In last weekend's open thread, Nicki Wood asked where readers were buying local holiday gift items. Astute commenter BW recommended shopping with the Brittle Brothers. I can echo that sentiment.
Jay Lowenthal and his business partner John Spalding employ Great-Grandma Spalding's recipe for peanut and cashew brittle, which dates back to the 1840s. And Grammy knew what she was doing, as they produce a fabulous brittle that is loaded with nuts but still manages to be chewable without risking your dental work.
If Jay Lowenthal's name sounds familiar to long-time Nashvillagers, you may remember him from his playing days with the Vanderbilt basketball team in the late '70s. He played at the end of the "F-Troop" era and on the first teams that featured two young studs, Charles Davis and Mike Rhodes. Their nickname was "Town and County...and Jay." Well, not really, but Jay was an important role player during that successful period of Vandy hoops history.
Brittle Brothers does not have their own bricks and mortar storefront, but you can order online from them at their website. Also, several shops around the area carry their products either individually or as part of gift baskets.
Look for them at:
Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Casablanca Coffee, and Through the Woods in Nashville, Puckett's Grocery Henpeck Market and The Sweet Shoppe in Franklin and Chef's Market in Goodlettsville.
Their cashew brittle is especially unique and would make a great local addition to your gift baskets this holiday season.