Scene Best of 2015 winner

 

You guys!!! I totally just realized that in my excitement a couple of weeks ago, I never actually posted anything here on my blog about winning the Best Food Blog in Nashville Scene’s BON Reader’s Poll!

While I shouted out thanks on my social media channels as soon as I heard the news that night, I failed to do so right here where it all started on the pages of my blog. Sooooo…

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for voting Eat. Drink. Smile. #1 best food blog, and for also somehow managing to get me a #2 Best Food Writer nod.

xoxoxo ~

Beth

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Exactly one month ago, under gorgeous sunny skies, I (+ a couple thousand other people) ate and drank my way through a magical Music City Food + Wine Festival weekend.

You know that “third times a charm” saying?  Year 1 and Year 2 were such a blast that I would have been happy if they hadn’t changed a thing. But they did, and this 3rd year of MCF&W was definitely the best one yet! The new venue of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park was perfection.

And now I’m just going to come right out and say it: There is no food event in Nashville that even comes close to this one!

If you live here in Nashville and haven’t attended yet, then you need to make it a priority to go next year. I promise you, the $150 price tag for a one day pass is a deal. The caliber of food, the quantity of available booze, and the entertainment and learning experiences are worth every. single. penny.

As I went back through my notes and photos from the weekend, it was SO HARD to narrow down my choices to the few that I have here, but there was simply so much that I couldn’t possibly cover it all. Also, words really won’t do it justice, so this post is going to be heavy on the visuals and light on the commentary. Here they are…. my favorites from Music City Food + Wine 2015. Enjoy!

 

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Pinewood Social

Pretzel crumb, lemon curd, cream cheese mousse, lavender gremolata, fresh blueberries, edible flowers

I’m STILL thinking about this dessert. It may be one of the best things I’ve eaten all year, not just at this festival. I hope that Pinewood plans to serve this on the regular if they aren’t already.

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The Treehouse

corn, zucchini & black eyed pea salad with chipotle dressing, fresh cheese and pumpkin seeds

 

 

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Ricotta Agnolotti – lamb sugo, parmesan bread crumbs

 

 

 

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Porter Road Butcher

150 day dry aged beef tartare with fermented garlic scape

 

 

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Catbird Seat

Ice Cream Salad

 Yep, Ice Cream Salad. To be specific, lemon ice cream salad with candied pecans. No idea how to even explain this one to you, but that’s pretty typical of the surprises at Catbird Seat, right? This one prompted me to start planning my next visit before Trevor leaves us for Noma. So insanely creative and delicious.

 

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Dried Sweet Corn, Duck Confit, Pickled Mushrooms
Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Little Lettuce

 

 

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Kayne Prime

white miso ice cream in a ginger cone topped with duck chicharrones

THIS. Oh my goodness. So much this. I’ve always liked Kayne Prime, but I’ll admit it’s been a while since I’ve been there. This was a great reminder that they do some really fun things, and it may be time for another visit.

 

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Rolf & Daughters

semolina pudding, blueberry jam, saba

 

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Little Octopus avocado, sour orange, crispy shallot, scallion ash, cilantro

Etch upside down apple cake with foie gras crema, coffee caramel, and pickled cantaloupe rind

Adele’scurried chicken salad, ritz cracker, kale salad, roasted peanuts

 

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City House 

lemon poppyseed pavlova
toasted lemon meringue poppy seed crumbs, ricotta cream, lemon marmalade

 

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Goo Goo Shop

Premium Goo Goos

I think most of you reading this blog already know this, but in case anyone is joining for the first time, I should mention that I’m the Director of Marketing for Goo Goo Cluster. But, while that may cause me to be a tiny bit biased, I truly do believe that the Summer Chef Series Premium Goo Goos were one of the best sweet bites at the festival!

I absolutely love what our confectioner Lauren pulled together with 8 super talented local chefs, and I hope that we’ll able to make this a recurring series. For a full list of the flavors we served at MCF+W, visit the Goo Goo website.

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The Dixie Crunch Premium Goo Goo

photo credit: Southern Fatty

 

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Carla Hall, our favorite celebrity chef, stopped by to say hi! (and eat some Goo Goos of course)

There you go. My personal favorites from Music City Food + Wine 2015. Want to see what others thought of this year’s event? Here are links to a few of my food loving friends’ recaps!

