April 2015 Food & Drink Happenings


Katie Dean, Stefanie Dean Brown, Jo Dean

McCabe Pub Crawfish Boil

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
3 – 8 pm

McCabe Pub
4410 Murphy Rd
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: $30

This is the time of year when I’m looking for an excuse to spend time outside every single day, so I’m really excited that outdoor events are starting to show up on my calendar.

One of the first for April is McCabe Pub’s third annual crawfish boil benefiting the LAM Foundation. LAM is an organization that seeks a cure for lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare lung disease that McCabe’s co-owner, Stefanie Dean Brown (pictured above), was diagnosed with in 2010.  The $30 ticket to the event includes all-you-can-eat crawfish, 3 drink tickets, live music and other entertainment.  Tickets are available online at www.mccabepub.com, and will also be available at the door on event day, cash or check only.




Pranom Pop-Up

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

7 pm – midnight (or until sold out)

Greenhouse Bar
2211 Bandywood Dr
Nashville, TN 37215

Cost: $12/per bowl of Khao Soi

Pranom Pop-Up has served thousands of customers at some of Los Angeles’ trendiest bars, catered festivals, movie premieres, and TV shows. And now they’re coming to Nashville! Currently on a cross-country tour from LA to North Carolina, Pranom Pop-Up will set up shop in Green Hills at the Greenhouse Bar (which, I just learned, has been non-smoking since November- woohoo!)

Dream Kasestatad began the concept with just a bicycle, making Pad Thai from his apartment and delivering it to his friends and small businesses. As word spread, his catering business grew. When Kasestatad comes to Nashville, he’ll be preparing “authentic Khao Soi handed down from generations of family home-style cooking, with special beer and cocktail pairings offered to complement.”
Thai Esane (and my friend Vivek) turned me into a lover of Khao Soi, and this is in my neighborhood, so I’m absolutely looking forward to it!



Nashville Lifestyles’ Battle of the Burger

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Pine Street in the Gulch (between Velocity & Pine Street Flats)
Nashville, TN

Cost: $20/person

Last year Burger Republic took home the title at Nashville Lifestyles’ Battle of the Burger. Who will it be this year? The live burger competition involving some of Nashville’s top chefs will give attendees the chance to taste all of the burgers and vote on their favorite. Come find out who will be crowned Nashville’s 2015 Burger Champion!  Click here to purchase tickets.

This year’s contestants include:

1808 Grille 
Bar Louie
Burger Republic
FLIP Burger
Hard Rock Cafe
Hoss’ Loaded Burgers
Kitchen Notes
Mason’s Nashville
The Palm 
Paradise Park 
Riff’s Fine Street Food
The Slider House

music city cocktail spirit

Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival

Wednesday, April 29th – Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Various locations throughout Nashville

Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival, created by PourTaste‘s Jon and Lindsay Yeager, is a multi-day celebration showcasing Nashville’s rising cocktail culture. This is the second year for the festival, and like last year, there are a wide variety of seminars and tasting events held at various venues around town, making it easy for you to get to at least something at some time over the course of 5 days!

Below is an outline of the various events and their respective dates/times. For more specific information on each, including cost, be sure to visit Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival.

4/29  6 – 9 pm
MCSCF Opening Party presented by Jack Daniels
Acme Feed & Seed

4/30  7 – 10 pm
Bourbon & Bluegrass by Woodford Reserve & Old Forester
Two Rivers Mansion

5/1  6 – 9 pm
Brandy: Americas Forgotten Spirit
Pavilion East

5/1  8 -11 pm
Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery pays tribute to The Boulevardier
Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery

5/2  10 am – noon
Coffee & Cocktails with Matchless Coffee Soda
Steadfast Coffee

5/2  1 – 2:30 pm
The Pioneers Experience with Toby Maloney

5/2  6 – 9 pm
Speakeasy Spirits Party with Pickers vodka & Pennington’s whiskey
The Sutler

5/2  9:30 – 11:30 pm
Bols Afterparty with Bols Genever
The Holland House

5/3  5:30 – 9 pm
Italian Wine Dinner hosted by 100% Italiano

5/3  6- 10 pm
Wrap Up Party with George Dickel
William Colliers

Stay tuned as I’ll have more exciting news regarding this festival soon!

Volunteer Opportunity

They’re also looking for volunteers to help out with the events, so if you’re interested in working behind the scenes (and quite possibly gaining some great cocktail-creating experience!) visit this link to sign up.




Savor Nashville

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

6 pm cocktail hour
7 pm dinner

Hutton Hotel
1808 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $160

One of our city’s best culinary events is coming up at the end of April, Savor Nashville. I’ve participated in this event almost every year since its inception in 2011, and it’s definitely one of my favorites. The Savor Celebrity Chef Dinner is in conjunction with the Celebrity Chef Tour featuring many James Beard award-winning chefs from around the country. This year’s chefs include:

Tiffany Derry – TX

Bruce Moffett –  Charlotte, NC

Kelly English – Memphis, TN

Kyle Mendenhall – Boulder CO, Denver CO, Chicago, IL

Linton Hopkins – Atlanta, GA

Hosted by Chef Jake Strang, Executive Chef at the 1808 Grille in the Hutton Hotel — Nashville, TN


To purchase tickets, click here.