August 2018 Food and Drink Happenings ~ Nashville

Holston House Mixology Classes

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
6 – 7:30 pm

Holston House
118 7th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $30
Purchase tickets here.

Holston House, one of Nashville swankiest new hotels, is launching “Holston House Mixes” mixology classes starting tomorrow night, August 1st, repeating the first Wednesday of each month in The Bungalow on their rooftop. For only $30, participants will get to create signature cocktails, learn about the spirits they’ll be using, indulge in small bites, and take in some beautiful skyline views of downtown Nashville.

The first class will focus on the history of Bourbon and Rye, and how these similar spirits can create contrasting cocktails. Tickets are available for purchase here. Psssst… I’ll be attending, so come have a drink with me!



Egerton Prize Awards

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Awards Ceremony
4 pm

Nashville Public Library
615 Church St
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: FREE

Ticketed Reception
5:30 – 7:30 pm

21C Hotel
221 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201

Cost: $50

The Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) will host the inaugural Egerton Prize Awards Ceremony in August at the Nashville Public Library. Established by the SFA, the John Egerton Prize recognizes artists, writers, scholars, and others–including artisans and farmers and cooks–whose work, in the American South, addresses issues of race, class, gender, and social and environmental justice, through the lens of food.

While the awards were founded in 2009, this year marks the inaugural standalone ceremony, taking place in Egerton’s hometown of Nashville, where he lived from 1965 until his passing in 2013. While I only had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Egerton once in my lifetime, I was fascinated with his work for many years, as he grew up in my tiny hometown of Cadiz, Kentucky, and attended the same high school I did!

Following the free awards ceremony, there will be a ticketed reception at 21c Museum Hotel, just a short walk from the library. Bites from the Gray & Dudley culinary team and a local guest chef will be inspired by Egerton-family recipes. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets for the reception, visit the SFA website here.


Nashville Lifestyles Under the Stars

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
6 – 8 pm

L27 Rooftop Lounge
807 Clark Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $25

I missed the first one in this rooftop cocktail series, but you better believe I won’t be missing the one in August! L27 at the Westin hotel is one of my absolute favorite rooftops in Nashville (have you seen the sunset from there???), and the drinks will be featuring Woodford Reserve, so it’s a no-brainer. Craft cocktails, sweet and savory bites, live music, and sweeping views of our gorgeous city. What more could you ask for?

Upcoming Event Dates:
August 21st ~ L27 Rooftop Lounge featuring Woodford Reserve cocktails
September 6th ~ Nashville Underground featuring Old Forester cocktails

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Nashville Lifestyles website here.

Southern Whiskey Society

Saturday, August 25th, 2018
6 – 9 pm (VIP hour 5-6 pm) 

Liberty Hall inside The Factory at Franklin
230 Franklin Rd
Franklin, TN 37064

Cost: $79 – $159

For all of you whiskey fans, this is an event you aren’t going to want to miss. The 2018 Southern Whiskey Society will feature nine talented chefs and pitmasters from seven different Southern states creating delicious dishes to enjoy alongside whiskey samples from more than 30 of the region’s leading distillers.

Participating chefs are:
Jean-Paul Bourgeois of Blue Smoke in New York, N.Y.
Maneet Chauhan of Tànsuŏ in Nashville, Tenn.
Matt Combs of OBC Kitchen in Lexington, Ky.
Todd Ginsberg of The General Muir in Atlanta, Ga.
Andrew McCabe of bar Vetti in Louisville, Ky.
Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse in Alexander City, Ala.
Elliott Moss of Buxton Hall BBQ in Asheville, N.C.
Erik Niel of Easy Bistro in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Aaron Siegel of Home Team BBQ in Charleston, S.C.

Some of the distillers on hand will be: Kentucky Owl, Wild Turkey, Four Roses, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Buffalo Trace, High Wire Distilling, Angel’s Envy, John Emerald Distilling, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, and many more.

In addition to the main event on Saturday, Southern Whiskey Society is also offering an add-on dinner event on Friday evening, August 24th at 404 Kitchen in Nashville. Chef Matt Bolus of 404 Kitchen will join Master Distiller Brent Elliott of Four Roses and MADE SOUTH Founder Chris Thomas for a 4-course dinner that will highlight neat pours and specialty cocktails featuring Four Roses Bourbon. This intimate dinner and whiskey experience is limited to just 60 seats, so if you’re interested, grab your tickets now!

More information and to purchase tickets, visit their website here.


Chefs Backstage at Sinema

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
6:30 – 9:30 pm

2600 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204

Cost: $115/person (inclusive of cocktail reception, dinner with pairings, tax & gratuity)

I mentioned this special series in my round-up of July events, and there is another dinner coming up this month, so I wanted to get it in front of you again. As long as Chef Kyle keeps teaming up with some of my other favorite Nashville chefs, I’ll keep talking about it! This month the special guest will be Trey Cioccia of The Farm House and Black Rabbit, and they’ll be working together to create a John Wayne inspired feast straight out of the ol’ West.

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the website here.