A couple of years ago, you could regularly find the folks from The BE Hive hosting vegan buffet/benefit nights at The Wild Cow. The concept behind the meal was to advocate for "healthy lifestyle choices, community involvement and sustainable environmental practices" through vegan foods, with a portion of buffet proceeds benefiting a nonprofit organization with similar values. Jack Silverman wrote about The BE Hive buffet back in 2012.
After a hiatus (due, in part to the production and expansion of wholesale and retail BE Hive seitan products), the BE Hive Buffet is back, now at The East Room, an event space that also houses the company's production kitchen. The next BE Hive Buffet is coming up Monday, July 11, from 4 to 10 p.m. Along with all-you-can eat vegan food with a summer theme (vegan versions of picnic favorites), there will be musical entertainment and desserts from Vegan Vee.
The cost of the event is just $15 per person. and a portion of the night's proceeds will benefit Walk/Bike Nashville. The BE Hive seeks to showcase the many ways vegan food can be delicious, and the buffet concept allows people to sample a little of everything. Check out the menu and other details on The BE Hive's Facebook page.
The BE Hive Buffet
Monday, July 11
4 to 10 p.m.
The East Room
2412 Gallatin Ave.
$15 per person ($13 to-go option)
While everyone else is thinking about Independence Day, Table 3 is making big plans for their fifth annual Bastille Day celebration on July 14. Commemorating the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, the Green Hills favorite is planning a special prix-fixe tasting menu with optional wine pairings, available for the entire week July 11-17.
The Bastille Celebration menus will be available for $25 for lunch and $35 for dinner, and co-owner and sommelier Elise Loehr has put together a fantastic set of wines to accompany the dishes.
"We have been humbled by the support of the community over the years and particularly during special events like the Bastille Day Celebration” says co-owner Wendy Burch. “Even with the unprecedented and continued growth of Nashville, our friends and neighbors have continued to make Table 3 their home.”
Table 3 Restaurant & Market, 3821 Green Hills Village Drive (next to the mall), is open daily for lunch and dinner, so make your Bastille plans now. Reservations are not required, but they are strongly encouraged. Reservations may be made by calling 615-739-6900 or by visiting table3nashville.com.
Tuesday afternoons mean trips to Sevier Park for the popular 12South Farmers Market, and this particular Tuesday, June 28, will be an even better time to swing by the park since the good folks at Jackalope Brewing will be showing off their newest collaboration beer. As part of the second annual 12South Farmers Market Peach Festival, Jackalope will be launching a new Peaches & Cream Ale. This is a very novel recipe brewed with more than 600 pounds of peaches from The Peach Truck as well as Weisenberger Mill grits, from a renowned Kentucky grist mill.
“Jackalope will anchor our first-ever beer garden where thirsty patrons can sip a nice cool brew between shopping for local produce and tasty treats,” says Mary Self, who organizes the market. The event will feature five foods trucks, including The Grilled Cheeserie and Funk Seoul Brother, as well as live music from local artists, and free activities for all ages. There will be all sorts of fun peach-related events going on throughout the market, so check out the schedule here.
Other vendors offering peachy fare include Papa C’s Pies, Dozen Bakery, Ousley Ouch Salsa, The Nashville Jam Co, Firepot Chai and Noble Springs Farm. Even if you're not a fan of the freestone, there will still be plenty of other great food for your shopping pleasure so plan to drop on by between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. As always, parking might be a little hairy, so bring comfortable walking shoes and enjoy a little stroll to and through the park.
Hurry Back on Elliston is turning two years old, and they're throwing themselves a birthday party starting this afternoon, Thursday, June 23. Since the restaurant has garnered a reputation as a great place to discover rare craft beers, it's appropriate that they are offering some novel brews as a present to their patrons.
They'll tap the kegs at 5 p.m. tonight and continue with far-out beers all weekend through Sunday. Some of the beers offered may never be seen here in Nashville the rest of the year, including a keg of Straffe Hendrik 2013 Heritage Oak Aged Quad Belgian Quad that they claim is the only keg of that particular brew in the country. Local favorite Yazoo will be providing a specialty firkin and other regional and international brewers are sending some of their rare finds to help with the celebration.
