Some of my most vivid memories of childhood revolve around books and reading. I can remember exactly where the Amelia Bedelia books were located in my elementary school library and how many hours I would pore over the order form for the Scholastic book fair. I remember that glorious blast of cold air as I opened the door to the bookmobile that was parked in the church parking lot at the end of my street on sweltering summer days.

Books and writing have always been my escape, my outlet. These days I may not have time to devour two or three books a month for pleasure like I did pre-child, but when I get the chance, I love to lose myself in a good cookbook for an hour or two.

Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and become friends with some very talented food writers and chefs here in Nashville, and a few of them have come out with some really fantastic books. Most of these I haven’t even had a chance to mention yet here on the blog, but as the holidays approach I wanted to share with you, as they would be awesome gifts!


Nashville Eats


Nashville Eats

by Jennifer Justus
Hardcover/256 pages

Nashville Eats is the latest and greatest in my collection. I just received a copy a couple of weeks ago, so while I’ve thumbed through the entire thing to see all the photos, I haven’t actually had a chance to read it in its entirety. That said, I’ve read enough that I’m in love! If you’re a fan of Nashville (and who isn’t these days?), you will get lost in these pages that showcase our history, people, and food.

From Amazon: In Nashville Eats, more than 100 mouthwatering recipes reveal why food lovers are headed South for Nashville’s hot chicken, buttermilk biscuits, pulled pork sandwiches, cornmeal-crusted catfish, chowchow, fried green tomatoes, and chess pie. Author Jennifer Justus whips up the classics—such as pimento cheese and fried chicken—but also includes dishes with a twist on traditional Southern fare—such as Curried Black Chickpeas or Catfish Tacos. And alongside the recipes, Jennifer shares her stories of Nashville—the people, music, history, and food that make it so special.


southern cooking for company


Southern Cooking for Company

by Nicki Wood
Hardcover/296 pages

This book is near and dear to my heart because my own mother is one of the contributors! Southern Cooking for Company brings both tried-and-true Southern recipes from people like my mom who have many years of experience in the kitchen and new, inventive dishes from a younger generation of food bloggers, several that I’m fortunate enough to call friends.

From Amazon: Nicki Pendleton Wood has gathered recipes from more than 100 Southerners that they prepare when company is coming. These are the show-off recipes hosts pull out when guests are on the way, whether for an intimate evening with another couple, a party for 100 people celebrating a milestone birthday, or anything in between. In addition to the recipes, contributors share their secrets for making guests feel at home.



Hot Chicken Cookbook 2015


The Hot Chicken Cookbook

by Timothy Charles Davis
Paperback/128 pages

Hot chicken is Nashville. It may have spread across the country and into other parts of the world recently, but it will always be ours.While I haven’t even seen this book in person yet, I’m eager to read it.

From Amazon: Entrenched in the city’s history, Nashville Hot Chicken is an addiction of sweet, spicy salvation to those who’ve had it. In The Hot Chicken Cookbook, Timothy Davis, a Nashville resident and Hot Chicken devotee, traces the dish’s origins back to the 1930’s and follows the trail to its white-hot buzz of today. Featuring over two- dozen recipes from the finest Hot Chicken restaurants in Nashville and beyond, The Hot Chicken Cookbook tells the tale of Music City’s fiery bird going global to influence a world of chefs and eaters.



Southern Foodies Guide to the Pig

The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig

by Chris Chamberlain
Paperback/ 320 pages
released 2014

Chris Chamberlain and I met six years ago not long after I started this blog. If I remember correctly, he was responsible for getting me my very first food judging gig. Since then, we’ve shared many dining and judging experiences, some more memorable than others. Back in 2012, Chris came out with his book, The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South. If you’re doing any traveling across the South, this book needs to go with you to serve as a reference guide. Last year, his book The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig was released, and much like the first book, it serves as an excellent guide, but this time for all things pork.

