If you're looking for a more social and sociable place to watch your favorite teams play this weekend, I have two suggestions for you. Fresh on the heels of their apparently popular announcement that they have become a smoke-free zone, the folks at Sam's Sports Grill are celebrating the height of hoops frenzy by throwing a "Mad Marchness" party. And just because you're so talented and good-looking, they want to share some of the madness with you, Bitesters. All you have to do is give your ONE pick (Kentucky) to win it all in the comments, and we'll randomly choose a winner out of all the entries who pick it (Kentucky) correctly to award them a treasure trove of Sam's gift cards. Just to give you a little time to rebound from any bracket-busters, we'll give you until next Tuesday to get in your entries so you'll only need to pick from the Sweet 16 if you want to wait.
Speaking of celebrating, at M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, they're celebrating their new name change and imminent opening of a second location as well as the harmonic convergence of the NCAA Tourney and a Saturday night St. Patrick's day this weekend. On Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until close, they're throwing a party at their Franklin Road location, including a tented patio, green beer and Guinness on tap, homemade Shepherd’s Pie and other special brunch items available. There will also be 13 HDTVs for March Madness viewing and giveaways throughout the day. Sounds like a good place to camp out.
As far as wine, beer and whiskey tastings go this week, it's a busy one, so pace yourself through the first rounds of the Tourney and St. Patty's. Here's the rundown:
Chef John Stephenson at Fido is putting together a fine-looking menu for his Jackalope tasting on Tuesday, March 27; $35 per person plus tax and tip gets you this extraordinary (ee cummingsesque) menu:
Fido & Jackalope Brewing Co. Tasting
rompo red rye ale
coconut, tennessee prawn, rice cake, green curry
thunder ann american pale ale
sweet potato biscuit, country ham,
brown butter gravy, honey, candied lemon zest
bearwalker maple brown ale
fried chicken, waffle, maple, chocolate, caramel
spruce beersteen black ipa
mini local burger, tempura fennel, blue cheese, mache
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Porta Via Cool Springs at 3301 Aspen Grove Drive in Franklin is presenting a special wine pairing event this Thursday, March 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. Various culinary and wine specialists will be sharing their insights (I guess my invitation got lost in the mail) as students sample four Italian wines and learn how to properly decant them and pair them with food.
There will be drawings for wine, Travaso decanters, and PortaVia gift cards. The event costs $25, with a portion of the proceeds will benefit Tennessee Wildlife Rescue.
Village Wines invites you to another of their spectacular wine tastings at 360 Bistro on Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Taste the wine of the Loire Valley, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley from the portfolio of importer Martine Saunier for just $15 per person, with 10 percent off on food if you stay for dinner.
Mambu is holding a bourbon tasting with Brown Foreman products on March 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. They'll present a little bit of information mixed with a few great bourbon cocktails. They will be featuring a Woodford Manhattan and a Kentucky Mule made with Early Times 354 Bourbon and Mambu's housemade ginger beer, plus Old Forester like you have never seen it before. They'll even be allowing Colingwood Canadian Whiskey to join in, even though it's not a bourbon but a great maplewood whiskey. If you stay for dinner you'll enjoy 10 percent off you meal and discounts on all bourbon drinks.
Midtown Wine and Spirits invites you to join them in their shop for a tasting of Meyer Family Cellars with winemaker Matt Meyer. Here's the skinny on Meyer:
One of the state's iconic wine brands, Meyer Family Cellars occupies a unique place in the story of California wine. It was established in 1987 by Silver Oak founders and former owners Justin and Bonny Meyer, who dreamt of a family wine brand that drew upon their extensive experience in the Napa and Alexander valleys. Today Meyer Family Cellars is in the capable hands of co-winemakers Matt and Karen Meyer.
Meyer Family Cellars Rose 2011 $19.99/btl
Meyers Family Cellars Syrah 2007 $19.99/btl
Meyers Family Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $44.99/btl
Where: Midtown Wine & Spirits
When: Friday, March 16th from 4-7 p.m.
How Much: Complimentary
**For Friday only, customers will receive 10 percent off on six bottles of Meyer Family Cellar wines during the tasting.
Grand Cru Wine and Spirits is embracing the spirit of the Irish with a Friday Irish Whiskey tasting tonight starting at 5 p.m. Learn about Irish whiskey as you taste through some of the best Irish Wwiskies available. Joining them will be Tim Pitts, brand manager for William Grant & Sons, representing Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.
Included in tasting:
Tullamore Dew 10yr
Tullamore Dew 12yr
Red Breast 12yr
John L Sullivan Ten Count 10yr
John L Sullivan
Bushmills Honey Whiskey
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: 3433 Murphy Road
Phone: (615) 627-3900
Grand Cru's Saturday tasting turns to beer and cider this week. They'll be tasting Innis & Gunn Stout aged in Irish whiskey barrels as well as a new Crispin Cider, Landsdowne (made with Irish stout yeast), and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout to complete the true Irish celebration.
Date: Saturday, March 17
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: 3433 Murphy Road
Finally, Amerigo Cool Springs has added another date for their Chef Dinner.
By popular demand, we have added a second night for Chef Stephen's wine-pairing dinner! The original date filled up for March 27, but now you can join us on Monday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. for the same dinner. We will be offering the same menu both nights, which will be announced closer to the date to ensure the freshest ingredients from local farmers.
Enjoy five courses of Chef Stephen's cuisine paired with wine and/or cocktails, all for $45 per person plus tax & gratuity. Reservations are required, so call today before we fill this one up too! 615-377-7070