I told you a while back about the upcoming East Nashville Cocktail Crawl taking place this Sunday night, Sept. 30, from 7 to 9 with a special VIP event starting at 6. The organizers recently teamed up with Bites favorite Laura Wilson of Grow Local Kitchen to create some noshables using local ingredients from the Farmers Market at the "Tasting Room."
Here's more info on the event:
The Tasting Room will be an included location with all ticket purchases including an exciting new Tasting Room only-ticket option noted below. Free shuttle service will be provided throughout the event to key Crawl destinations by Grand Avenue. Nashville Farmers' Market is thrilled to be included in this first-time event on Sunday, September 30th which offers three types of Crawl options:
VIP tickets will be available through Friday, September 28th and includes an early event at Holland House Bar + Refuge from 6-8pm. After check-in & receiving their passports at Bongo Java, VIP ticket-holders will be shuttled to experience three Holland House special "Crawl-ocktails" with selected food pairings along with all other Crawl events noted below for $70/person and must be purchased in advance.
General Crawl tickets—available through Saturday, September 29th will include from 7pm-11pm this night: access to The Tasting Room which features boutique tasting of cordials, liquers, & spirits along with food provided by NFM's Grow Local Kitchen Chef, Laura Wilson; a signature cocktail created especially for Crawlers at popular East Nashville restaurants Watanabe, Pomodoro, No. 308, and Rumour's East. Free shuttle service is provided to each location throughout the event. Each ticket-holder receives a passport which makes them eligible for prizes that include home mixology kits created by Pourtaste & gift cards to Crawl locations. Bongo Java will also be offering craft coffee & mocktails throughout the evening along with a special photo-opportunity for Crawlers. $50/person with pre-purchase highly encouraged—only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $60/person.
NEW! The Tasting Room ticket option offering a Tasting Room only cocktail experience from 7pm-11pm provided by specialty distributors including: Athens, Horizon Wine & Spirits, & new-to-the-Nashville scene, Delirium, who is bringing spirits never-before tasted in this area. Food provided by Grow Local Kitchen with live music by The Dean Martinis. The Tasting Room will be hosted at The Building located at 1008C Woodland Street but all ticket-holders must check in at Bongo Java and are welcome to partake in the Crawl-tastic non-alcoholic concoctions also at Bongo Java as well!
$30/person with pre-purchase highly encouraged and a limited number of tickets available at the door for $35/person. [Get tickets here.]
NOTE: This is a 21 & up event, valid identification must be presented at time of check-in.
A different kind of party animal will be featured at the 3rd Annual Grape Stomp Saturday, Oct. 6, from 2-6 p.m. at Animalia (www.animaliawellness.com), descibed as "a cutting-age veterinarian clinic owned by Aubrey and Michelle Preston, located at 1973 New Highway 96 West near the Westhaven neighborhood."
If you're interested in getting your toes a little dirty, check out the details:
So, whether your notion of grape stomping conjures up romantic images of Keanu Reeves and his love interest in the 1995 film A Walk in the Clouds, or of the iconic scene from the famous I Love Lucy “Grape Stomping” episode, those bold enough to brave the messiness are invited to experience traditional wine making as they stomp barefoot in competition against others in a tournament bracket-style competition. There will be five stomp heats, comprised of six teams each. The team to collect the most juice at the end of the four-minute stomp will advance to the finals, where five teams will compete to be the Grape Stomp champion. Members of the winning team will receive a case of wine as reward for their stomping talent. The stomp will be hosted by Eric Morrison of Sonoma, California. Eric is known as the “grape stomp expert” of wine country.
There will also be a special award given to the best-dressed Grape Stomping Team — sponsored by Muse Boutique out of Cool Springs. T-shirts or creative costumes are encouraged. The cost to sponsor a team of five is $1,000 and up to 30 teams will be assembled. Those wishing to enjoy the event from the sidelines may purchase general admission tickets for $50. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $100 each. VIP ticket holders will have access to a designated VIP tent where they will enjoy exclusive wines, gourmet food and the finest cigars.