From Amazon: The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig takes you on several journeys. An anatomic survey of the pig introduces readers to all the parts of this versatile animal and teaches procedures and recipes to prepare all sorts of wonderful dishes. A geographic tour of the Southern states will showcase restaurants in the region that have particular talents when it comes to pork. The chefs and pitmasters have shared some of their most sacred secrets, the actual recipes for the best pork, barbecue and bacon dishes that emerge from their kitchens. Finally, since man cannot live by pig alone (unfortunately), there is also a selection of recipes that are great accompaniments to the pork dishes contributed by the fifty Southern restaurants that are featured.


Third Thursday Community Potluck

The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

by Nancy Vienneau
Hardcover/336 pages
released 2014

Every Sunday afternoon of my childhood we’d gather at my grandmother’s house after church for a potluck with all the family. To me, it was just a typical Sunday lunch, but looking back, I realize now how lucky I was to experience that shared meal every week.  My grandmother would fry the chicken (plus livers and gizzards- my favorite!) and bake sourdough rolls (also my favorite). The kitchen bar would be covered with dishes my mom and four aunts had made that morning before church. Over on the counter by the back door there would be at least three or four pies, cobblers, or cakes. Though it was all delicious, those lunches weren’t just about the food — it was about spending quality time together. The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook brought that all back for me, and inspires me to begin a similar ritual. Who’s in?

From Amazon: When Nancy Vienneau started a casual potluck celebrating good food and goodwill, she had no idea it would be going strong five years later. The ever-changing group of diverse people who attend have one thing in common: a dedication to good food. As a result, every month, a non-scripted parade of seasonally inspired dishes appears—dishes that draw on ingredients from the participants’ own gardens, their neighbors yards, or the farmers’ market. These dishes celebrate their provenance and their history. Roasted tomato goat cheese tart with Tennessee Bradley tomatoes, Me-me’s chocolate cake inherited from a beloved grandmother’s recipe. Chicken baked with fresh plums from a neighbor’s tree. Acorn squash filled with Southern sorghum and pecans. Pimiento cheese made with local farmstead cheddar. Crowder pea salad flecked with Benton’s country ham.

Like a sourdough starter made from flour, yeast, and water, this simple get-together has grown into a lively, rich event full of interesting folks and food. Between these covers you’ll find glorious dishes, heartfelt stories, plus tips and ideas for starting your own community potluck. Did someone say it’s Thursday?


Coming Soon:




For more information on this December 7th dinner and the new book, click here.




Disclosure: I received copies of some of these books free of charge, but was under no obligation to mention any of them. As always, all opinions written are purely my own. This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and purchase the product, I will receive a small compensation. 



A week ago today I had the pleasure of dining at Cassie Kelley‘s lovely home to celebrate the launch of singer-songwriter Kimberly Schlapman’s new cookware and tabletop line, Oh Gussie!.

In case you don’t know, Kimberly is the curly-haired blonde beauty in the wildly popular country music group Little Big Town. She also stars in her own cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern and just a few months ago released a cookbook, Oh Gussie!: Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen. She obviously has a love of food and entertaining, and her latest venture combines her many talents.




Available exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores nationwide, the collection includes kitchen utensils, household decor, vintage-inspired dishes and glassware, as well as some nostalgic holiday items, all created and designed by Kimberly and the Cracker Barrel team.






There are also pieces called “Paw Paw Pottery” that were inspired by Kimberly’s father and his recent love for creating pottery as gifts for Kimberly and other family members.

Kimberly explains, “The ‘Paw Paw Pottery’ items hold a special place in my heart as they are all inspired by items my sweet daddy created by his own two hands on the potter’s wheel.”




The 50 items that make up the collection range in price from $3.99 to $39.99. I’m particularly fond of the ceramic birds and vintage-inspired glassware. You can check out the whole collection at a Cracker Barrel store near you,  as well as online.




And as a side note, I’m not typically one to gush over celebrities, but my goodness, Kimberly is THE SWEETEST and completely adorable.



 Me, Kimberly and my good friend Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolate

Photo Credit: Oh Gussie! for Cracker Barrel (with the exception of the last snapshot, which was taken with Kristin’s iphone)


Welcome Back Wednesday

Wednesday, November 25th

M.L. Rose Craft Beer and Burgers

4408 Charlotte Ave
~ and ~
2535 Franklin Pike


One of my favorite days of the year is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Everyone always seems to be in a great mood because we’re all looking forward to the long 4 day weekend ahead. Out of town friends and family begin to arrive, and the celebrating begins.

