The Junior Leaguers are now marshaling their considerable talents toward educating children ages 9-11 on how to make healthy lifestyle choices with their "Kids in the Kitchen" program to be held at the Martha O'Bryan Center on April 2. Researchers say that African-American kids born in 2000 stand a 1-in-2 chance of developing Type II diabetes during their lives, most of them before they are 18. Specifically, they blame high fructose corn syrup along with soda and "fruit" drinks. This event will target 300 of the city's most at-risk kids to inform them about the health dangers of sugar.
There will be 10 activity stations for the kids, including a make-your-own-trail-mix station, hula-hooping and jump-roping stations to teach them about the value of being more active, water and portion-size stations to help them make informed choices when picking their food and drink options, body image and dental hygiene stations, and a food pyramid station staffed by local dietitians.
Today, in honor of 15 years of serving Dancing Goats coffee, there will be live goats dancing in the middle of 21st Avenue. OK, not really, but they will be raffling off bags of Dancing Goats beans and for one hour of the day all Dancing Goats coffee will be free for all patrons. Which hour will it be? Go to Provence and find out.
On Tuesday, to commemorate the fact that Provence has won "Best Bread" in the BON poll every year that they have been open, they'll be holding another raffle to give away free bread for a year. Dr. Atkins is spinning in his grave about that one ...
Finally, on Wednesday they invite you to come and meet their pastry chef Angela Zamora from 1:30-3:30 p.m. She will be sampling her treats as well as bringing her portfolio. This will be the perfect time to look at her work and discuss options for your upcoming baby shower, bridal shower or wedding cake. That day's raffle will be for a custom cake of your choice up to $60 in value.
Drop by and wish the gang at Provence a happy birthday. Between their carry-out service and all the breads they provide for some of your favorite restaurants, Nashville is a lucky food town to have them around.
One thing it's been a little short on is independent restaurants. Type "37214" into yelp or urbanspoon and you get mostly fast food and traveler-friendly options, plus Becker's Bakery, Greek Deli, Ellendale's, Darfon's, Bar-B-Cutie Phat Bites, McNamara's— all places I like, or even love.
I wondered why the seafood-oriented Mexican spot Las Islas Marias my first-ever Bites entry wasn't listed — its ceviche was just great.
Sadly, Las Islas Marias has closed, and in its place is Cocina Mexican Grill, one of a small chain of eateries in the style of Baja Burrito, Chipotle, Baja Fresh and Blue Coast Burrito, where you work your way down a cafeteria line, choosing your options for wrapper, fillings, etc.
Oh good, I thought, I'll get a fish taco. But there weren't any fish tacos, despite what the menu said. So I got a bean and cheese enchilada, just to see how an enchilada goes here.
Much as we love to dine out, this week's run-it-up-a-flagpole topic is shopping.
I shopped this week for my second duck of the year to fulfill my New Year's to-do list. I bought it at the Wal-Mart in Springfield, Tenn., where most people seem to shoot their own ducks.
Asparagus in the store is looking better, now that summer, er, spring has arrived. In Dothan, Alabama last week we bought early local strawberries. They were a little underripe, but by now, they should be ready for picking and shipping.
You never know what will turn up this time of year at the Saturday West Nashville Farmer's Market—lettuces and Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, and always some other surprises.
It's time for a new skillet — the Emerilware is giving out after three years of hard use. It works well with liquids and fats and has a superb stay-cool handle, which I learned the hard way, but lost its nonstick-tivity. The size is good — bigger than my Lodge cast iron 10-inch but smaller and lighter than the Lodge 12-inch. What's your skillet and should we all buy it?
What's new in your pantry this week, and what are you looking forward to buying/trying/testing? What's your current must-have? What is eluding you? Ask Bites nation, because the answer is out there somewhere.
Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Festival & Tasting will be Friday, April 1, 2011 from 6 until 10 p.m. over the ice at the Bridgestone Arena. The cost of this star-studded event is $74 per person or $200 if you want to attend the VIP wine dinner hosted by Corey Beck of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which will take place in the Patrón Platinum Club.
