Voting for this year’s Nashville Scene “Best of Nashville” has been underway for a couple of weeks now, and the deadline is fast approaching! Voting ends on September 4th, so be sure to head on over there and cast votes for your favorites as soon as possible.

I’m not one to beg, but just so you know, I’d love it if you wrote Eat. Drink. Smile. in that blank space next to “Best Food Blog” in the Media section! This year there’s also a “Best Candy Store” category (I think it’s new???), and since I’ve been working my butt off for the past year on the Goo Goo Shop downtown, I’d also be ever so appreciative if you voted for it in that category.

Click here to choose your favorites, and please note: make sure you enter at least 20 categories or your vote won’t count.


InterNASHional Food Crawl

Saturday, September 5th, 2015
12 – 4 pm

~ Venue change!~

Plaza Mariachi
3955 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211

Cost: $10 General admission
$30 for VIP

I’m so excited to have purchased my tickets for this year’s InterNASHional Food Crawl, as this is the first time during the 3 years of its existence that I’ve had a clear schedule and am able to go!

The crawl explores a 5‐mile span of Nashville’s international corridor, Nolensville Road, and participants are able to try delicious foods from around the world– Mexico, India, Thailand, the Middle East and many more. This year the Food Crawl will feature more than 15 ethnic restaurants and markets, with different ticket holders visiting different combinations of locations.

For just $10, you’ll receive a wristband and map of 6-10 participating restaurants/markets that will offer samples of foods and beverages that represent their cultures. Note that with the $10 ticket option, you’ll be using your own vehicle to visit the different locations.

If you’d rather be transported around, then the new VIP ticket may be a better choice for you. VIP participants will ride a charter bus from site to site, and have a tour guide as well as drinks. The VIP tours are at noon and 2 pm.

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



Made South Supper & Songwriters

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
6 – 10 pm

Carnton Plantation
1345 Eastern Flank Circle
Franklin, TN 37064

21+ event

Cost: $297 per guest  (includes a ticket to Saturday’s Market)
*10% off with promo code: betheats

Made South has put together a full weekend of food, drinks, shopping, and fun down in Franklin September 10th-12th. The first event is Supper & Songwriters at Carnton Plantation. The evening will feature handcrafted cocktails from Donner-Peltier Distillers, small bites from Carey Bringle (aka Peg Leg Porker) and a four-course supper by Chefs Hal Holden-Bache, Brandon Frohne, Audra Dykes, and Trey Cioccia.

Three of Nashville’s best songwriters will play their biggest hits and tell stories about writing songs for Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Eric Church and more.


Made South BBQ & Bourbon Market Preview

Friday, September 11th, 2015
6 – 10 pm

Harlinsdale Farm
239 Franklin Rd
Franklin, TN 37064

Cost: $197 per guest
*10% off with promo code: betheats

The launch of MADE SOUTH Market will kick off with a feast by Martin’s Bar-B-Que and some delicious handcrafted cocktails using three different bourbons from Buffalo Trace Distillery. After supper the market will be unveiled and guests will be able to enjoy three hours of early-access shopping.


Made South Market

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
10 am – 5 pm

Harlinsdale Farm
239 Franklin Rd
Franklin, TN 37064

$17 per guest in advance
$20 at the door

*10% off with promo code: betheats

Children 10 and under free

MADE SOUTH Market will feature beautiful, handmade goods from 80 of the finest makers & artisans from all over the South, plus delicious food and live music.

For more information on all of the events, a list of makers at the market, and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

10% of the profits from all three events will benefit the new Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Programs at Williamson Medical Center.

*The discount code is case sensitive so make sure you type it all in lower case. The code will be good for 10% off any and all tickets sales until the event sells out.




Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
3 – 6 pm

601 Fourth Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $55
$80 VIP

Where has the time gone? I can’t believe it has already been 5 years since my friend Kathleen of The Bloomy Rind launched the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival. If you love cheese, then you certainly do not want to miss this event!

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).

Purchase tickets here and be sure to check out the ticket information page for cheese-y etiquette.



Eat Green for Tennessee

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

This year, Eat Green for Tennessee is bigger than ever, doubling the number of participating restaurants and expanding to Chattanooga! For the 3rd year, all of the restaurants will be donating a percentage of their food sales for this one day to the Land Trust for Tennessee.

All you have to do is go out to eat at one of these awesome places and you will be helping to protect our greenspaces. Easy, right?

