September 2014 Food & Drink Happenings



Taste of Tennessee

September 5th-7th, 2014

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
625 Smith Ave
Nashville, TN 37204

Craft beer, artisan spirits, and plenty of food and local goods will all be showcased during the Taste of Tennessee at the Tennessee State Fair this weekend. There’s so much to tell you about that I’m just going to point you toward the TN State Fair website because they’ve already done it better than I can!



Except I will fill you in on some additional details of the Music City Cookoff because I’m playing a small part in it! I’ll be a judge for the dessert round in this Super Regional competition of the World Food Championships.

Goo Goo Cluster is the title sponsor of this event, and as a part of that sponsorship, the competitors will be tasked with using Goo Goo Clusters as an ingredient in whatever their creation may be. You better believe I’m looking forward to sampling the entries!

As of right now, there are still a few spots open for home cooks, chefs, and food professionals that want to test their skills and try to make it to Las Vegas to the BIG World Food Championship in November. For more information, visit the Music City Cookoff website.



Gray’s Mix & Mingle

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
7 pm

Gray’s on Main – Society Level
332 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064

Cost: $40 in advance ($45 at the door)


Back in March when I wrote about Gray’s on Main, I mentioned that they were starting to host cocktail classes. I haven’t had a chance to get to one yet, but I’m hopefully that will finally change and I can make it to next week’s where Jon Yeager will be teaching guests how to make the Sac + Lavender and the Brandy Crusta. (There will even be an option to purchase a bottle of Gray’s housemade lavender bitters).

Only 20 spots are available for the class, so call in advance to reserve your spot: (615) 435-3603. Price includes light appetizers, the class, and a few cocktails.





Eat Green for Tennessee

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Plan to go out to eat on September 17th. Specifically, plan to go out to eat at one of these 25 local Nashville area restaurants:

The Capitol Grille, City House, Rolf & Daughters, Arnold’s, Pub5, Miel, Merchant’s, Paradise Park, M.L. Rose (both locations: Charlotte + 8Th Ave.),  The 404 Kitchen, Yazoo Brewery, The Stone Fox,  The 12 South Tap Room, Las Paletas, Sinema, Chago’s Cantina, 360 Bistro, Gray’s on Main, Frothy Monkey (all locations: Franklin, 12 South, Downtown, 8th Ave @ Grimey’s), Lockeland Table, Two Ten Jack, Porter Road Butchers (both locations: East Nashville + Charlotte Ave. West), Bagel Face Bakery, The Perch (both locations: Green Hills + Brentwood)

Why? Because a percentage of your check will go to The Land Trust for Tennessee, to support their work protecting local farms and our beautiful state’s natural landscapes! For more information, visit the Land Trust website.



Music City Food + Wine

Saturday & Sunday, September 20th & 21st, 2014
See website for times

Public Square Park, Downtown Nashville

Cost: 1-day Pass $150, All-in 2 day Pass $500, Harvest Night Only $275

Last, but certainly not least, Music City Food + Wine is happening this month!!! Last year I wrote a lot about this event (called Music City Eats then) but the best post to read out of all of them would be my recap.

For this year’s full schedule, click here and to see what talent (celebrities!) to expect, click here. Celebrity chef demos and panel discussions will be running simultaneously with Grand Taste, so you can pick and choose what you do throughout the day. This is going to be awesome you guys, and I hope to see some of you there!

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