Nashville Food and Drink Happenings – July 2017


Fireworks at TailGate Brewery

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
3 pm – ?
Fireworks start at 9 pm

TailGate Brewery
7300 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: FREE

I’ve always thought Independence Day should be observed for two full days when it falls in the middle of the week. I mean, if you want to stay up late partying/watching the fireworks on the 4th, then it’s a struggle to pull yourself out of bed and head into the office on the 5th.

Lucky for us, TailGate Brewery had the genius idea of putting on a fullscale professional fireworks show the night before the 4th of July so then we can rest and recuperate on the 4th!

TailGate is family friendly all the time, so kids and adults alike are welcome. There will be live music starting at 6 pm, and pizza, beer, and soft drinks for sale on site the entire evening. Be sure to bring blankets or chairs so you’ll be comfy viewing the fireworks! For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.



Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
11 am – 3 pm (Parade begins at 10:30 am at 8th and Woodland heading west)

East Park
700 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: FREE

On the 4th of July, Nashville will celebrate its favorite bird at the 11th Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival! The first 500 attendees at the festival will receive free hot chicken samples, but if you don’t make it there that early, never fear. There will be plenty of food & beer for sale, live music, plus an amateur cooking contest to watch.

Food vendors include: Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish, 400 Degrees, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Chicken Shack Express, Party Fowl, Pepperfire, B&C BBQ & Catering, Smokin Thighs, Buns on the Run, Kernel’s Popcorn, Retro Sno, Pied Piper Creamery, Lemon Spot, King of Pops, The Peach Truck, and Yazoo Brewing Co. (Plus the festival will be giving out free watermelon!)

Parking info: East Nashville Storage and Premier Parking are donating free parking at their 800 Main Street location. Walk Bike Nashville and Village Real Estate are offering bike valet at Village’s 615 Woodland St. location.



Frothy Monkey Beer Love Dinner

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
6:30 pm

Frothy Monkey
2509 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

Cost: $45/person + tax + tip

This month is Frothy Monkey’s 13th birthday! To celebrate, they’re collaborating with Yazoo Brewery to host a beer dinner at their 12South location. While Frothy’s Franklin and Downtown locations regularly host beer and wine dinners, this will be the first at their 12South location, so it’s truly something special.

The multi-course dinner will feature beers from Yazoo’s Embrace The Funk acclaimed series of sour and wild beers. (In case you haven’t heard, sour beers are super hot at the moment). To see the full menu and purchase tickets, visit




Goo Goo Summer Chef Series

Friday, July 14th, 2017 – September 30th, 2017

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

It’s back! We’ll be kicking off our annual Summer Chef Series at the Goo Goo Shop on July 14th, and I am eagerly anticipating all of the amazing creations that are to come. For the third year, I got to choose some of my favorite chefs for this project, and I am super excited about the line up this time around. Check it out:

Bryan Lee Weaver, Butcher & Bee
Crystal De Luna-Bogan, Grilled Cheeserie
Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porker
Tony Galzin, Nicky’s Coal Fired
Levon Wallace, Gray & Dudley

As in years past, each chef’s Goo Goo will stay on the menu at the Goo Goo Shop for at least two weeks. If it’s super popular, then we’ll keep it around for longer. Every two weeks a new chef Premium will be introduced, and you can find out who we’re featuring by following our Instagram, Twitter, or checking the News section of our website.

The series will run through the end of September, and just in case you don’t have a chance to come downtown to try them all along the way, we’ll have all of the flavors at Music City Food + Wine Festival on September 15th and 16th.


Praise the Lard Dinner at Martin’s BBQ Joint

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
6 – 8 pm

Martin’s BBQ Joint
410 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $28/person

Mike Mills and Amy Mills, the father-daughter duo behind 17th Street Barbecue out of Murphysboro, Illinois who have released a new cookbook, Praise The Lard: Recipes and Revelations from a Legendary Life in Barbecue will be visiting Nashville this month.

While in town, they’ll be holding a family-style dinner with Pat Martin at Martin’s BBQ Joint that will include a combination of dishes from Praise The Lard and Martin’s:

The menu:

Appetizer – Pimento Cheese with Sausage  and Vidalia Onion (17th Street Barbecue)
Baby Back Ribs (17th Street)
Pulled Pork (Pat Martin)
Baked Beans (17th Street)
Slaw (Pat Martin)
Dessert – Peanut Rolls (17th Street)
Cocktail – 17th Street Shuffle

For more information and to make reservations, click here.



Von Elrod’s Pop Up at NFM Night Market

Friday, July 21st, 2017
5-9 pm

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

With all of the new restaurant opening announcements lately, I haven’t been able to keep up here on the blog. Forgive me for that, but just know that when I find that I really enjoy a new place, I’ll definitely let you know. Recently I had a chance to sample some sausages from Von Elrod’s and I have a feeling you’ll be hearing much more about this new restaurant from me once it opens. The sausages I’ve tried are DELICIOUS.

While construction is underway on their beer garden, Jason Brumm, the CSO (chief sausage officer) of Von Elrod’s, wants to feed us, so he’s popping up at Nashville Farmer’s Market later this month. I highly suggest you plan on going to the upcoming NFM Night Market and give this a try for dinner!

Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House
Night Market Menu

Comes with choice of either Red Cabbage Slaw or Potato-Cucumber Salad
$6 Hot Dog – all-natural, all-beef, smoked in-house
$10 Calabrese – peperonata
$10 Bratwurst – sauerkraut & Bearwalker Brown mustard
$10 Angry Chicken – corn, tomato, avocado relish & buttermilk dill

$8 Greek Grain Salad – barley, olives, tomato, cucumber, arugula, feta, pepperoncini vinaigrette

$5 German Chocolate Cake – coconut pecan frosting