Eater Nashville

Southern Fatty

Farm Flavor

Nashville Scene – Abby White (a self described non-foodie’s take on it)

Nashville Scene – Chris Chamberlain (carnivore edition)

Nashville Scene – Lesley Lassiter (plant eater edition)

12th and Broad – Melissa Corbin

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4th Annual Nashville Street Food Awards

Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Noon – 4 pm

~UPDATE: Venue Change!~

Nashville Farmers’ Market

900 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: FREE

For all up to date information, visit the Facebook event page.

 

One of the very best perks of food blogging is that I get asked to be a judge at various events from time to time. While I have never and will never consider myself a restaurant reviewer, I am more than happy to lend my taste buds and opinions for a competition!

As you might have noticed from my October “happenings” post last week, the Nashville Street Food Awards are fast approaching, and I’ve been asked to once again be a judge. Woohoo!

 

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Last year the categories assigned to me were “Deep Fried” and “Best Goo Goo” (I couldn’t NOT judge the Goo Goo competition ya know!). As you can see from all of the pics, it was a really, really tough job.

Because it’s so difficult, the event organizers are allowing me to once again bring a judging partner. That’s right. I get to give away a judging spot to one of my lovely readers!

There are only a few requirements (two of which are my own):

1) You must be available between 10 a.m. and Noon on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.

2) You must be an adventurous eater. I’m going to expect you to try every single thing put in front of you. Hey, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!

2) You are required to wear loose fitting clothing. Elastic waistbands are your friend. This isn’t actually a requirement, but I promise, you’re going to want to take my advice on this.

 

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~Giveaway~

Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#24 Erica

Now, on to the fun part! To enter, all you have to do is this:

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me what categories you hope we get assigned to judge. Categories include: Best Taco, Best Between Bread, Best Smoked, Best Dessert, Best Hot Nashville, Best Vegetarian, Best Deep Fried, and Best Drink. There will also be two Nashville brands featured in categories, Best Yazoo and Best Christie Cookie.

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 on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Nashville Street Food Awards are 10/17 & you can win a judging spot from @betheats! http://bit.ly/1JPSzhX” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  RSVP that you’re attending on the Facebook event page (only if you actually are planning to!) and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already RSVP’d if that’s the case.)

 

Contest ends on Sunday, October 11th 12 NOON 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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Homegrown Taproom Grand Opening Weekend

Thursday, October 1st – Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Homegrown Taproom and Marketplace
2720 Old Lebanon Rd
Nashville, TN 37214

Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace quietly opened last month, bringing a wide selection of local craft beers and a chef driven dinner and bar menu to the Donelson community. Sadly, my schedule has not allowed me to visit yet, but I will be doing so very, very soon. Robin and Jennifer, the proprietors of Homegrown, are awesome ladies and I would love if all of you would get over there and check it out too!

Today kicks off their official grand opening weekend, with a five-course Farm to Pint Beer Dinner scheduled for tonight. They’ve partnered with Tennessee Brew Works for their beverages, and the menu has been crafted by their chef, Michael Moranski.

Farm to Pint Dinner
6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Tickets are $65 and must be purchased in advance
Visit www.homegrownnashville.com/events for more information and tickets

 

The celebration weekend will continue with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 2nd at 10:30 a.m. On Saturday, Oct. 3rd from 3-7 p.m. local brewers, including Fat Bottom Brewery and Little Harpeth Brewing, will be on-site with special brews.

Homegrown will feature live music sets throughout the grand opening weekend from 7-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday. Featured artists include Annie Mosher, Cheley Tackett, Lisa Oliver, Tommy Womack, Riley Anglen, Adam McDonough, and Weston and Mia Hill.

The final event of the weekend is an all-day beer brunch on Sunday, Oct. 4th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring special Calfkiller brews, giveaways and a visit from the Calfkiller brewers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about any of these events, or Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace in general, visit www.homegrownnashville.com.

