Jay Pritchett is another Chicago-to-Nashville transplant. He grew up on the Windy City’s South Side. And while he has been in the South for 20 years (and in Music City for eight) he, too, had problems finding exactly what he wanted when he craved a taste of home. After two years researching and studying (including a class at Vienna Beef’s very niche Hot Dog University), Pritchett launched Jay’s Chicago (878-0264) in March of this year.
“This is the food I grew up on. I want to bring it to people in Nashville,” he says. Because of Nashville’s proximity to Chicago — and plethora of direct flights — there are many former Chicagoans in Music City, as well as Chicagophiles who like to road trip for a ballgame and a hot dog.
Jay’s Chicago brings authentic Chicago-style hot dogs to local farmer’s markets, office parks and events, such as the Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival and the Nashville Beer Festival. Pritchett posts where his Windy City cart will be on Twitter (@jayschicagotn) and Facebook (facebook.com/jayschicagotn) as well as on a calendar on the website .
OK, I've got something to say. I'm going to need a little volume, though …
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THE LOVELESS BISCUITS & PEACH JAM ICE CREAM AT JENI'S SPLENDID IS THE GREATEST ICE CREAM IN THE HISTORY OF EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE AND OHMYGODISITAWESOME.
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Well, now that that's out of the way, let's talk rationally about this.
A new service called Batch Nashville means to function as your combination concierge, curator and personal shopper. For $25 a month or $60 per season (or quarter), Batch will deliver an assortment of locally made goodies whose combined value equals or comes in even lower than the retail price.
Rob Williams, a former Scene art director whose graphic prowess is all over the site's design, launched the company today in partnership with Sam Davidson and Stephen Mosley, best known for the Cool People Care project and the accompanying "We Are Nashville" flood shirts. In the site's first 24 hours, he says, there have already been 50 sign-ups.
"We've gotten really good feedback," Williams says. The surprise so far has been how much of Batch's business is coming from out-of-towners, many of them homesick former Nashvillians.
The first delivery will be in September. Each delivery will have a theme: first up is "Rise and Shine," which will include goods such as coffee, bakery items from one of the city's best sweet shops, etc. Williams is being deliberately vague about who's participating, as surprise will be one of Batch's selling points for locals. If all goes well, Batch could solve a lot of people's Christmas shopping dilemmas.
To find out more, click here.
Singer-songwriter Jeff Finlin was a fixture on the local music scene a decade ago, before he decided to pack his bags and move to Colorado. But the South just kept calling his name, in no small part, because of our more — excuse the pun — fruitful peach season. So in April, he moved back to Nashville. Read Jeff's lusty ode to the ultimate summertime fruit below, and check out more about his new album My Moby Dick and book of poetry Time Less Travel here. And here's a Critics' Pick about Finlin's album release show in May.
Note to reader: Even though fruit is the name given to those plants which have an ovary used for food, and throughout history the peach has been a frequent metaphor for the female genitalia, in no way during the course of this writing can the peach be misconstrued as such. In other words, if that’s what you are thinking, you are the one with the dirty mind.
The first bite of the season is always the most sensuous. The anticipation is heart-stopping. As the first bit of furry delight tickles your upper lip you can almost taste the orgy of nature’s promise before it hits your taste buds and washes down the back of your throat. You’ve been waiting all year for this bounty of your longing. You pierce the skin and the juices explode. As they drip down your chin the pleasure is almost unimaginable. The mind is overpowered by the connection to the flesh of nature itself. You can taste the sweetness; the satisfaction. The sunshine bursts through your head. Intertwined, you can taste the energy squirting back on itself. You moan with delight. It’s a miracle. The edge of the cosmos is at hand, and you feel you can just go ahead and die now. It’s like prom night minus the back seat of that '72 Maverick.
It’s love … yes??
It’s the first summer peach.
Now, don't you steal that entry. For one thing, I just wrote it. For another, it's not even funny. Surely you can do much better, right?
Last year, Holly Matthews took home top honors with "You are so Nashville if ... you think Bart Durham should direct The Real Housewives of Nashville."
An impressive entry, for sure. Think you got game? Think you can bring that kind of heat?
As usual, there's no shortage of hot topics ripe for lampooning. Here are a few off the top of my head just to help you get the wheels turning:
The state legislature
Nashville cast member sightings
Nashville as the "It" City
The restaurant boom
Blake Shelton dissing old-school country
The Music City Center
Ken Jakes, government watchdog
Now get busy! Deadline is June 28! Winners will be announced in the July 18 issue.
Yes, you read that correctly. Free. Bonnaroo. Passes. Two of 'em.
Here's all you have to do: Go to the Scene's Facebook page. Share the Bonnaroo contest image as a public post. (Be sure to share it as a PUBLIC post — not just among friends — or you won't be entered, because we won't be able to identify you.)
Done. You're entered! Bada bing. Bada boom. (And while you're there, if you're feeling inspired, like our page!) There will be one winner, chosen at random, who will receive a pair of general admission passes for the whole festival.
Deadline for entry is noon Monday, June 3. So get a move on! Winners will be notified by 5 p.m. Monday.
Also, Bites correspondent Chris Chamberlain has details on a couple of other Bonnaroo ticket giveaways Jim ’N Nick's is running on its national and local Facebook pages. Those are separate contests, so try 'em all and increase your chances! But keep in mind, those contests end tomorrow (May 31).
As if he'd read my mind, Watson has started a special Tuesday-night menu, titled Bonne Nuit Tuesdays (French for "Good Night Tuesdays"). Entrées are all priced between $13 and $15, and look quite intriguing. Two in particular caught my eye — a classic boeuf bourguignon and a cassoulet with white beans, duck confit, house-made sausage and pork stew. (Click on the image to enlarge the menu.)
I can't make it tonight (insert shameless self-promotion here), but you can bet I'll be there the following Tuesday. And many Tuesdays after that.
Check out Carrington Fox's review of Café Fundamental here. (And for what it's worth, the last three meals I've had there would seem to indicate that Watson and his staff have smoothed out the service kinks.)
And the event space, which opens onto a stone-enclosed courtyard, sits adjacent to what is planned to be a 1,500-square-foot commercial-grade kitchen and cooking demonstration area, with four pantries available for rental. The double-wide kitchen and pantries are modeled after a similar cooperatively run space in San Francisco, and are aimed at helping small independent food businesses — the kind often started by women in their own homes — that might otherwise find it difficult to grow, while also adding on-site food options for event planners.
Now, according to a post on the Conexión website, they are hiring for a full-time commercial kitchen manager to run the new space — "a talented, self-starter with commercial kitchen experience to develop the curriculum and training of food entrepreneurs." Sounds like a great opportunity in what I can say is an amazing new space. More info here; full job description here (PDF).
If you haven't picked up a copy yet (ahem), you can still enjoy some of the food out of the book by simply heading out to Tin Angel tonight through Thursday, where they'll be offering a very affordable menu of dishes as part of their prix fixe menu. For just $23, you'll get to enjoy a soup, main course and dessert from restaurants in Louisiana, Florida and West Virginia without having to leave your hometown. Here are the details:
I headed over to Arnold's Country Kitchen for lunch today, and encountered a couple of van-loads of Canadians. They were on their way back to Montreal from Bonnaroo, and made the holy pilgrimage to the storied Nashville meat-and-three. The verdict? Eleven enthusiastic thumbs-up. I would have gotten a more detailed response, but it was nearly closing time, y'all. A man's got to have his priorities.
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