This Tuesday, Dec. 10, they are teaming up with Lipman Brothers to present a “Taste of Sardinia” event, where attendees will taste five Sardinian wines for $20. Sardinia (the restaurant) has a wine list of more than 200 varieties, so it’s a good bet they’ve got some good wines from Sardinia (the island.)
For just $20, patrons will be able to nosh on popular appetizers from Sardinia’s menu, as well as tastings of Vermentino Costamolino, Nuragus Selegas, Rose Serra Lori, Cannonau Costera and Korem from Italy’s Argiolas winery. Advance reservations are recommended, so contact the restaurant at (615) 320-9147 for more information.
On Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., Sardinia takes it up a notch with a full-on dinner featuring the wine and food of Piedmont, arguably Italy’s greatest food and wine region. I mean, heck, Piedmont is the home of Barolo and Barbaresco wines, and they invented Nutella! The region is also acknowledged as one of the first areas to embrace the Slow Food movement. The dinner is $50 plus tax and gratuity, and includes a four-course dinner and three wine pairings. Here’s the planned menu:
Choice of polenta, cornmeal bread with robiola cheese, mushrooms and truffle oil or
baby lamb meatballs with swiss chard
Choice of pumpkin ravioli with butter, sage and black truffle or
risotto al Barolo, risotto with Barolo wine reduction and asparagus
Choice of scaloppine ravioli, veal medallions with artichokes and sage or
pork ossobuco with pesto couscous
Torta di nocciole, walnut cake
Community Food Advocates aims to reduce hunger in our area in a number of ways, such as food sustainability programs, temporary food assistance and outreach programs. If you’d like to know more, this Thursday, Dec. 5, Community Food Advocates will host an open house at their offices in East Nashville. They’ve invited some friends to come make it a festive occasion, too. There will be hot chicken from Hattie B’s, raw and vegan treats from My Poor Tired Liver and tasty beverages from Fat Bottom Brewing. In other words, a little something for everyone.
The event is free to attend, but be sure to bring a nonperishable item or two to stock the pantry and some money to browse gifts they’ll have for sale. In addition to food and drinks, there will be door prizes as well. Keep up with the latest information on the Facebook event page.
Community Food Advocates Open House
with Hattie B’s, My Poor Tired Liver, and Fat Bottom Brewing
604 Gallatin Ave., Suite 211
Thursday, Dec. 5
We worked our way toward the fellowship hall in a chatty string of young and old until the air smelled earthy and sweet with maple syrup hitting hot waffles. Tables had been covered in Christmas colors and dressed up with tapers transforming the space into a cozy cafeteria.
Volunteers and church members have been seating guests at these communal-style tables long before communal tables in restaurants were cool. So I had no trouble finding a new friend to talk with over waffles, grits, turkey hash and spiced tea.
This year marks the 88th annual Waffle Shop at Downtown Presbyterian. The tradition started as a fundraiser in 1925 for the Presbyterian Women’s Group back when Nashvillians did most of their Christmas shopping downtown. These days, a congregation of just about 100, plus volunteers, helps keep the community event lively by feeding 700 to 800 people each year using the same secret waffle recipe from the year it began. They’ll go through about 34 dozen eggs, 250 pounds of sausage and about five industrial-sized pots of turkey hash.
The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. and will feature The Grilled Cheeserie’s “melt of the moment” with Porter Road Butcher meat and Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, along with their regular menu. The first 100 customers in line will receive a free melt of their choice. The Jeni’s crew will be serving up free scoops of the Cloverton ice cream with honey cornbread gravel. Other flavors ice cream will also be for sale.
Admission to the party is free and includes musical entertainment from Nashville's own, Poly.
The Grilled Cheeserie’s Third Birthday Party
519 Gallatin Ave.
Sunday, Dec. 8
3 to 6 p.m.
But if you are looking for a potentially transcendent fried chicken experience, you might want to check out the first in Sean Brock's planned series of special guest suppers at The Stables, the small private dining area next to the main dining area at husk. On Monday, Dec. 9, Chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm will join Brock in the kitchen to prepare their interpretations of fried yard bird. Considering both Lenn and Brock are recent James Beard Award winners for Best Chef-Southeast, that's some pretty prodigious and prestigious power in the kitchen.
The intimate event starts at 6:30 and will have no more than 25 patrons who will sample appetizers prepared by the two chefs and then Brock and Lenn's two different versions of fried chicken. Finally Husk's Lisa Donovan will make a dessert worthy of the meal. It will all be served family style, so come hungry (and grabby).
UPDATE: Bites received an email this morning from Tina Tackett, sales manager at Ruth's Chris Steak House on West End, saying the beer dinner with Yazoo won't take place tonight: "We have had to postpone our Yazoo Beer Dinner scheduled tonight due to a poor response. We must have scheduled it too close to Thanksgiving!! We will be rescheduling it in February and will let you know the date as soon as it is confirmed. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes!"