For more information and a list of participating restaurants in both cities, visit the Land Trust website or the event FB page.




Bourbon and The Butcher

Friday, September 18th, 2015
8 – 10 pm

Cochon Butcher
1120 4th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37210

Cost: $50

In case you haven’t heard, Cochon Butcher will be opening here in Nashville very soon (in Germantown to be exact).  Come check it out for what could be the first time, raise a glass of booze from Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and feast on some of Chef Levon Wallace’s house-made meats at this event hosted by Local Palate magazine.

Visit the event page for more information and to purchase tickets.



Music City Food + Wine

Grand Tasting and Chef Showcase
Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th, 2015
11 am – 4 pm
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Harvest Night
Saturday, September 19th
7 – 11 pm
Walk of Fame Park

Cost: 1-day Pass $150
All-in 2 day Pass $500
Harvest Night Only $225

Last, but certainly not least, Music City Food + Wine is less than a month away!!! This will be the third year for the event, and I am fairly confident it will be the best one yet. If you want to see what the past two years have been like, check out my recap from 2013 here and from 2014 here.

For this year’s full schedule, click here and to see what talent (celebrities!) to expect, click here. Celebrity chef demos and panel discussions run simultaneously with Grand Taste, so you can flit back and forth between food stations and tents, and never feel like you’re missing out on anything. So looking forward to this weekend and hope to see some of you there!

To purchase tickets, or for more detailed information, visit the Music City Food + Wine website.







2600 Franklin Pike
Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37204


Sinema Market Menu

It’s no secret that one of my favorite restaurants in town is Sinema. I love their dinner, I love their brunch, I love their staircase, I love their cocktails, I love their lounge. Heck, I even love the ladies room. They’re always introducing something new and interesting, so there’s never a dull moment.

Which leads me to why I’m here today. Sinema’s Chef Dale Levitski has partnered with several Tennessee farmers and purveyors to utilize the bounty of seasonal ingredients with a weekly Market Menu, a 3-course fixed meal offered at one price ($39-45 per person depending on the menu). Wine pairings are also available for an additional $20 per person. The menus that have been served so far look delicious. See for yourself:

Menu 1

1st: Ceviche – salmon, fried okra, tomatoes, peaches, wasabi creme fraiche

2nd: Duck- smoked and seared duck breast, herbed farro, sweet pea smash, ras el hanout

3rd: Peaches & Cream Puff – peaches, blueberries, white chocolate, chantilly

Menu 2

1st: Skirt Steak Salad – Skirt Steak, Tomatoes, Peaches, Hibiscus Vinaigrette, Asian Pickle, Radish

2nd: Shrimp Primavera – Shrimp Scampi, Ramp Pesto, Zucchini & Squash Ribbons, Asparagus, Green & White Eggplant, Oven Goat Cheese

3rd: Sweet Potato S’mores – Sweet Potato Pie, Toasted Marshmallows, Milk Chocolate, Cherries

Farms and purveyors used in the Market Menu include: Fresh & Local Nashville, Delvin Farms, Hill and Hollow Farms, Bloomsbury Farms, Fisher Orchards, The Country Barn, Hopkins Farm, Hughes Farm, Green Door Gourmet, Greener Roots, CC Gardens and Tomato Tomato.

This special runs in Sinema’s dining room every Monday – Thursday, so be sure to get in there one weeknight soon to check it out!



Punch & Swizzle

Did I mention I love their cocktails and their lounge? I thought so.

In addition to the Market Menu, Sinema has also just introduced Punch & Swizzle! Running every Wednesday all summer, open to close, Punch & Swizzle features $6 cocktails with seasonal flavors ideal for escaping the brutal heat and humidity of our Southern summer.

Not just a cute name for the series, punch and swizzle are actually types of drinks that both predate the cocktail. A little history lesson for you: “Swizzle is an island cocktail that originated in the Caribbean, made popular by the famous Trader Vic. The ingredients are combined with an abundance of crushed ice and blended with a swizzle stick. Punches were created by British settlers in the 17th century as they found exotic ingredients during their travels, like rum, citrus and spices.” Pretty cool, huh?

