Some of Nashville’s best restaurants and caterers will be set up to serve tastings to go with signature cocktails and other beverages. The “unpredictable” part will be the entertainment and pop-up art exhibits as it is an official Artober event. Among the participating vendors are 1808 Grille, The Cupcake Collection, Pavilion Kitchen & Bar, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Chef’s Market, Nuvo Burrito, Savor the Flavor, The Chef & I, Canvas Lounge, No. 308 Bar, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Gaylord Opryland Resort. Guests will be able to vote for their favorite food and drinks among the vendors, so the competition should yield some delicious bites.
In addition to food, drinks and entertainment, there will be a silent auction and gift bags for everyone who attends. The upgrade to VIP tickets gets you into the event an hour early for a cocktail reception, admission to the VIP area and extra drink tickets as well.
Tickets are $40 per person; VIP tickets are $75 each. Admission includes food, drink tickets and valet parking. Attire is “business casual,” but “festive casual” may be more appropriate. Check out photos from last year’s event on their Facebook page.
This Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m., M. Restaurant and Bar in Cummins Station invites you to join chefs Caleb Phillips and Justin Walker for what they are calling Table Talk. Attendees will enjoy a brunch menu with mimosas and bloody marys, plus time set aside for Q&A with the chefs. Since it's a Titans home game Sunday, they have thoughtfully planned for shuttles to run fans from the restaurant to LP Field.
M. Restaurant and Bar is at 209 10th Avenue S. (The phone is 678-1591.) Tickets are $30 per person and are available at the event website.
But there's nothing wrong with an occasional sugar binge, and your friends here at the Scene are happy to oblige you. Next week is the third annual Sugar Rush, Thursday, Oct. 24, at The Mall at Green Hills. This 21-and-up event is quite competitive, as local confectioners, creameries and cupcakeries compete against one another for the title of Music City Sweetheart. Two-time defending champion The Cupcake Collection will return to battle challengers including Nothing Bundt Cakes, Retro Sno, Faye's Cake Pops, Fox's Donut Den, Riffs Fine Street Foods and many others for the right to claim sucrose supremacy.
Tickets are available at the event website for $20 and for $15 until Oct. 23 from the concierge desk at The Mall at Green Hills. Your admission includes two drink tickets and all you can eat from 6 to 8 p.m. Go ahead and schedule that YMCA Boot Camp to start up on Oct. 25 ...
The price for this all-you-can-eat catfish feast is a ridiculously affordable $10 per person plus tax, and there will be beer and special drinks available, such as the Southern Cider, a moonshine and apple concoction. Live blues music will be provided by local musician Andrew Pates.
For more info on what promises to be a great party, check out Edley's website or their Facebook page. It's just a shame they couldn't have done this a few weeks back when the San Diego Chargers and Manti Te'o were in town ...
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Ben Goldberg, one of the principals at Strategic Hospitality, is best known locally as the impetus behind projects like The Patterson House, The Catbird Seat, Paradise Park and the imminently opening Pinewood Social. While we are in danger of taking places like this for granted now that the Nashville restaurant scene has blown up crazy-large, each of these properties was a unique groundbreaking concept when Ben and his brother Max put their money where our mouths ended up.
At the upcoming New York City Wine & Food Festival this Friday, Oct. 18, Ben will be recognized for his prescience and will share his knowledge with a group of industry professionals at a trade-only event titled "Will Travel For Food." Here's the description of the content of the session:
Does your city have what it takes to be a Culinary Destination? With the continued interest in all things culinary, travelers are planning their trips around the restaurants they want to visit. Listen in while chefs, restaurateurs and travel experts in-the-know discuss the hows and whys of making your city (and restaurant) a highlight of any traveler’s itinerary.
I think you can see why Ben is an excellent choice to address these topics, and the rest of the members on his panel are pretty impressive as well. He'll be joined by Michael Babin, principal and owner, Neighborhood Restaurant Group in the Washington, D.C., area; Andrew Knowlton, restaurant and drinks editor, Bon Appétit magazine; and AJ Mistretta, senior public relations manager, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. I'm sure Ben will do his hometown proud and we should in turn be proud of him!
Just in time for the holidays, the design firm is hosting the grand re-opening of its much-expanded studio store at 116 29th Ave. N. from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. The shop will show off its full "Maker's Market" of artisanal local products, along with its own prints, T-shirts and gift items.