There are few things in life more satisfying to me than a great beer and a well-cooked steak. I rarely go out to steakhouses, because I cook meat exactly the way I like it at home on a probably too frequent basis. But every now and again an event catches my eye that might just cause me to put the ol' Green Egg in cold storage for awhile.
Tomorrow night, Wednesday, Nov. 20, Yazoo Brewing Company is joining forces with the meatmeisters at Ruth's Chris at Loew's Vanderbilt for a beer dinner. Starting at 6 p.m., you can enjoy a three-course dinner plus dessert, all paired with beers from Yazoo for $59 per person including tax and tip. Here's the menu:
First course - Spicy Lobster and Calamari paired with Yazoo Hefeweizen
Second Course - Louisiana Seafood Gumbo paired with Yazoo Hop Project
Third Course- 6-ounce Filet with a scallop on Polenta cake, with red beans and rice and our signature mushrooms paired with Yazoo Dos Perros
Dessert - Mini Chocolate Sin Cake with Fresh Berries paired with Sly Rye Porter
If you're interested in attending, call 320-0163 to hold your spot at the table.
Yazoo Beer Dinner
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Ruth's Chris Steak House
2100 West End Ave.
The folks at the Nashville Food Truck Association sent us a heads-up that the Cooking Channel show Eat Street is making a return trip to Nashville to film segments featuring some of our noteworthy trucks. And you are welcome to join the party. Here's the info from the NFTA release:
COOKING CHANNEL'S 'EAT ST.' TO FILM IN NASHVILLE
The general public is encouraged to show up before noon each day for their chance to be on TV. Lunch service runs from noon to 2 p.m. each day.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Crepe A Diem
@ Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
@ One LakeView Place
25 Century Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37214
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
@ Craft Brewed
2502 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
@Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division St.
Nashville, TN 37203
UPDATE: The Eat Street blog has now posted more info on the events, including menus and mouth-watering photos of what the trucks plan to serve. (It also reveals plans for the next stop after Nashville, which is Knoxville.)
The event kicks off the evening of Friday, Dec. 6, with a reception at Sloco, the local-and-sustainable- food oriented sandwich shop owned by chef Jeremy Barlow, author of Chefs Can Save the World. It will include bites made from locally sourced produce and talks from some of the workshop presenters.
The main event on Saturday will be held at Trevecca Nazarene University. The workshops topics include backyard gardening, urban homesteading, permaculture, and the effects of local food on health, the environment, spirituality and social justice issues from notable sources such as Jeff Poppen, "the Barefoot Farmer," and Ken Meter of the Crossroads Resource Center. Corsair Distillery will host Saturday evening's dinner, which includes entertainment from Will Kimbrough.
The summit will conclude with a visit to and tour of Delvin Farms on Sunday.
The cost of the summit is $100 per person. If you can't make it to each event, you can buy tickets for individual portions of the summit. More information on individual event pricing is available on the website. The full schedule and additional workshop information is also available.
Tennessee Local Food Summit
Trevecca Nazarene University and other locations
Full admission: $100 (discounts and single-event tickets also available)
I've fallen victim to the idea of pairing a Beaujolas Nouveau with the Thanksgiving meal because the acclaimed release day falls close to the holiday meal. It's generally not a good idea because the hype behind this wine usually doesn't live up to the reality that the light, fruity wine can't hold up to all the butter that we usually add to our Thanksgiving dishes.
Fortunately, 100% Italiano is coming to the rescue with a special event at Rumours 12th and Division this Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., which they are calling "Picking the Right Wine for Thanksgiving." At the event, MariaPia De Pasquale of 100% Italiano will share her tips while you taste five wines served with a pate of light appetizers.
The evening of fun costs $30 per person (tax + tips included) and you can get $5 off if you mention that you saw it on Facebook or Twitter, even if we know you found out about it here on Bites. It'll be our little secret. Registration is required in advance, so call (615) 432-2740 to save a seat. Your Thanksgiving guests will thank you.
Rumours 12th and Division
in the Gulch
1104 Division St.
If you haven't had a chance to check out the new Omni yet, that's the locale for this pair of dinners which benefit the Nashville Food Project. (If you're curious about the nonprofit check out Scene stories here and here.)
Tickets to either night (or both) are $100 per guest or $900 for a 10-seat table. The dinners pair two chefs with the charge of creating a wild menu of fantastic food. Tonight's pair of chefs is Matt Lackey from Flyte and Karl Worley of The Biscuit Love Truck. The theme of their meal is "Feast of the Fish." Tomorrow Deb Paquette of Flyte and Steve Robilio of Amerigo will take over the Omni kitchen for their own creative take on cuisine in a dinner titled "A Trip to Spain."
Wine and spirits pairings are included with the meal, and cocktails will be mixed by some of Nashville's best bartenders. The "Design" part of the evening will be in the form of creative tablescapes provided by H Three Events. Maybe you can get some ideas for your Thanksgiving decorations. Here's the full schedule and menus:
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