Here’s a sample Punch & Swizzle menu for you:

Punch of the Day – A fresh, seasonal surprise

Revere the Punch – Plantation Rum, Olorosso Sherry, House Falernum, Tropical Rooibos Tea, Lime

Rock Island Park Swizzle – Eldorado 5, Grilled Pineapple, Mint, Lime, House Falernum Absinthe, Peychauds Bitters

The Old Man And The Sea – Broker’s Gin, Eldorado 12, Lime, 5 Spice Island Syrup, Spiced Cherry Bitters

Kissed From a Rose – Gosling Black Seal, Hibiscus, Lemon, Ginger Syrup, Pimento Bitters




Contest Closed

The Winner is….

#11 Anna Owen

Now for the most exciting part of this post — I’ve got a giveaway for you! One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Sinema that you can use for the Market Menu or Punch & Swizzle!

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me how you think you’ll spend the $50. Will you check out the new Market Menu for dinner? Or will you grab a friend and head to the lounge to get your drink on at Punch & Swizzle?

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 “Introducing Market Menu and Punch & Swizzle! Enter to win a @sinemanashville $50 gift card from @betheats!”, 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, August 21st at Noon CT. 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!



The USBG Nashville Chapter kicked off of an AFROHEAD rum 6-week Unscripted Bartender Series a couple of weeks back, but since I was in the midst of traveling, it completely slipped past my radar.

But, now I know about it, so I will be checking it out soon! Each Tuesday through September 8, a guest bartender will create four unique cocktails at Amari, and at least one of those cocktails will include a secret ingredient presented to the bartender that week.

The evening is interactive, where guests get to watch the bartender create a variety of cocktails throughout the hours. The AFROHEAD cocktails will be specially priced at $9 from 8 pm – 12 am.




Guest Bartenders remaining in the series are:

August 18th: Caleb Kimbley, Sinema
August 25th: Andy Knight, Urban Grub
September 1st: Ryan Yamada, Embers Ski Lodge
September 8th: Jordy Sadler, Union Common

(Sorry I didn’t announce this before Will Schultz from Amari and Jared Denham from Pinewood Social had their nights on 8/4 and 8/11!)

I love AFROHEAD Rum, and I’m ashamed to say that I have not yet been to Amari since it opened in February, even though it’s less than 2 miles from my house! This will be corrected soon. Like, on Tuesday. Hope to see some of you there!


2121 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212





Get ready, because you’re going to be reading a lot about tapas here on the blog in the coming weeks since I just got back from Barcelona where I ate sooooo much amazing food!

BUT – before I get to my Spanish adventure, I need to catch up on things that have been happening here in Nashville recently.

A few months back Americano Freestyle Tapas opened in the old West End Cafe location on West End. I’ve always been a fan of restaurant concepts that involve the sharing of lots of small bites, so I was pretty excited to hear about this place.

I’ve mentioned it a million times before, but it’s worth mentioning again — I like trying multiple things when I dine and would rather order 5 appetizers than one big entree. That way I get a few nibbles of a variety of different flavors instead of being stuck with just one thing. Of course, I could always just dine with 5 people and force them to share their entrees with me…but for some reason, some people don’t like that.  ;-)



Americano’s Crispy Brussel Sprouts – smoked pork belly/chipotle glaze/manchego cheese


That’s why I love spots that create menus that are meant for sharing. At Americano, you’ll find bites, small plates, salads, tapas, tacos and larger shared plates. Don’t expect all traditional Spanish dishes though, as many of their offerings are Latin-influenced but with a nod to Nashville, and I’m perfectly okay with that.

I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Americano twice now, most recently as an official outing for the Nashville Food Bloggers, which gave me a chance to try what I believe to be the best brussels sprouts in town for a second time. And it was confirmed – yep, these are the best brussels sprouts in town! With a sweet chipotle glaze and chunks of smoked pork belly tossed in, how could they not be?

Americano collage

Another thing I love about this menu is that you can be as good or bad as you want to be. There is everything from Chopped Kale Salad to Fried Manchego Cheese. So go with the lighter side of things when feeling healthy and the darker side when you’re feeling stressed. Options!

Pictured above:

Albondigas – veal pork meatballs with sweet piquito pepper sauce

Chopped Kale with Citrus Honey Vinaigrette, Salted Almonds, Raisins, Grated Manchego

Fried Manchego Cheese with Blueberry Jalapeno Jam

Nashville hot cauliflower served with buttermilk blue cheese sauce




From left: Blistered Baby Heirloom Tomatoes, Ceviche (special), Brussels Sprouts

In addition to the dishes not pictured here, I’ve also had the Patatas Bravas, Spicy Ahi Tuna Guacamole, the Paella Americano, and a ceviche special they had one day for lunch. I can’t say that I’ve had a single bad thing on my two visits.