 

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Farmhand Dinner

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
6:30- 8:30 pm

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

Cost: $75/ person or $500/table (6 seats)

The Farmhand Dinner at the Nashville Farmers’ Market will begin with a traditional farmhand “Water Break”, except instead of water, there will be cocktails! Signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm, then the dinner bell will ring at 7:00 and feature a plated, innovative interpretation of farmhand classics. Some incredible chefs are participating, so this is sure to be fantastic:

Tyler Brown – Farmer, Rancher and Executive Chef of Capitol Grille, The Hermitage Hotel

Trey Ciocca — Chef of The Farm House

Paul Johnson & Ed Smith– Chefs and Owners, Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering & BBQ

Richard Jones – Executive Chef, Green Door Gourmet

Dale Levitski–Executive Chef, Sinema

Margot McCormack – Executive Chef, Owner of Margot Café and Bar & Marche Artisan Foods

Sam Tucker – Executive Chef, Owner of Village Bakery & Provisions

Laura Wilson – 2x Iron Fork Winning Chef & Chef/Owner, Citizen Kitchen

Nicole Wolfe —Chef, Owner Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

 

To purchase tickets, please click HERE.

Proceeds from the Farmhand Dinner will benefit the Nashville Farmers’ Market through our partnership with Tennessee Farmers’ Market Association

 

 

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Champagne and Chardonnay

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
6- 8:30 pm

391 Jones Parkway
Nashville, TN

Cost: $125

Okay ladies, if the Farmhand Dinner isn’t really your speed, then this may be just the thing for you! At this exclusive cocktail party, you can enjoy a beautiful evening drinking Champagne and Chardonnay with your friends, while raising money to fund the fight against cancer.

There will be a Silent Auction filled with fine wines, unique dinners and tastings, special trips and luxury items. The $125 ticket price includes wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres.

The extraordinary wines for the evening are generously donated by Champagne Henriot, Domaine Parent and The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills. Women interested in making a reservation may call the Nashville Wine Auction office at 615.329.1760 or visit www.NashvilleWineAuction.com.

 

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Southern Provisions Fireside Chat

Friday, October 9th, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Green Door Gourmet
7011 River Road Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: $45/person (includes appetizers and beverages)

Green Door Gourmet is hosting a cocktail reception and fireside chat with noted food historian and USC professor Dr. David Shields, and acclaimed American food author and expert on southern cuisine, Nathalie Dupree ,on Friday evening, October 9th.

Dr Shields aka “the Rice Man” is credited with being instrumental in bringing back no less than twelve heirloom southern vegetables and grains through his work with Glenn Roberts (Anson Mills) and Chef Sean Brock. Nathalie Dupree has been a passionate culinary voice for southern food and entertaining. Her book Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking is a ground breaking collection of the best southern recipes from across the region. Her latest release Southern Vegetables goes more in depth on how best to utilize amazing produce.

This is an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from these respected authors up close and personal. Both will be signing their recent books, so if you have one already, bring it along. If not, a limited number will be available for sale during the event, or may be purchased in advance at www.greendoorgourmet.com/event-merchandise.

This is a very exclusive limited seating event, so hurry and purchase your ticket today!

 

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Dhaba Chophouse

Sunday, October 11th, 2015
6, 6:30 or 7 pm seatings

51st Kitchen and Bar
5104 Illinois Ave
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: $150 per person; Table of 4 required, so $600 per table

My friend Vivek is back with some new supper club concepts! The first dinner this month is at 404 Kitchen, but it’s already sold out, so no need to give you details on it. However, the second one still has some spots and looks like it’ll be a lot of fun.

“Dhaba Chophouse” will present a classic steakhouse experience with Indian accents. This dinner will be held at 51st Kitchen and Bar with Chef Tony Galzin and General Manager Caroline Galzin. The meal will be served family style, so for that reason, tables of 4 people are required.  Prices include cocktail/wine pairings and gratuity. For more information, to see the menu and to buy tickets, visit the VEA Supper Club website.

 

 

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Nashville Street Food Awards

Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Noon – 4 pm

~UPDATE – Venue Change!~

Nashville Farmers’ Market

900 Rosa L Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: FREE

I’m so excited to once again be a judge at the upcoming Nashville Street Food Awards! Free and open to all ages, the event is a friendly little competition between more than 25 NFTA members. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase food from all participating trucks, including a variety of their contest entries.

Categories will include: Best Taco, Best Between Bread, Best Smoked, Best Dessert, Best Hot Nashville, Best Vegetarian, Best Deep Fried, and Best Drink. There will also be two Nashville brands featured in categories, Best Yazoo and Best Christie Cookie.

