Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kay Bob's Throws a Grand Opening Party Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Kay Bob's, the creative kebab joint next to Pizza Perfect in Hillsboro Village, quietly opened earlier this month, and now they're ready to officially launch with a party — and you're all invited.

As I reported back in June, Kay Bob's is the brainchild of Amir Arab, who along with his brother Ali, owns the Pizza Perfect locations in Hillsboro Village and Bellevue. Amir is a native of Iran who's lived here for decades, and he describes Kay Bob's as "kebab sandwiches with a Southern twist."

Kay Bob's plays up the healthy aspect of Middle Eastern cuisine, with fresh vegetables and meats grilled simply on a skewer, served on flatbread that's baked in house, with your choice of signature sauces. Ingredients are minimally processed and locally sourced whenever possible.

Already one breakout star on the menu is a vegetarian sandwich, the Dancin' Desiree, with black beans, goat cheese, roasted red pepper, caramelized onions and butternut squash puree, folded into flatbread and toasted.

Kay Bob's is co-owned and managed by Pizza Perfect veteran Andrew Tarpley. The grand opening party is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the restaurant at 1602 21st Ave. S. (The phone number is 321-4567). Check out a menu at Kay Bob's Facebook page, and read the grand opening invitation after the jump.

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Today Show Features Catbird Seat, Yellow Porch and Mas Tacos Por Favor

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Today on Today, Travel + Leisure features director Nilou Motamed dished out some culinary travel tips, including three picks in our fair city. Can you guess what we're known for, besides our "foodie scene"? Here's a hint: Motamed says she's sure Taylor Swift loves eating at The Catbird Seat. That may be true — Taylor's palate has probably developed since her Spaghetti Factory days. But talk about a missed segue: Catbird chefs Josh Habiger and Erik Anderson met while cooking at the acclaimed Alinea in Chicago, the first restaurant mentioned in the segment.

Anyway, nice to see Nashville get some pins on the national food map, with nods also to Yellow Porch and their site-grown salad ingredients, and Mas Tacos Por Favor's tortilla soup. I've just embedded the 615-centric clip above, but you can watch the whole thing, Parisian macarons and all, at the Today site.

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Sam's Sports Grill — Take a Trip to the Islands in Hillsboro Village

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Normally, sports bars are a great place to get a draft beer in a warm glass or maybe even a Jack and Ginger while you enjoy multiple football games with your head on a swivel. But Sam's Sports Grill has decided to establish itself as a place to enjoy a little taste of the Caribbean with their latest addition to the drinks menu.

Apparently Al Thomas, one of the owners of the Hillsboro Village stalwart, has taken a liking to a particularly famous island drink and decided to bring it back with him from a recent vacation. The "Pusser's Painkiller" was developed at the Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Vyke in the British Virgin Islands by an entrepreneurial bar owner named Charles Tobias.

Based around the famous Pusser's Rum, the drink is a tasty concoction of rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and OJ sprinkled with a tad of freshly grated nutmeg. Pusser's has been the official rum of the British Admiralty for over 300 years and was the "tot" of rum that was part of the daily ration for Her Majesty's seamen. Made in 200-plus-year-old wooden stills, Pusser's has the benefit of centuries of ethers and congeners which have built up in the pots to add flavor (or should I say "flavour?") to the fermented sugar cane.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Soup & Bread: Local Chefs, Writers Cook Up Party at Yazoo to Benefit O'Bryan Center

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM

The author and the illustrator of Soup & Bread will be on hand selling their amazing book.
  • The author and the illustrator of Soup & Bread will be on hand selling their amazing book.

Ice cream in the summer, and now that it's cold, the Martha O'Bryan Center wants to give you a nice bowl of hot soup. Next Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Yazoo Brewery, several local chefs, cooks, writers and musicians will lift the lid on pots of soup that they've created, served with fresh bread from Provence. Bring the kids and come by from 6 to 9 p.m. and see Laura Wilson, Dan Maggipinto, me, Nancy Vienneau and singer Noelle Warner, have a bowl of soup. And some bread.

The event is a combination fundraiser for Martha O'Bryan and part tour stop for Soup & Bread, the cookbook that started it all. Soup & Bread is a program that has raised thousands of dollars, one bowl of soup at a time, for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Author Martha Bayne and designer Sheila Sachs, the longtime art director of Chicago Reader will be there to sell you a copy and inspire you with their amazing story.

No reservation needed, and it's technically free, but you're invited to pitch a few bucks into the basket for Martha O'Bryan. There's a lot of good going on there, and you can see some of that good in action: O'Bryan GED grads will be selling lotions, candles, soaps and more produced by their business, Piece of Love, and Second Rise Kitchen, a culinary training effort at O'Bryan, is providing some of the bread.

Bonus: Yazoo is selling beer by the glass, which it doesn't typically do on Wednesdays. All you Wednesday growler-refillers, you're coming too, right?

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Recipe Contest Seeks Winner, Winner Family Dinner!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Enter your recipes for a meal that families will love, to scoop up prizes from Martha White.

For The Power of Family Meals, the search is under way for appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts to feed the crew at the table.

