January 2015 Happenings and Openings


Nashville Originals Restaurant Week

January 19th – 25th, 2015

Sorry that I’m a little late notifying you of this one. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week is happening right now, so be sure to get out and support our locally owned restaurants this week! For a full list of everyone participating and a peek at the menus, click here.




Nashville on the Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
8:30 pm

Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez came to Nashville a while back to tape his “Taco Trip” show for the Cooking Channel. While here, he visited Mas Tacos Por Favor, Smoke Et Al, Delta Bound and Taco Mamacita. My friend Tabitha and I were there to eat Smoke Et Al’s House-Smoked Pork Belly and BLT Taco, so be sure to tune in tonight to see if I had food stuck in my teeth while talking on camera! (that is, if I even made the cut and appear on screen!)




Flip Burger Opening

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Flip Burger Boutique
4111 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

Tomorrow the Nashville Flip Burger Boutique opens! This is one restaurant that I know many of you have been excited about since we heard the news they were coming to town. I’ve eaten in the original location in Atlanta and loved it, so I can’t wait to get over there and order a big fat burger.

They’ll be serving lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.



Biscuit Love Brunch Opening

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Biscuit Love Brunch
316 11th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Open Daily 7 am – 3 pm

If you haven’t already heard the news, one of my favorite food trucks, Biscuit Love, has a new brick-and-mortar location where they’ll be serving brunch 7 days a week! In addition to the sit down brunch service, there will also be a pastry counter and a ham bar with regional country hams. They’re speaking my language.

I was lucky enough to be invited to preview the new Biscuit Love Brunch this past weekend and am happy to report back that it’s just as awesome as I thought it would be! They open this Thursday, so go check them out as soon as you can.



Wine, Women & Shoes

Saturday, January 24th, 2015
11 am – 3 pm

Omni Hotel
250 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $125

For those of you looking for something to do this weekend, why not support a few great causes while shopping and drinking?

Wine Women and Shoes benefits the programs of the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, including the Weaver Domestic Violence Center and Girls Inc. The event will have a marketplace selling designer goods, a fashion show featuring Leona by Lauren Leonard, live and silent auctions, more wine than you’ll ever need, and Chip Esten. Yes ladies, Deacon will be in the house as the special musical guest.

To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.




Cured & Chopped Tasting Event & Viewing Party

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
7 – 10 pm

Mason’s at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE and open to the public

Wow. I just found out about this FREE event happening at Mason’s next week, and it looks awesome!  Locals are invited to the Cured & Chopped tasting event and viewing party, celebrating and featuring Mason’s Southern Gypsy Ham created by Bob Woods of The Hamery and chef Brandon Frohne. Attendees will be able to sample the ham as well several other local artisan products (see below) and everyone is encouraged to stick around until 9 p.m. to watch the premiere of ‘Chopped’ episode “Chopped, Again!” where Chef Frohne will be making his second appearance!

Featured Artisanal Goods: Southern Gypsy Ham from Bob Wood’s Hammery & Mason’s; Samples of Jams & Pepper Jelly from Nashville Jam Company; Famous Pimento Cheese & Cornbread from Miss Daisy King of Miss Daisy’s Kitchen; Biscuit Samples from Bluebird’s Biscuits; Samples of Kimchi, Relishes, Turnip Kraut from Chef Richard Jones of Green Door Gourmet; Cheese Samples from Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese; samples of Spring Mountain Farms Chicken from Chef Jamie Watson/ Springer Mountain; Sample cocktails with their new Pristine Tonic from Jon & Lindsey Yeager of Pour Taste & E Harlow




Wiseacre Beer Dinner

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

2600 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204

Next week, Sinema, one of my favorite restaurants, will host a special Wiseacre Beer event in their upstairs lounge. There are a couple of different levels of participation:

  • Private brewmaster dinner
    • VIP meet & greet
    • Seated four-course dinner with beer pairings
    • Entry to the Wiseacre Beer Bash
    • Tickets are $100, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
    • Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.
  • Wiseacre Beer Bash
    • Wiseacre beer samples
    • Passed appetizers from Chef Levitski
    • Tickets are $25, exclusive of tax and gratuity
    • Event begins at 8 p.m.

All tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 615-942-7746.

Now, there is so much I’d love for you to know about Wiseacre (including their relation to Sinema), but per usual, I don’t have much time to write, so I’m going to direct you over to my friend Chris at the Nashville Scene’s Bites blog, as he does a great job giving you the full  story!


GOO_GOO Shop Logo

Goo Goo Shop Grand Opening Celebration

Friday, January 30th & Saturday, January 31st, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Goo Goo Shop
116 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

If you wonder why I haven’t been blogging as much recently, this is why. As the Director of Marketing for the Goo Goo Cluster brand, I already had a full plate. Now we’ve got a huge new retail store in downtown Nashville that I’m also managing the PR and Marketing of, and all I can say is… I’m exhausted! Totally exciting and thrilling to be a part of this Shop coming to life though, so it’s worth it.

Last summer we opened the Goo Goo Shop as smaller scale pop-up while undergoing construction on a larger space within the building. Well, that larger space has now been revealed and we have a confectionery kitchen where our new line of handmade Goo Goos are produced. These Premium Goo Goos are sold exclusively at the Shop and our chocolatier Lauren is continuously cranking out a variety of flavor combinations every day.

Next weekend we’re finally hosting a grand opening celebration and I would absolutely love for all of you to attend and taste some of the new Pemiums!

Here are some things we’ll have happening:

  • Friday, January 30th
    • 10:30 a.m. – Ribbon cutting with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
    • 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Raffles, discounts, and samples of Premium Goo Goos throughout the day
    • 10:30 a.m. – First 25 customers to make a purchase receive a free Premium Goo Goo each month for a year
    • 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. – Artist on hand to create fun caricatures of guests free of charge
  • Saturday, January 31st
    • 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Raffles, discounts, and samples of Premium Goo Goos throughout the day
    • 10:30 a.m. – First 25 customers to make a purchase receive a free Premium Goo Goo each month for a year
    • Noon to 4 p.m. – Artist on hand to create fun caricatures of guests free of charge




Peanut Butter Pretzel Premium Goo Goo

photo credit: Hannah Messinger