There is still a good chunk of the menu that I haven’t yet sampled. I’ve currently got my eye on the Roasted Dates with smoked pork belly and blue cheese (can you tell I have a thing for pork belly?) and the Gambas Ajillo (hot garlic shrimp). I think a happy hour may be on the calendar soon….



Americano’s blood orange swirl


Speaking of happy hour, theirs is Sunday through Thursday from 3 pm – 6 pm, and you can get these drink specials:

$5 Margaritas (rocks or frozen)
$5 Frozen Swirl any flavor (I love the blood orange!)
$5 Sangria (white or red)
$3 All Drafts Beers

In addition to lunch and dinner seven days a week, Americano also offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. I haven’t had the chance to go for brunch yet, but their menu looks great, so it’s on my short list.


Americano Freestyle Tapas Bar

1720 West End Ave #100
Nashville, TN 37203

Follow on Twitter @AmcanoNashville

Mon – Thurs 11 am – 10 pm
Fri  11 am – 11 pm
Sat 9 am-11 pm
Sun 9 am-10 pm

Tip: There is plenty of free parking behind the restaurant. The signs in the lot still say for West End Cafe customers (or at least they did when I was there last) but never fear, they’re for Americano!

Steadfast (photo credit_ Ethan Covey)


Steadfast Supper on Tap

Thursday, August 6th, 2015
6 pm

Steadfast Coffee
603 Taylor Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: $65

My newest favorite coffee shop, Steadfast in Germantown, is hosting their inaugural “Supper on Tap” dinner later this week, featuring five beers from Founders Brewing paired with four delicious courses created by Chef Julia Sullivan and team! To purchase tickets, click here.

Canapé & Cocktail
Chicken Liver Mousse with Peaches and Tarragon on Steadfast Brioche. Pairing – Blushing Monk
First Course
Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, East Coast Oysters, Watermelon, Cucumbers, and Herbs. Pairing – Porter
Second Course
House Made Pork Sausage, Mustard Greens, Sweet Corn Relish, and Mustard Pork Jus. Pairing – Red’s Rye
Third Course
Sunburst Trout, Lemon, Castelvetrano Olive, and Summer Squash. Pairing – Double Trouble
Blueberry Tart with Molasses Ice Cream and Caramel. Pairing – Curmudgeon



Tomato Art Fest

Friday, August 7th and Saturday, 8th, 2015

Cost: FREE!

6 – 11 pm
Free concert and food trucks on 11th Ave between Woodland and Holly. For more info, click here.
9 am – 6 pm (vendors close at 6, music goes until 10)
11th Avenue and Woodland

All day festival with so much stuff I can’t list it all! Click here for all the details.



The Palm Summer Lobster

The month of August (ends 8/31)

The Palm
140 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $59 or $99

Every year, The Palm hosts one of their most popular events – a summer lobster promo! Yum.

The Summer Lobster Event offers two specials:

Dinner for Two at $99, which includes: (If you bought this off the regular menu the cost would be more than $140)

*         Choice of Starter – Mixed Green Salad, Caesar Salad, Lobster Bisque
*         4-lb. Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster split for tow with melted butter and lemon
*         Choice of one signature vegetable or potato side, served family-style

Dinner for You at $59, which includes:

*         Choice of Starter – Mixed Green Salad, Caesar Salad, Lobster Bisque
*         Lobster-topped 9 ox. filet mignon served Oscar-style with asparagus and Bearnaise sauce
*         Choice of one signature vegetable or potato side



El Gordo Beer Dinner

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
6:30 pm

Husk Nashville
37 Rutledge St
Nashville, TN 37208

Cost: $85

Good People Brewing Co. is partnering with Husk Nashville to celebrate the brewery’s last case of El Gordo, a small batch Russian Imperial Stout, which was recently voted Paste Magazine’s top imperial stout in the country.

Husk Chef de Cuisine Brian Baxter will create a four-course dinner to pair with a variety of Good People beers. Limited to only 24 guests, the intimate dinner will take place in Husk’s private event space, The Stables.


Beginning at 6:30pm, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and Good People’s Pale Ale followed by the seated dinner at 7pm. The menu will feature three savory courses to pair with signature Good People brews including Bearded Lady, Brown Ale, and Coffee Oatmeal Stout, with Good People’s final case of El Gordo served with dessert.


