With the Metro Planning Commission recommending passage last week of a bill that would allow poultry in the Urban Services District, a yes vote from Metro Council is all that's left to make chickens legal in residential areas in the city. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Council will have second reading of the bill, which would allow certain domestic farm animals on properties between one-tenth and five acres.
According to the bill on Tuesday's Council agenda, urban dwellers could house poultry birds--excluding roosters--in a coop, in the back yard, as egg-layers or pets only (no butchering), with the following numbers of birds per acre:
2 per 0.09 to 0.11 acres
4 per 0.12 to 0.23 acres
6 per 0.24 to 1.99 acres
Unlimited on 2 or more acres
Birds must be set back 25 feet from any residential structure and 10 feet from the property line.
Tuesday's second reading (6:00 p.m. at the Courthouse) is open for public comment, and chicken advocates are trying to get the word out.
What does it take to be an official Beerknurd at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium? It's simple, just sign up either in person or on their website and give them $18.00.
One of the premiums is the official Flying Saucer 2009 Beerknurd Calendar which will be released on Monday, Aug. 31.The calendars are available only to U.F.O. Club members and are free. The calendars will be available starting Monday, and quantities are limited. Calendars are limited to one per person, and current and new Beerknurds can get one, while they last. It's a 13-month calendar.
Rumor has it that a local Beerknurd might even be featured in the calendar as a man (or woman) of the month. You'll just have to join the club and show up to find out for sure.
You people just don't want me to succeed, do you? Just as I began to steel myself to make it through another Meatless Monday, what should appear in my Google Reader but this meatsterpiece?
You may remember Ben Frank, the Larry Flynt of his own food porn domain at the blog "I Ate That" from his beet battle with Crema's Rachel Lehman. Proving he's no one trick pony, Ben has offered his own Greek-inspired take on the classic cheeseburger and fries using gyro seasoning, Chèvre cheese and Parmesan roasted butternut squash fries.
Gallop your goat over here for the full skinny while I curl up with a nice wheatgrass smoothie for dinner. I think I can. I think I can.
Thanks to UrbanDictionary.com for forwarding this recent Word of the Day:
Food Douche: A person that thinks they know the best place to get any one specific item of food and that the places you know all suck.
Jason: I love this turkey sandwich
Joey: This sandwich sucks, I know a place with the best turkey sandwich I have ever had
Jason: You are such a Food Douche
Definitely a concept in need of a word. And, without naming names I think we could all come up with a few stand-ins for Jason and Joey in the above exchange. But really, douche? That word is about as passé as tomato foam. I think we could come up with a better, smarter word.
If the name Danny York isn't familiar to you, perhaps some of his restaurants will be.
York is the owner of Merchants restaurant, owned Mère Bulles until last year, owned Princeton's Grille and Bistro 215. At one time he owned The Trace.
And he owns Sante Fe Cattle Company, a chain of steak houses having financial troubles, according to a story today at NashvillePost.com.
Today, York and Santa Fe are both in bankruptcy. Santa Fe has been working on a reorganization under Chapter 11 since July, but one of its main secured creditors is opposing its plans. York personally filed for Chapter 7 liquidation on Aug. 17, listing assets of $2.1 million and liabilities of $13.9 million. Both filings are in Nashville's U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Read the full story at Nashvillepost.com
Chef Ashley Quick has joined the team at Flyte World Dining & Wine, where he has been polishing the menu with chef Jen Franzen and pastry chef Erica Waksmunski for the past month. Quick brings a global résumé to the Eighth Avenue eatery, including stints at The Fat Duck in England, Clio in Boston and Bouchon in Napa.
Most recently, Quick was executive chef at Bistro 360. He has also worked with chef Tyler Brown at the Hermitage Hotel's Capitol Grille and at the exquisite but short-lived Andrew Chadwick's at Rutledge Hill.
Quick and Franzen will roll out a new fall menu on Sept. 22. In the meantime, the current menu reflects early input from Quick and is available after the jump.
A quickie for a Friday afternoon. (Don't I wish...)
Name the best carry out lunch that you can get for under 5 bucks and in under 5 minutes.
Parameters: Must have some sort of side item but you don't have to include the cost of a drink. Go a little green and buy yourself a nalgene bottle to fill at the water fountain. Save your money and those empty fountain drink calories to buy a better meal.
I submit the $4.49 Honey Hot 6-piece wing deal from Nuttin' But Wings on the corner of Lebanon Rd. and Spence Lane.
That's my Gnip. Now you Gnop.
If you're like me, then you probably have some degree of guilt over the Fast Food Question. It's not much different than the chain restaurant question: You shouldn't really patronize them if you're enlightened about what Good Food is, and yet there they are, open all the freaking time at an affordable cost and right off all the interstate exits, and sometimes there's actually food on the menu that tastes good. But you know not to admit that in mixed company.
I have a long, storied relationship with fast food. Or like most people, I was broke in college, and I ate fast food whenever I damn well needed to. I worked at Pizza Hut for a hot second, and discovered that a personal thin pizza (not pan!) with pepperoni, sausage, green olives and jalapenos was where it was at, officially. And well into post-college adulthood, nothing much soaks up a few beers like a big greasy cheeseburger. Sure, fast food restaurants are evil--the ingredients, the playgrounds and marketing to kids (and to douchey dudes--don't get me started on Hardee's!), the pay practices, and their unseemly presence in the poorest neighborhoods, links to diabetes and obesity, blah blah blah gag blah.
Actually around the Wino household, we say "liquor before beer, never fear. Beer before liquor, never fear. Wine after liquor, never fear." You get the point.
This week's edition of The WW is not limited to just wine events. As a special treat, we've also got some hooch tastings for your pleasure. As always, taste responsibly and plan ahead for how to get home safely after you're done. The WW always looks for a DD whenever he can. Details after the jump:
Menu offerings I wouldn't make at home draw me to a restaurant. Anything layered, stuffed, wrapped or folded, and anything that involves more than one cooking tasks. J. Alexander and California Pizza Kitchen both offer a multi-step Thai-influenced main dish salad, and both are on my regular rotation.
Thai Crunch salad from California Pizza Kitchen is a generous bowl of shredded cabbage, chicken, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, peanuts, wontons and vegetables in a lime-cilantro sauce with frizzled rice noodles.
J. Alexander's Thai Kai salad is shredded greens, paper-thin (well, business card-stock paper thin) slices of pressed chicken breast and little wonton crunchies in a cilantro vinaigrette with a dose of Thai peanut sauce (that tastes strongly of teriyaki) (which is Chinese). It's tall, piled up attractively in the bowl.
A salad is about contrasting flavors a textures, and Thai food is about contrasting flavors and textures. There's more work put into the CPK salad -- it's the kind of meal you'd attempt at home once, thinking bagged slaw mix would do the job. An hour into it with every pan and bowl dirty, you'd conclude that it's worth paying for because the prep work is a team effort.
CPK's Thai Crunch salad leaves the stadium victorious.
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