Enter as often as once a day until Jan. 11 to win a grand prize of $800 or cooking classes for four at Viking Cooking School. First prize is a Kitchen-Aid mixer. One winner each week will get a Cuisinart soft-serve ice cream maker. And every day, someone will win a Smuckers gift certificate.

You've heard it before, and the evidence keeps accruing: Mealtime at home is where children learn nutrition, interaction, conversation skills and etiquette. Regular family meals were the greatest single predictor of high student academic achievement and reduced incidence of problem behaviors.

Read the full rules here and submit recipes here.

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Food Network Show 'Heat Seekers' Filming at the Scoreboard Bar and Grill Today

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 5:49 AM

Do you like hot chicken? Are you a fan of the Food Network? Would you like to be on television? I'd guess a Venn diagram of the intersection of these three sets would pretty much incorporate the Bites reading audience. So if you'd like to help fill out a studio audience and fill up your tummy at the same time, try to make your way out to Scoreboard Bar and Grill at 2408 Music Valley Drive across from the lights of the Gaylord Opryland resort.

"Heat Seekers" is a show hosted by celebrity chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking which follows them around the country as they seek out the spiciest food they can find. While I'm sure that there are many hot chicken connoisseurs who would point Messrs. Sanchez and Mooking toward some other local establishments to try the hottest of the hot, Scoreboard is renowned for making some darned fiery poultry on their own.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Kick Off the Holidays with Festive Christmas Lunches at Scarritt-Bennett

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Just like last year, the picturesque Scarritt-Bennett Center invites their neighbors to enjoy holiday luncheons at the historic Susie Gray Dining Hall on their campus on 19th Avenue South. They are serving buffet-style luncheons complete with all the holiday trimmings prepared by executive chef Jennifer Threadgill, and offering free Christmas concerts in beautiful Wightman Chapel after most of the meals, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. You can also shop in the Front Porch gift shop, and enjoy the sights of the famous grounds decorated for the season with festive wreathes, bows, and twinkling trees for a complete holiday experience.

Luncheon dates for 2011 are Nov. 29, 30 & Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., but some of the dates have already sold out so plan ahead now!

The musical guests are:

11/30 - Jama Bowen, vocalist

12/1 - Polly Brecht, organist

12/7 - Belmont University Chamber Singers

12/8 - Marilyn Thornton, violinist

12/13 - Jazz Trio: Kevin Madill, piano; Matt Davich, sax; Ike Harris, bass

12/14 - Sherry Cothran, singer-songwriter

12/15 - S T Kimbrough Jr., vocalist

Lunch is only $19.99 per person (+ tax)
Complimentary parking is available

If Black Friday wore you out and the holiday grinch is leering over your shoulder, take a break from the busy season to let someone else cook while you recharge your batteries. Check out the menus after the jump:

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Recipe File: The Kitchen Sink Cookie, the Chocolate-Chip Cookie with Something Extra

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Almost ready to come out of the oven!
  • Almost ready to come out of the oven!
The kitchen sink cookie at Fido should be famous. I can’t believe I don’t hear strangers talking about it, you know, casually on the street: “Hey, how many kitchen sink cookies did you eat today? Just two? Are you not feeling well or something?” It should be front-page news when they run out after lunch rush: “EXTRA! KITCHEN SINK COOKIE DROUGHT PERSISTS FROM 2 TO 5 PM TUESDAY! FIDO RELEASES APOLOGY STATEMENT!”

This cookie is good. I’ve never had one like it anywhere else.

Ostensibly, the kitchen sink cookie is named after its long list of ingredients, including oats, coconut, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and pecans. I’m actually a purist with most desserts — I avoid nuts in ice cream, brownies and other cookies, for example — but this cookie is a different kind of beast. Crunchy, chewy, sweet, salty and chocolaty all describe it, yet every component is perfectly balanced.

It wasn’t until recently that I considered trying my hand at reproducing it at home. The cookies I made were really good, but they didn’t quite add up to the Fido version. I tried to adapt the “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie” recipe from America’s Test Kitchen, which is based on the Nestlé Toll House recipe. From this I added the extra ingredients in proportions I could only guess. And before you say anything: Yes, this recipe has almost two sticks of butter in it. YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?

I didn’t think so.

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Roosters for Sale, Cheep

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 5:42 AM

Spotted on craigslist, this plaintive ad (now removed by its author) tells a story. It's a story about love, and birds. About urban farmers and couples. About poultry and bonding. About hunger and ideals. Submitted for your amusement, nourishment, sympathy or schadenfreude. There's a lot here in just 47 words.

We have 2 roosters who have just started to crow. We live in the city so they need a new place where they won't disturb anyone. i would eat them, but my girlfriend named them. They are healthy, well feathered, about three months old, and look delicious.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

All Great Thanksgivings Are Unhappy in Their Own Way

Posted By on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 7:38 AM

At her blog, Aviatrix Kim has links to a series of radio stories she produced on Thanksgiving mistakes and mishaps — gathered on the (correct) assumption that the most memorable Thanksgivings are the ones that end in flames, indigestible dishes, or even encounters with an irascible live turkey.

We at Bites wish you the happiest of holidays — but in the event all doesn't go well, you're welcome to vent in the comments space below. Or check in just to let us know how your day went. We'd love to hear about the best thing you had or made, and the thing that maybe didn't turn out so hot.

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