Participating trucks include Bacon Nation, Bao Down, Bradley’s Curbside Creamery, Chapmans II, Coco’s Italian Market, Dawg Daze, Deg Thai, Electric Sliders, Grilled Cheeserie, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Julia’s Bakery, Lil Choo Choo BBQ, Maggie Moo’s Mobile, Moovers & Shakers, Music City Brisket, Music City Rice & Roll, Nashville Burrito Co., Riffs Fine Street Food/Funk Seoul Brother, The Rolling Feast, Sehrt Seafood, Smoke Et Al, Smoothie King, Steaming Goat, and Taste of Nature.

For up to date information on the event, visit the Facebook page.

 

 

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Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival

Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Noon – 5 pm

Two Rivers Mansion
3130 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Cost: $30 (early bird) or $45 (at the door)

So many competing festivals, how is one to choose? While I’ll be chowing down and judging the Street Food Awards, there’s another festival going on across town for those of you that love to drink. The Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival will be bringing beer lovers and wine aficionados together at the gorgeous Two Rivers Mansion.

60+ breweries and a multitude of wine companies will be there, and don’t worry, there will be plenty of food vendors too! For more information, visit the festival website.

 

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Amanda Freitag Book Signing at Parnassus

Monday, October 19th, 2015
6:30 pm

Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

You probably know her best from Food Network’s hit show Chopped, or perhaps Iron Chef America. I just happened to randomly meet Amanda Freitag three years ago at the bar at Martin’s BBQ in Nolensville. Since I’m a fan of Chopped, I immediately knew who she was when I saw her. Apparently I’d stumbled upon her sampling some of Pat Martin’s cuisine for another TV show she was set to tape. Lucky me! Here it was, the middle of the afternoon with no one else in the restaurant, and I got to join in on the feast plus chat with this lovely lady for a while. And I must say, she’s awesome.

Now Amanda has come out with a cookbook and will be making an appearance here in Nashville at Parnassus! She’ll be signing  The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef’s Recipes For Fun, Fearless Home Cooking on Monday the 19th so come out and meet her! I guarantee you’ll like her as much as I did.

For more information on the book and the event, click here.

 

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Taste of Nashville

Friday, October 23, 2015
7 pm – 1 am

Rocketown
601 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $100 (early bird, through 10/15) or $125

Nashville’s longest running food tasting event is just around the corner. Taste of Nashville will make a repeat appearance at Rocketown this year, and as always, they’ve gathered some of the best restaurants, food purveyors, bars and beverage creators that our fine city has to offer!

Just a few that have my attention: Acme Feed & Seed, Hattie B’s, Moto, Belle Meade Bourbon, Martin’s BBQ, The Patterson House, Fifty First Kitchen & Bar, Saffire, The Southern, and of course, one near and dear to my heart, Goo Goo Clusters. No doubt it’s going to be good! To see the full list as it’s updated, visit their website and to purchase tickets, visit the Evenbrite ticketing page.

Taste of Nashville is hosted by the The Phoenix Club and benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee and Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee.

 

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Bad Bitches Brew

Monday, October 26, 2015
6 – 9 pm

POP Nashville
604 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: $85
includes all food, drinks and gratuity

I’m really excited about this dinner coming to Nashville in late October. The press release I received on it was the first I’d ever heard of the “Bad Bitches” chef series, but I certainly love the concept!

The Charleston-based chef series, which was started by former Fig sous chef Sarah Adams, Kelly Kleisner of Mirabelle Bakery, and Randi Weinstein of Butcher and Bee, preaches the word of female empowerment in the food and beverage community by hosting playfully themed and interactive dining events, that also happen to raise money for scholarships.

The Halloween-themed “Bad Bitches Brew” they’re bringing to Nashville will showcase some of my absolute favorite chefs in town: Deb Paquette of Etch, Maneet Chauhan of Chauhan Masala & Ale House, Allie Lane of Little Octopus, Rebekah Turshen of City House, Kayla May of Blushing Berry and Josephine, and Lisa Donovan of Buttermilk Road. Talk about some talent in the kitchen!

Chelsey Conrad of Butcher and Bee Charleston and Sarah Adams, founder of Bad Bitches, will also be contributing to the meal. They’ll all be joined by the female brewers of Nashville, including Tennessee Brew Works, Jackalope, Corsair, Mayday, Black Abbey, and more.