Seats can be reserved by calling Husk Nashville at (615) 256-6565.

Nashville Lifestyles Bartender Bash

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
6 – 8 pm

Acme Feed & Seed
101 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $25 in advance/$30 at the door

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve likely seen how much fun I’ve had at Bartender Bash in the past, and this year is sure to be the same, as I’m super excited to judge the competition for the sixth time!

This time they’re mixing things up a bit and using 2 different spirits in the competition – tequila and whiskey. (Uh oh. I may be in trouble!) Awards will go to the Best Herradura Margarita and Most Creative Jack Daniel’s Cocktail as well as a “Fan Favorite”.

Take my advice and click here to get your tickets early because it tends to sell out in advance, and I don’t want to see you turned away at the door!

Curious about who the awesome competitors are? Well, here’s a list:

Christian Todd of Acme Feed & Seed
Tessa Jameyson of Barlines
Matt Pelc of Cantina Laredo
Freddy Schwenk of Chauhan Ale & Masala House
Megan Dillon of Embers Ski Lodge
Elaine Dean of Hard Rock Cafe
Colin Schaeffer of Mason’s
Haiely Duke of Nama Sushi
Grant Fisher of Party Fowl
Angela Barrientos of Sambuca
Joseph Henley of The Southern Steak & Oyster
Ryan Riviera of The Sutler


Are you a master sandwich maker? If so, then it’s time to put your skills to the test and try to win $25,000! Arnold, Brownberry and Oroweat Bakeries’ 2nd annual “America’s Better Sandwich™” Contest launched a few weeks ago, so I’m just a little behind on spreading the word. Never fear though, as the entry period runs through August 23rd, so you’ve still got plenty of time for some R&D to perfect your creation!

Entrants can submit up to two (2) recipes per category using Arnold, Brownberry and Oroweat’s Whole Grain Breads or  Sandwich Thins Rolls in each of the following categories:

Open-Face Artistry
Breakfast in Bread
Love, Healthfully
Creative Classics
Fueling Good

All eligible recipes in the contest will be judged by a panel of experts based upon nutrition, creativity and ease of preparation. The top three (3) finalists from each sandwich category will also be posted online for public voting September 21st- October 18th, 2015 to help determine Category and Grand Prize winners.

On National Sandwich Day, November 3, 2015,  the highest scoring recipes in each sandwich category will be revealed and awarded $5,000 each! In addition, the highest overall scoring sandwich will receive a $25,000 Grand Prize and the 2015 title “America’s Better Sandwich™.”

Visit for all the details and to enter!


Some of the country’s most talented chefs have teamed up with the brands to create their own delicious sandwiches and help spread the word about the contest. Participating chefs include:

  • Chef Fabio Viviani- Los Angeles, CA, Chicago IL, and Miami, FL
  • Chef Kevin Gillespie- Atlanta, GA
  • Chef Tiffany Derry- Dallas, TX
  • Chef Dale Levitski- Nashville, TN
  • Chef Mike Isabella- Washington, D.C.
  • Chef Doug Adams- Portland, OR
  • Chef Edward Lee- Louisville, KY
  • Chef Beau MacMillan- Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ
  • Chef Rocco Whalen- Cleveland, OH and Charlotte, NC
  • Chef Katie Cavuto – Philadelphia, PA

For those of you here in Nashville, you’ll probably recognize Sinema’s Chef Dale Levitski in that list. I was able to get my hands on the recipe for his delicious creation, Sandwich Thin Breakfast Tacos, so I’m sharing it with you today.



Sandwich Thin Breakfast Tacos

4 Servings. Recipe by Chef Dale Levitski.


2 Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls 100% Whole Wheat roll
1/2 fresh avocado, smashed
1 tsp. olive oil
4 large eggs
6 oz. roasted chicken, pulled/chopped
1/8 c. red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 tomato, diced
1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 c. Romaine lettuce, shredded
1 radish, thinly sliced


Heat olive oil in nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Sauté onion, chicken, tomatoes in skillet until warmed. Crack four eggs in a separate bowl and beat yolks with fork or spoon, but do not scramble. Add eggs to pan and gently stir until cooked to desired temperature.

Separate and lightly toast Sandwich Thins® rolls. Evenly distribute smashed avocado on each side. Then, place egg and chicken mixture over avocado and garnish with lettuce and radishes.