The exact schedule of what is going on and off the taps is up in the air, so keep checking in if you have a particular favorite you're looking for. Among the notables include a chocolate stout from Brasserie Kazematten, Dogfish Head's Squall IPA, a Belgian dark ale from Gouden Carolus and a Mocha IPA from Stone.
In addition to the special beers, Hurry Back will also feature live music on the patio on Friday to keep the atmosphere festive. So head on down and help them celebrate this weekend!
NextUP Martha O'Bryan is a group of young leaders who are working to create the next generation of leaders to support the Martha O'Bryan Center and its efforts to “break the line between poverty and potential by serving 10,000 Nashville individuals and families."
As part of their initiative to raise awareness of and funds for Martha O'Bryan, NextUP has created a fundraiser, now in its second year, that puts a little twist on the traditional chefs showdown. In their "Foodbank Throwdown," chefs put together menus featuring items that are often donated to food banks.
Last year's winner of the inaugural Foodbank Throwdown was Trey Cioccia from The Farm House. Chef Cioccia brought home the trophy with his dish of Spam Boudin Balls, and he'll be back again this Thursday, June 23 at the Martha O'Bryan Center at 711 South Seventh St. to defend his title. He'll battle against seven other local culinary professionals: Kristin Beringson of Silo; Aatul Jain of Chauhan Ale & Masala House; Keith Batts, the Director of Culinary Services at Martha O'Bryan; Saint Anejo's Jason Slimak; Jessica Benefield and Trey Burnette of Two Ten Jack; Manny Santana of The Block in Murfreesboro; and Charlotte Miller from AMOT — A Matter of Taste.
Two decades ago, The Presidents of the United States of America sang, "Millions of peaches, peaches for me. Millions of peaches, peaches for free." While they are rarely free, peaches are everywhere right now, so it's quite appropriate that chef Matt Bolus has chosen these stone fruits as the basis for his new five-course tasting menu at The 404 Kitchen.
The menu will be available beginning tonight until this Saturday night, June 25, and will include wine and/or cocktail pairings for a set price. For just the dinner, it's $80, and the optional wine and cocktail accompaniments add an extra $35 or $55 respectively to the tab.
Bolus intends to offer more of these menus in the future to highlight seasonal ingredients at their peak of ripeness. Reservations for the tasting menu, or really any dinner at the 404 Kitchen are strongly recommended. You can hold your seats by calling 615-251-1404.
If you've been in the portion of the Gulch near Arnold's, Frugal MacDoogal, Party Fowl, Flyte, etc., you've probably noticed there's some serious construction going on in the neighborhood. In fact, crews are poking through the dead end of Division behind Frugal's to connect that area with a part of town that has traditionally been known as Pie Town.
Tennessee Brew Works is probably the No. 1 reason to make a visit to Pie Town, and Saturday, June 25, would be an excellent time to drop by as they throw their third annual Block Party. The party will be at the brewery, 809 Ewing Ave., and will last from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is free for the day of live music, food from TBW chef Jay Mitchell and various food trucks and vendors, and beer, beer and more beer!
In both the taproom and from beer trucks on the street, Tennessee Brew Works will be serving their regular roster of beers plus special releases throughout the day, including small-batch barrel-aged releases, along with the summer seasonal “Nashweizen” hoppy hefeweizen and more. They will also have a limited pre-sampling of the "Wildwood Flower," a wildflower honey blonde ale, which they have brewed especially for Southern Living's 50th anniversary celebration, coming up here in Nashville this fall.
As with the previous years, the Tennesseee Brew Works celebration this Saturday will benefit our friends at the Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary. It is a family-friendly and dog-friendly event! Even though admission is free, guests must be at least 21 years of age or accompanied by an adult to participate in the fun.