Since you’ll be hanging out at home the entire next day, it’s fun to hit the town on Wednesday night. One option on my radar is M.L. Rose’s “Welcome Back Wednesday.” Both locations will offer two-for-one beers from open to close, but the part that really caught my attention is the fun social media contest they’re going to host.

They’re asking that we submit a high school photo for a chance to win prizes.

Have you guys seen my high school hair?? Oh, you haven’t? Well, let’s just go ahead and get this over with.




Talk about a Throwback Thursday!

Photos can be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, just tag M.L.Rose and use #WBWParty as well as #MLMelrose or #MLWest depending which location you frequent.

On Monday, November 23rd, M.L. Rose will name three finalists. The Grand Prize Winner will be voted on by the guests who attend the #WBWParty, and needs to be present to win. The grand prize winner will receive $250 ML gift card AND a dedicated space behind the ML bar where we will display their winning photo for a full year! 2nd place will receive a $50 ML gift card, and 3rd place will receive a $25 ML gift card.

When guests cast their vote on the night of the party, they will automatically be entered for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes that will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Now go dig through your old photo albums and find that perfect pic. I’m looking forward to bangs, braces, mullets and more!


Burger of the Month and Late Night Dining

You may or may not know that M.L. Rose always has a burger of the month. (And their burgers have always been some of my favorite in town)

Well, November’s burger sounds incredible and I need to get in there soon to try it out. The Gobbler is a turkey burger on sweet potato bun with Kenny’s White Cheddar, cranberry sauce, and cornbread dressing made by Arnold’s Country Kitchen.  Arnold’s dressing on a burger? Yes, please!

Their beer partner of the month is Black Abbey, who will be on site at Welcome Back Wednesday, so get in there and get a burger and beer. Also, something to note… While M.L. Rose used to have a late night menu, they’ve done away with that and now offer the full menu open to close.  Hooray!





 Photo credit: Nashville Lifestyles

Brunch and Bloodys. Nashville Lifestyles is speaking my language.

There was once a time when good brunch options in Nashville weren’t exactly plentiful, but those days are gone. Now we have so many fantastic restaurants serving up brunch that it’s nearly impossible to choose. Thanks to Nashville Lifestyles, we don’t have to. In exactly 2 weeks they are hosting an event that will allow us to eat bites from ALL of the best brunches in town.

Nashville Lifestyles’ Brunch & Bloodys

Saturday, November 21, 2015
10 a.m. – noon

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door

Union Station Hotel
1001 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

Participating restaurants include:

1808 Grille
Chauhan Ale & Masala House
The Farm House
Fifty First Kitchen & Bar
Kitchen Notes
Porter Road Butcher
Prime 108
The Southern


The ticket cost covers one Bloody Mary, bottomless breakfast bites and a chance to vote for your favorite brunch. (and don’t worry, more Bloody Marys will be available to purchase!)





Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#16 Vanessa

Before you run off to buy your tickets, let’s try your luck here! That’s right… Nashville Lifestyles has given me 2 tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me which restaurant’s brunch offering you’re most excited to try. Easy as that!

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 “Brunch and Bloodys event is on 11/21 and @betheats has tickets to give away! Get details here:”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

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


Contest ends on Saturday, November 14th at noon. 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!

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 ~




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!


pinewood mcfw

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.


The Treehouse

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



Sinema Angoletti


Ricotta Agnolotti – lamb sugo, parmesan bread crumbs





Porter Road Butcher

150 day dry aged beef tartare with fermented garlic scape




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.


Josephine MCFW15


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




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.



Rolf & Daughters

semolina pudding, blueberry jam, saba


collage mcfw

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


City House MCFW15

City House 

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



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.

Dixie Crunch Premium at MCFW

The Dixie Crunch Premium Goo Goo

photo credit: Southern Fatty



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




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!




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.




Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#24 Erica

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


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.


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!” 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!







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 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



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




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




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

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



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.




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.




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.


amanda freitag chef cookbook

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.



Taste of Nashville

Friday, October 23, 2015
7 pm – 1 am

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.




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.