Note: if you attend, you’re encouraged to dress to theme. I’m already plotting my outfit.

For more information and tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Event proceeds will benefit the Pink Boots Society Nashville for the continuing education of women in beer and the Bad Bitches Scholarship fund.

 

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Okay you guys, you know I very rarely mention movies on my blog. Like, I’m thinking I may have blogged about 3 or 4 movies over the past 6 years and I’m pretty certain they’ve all been food focused documentaries.

Well, this is no documentary. But it’s about food. Actually, it’s about a chef. And that chef is played by Bradley Cooper. Enough said?

Burnt releases October 23rd. Who wants to go with me?!?

 

Les-DamesLast year I was absolutely honored and thrilled to accept an invitation as a founding member of the newest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier Interanational here in Nashville.

In case you’ve never heard of it, Les Dames is an international organization (501c3) of women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality professions. The goal of the membership (1900 members in 30 chapters in the U.S., U.K, and Canada) is to create a supportive culture in their respective communities and provide leadership and educational opportunities, as well as host philanthropic events.

Well, next week we’re throwing our first major fundraiser here in Nashville and it is going to be awesome!

 

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One of the newest dames in the Nashville chapter, Chef Maneet Chauhan (of Chopped fame) will host the fundraiser at her restaurant, Chauhan Ale & Masala House. We also welcome a very special guest, fellow dame and Nashville native, Carla Hall of ABC’s “The Chew.”

Guests will enjoy a special menu of cocktails and dinner prepared by these lovely ladies in addition to lively conversation with them. And as someone who has chatted with them both on a few occasions, I can assure you, it will definitely be lively! Not only are they both blessed with incredible culinary talents, but they also have personality +!

 WHAT:

SPICE IT UP! Les Dames Nashville Scholarship Fund Benefit Dinner

WHEN:

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
5 pm – 6:30 pm: Cocktails
6 pm – 8:30pm: Dinner and Conversation

WHERE:

Chauhan Ale & Masala House
123 12th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203

WHO:

Chef Maneet Chauhan, Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Carla Hall, ABC’s “The Chew”
Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville
and YOU!

Tickets, available for purchase here, are $150 for cocktails and dinner and $30 for cocktails only. The event will also feature a silent auction including valuable items such as fine wines, restaurant gift certificates, collectibles, and culinary equipment.

Funds raised from this event will go toward culinary scholarships for women in Middle Tennessee as well as benefit community organizations and projects that further the mission of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.

 

 

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You may remember that earlier in the summer I visited Atlanta for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival  with my good friend Lisa. This is one trip I look forward to every year, because even though it’s technically work, we have plenty of time to play as well! And I must say, Lisa is the perfect traveling companion, as she’s an adventurous and voracious eater like me.

When I was researching Atlanta restaurants, there were several that looked great, but many that didn’t look very different from what Nashville has to offer, so that made it pretty easy to narrow down our choices. I was determined to eat a meal that I couldn’t find here at home, and we did just that. Cooks & Soldiers is a new-ish (opened very late 2014) Basque restaurant on the Westside.

 

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Caña Klasikoa at Cooks & Soldiers, Atlanta
Goat cheese, roasted tomato, green pepper, shallot jam, pistachio

 

Spain’s Basque region is located on the northern seacoast near France. As you know, I just got back from a vacation to France and Spain, so this area was one that I’d already done a bit of research on when planning our upcoming trip. From what I understand, the area is known for pintxos — not tapas. Of course, I’ll be completely honest and admit that I am not an expert in pintxos vs tapas, but if you’re interested in learning more, you can see what this guy has to say. The one thing I do know is that I absolutely love Spanish food and the way almost everything is served in small bites, or in a manner that is meant to be shared.

At Cooks & Soldiers, their menu is broken into 4 parts: pintxos tradicionales (toasts), pintxos especiales (small plates), main plates from the asador (grill), and side dishes.

Naturally we started at the top with the pintxos tradicionales, ordering the Caña Klasikoa and the Huevos y Gambas. The latter, cucumber gribiche and cured rock shrimp on toast, was great but paled in comparison to the Caña Klasikoa, which was goat cheese, roasted tomato, green pepper, shallot jam and pistachio. This toast still haunts me in my dreams.