Wine and food will be plentiful and Four Roses Bourbon from Lawrensburg, Ky., is creating a signature cocktail and will offer bourbon tastings. Additional participants include VIP food sponsor, Porta Via Italian - along with Drake’s, Puckett’s, Papa Boudreaux’s, McCreary’s and Zolo’s Italian. Champagne will be served in the “VIP Bubble Lounge” for those who purchase VIP tickets.
Visit AVA’s website at www.avintageaffair.org for more details and to purchase tickets.
• Hoyt Hill at Village Wineswants to pass on news of an exciting VW tasting coming up 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Watermark, where they'll be featuring the wines of Pali Vineyards with winemaker Gary White. The event is $15 plus tax and gratuity, so that sounds like a bargain.
• Woodland Wine Merchant is featuring the award-winning 100 percent organic tequilas of Tres Agaves: "Eric Ruben knows more about tequila than anyone I've ever met. He's traveled extensively throughout Jalisco, Mexico, tequila's place of origin, and has the stories to back it up. Whether you're looking to make that perfect margarita, sip it neat, or just slam some of the best damn tequila you can get your hands on, Tres Agaves is where it's at."
• Midtown Wine and Spirits is featuring Manchester, Tenn., winery Beans Creek at a dinner next Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Mad Platter. It looks like a great time:
"Beans Creek Winery began as a dream no larger than a grape. Tom made his first wine in 1976 in a pickle crock in his mother's kitchen with childhood friends Joe and Dan Lasater. Tom has spent 30 years perfecting the award winning wine style at Beans Creek using grapes and fruit that grows and thrives in Tennessee. "
~Summer Squash Rissoles~
Spearmint, Grilled Pear, Parmesan, Balsamic Reduction
Paired with Vidal Blanc
~Smoked Corn Chowder~
Alan Benton's Ham, Roasted Tomato Jam, Serrano Chiles, Lemon Basil Creme Fraiche
Paired with Chardonel
Butternut, Acorn & Spaghetti Squash, Escarole, Radicchio, Oak Leaf Lettuce, Roasted Peppers, Noble Springs Goat Cheese, Sorghum Vinaigrette
Paired with Chambourcin Reserve
~Braised Beef Short Ribs~
Falls Mills Grits, Purple Crowder Peas, Galicia Style Chorizo, Gala Apples, Plum Demi Glace
Paired with Cynthiana
Chantilly Cream, Ginger Tuille, Lemon Sabayon
Paired with Apropos
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
$65 per person plus tax & gratuity
Space is limited, make your reservation today!
RSVP TO (615) 242-2563
• 100% Italiano invites you to the next in their series of culinary events as they celebrate Sicily, the land of myth and ancient flavors with a dinner Oct. 2 at Flyte World Dining and Wine. It looks like Chefs Matt and Matt are planning to put on quite a spread:
fried | fresh | pickled | caper | red onion | burrata
Cataratto ‘Munir’ Valdlibella igt
Grilled Squid or Galantine of Chicken
ajo blanco | charred white peach | carrot top summer squash | pickled fennel | lemon | pistachio
Etna rosso Barone di Villagrande doc
100% Nerello Mascalese
Fravolato VINI LA FAVOLA igt
Coulotte or Zarzuela
squash casserole | caramelized peach spot prawn | mussels | scallops | saffron
| braised greens
Koros VINI LA FAVOLA doc
65%Nero d’Avola/ 35%Syrah
Nero d’Avola Eloro Pachino VINI LA FAVOLA doc
100% Nero d'Avola
Cost: $60 (plus taxes and tips)
Only 20 seats available!
For reservations email to email@example.com
by September 30, 2012
• Finally, Saturday, Oct. 6 will be the Second Annual Nashville Beer Fest. Despite some issues with last year's first take at the festival, organizers promise that the festival is "under new management and ownership this year, with the top priority being a well-run festival."
The event benefits the Nashville Humane Society and will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at Public Square Park downtown. There are more than 70 businesses and 15 civic groups participating, including breweries, sponsors and vendors. More than 45 microbreweries, including eight local breweries, will present upwards of 120 beers at the Festival. Tickets are $35 and available at nashvillebeerfestival.com.
Until next week, stomp with care!