For every eligible recipe submitted during the entry period, and for every vote cast during the voting period (September 21, 2015 – October 18, 2015), Arnold, Brownberry and Oroweat will donate a loaf of bread to its official charitable partner Feeding America®, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

When I posted a list of events earlier this month, I told you that I just may be back with more.  There are a couple I realized I’d forgotten to mention and a couple more that just popped up on my radar, so here you go!


Music City Brisket Grand Opening

Thursday, July 16, 2015
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE

There’s a new food truck in town and they’re having their grand opening this week at Yazoo. Music City Brisket will focus on brisket, ribs and fish. Some menu items I’m particularly excited to try are the beef brisket tacos & Mahi Mahi tacos (happy to see they have corn tortillas!), and some awesome looking savory avocado fries and a corn, tomato, and avocado salad with honey lime dressing. Check out their Facebook page for pics of those and other dishes, and their website for a complete menu!

Anyone interested in attending Thursday’s grand opening at Yazoo can subscribe to the Music City Brisket mailing list, which will allow the first 50 subscribers to receive a free beef brisket sandwich sample at the event! All other attendees will receive half off the full size beef brisket sandwich. Yazoo will offer $1 off its beer selection for all Music City Brisket customers.



NFM’s Cornmato

Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19, 2015

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

Cost: FREE

The Nashville Farmers’ Market has a really cool weekend ahead– it’s 3 days of special events celebrating two of my favorite summer crops: corn and tomatoes!

It all starts with Night Market on Friday night (5-9 pm), followed by special events and offerings on Saturday and Sunday. We’re talking a cornmato eating contest, canning demonstrations, corn & tomato tasting contest,  live music, adult beverages, food demos, and more!

For more information and full schedule of planned events, visit NFM’s Cornmato FB page.



City House Takes Prima

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
10 pm – midnight (or later)

700 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: varies

If you haven’t been to Prima yet, you must remedy that very soon. It has definitely become one of my favorite new Nashville restaurants. If you haven’t been to City House yet, your only excuse can be that you just moved here from another planet!

When I heard that the City House crew was taking over the Prima kitchen, I was pretty excited. Then I saw the date and was a lot bummed, as it’s the day we leave for Paris. Ah well, I still hope that many of you will go to this special dinner and Instagram the hell out of it so I can see what magic happens in the kitchen that night!

This dinner is unusual in that it will begin after regular dinner service ends, so you’re going to need to stay up late. But it’s totally going to be soooo worth it. Just grab a snack to hold you over until 10 pm.

The City House team will be creating small plates, priced $7 – 20. Reservations aren’t required but they’re definitely recommended, especially if you want to get a group together. To make a reservation, call Prima at 615- 873-4232. Free parking (with validation) will be available in the garage at the Terrazzo. For more information, visit the Facebook event page and/or read my friend Chris Chamberlain’s piece over at the Scene.



Sugar Rush

Thursday, July 30, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Cannery Ballroom
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $20

21+ event

Seriously can’t believe I forgot to include this in my “happenings” round up earlier this month! I’ve attended this event almost every single year (well, I’ve actually worked the event, but still got to enjoy all the sweet treats!) but am sad that this time around I’ll be out of town for it.

If you have a sweet tooth, it is a do-not-miss. Local confectioner’s, cakeries, creameries, cupcake and cookie makers will vie for the title of Nashville’s Sweetheart.  So far participants include Goo Goo Cluster, The District Bar and Kitchen, Sweet Darling Pattisserie, Ben and Jerry’s, Opryland, Sophisticakes, Fox’s Donut Den, Chef’s Market and Cookies By Keith. More competitors continue to be added, so stay tuned to the Facebook event page for updates.

Tickets to the event include 1 drink ticket to try Captain Morgan Flavored Rum or Shady Fruit Vodka and all the sweets you can possibly eat. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Nashville Scene’s event page.



Half Christmas Beer Fest

Friday, July 31, 2015
6- 10 pm

Riverwood Mansion
1833 Welcome Ln
Nashville, TN 37216

Cost: $35

21+ event

Pull out your Santa hat and tacky sweater (or a red & green tank top might be more comfortable in this heat!), and head over to Riverwood Mansion on July 31st for Lightning 100’s 2nd Annual Half-Christmas Beer Fest.

There will be over 40 beers to taste, snow machines, special holiday DJs, karaoke, and dance floor. Get your Xmas on! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.