 

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Cooks & Soldiers’ Hamachi Crudo
Thinly sliced hamachi, mango carpaccio, coconut, lime, Yuzukosho

Toward the end of our meal that evening, we both decided we couldn’t leave the restaurant without having another order of Caña Klasikoa. Oh my goodness. After taking a quick peek at their menu just now, I’m happy to report that they are still on the menu, so I hope they stay there forever because the next time I’m in town, I must have some!

Before I go further, I must apologize for the not-so-great quality of all of these photos. We dined after dark on the patio, with just a small candle as our only source of light. On top of that, I only had my iphone with me, not my better camera that can sometimes pull off a few decent quality shots in dim lighting. Please believe me when I say that all of the dishes looked soooo much prettier in person than they do here.

 

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Pulpo at Cooks & Soldiers, Atlanta
Grilled Mediterranean octopus, chickpeas, chorizo, cracked olives, orange, smoked Marcona almonds

 

After the toasts, we moved on to the small plates and the grill, devouring hamachi crudo, pulpo, and veal cheeks -all really flavorful and unique. At this point we were satiated, but not stuffed, which is exactly how it should be after a great meal. Of course, while I was no longer hungry, per usual, I still wanted a little something sweet.

We looked over the dessert menu, but nothing was really calling to us, so we decided to revisit the pintxos especiales section, as there was a dish there that caught our eye earlier. While we both love beets, we’d skipped the ‘Beets & Peaches’ in favor of meatier things for dinner.

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Cooks & Soldiers’ Beets and Peaches
Grated red beets, grilled peaches, raspberry, pistachio, house ricotta

This dish was absolutely the perfect ending to this incredible meal. The textures and flavors of grated beets, grilled peaches, raspberries, pistachio and housemade ricotta had our palates singing. Lisa was so enamored that she analyzed every single bite she took, trying to memorize every aspect in hopes of recreating it at home. Truly fantastic.

Above I shared two photos of the dish – mine taken with my iphone and one from Cooks & Soldiers Instagram account (on right). Amazing what a little light, a white bowl and a good camera will do!

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Seven Are One cocktail at Cooks & Soldiers, Atlanta

Oh, and I almost forgot! How could I forget?? I had one of the best cocktails EVER — the Seven Are One, a mixture of gin, lime juice, simple syrup, cherry tomatoes, basil and salt. Wow. I may have had a couple. Or three. Who’s counting?

 

Cooks & Soldiers

691 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 996-2623

Twitter: @cooksatl
Instagram: @cooksatl
Facebook: cooksandsoldiers

Hours:

Sun-Wed 5 – 10pm
Thurs 5 – 11 pm
Fri & Sat  5 pm – midnight
Bar open until 2 am

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Last week I shared a whole list of happenings for September, one of which was the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival. In case you missed that post, here are the details:

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
3 – 6 pm

Rocketown (great new venue for the fest this year!)
601 Fourth Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $55
~or~
$80 VIP

Purchase tickets here.

The $55 general admission ticket includes unlimited cheese and artisan food sampling, wine and beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, an insulated tote bag, and a $5 voucher towards any cheese purchase.

The $80 VIP tickets will get you into the event one hour early (at 2pm), all of the other things I listed above, plus access to the VIP area, and a $10 voucher towards the purchase of cheese or artisan foods available at the festival (vs a $5 voucher with general admission).

Now for the really fun part. I’m back today not only to remind you of all that, but to give some things away!! See these cute aprons below? You can win one. AND you can win a pair of tickets to the fest!

 

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That’s right, my awesome friend Kathleen of The Bloomy Rind (the gal who is responsible for creating and organizing this fantastic event) was kind enough to offer up a pair of tickets to the festival AND one of these aprons for one of my lucky readers!

~Giveaway~

Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#28 Susan Williams

To enter, all you have to do is this:

Mandatory

1. Leave a comment telling me what cheesemaker or artisan food vendor you’re most excited to meet and/or sample. You can click on this link to see a list of everyone that will be there.

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 on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Cheese. Cheese. More Cheese! Win tickets to the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival from @betheats! http://bit.ly/1UrErqT” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like the Southern Artisan Cheese 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 Wednesday, September 9th at 12 NOON CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. You must respond within 24 hours or I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!