The Memphis Food & Wine Festival is a single-day event Oct. 15 at the Memphis Botanical Garden. For a taste of some of the Bluff City's best bites, chef/chairman Jose Gutierrez of River Oaks has put together an impressive roster of local talent, including Ryan Trimm of Sweetgrass, Wally Joe from Acre, Andreas Kisler from The Peabody, Jonathan Magallanes of Las Tortugas, Ben Smith of Tsunami, Nick Vegos from The Rendezvous and others. They're even featuring the adorable little guy who won the MasterChef Junior television show a few years back, Logan Guleff.
In addition to all that Memphis talent, Gutierrez has invited some really spectacular guest chefs to take part in the festival. From Nashville, Deb Paquette from Etch and Matt Bolus of The 404 Kitchen will be representing Music City. And they'd better bring their A game, because other visitors include no less than Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the Michelin-starred chef of several eponymous restaurants around the world. Other guests include Anthony Lamas of Seviche in Louisville, Ky.; Nico Romo from Fish Restaurant in Charleston, S.C.; Huntsville, Ala.'s James Boyce; ex-Blackberry Farm and current Rhubarb chef John Fleer; PBS celebrity chef Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in North Carolina, and others.
Among local food lovers, July 4 has always revolved around the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival in East Park, and that shouldn't be any different for this year's big 10th edition of the event. But there's another hot option if you're still hungry after the fest or if hot chicken isn't necessarily your thing.
Local hero and James Beard Award winner Tandy Wilson has brought together his talented kitchen staff with some outside friends to plan a new Independence Day tradition with a big cookout at City House in Germantown. Starting at 4 p.m. on July 4, the party promises great food, tasty drinks and convivial company. Tickets are $35 in advance, and you can buy a couple of drink tickets for $8 in advance. If you wait until the day of the event, it's only a buck more for a drink, so don't stress out.
But also don't worry about the cost, anyway since the proceeds will benefit The Screaming Eagle Honor Flight, a Clarksville-based charity that describes its mission thusly:
We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization honoring America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We fly our heroes to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans — WWII survivors along with those other veterans that may be terminally ill, those with too few tomorrows.
Kids are welcome at this event, in fact their admission is free with a paying adult, so bring them along. Just don't drop them off for baby-sitting or send them on their own in an Uber. You wouldn't do that, would you?
File this in the "Unexpected Life Developments" part of my experiences as a food writer. When I heard the Renaissance Nashville Hotel had added two beehives on the roof of the building to experiment with raising bees and harvesting honey, I was intrigued. I had heard about other hotels across the country getting into the bee biz, although urban beehives are a more unusual development and have proved to be a trickier enterprise.
So I grabbed my camera (yes, I still use a camera even though my phone has more pixels) and headed down to see what it was all about. Imagine my surprise when I was escorted behind the front desk, through the bowels of the bustling back of the house of the hotel and out onto the roof of the old convention center where I was handed a bee suit to put on.
Now I'm all about experiential journalism, but I had an incident when I was about 4 when my mean old big brothers called me out of the house and told me to go pull that broomstick out of a hole in the ground in our backyard. I was just happy that they were paying any attention to me at all and didn't notice that they and some of their friends were snickering as I ran down the hill to complete their task, like a pint-sized Arthur retrieving Excalibur. I also didn't notice that the hole in the ground was actually a yellowjacket nest that they had been playing with for a while before they thought to get me in on the "fun."
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Yeah, I'm not so sure about this.
Needless to say, after a few dozen stings and a trip to the emergency room, I've been a little skittish about bees for the past 45 years, but I do appreciate honeybees and admire the folks that care for them. Pride overcame abject fear, and I donned the suit and waded into the swarm with several Renaissance employees tending to their new hives.
Aided by an experienced beekeeper from Cheatham County who is teaching the team how to care for their colony, the group of Renaissance represented volunteers from several different divisions of the hotel staff: culinary, housekeeping, bartending, etc. They all work with the bees on their free time, making trips out to the roof to check on the hive during breaks and occasionally convening for work sessions like the one I was attending.