The festival will feature tasting from more than 200 higher-end wines, Anheuser-Busch products, spirits tasting and an extensive silent auction. The event will also include heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Fish & Co. Restaurant and Raw Bar and Watermark Restaurant and a photo opportunity with Predators mascot GNASH.
To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.nashvillepredators.com/wine or call 770-2331.
• TPAC continues their successful "Art of" series with "The Art of Beer" 6 p.m. April 7 in the War Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and are available at the TPAC web site. Brewers and brewery representatives will guide us through a selection of High Gravity beers from Abita, Yazoo and Chimay.
Appetizers will be served, including pizza from The Mellow Mushroom, hot dogs and brats from The Dog of Nashville, and an assortment of cheeses provided by Cabot Creamery of Vermont — maker of "the world's best cheddar!"
Two pulled pork sandwiches from Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Nolensville for $4, a savings of 50 percent — that's today's discount offer from The Big Deal Nashville.
And now that we've told you, we have to kill you.
One guy who doesn't have to wait for his nomination is John Mariani, who is thrice-nominated for over 30 years of food reporting and authorship of several well-received tomes on dining. He'll be visiting our town June 29 (postponed from the previously announced date of March 29) to eat at the Capitol Grille as chef Tyler Brown digs deep into his repertoire to create a dinner of Italian-themed dishes in honor of the author and his latest book, How Italian Food Conquered the World. The menu for the night will include parsnip insalata with parsley, bacon and fava beans; Glen Leven beef tenderloin carpaccio with Stravecchio, basil and foccia; trout with ricotta ravioli, ramps, morels, and cured Meyer lemon; and Cruze Dairy buttermilk panna cotta with balsamic, rhubarb and hazelnut pizzelle.
And the food! I always liked Coco's made-to-order sandwiches like the muffuletta and Torpedo.
(Didn't like the pasta salad alongside — dressing was too sweet, but it probably tastes just right to someone else.)
Each week, Taste of Home and The Mushroom Council are giving away a Weber grill it its Mushrooms Every Day Every Way recipe contest. Weekly winners will be selected from people who submit recipes. After 22 weeks, the main judging takes place, with the winning recipes featured on the mushroominfo.com website and the winners taking off on trips for two to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, San Antonio or Hyde Park.
Enter in one of three categories: breakfast, appetizers & sides, and main dish. The contest is open to anyone over 18 and that means, chefs, you could enter and win.
Go here to read the rules and submit a recipe.
After tasting their way through a few of the local fire waters, Jason and his mom were struck by how smooth one particular brand of blanco was and also by the intriguing "question mark" design of the hand-blown bottle. Although Cuestion Tequila has been previously unavailable in the United States, it already has a reputation as one of Mexico's finest craft tequilas. Jason inquired about the possibility of importing and distributing Cuestion in the states and then spent the next two years putting together the investment capital and distribution network for the product.
He flew down to the distillery in Jalisco to learn everything he could about the product and the process from the owners, Jose de Jesus Dominguez Figueroa and Jose de Julio Marquez Ochoa. Cuestion is made from a specific strain of agave, the Blue Weber. Rather than harvesting the agave piña after two years like most tequila makers do, Cuestion allows the plant to mature for a full 10 years before using it. Think of how much more complex wines made from old vine grapes are compared to a new vineyard and you'll understand why they make this choice. This is one major difference between tequila and grain-based spirits like scotch and bourbon. Tequila takes years to grow and then only spends one season in the barrel. Conversely, malt, barley, corn and rye grow in a single season and then spend years aging.
The time that Cuestion does age in oak is well-spent. Due to a marketing agreement with a certain black-bottled liquor product made about an hour southeast of Nashville, they can only specify that their tequila is unique in that it is aged in "Tennessee Whiskey" barrels. Already starting with the smoothest blanco tequila that they can possibly produce, Cuestion gives their Reposado six months sleeping with Mr. D., and their Añejo ages for 18 months. This is much more than the standard mellowing period that other tequila manufacturers allow. Cuestion lovers can also look forward to a 4-year-old Extra Añejo due out some time this summer.
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