So much to do! And by "do" I mean "eat and drink." Really, go out and do something before the flu quarantines everyone. And take hand sanitizer.
Tomorrow (Friday Sept 25) is Taste of Nashville 2009. Food from more than 20 local restaurants and other eatiers. You know 'em and love 'em: Zumi Sushi, Rent A Rita, Jimmy Carl's Local Taco, GiGi's, Chappy's, The Standard, Saffire, 1808 Grille. Live music by the Chris Weaver Band. Cannery Ballroom. One Cannery Row. 7 pm - 1 am. $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Profits to Boys and Girls Clubs of Nashville.
* The Southern Fried Fest is Friday and Saturday in Maury County. Click the link for a write-up of last year's Fried Fest activities. There is a dessert cook-off, a pancake breakfast, and fried foods every which way you turn. Also, it's in downtown Columbia, which is as pretty a courthouse square as you could wish.
* While you're south of town, take in RippaVilla Plantations's corn maze -- it's supposedly amazing this year. Three miles of paths link the planets and solar system, all in a cornfield. Take in a tour of the house while you're there. $7 for adults, $5 for kids. 10 to 10 Saturday and noon to 6 Sunday. Open until November 1. (931) 486-9037. RippaVilla usually hosts a country ham festival this time of year -- if you see signs with dates, report back to Bites.
* Start saving now: next week (October 1) is a $250 luncheon with First Lady Andrea Conte for the Restoration and Preservation of Tennessee's Residence. Price includes lunch and a tour. I went to one a couple of years back (helping with Port-a-Johns, I promise) The food was good, the place is lovely and the networking -- unsurpassed. 11:30-1 October 1. For tickets call (615) 741-7846. )
* Didn't get to booze it up last weekend on the Shelby Street Bridge? Then how about Italian food on the bridge this weekend? Greenways for Nashville and Metro Arts Commission (wut?) are sponsoring Dinner on the Bridge. For reservations call 862-8400 x378. $125 a ticket. Couldn't get info on who is providing the Italian food -- if you know, hook us up. www.greenwaysfornashville.org