Porter Road Butcher, and Two Ten Jack are just a few of the vendors that will be in attendance with some yummy eats. In fact, there are over 30 different East Nashville businesses serving up food and drinks!

A benefit for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, Yum!East was a sold out event last year, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon.

For more info, click here (Note: even though this event benefits children, you’ll want to leave the kiddos at home because it’s 21+ only!)

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Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’

Sunday, June 8th, 2014
3 – 5 pm

Front Lawn of First Presbyterian Church
4815 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37220

Cost: $10 for adults (goes up to $13 at midnight on June 6th)
$8 for children (goes up to $10 at midnight on June 6th)

Definitely one of my favorite family friendly activities of the summer is Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’. The only bad part? With hundreds of gallons of homemade ice creams to sample, I usually need some Tums by the time I leave!

While the nearly 3,000 attendees stroll the lawn tasting, there will be judges hard at work finding winners for 3 categories: chocolate base, vanilla base and “other.” The winner from each category then vies for the “best of show,” which will be produced next year into a new Purity ice cream flavor. How cool is that?

For more information on the event, how to enter the contest, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Four Roses Bourbon Tasting at Mason’s

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
5 -7  pm

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

Cost: $10/person

In honor of the upcoming Father’s Day, Mason’s is hosting a bourbon tasting on the Loews patio along the West End Avenue side of the hotel. Don’t feel like only dads can attend though – it’s for everyone!

For the low, low price of only $10, you’ll get to choose from a flight of Four Roses Bourbons or a specialty cocktail featuring the bourbon as well as a few small bites from Chef Brandon Frohne. Hope to see you there!

Reservations for the event can be made at 615-321-1990.

 

Nashville Wine and Food Festival

 

Nashville Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Noon – 5 pm

Riverfront Park
Nashville, TN

Cost: $75/person or $125 for VIP

There seem to be so many new festivals popping up that it’s hard to keep track of them, but this new one caught my attention recently – mainly because of some of the restaurants that are involved:  The Farm House, Holland House, Rumours East, Watermark, Tippler, Antica, Martin’s, Josephine, and Porter Road Butcher.

The inaugural Nashville Wine & Food Festival will pair tasting tents stocked with more than 150 wines from around the world with a full roster mouthwatering plates from a lineup of local restaurants, merchants, and vendors.

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

 

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Nashville Lifestyles’ Battle of the Burger

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Pine Street in the Gulch (between Velocity & Pine Street Flats)
Nashville, TN

Cost: $20/person

Recently I was able to give some input regarding the best burgers in town for Nashville Lifestyles June “Best Burgers” issue that just hit newsstands. (Be sure to pick up a copy so you can see who made the list!)

To go along with the June burger issue, NL will also be hosting a live burger competition involving some of Nashville’s top chefs. Attendees will get to taste all the burgers and vote on their favorite. Come find out who will be crowned Nashville’s 2014 Burger Champion!

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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As I mentioned in my May calendar round up a few days back, one of my favorite culinary events, Savor Nashville, is coming up at the end of this month. With several James Beard nominated visiting celebrity chefs and some of Nashville’s finest, it’s sure to be an incredible couple of days worth of eating!

The Celebrity Chef Dinner being held on Thursday, May 29th, is a seven-course meal with wine pairings. Featured celebrity chefs include:

Frank Bonanno of Mizuna and Luca d’Italia, Denver
Gerard Craft of Niche, St. Louis
Michael Ginor of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Hudson Valley New York
Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe, St. Louis
Andy Tincer and Michael Hudman, Hog and Hominy, Memphis
Charles Phillips of 1808 Grille in the Hutton Hotel, Nashville

 

What:

Celebrity Chef Dinner

When:

Thursday, May 29th
Doors open at 6 pm
Dinner at 7 pm

Where:

Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $160

 

On the following Saturday is the Challenge to the Chefs Brunch where our own Nashville top chefs will compete in a cook off using locally produced ingredients provided to them. I was fortunate to be a judge at the challenge a couple of years ago, and let me assure you, it’s a great (and delicious) time!

The Challenge participating chefs are:
Karl Worley, Biscuit Love
Jamie Watson, Cafe Fundamental
Andrew Little, Josephine
Derek Fulton, M Restaurant & Bar
Jonathan Humphrey, Mason’s
Chris Futrell, Music City Tippler
B.J. Lofback, Riffs Fine Street Food
Jason Slimak, Saint Anejo
Larry Carlile, Silo
Dale Levitski, New Restaurant to be released

 

What:

Challenge to the Chefs Brunch

When:

Saturday, May 31st
10 a.m. – noon

Where:

Bridge Building
2 Victory Avenue, Nashville, TN 37213

Cost: $35

To purchase tickets for either or both events, click here.

But before you do, you might want to try your luck at winning two (2) All Access Passes, which will get you into both events- a $370 value! That’s right, Nashville Lifestyles has been kind enough to allow me to share this awesome opportunity with my readers!

~ Contest Closed ~

And the winner is…..

#39 Tricia

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 all access passes to @NashLifestyles‘ Savor Nashville from @betheats! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1uT2XBK” 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 Friday, May 16th at noon CST. 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!