April 2018 Food & Drink Happenings – Nashville

Tour de Farm and Farm Inspired Feast

Sunday, April 15th
9:30 am – Farm Tour start time
5 pm – Farm Inspired Feast start time

Deer Valley Farm
1725 Lawrence Rd
Franklin, TN 37069

VIP Farm Tour  & Feast $195/person (includes Feast)
Farm Feast Only $95/person (includes beer, wine, tax & gratuity)

Two events in one, this Les Dames D’Escoffier fundraiser includes a day-long VIP Farm Tour in Williamson County, which brings guests via the Nash Trash Tours bus out to the fields of four area farms—Delvin Farms; Tavalin Tails; Hatcher Dairy; Noble Springs—for a rare, in-person meet-and-greet with farmers on their own turf. This portion of the event includes light bites prepared by several Dame chefs, including Karla Ruiz, Maneet Chauhan, Emily Frith, Leland Riggan, and Crystal De Luna Bogan, as well as lunch, beverages, and transportation.

The second event, which immediately follows the farm tour, is a seated, multi-course, farm inspired dinner set inside Michael W. Smith’s Deer Valley Barn, prepared by local chefs including Les Dames member Margot McCormack, Hal Holden-Bache and Rebekah Turshen of City House and Lisa Marie White. The meal will showcase ingredients from area farms, including those on the tour, and will include beverages paired with each course.

Tickets may be purchased for either the full day or just the dinner. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Note: Les Dames Nashville is pledging a large percentage of the proceeds of Tour de Farm 2018 towards Nashville’s Opportunity NOW initiative, which is an effort to put 10,000 Nashville youth, ages 14 to 24, into paid internships across the city.

5th Annual Beer & Cheese

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
5 -8 pm

Tailgate Brewery
7300 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: $30/person (in advance here, $35 at the door)

Through a partnership with Bloomy Rind and Tailgate Brewery, the 6th annual Beer & Cheese fundraiser is happening later this month at Tailgate’s Charlotte Pike location. Tickets are just $30, and with that you get:
  • Unlimited craft brews and artisan cheeses specially paired for the event by the pros at TailGate and The Bloomy Rind
  • For your listening pleasure, a surprise guest will provide the entertainment for the evening courtesy of Nashville Universe
  • Enjoy some delicious bites from the TailGate kitchen
New this year is also a silent auction featuring clocks painted by local celebrities to represent taking time for respite.

If you’re not familiar with TRC, it’s a nonprofit that helps family caregivers, people who spend much of their time caring for family members in need (such as parents with Alzheimer’s, spouses with Parkinson’s or children with special needs), by giving them much-needed time off. My family has had firsthand experience with this, so I know how hard these caregivers work, and how desperately they need a break from time to time. Organizations like TRC are such a blessing, and all of the proceeds from this event go directly to help keep them running.

Help out a great cause and get your tickets now!

5th Annual Nashville Cocktail Festival

Thursday, April 26th – Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Pavilion East + Multiple locations around Nashville

Cost Range: $35 – $150 (VIP)

Nashville Cocktail Festival, Tennessee’s premier celebration of the craft of the cocktail, returns for it’s fifth anniversary weekend April 25th-29th. The festival weekend will include multiple events that will bring together alcohol brands and the local cocktail culture, creating an opportunity for guests to learn, taste and engage. In addition to a few smaller industry and VIP spotlights, Nashville Cocktail Festival will host three main events, held at the Pavilion East in East Nashville.

Within the three main events, guests can peruse multiple cocktail tasting stations which are hosted by local restaurants and bars looking to promote the latest within their cocktail program. Liquor and mixer brands will also have tasting stations powered by their brand representatives, bringing an educational opportunity for attendees to ask questions. In addition to the unlimited tastings, guests will have access to food trucks, the guest speaker stage and a Build-Your-Own-Cocktail experience.

Nashville Cocktail Festival Main Events @ Pavilion East

Friday 4/27: The Art Deco Party: A Glamorous Sip Through the 20’s & 30’s 6-10pm

Saturday 4/28: Polynesian Pop: A Tiki Extravaganza 12-3pm

Sunday 4/29: Brain Freeze: A Frozen Cocktail Comeback 2-5pm

Nashville Cocktail VIP & Industry Events:

Thursday 4/26: Herradura Tequila Dinner @ Mockingbird (limited seating) 6pm

Friday 4/27: Tiki Talk w/ Beachbum Berry (Bartenders Only) @ Bastion 12-2pm

Sunday 4/29: NCF Afterparty (TBA)

For full details on each event and to purchase tickets, visit the official website here.


Chocolate Classes at the Goo Goo Shop

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in April, various times

Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar
116 3rd Ave S
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $40 for Taste of Goo Goo; $75 for Secrets of Goo Goo (includes wine)

I’m happy to announce that the due to popular demand, we’ve expanded our chocolate class offering at the Goo Goo Shop. Starting this month, in addition to the Thursday and Friday classes we were already holding, Saturdays have been added to the regular schedule!

As I’ve mentioned previously, there are two different class formats to choose from- one involves booze and one doesn’t. “Taste of Goo Goo” is more family friendly, so if you want to do something with the whole family and bring the kiddos along, this is the one for you.

If you’re looking for a friends’ excursion, or a date night, then check out “Secrets of Goo Goo”. There will be wine. And more wine. Full descriptions of both class formats can be found here. Also on that same page, you can find the full April class schedule. If demand keeps up like it has, the class offerings will increase even further going into summer, so stay tuned!

Tickets for all classes can be purchased online here.

Can’t make it to any of the dates we’ve got on the calendar, but have a birthday or special celebration coming up? You can even book a private chocolate experience! Feel free to reach out to me directly and I can answer any questions, or you can fill out the form found here and someone will get back to you with info.