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Beer & cheese. Cheese & beer. What’s not to love?


A couple of weeks ago I shared a whole list of happenings for April, one of which was this event–  Beer & Cheese to benefit Tennessee Respite Coalition. In case you missed that post, here are the details:

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

The Tennessee Respite Coalition is a nonprofit that 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. My family has had firsthand experience in situations like these, so I know how hard these caregivers work, and how desperately they need a break from time to time. Organizations like TRC are such a blessing.

For just $25 you’re ensuring that some of them get those much needed breaks, and you get to enjoy an unlimited supply of beer and cheese samples selected by Jackalope and Bloomy Rind.  What are you waiting for? Hop on over here to purchase tickets!

Oh, but one more thing… TRC has given me 2 tickets to give away for one lucky reader!


Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#3 Sarah Goodin

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me the name of your favorite beer or your favorite type of cheese. Or you can tell me both!


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 “Beer & Cheese. Enough said. Win 2 tickets to the @TNRespite event @jackalopebrew from @betheats! ” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like the Tennessee Respite on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)  OR follow this link to FB and click to say you’re “interested” in the event

Contest ends on Sunday, April 17th at 10 a.m. CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. You must respond within 48 hours or I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!

There isn’t always time for me to write a full blown post on all of my eating and drinking experiences so I’ve decided that once every couple of months, I’m just going to share a few short bits on some of my current favorites instead of waiting until I have time to give you an essay.

Here’s a quick look at some new-ish Nashville places and meals that I give my full stamp of approval~


 Cocktail at Bastion Nashville

Two new watering holes have opened near me recently and I am head over heels for both of them! Old Glory can be a little tricky to find if you haven’t been there before as it’s tucked away in Edgehill Village behind Taco Mamacita. The former boiler room has an entrance off the alley or you can enter a door next to Legato Gelato. It’s definitely worth the search, as it’s one of the coolest bar spaces I’ve seen in a while. (And the drinks are fab too, of course.)

Bastion in Wedgewood Houston is the latest and greatest Strategic Hospitality/Josh Habiger project, and like many of their other businesses, I’m enamored. I love the layout, I love the bleacher seating, I love the cocktails and I absolutely, totally love the fact that they have Galaga!!!! Oh, and their nachos….the best. They may currently only have one food item on the menu, but man, they do them well.



Photo of me taking photo of sandwich by my friend Tabitha, A la Mode Media


Last month Hattie B‘s launched the first new menu item they’ve added since they opened, and they hit it out of the ballpark. Their new spicy hot chicken sandwich topped with slaw and Nashville comeback sauce on a buttery toasted bun is the perfect solution to eating hot chicken on-the-go.



Photo of the Goo Goo Shop’s Grilled Pimento Cheese by my friend Phillip, Southern Fatty


Naturally, I’ve been spending a lot of time at the Goo Goo Shop these last few months as we opened the new Dessert Bar. There have been days where I felt like all I’ve eaten is sugar on top of sugar. Thankfully, now I don’t have to subsist on cheesecake, sundaes, and pie alone when I’m there working, as last month the Goo Goo Shop Dessert Bar softly and quietly started testing a savory lunch menu. While I’ve enjoyed everything on the menu, my hands-down favorite is the Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the best I’ve ever had. The best part — it’s not too heavy, so there is plenty of room for dessert :-)

The Dessert Bar is now officially serving lunch Monday – Friday 11 am – 3 pm, so you can come check it out for yourself.



 Prima Chef’s Table

I’ve enjoyed many fantastic meals at Prima over the past year+, and recommend it often, particularly for special occasion dining. Last month I had the opportunity to partake in their Chef’s Table experience with some of my best foodie friends, and it cemented the restaurant’s spot on my personal Top 5 Nashville restaurants list.

Chef Sal is super talented, and this meal definitely allows him to shine. The menu is different for every Chef’s Table, and what you will be eating is a surprise, which I absolutely love. Trust the chef and I promise, you’ll be happy you did.



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



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.


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



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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


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

 Basic RGB


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.




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!



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.



Contest Closed

The Winner is….

Becca P/rjp03d (Instagram)


To enter, all you have to do is this:


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!”, 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!





 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.



 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.




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

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


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.



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.



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??)



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!




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.



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.



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