In addition, the re-opening will feature live music today from Kathy Von and The Flea Marketeers, craft brew samples from Jackalope and Turtle Anarchy, food from Joey's House of Pizza (now we have your attention) and Retro Sno, and other enticements.
And what's this about door prizes, and coffee and chocolate tastings? Below, the full release.
An excerpt of the description, from the event's Facebook page:
Come celebrate with Nashville’s local and organic farms, CSAs (community supported agriculture), farm-to-table, organic and vegan restaurants and markets to join like-minded businesses and musicians by serving as vendors and presenters at this year’s event to highlight struggles local farmers face to survive and bring much needed wholesome, healthy food to the community.
Festivities get underway at noon, and last till 6:30 p.m. Jeff Poppen, aka The Barefoot Farmer, is the keynote speaker, and the musical lineup is pretty impressive, including The Gypsy Hombres, Los Delgados, Bob and Etta Britt, The Hummons, Jerry Castle and the Arrivals, Mike Younger and the Loose Hinges, and a whole lot more.
You can find the schedule here.
A march against Monsanto will precede the event, beginning at 10 a.m. at Riverfront Park.
Real craft brew aficionados appreciate the chance to learn more from the brewers without worrying about crushing crowds or missing out on a favorite beer that might be tapped out within the first 30 minutes of the fest. The atmosphere at the Winter Warmer is particularly cozy, because Sevier Park doesn't hold that many people and folks are usually snugged up next to each other and bundled in winter clothes to keep warm.
Winter Warmer is also known for offering up many beers that are very rare, and sometimes only available at that one day event, so the opportunities are unique and fleeting. For these reasons, Winter Warmer is extremely popular and sold out last year in less than twenty minutes of online sales.
This year, organizers are splitting up the ticket distribution over two days to give an opportunity for fans who might not have access or time to make an Internet purchase during a work day. (Damn firewalls!) Today is the big day for the first allocation to go on sale at 9 a.m. sharp at the event website. Another block of tickets will be released tomorrow, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. (Note that's an hour earlier than today.)
Tickets are $60 for a regular ticket and $75 for a special limited number of "Craft Brewed Tickets" that include a custom 12 South Winter Warmer and Craft Brewed growler, a growler fill at Craft Brewed after the festival, as well as access to the brewery afterparty at Craft Brewed immediately following the Winter Warmer.
The event will run from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and they'll begin scanning tickets at 11 a.m. so you can crash the gates right at noon. For more details, a helpful FAQ and a list of the participating breweries, check out the official 12 South Winter Warmer website. Ready, set, GO!
Thirty years ago, Christie Cookie started as a little fresh-made cookie shop on Church Street right here in Nashville. Founder Christie Hauck made the cookies based on the recipe of a neighbor. The cookies were so good that they were soon in demand all over the country. So Christie started mailing them as quickly as he (yes, he) could make them.
That mail-order business soon became a huge cookie-making operation that sends thousands of frozen and freshly baked cookies all over the country and makes custom cookies for some high-profile companies and restaurants. All based on that original recipe using the same ingredients you use at home. The famous Doubletree cookies? Christie Cookie makes them. Every day, cookies are freshly baked and shipped from Christie Cookie headquarters on Third Avenue North in Germantown, just steps away from some of the city’s most popular and renowned restaurants. If you're nearby during office hours, you can even stop in and buy a cookie or a tin of cookies to take with you.
Here’s a partial list of delectable concoctions from the restaurants participating in Christie Cookie's 30th anniversary celebrations. (Warning: This list may make you very hungry.)
• 55 South in Franklin - Peanut Butter & Apple Jam Snickerdoodle Tart: Christie Cookie snickerdoodle cookie tart shell filled with house-made caramelized apple jam and peanut butter mousse, topped with a sprinkle of roasted, salted peanuts.
By the time the receipts are counted, organizers expect that this year should put them over a total of $1 million raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the first nine years of the event. That's a pretty amazing number, and the Franklin Wine Festival has to be considered one of the most successful charity events in the area. For the sheer breadth and quantity of wines available for tasting, the event deserves consideration on any oenophile's calendar.
Advance tickets are still available at the event website for $89, and will be sold at $100 at the door. Another interesting part of the fundraising weekend is a one-day only wine sale at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits at 1935 Mallory Lane from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.
At this special sale, all the wines featured at the Franklin Wine Festival will be available at 10 percent off so you can pick up a bottle of your favorite new taste from the evening before. That includes allotted, hard-to-find, and collectible wines that might not be available at your local liquor store.
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