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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tap That Brewery Crawl Is Back!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

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Perhaps you were part of Nashville Scene's inaugural Tap That Beer Crawl last summer, when we herded groups of beer nerds around Nashville to enjoy samples from our city's ever-evolving brew scene. Perhaps you were one of the people who got to ride on my bus (yes, we provide transport by way of spacious, air-conditioned charter buses — who wants to walk around outside in August, anyway?) which meant that you got to enjoy all of my beer-fueled bad jokes and feeble attempts to start flippy cup tournaments at each location. And perhaps you were one of the people on my bus who peed in the parking lot at Yazoo near the end of the crawl ... and if you were, I totally have pictures of you, which I will keep under wraps for a reasonable bribe.

OK, shenanigans aside, Tap That is a really cool event because you get to learn all about local beer from the people who make it, so you can share this knowledge with your drinking buddies on future visits to these fine watering holes. So as long as you promise to behave like a semi-responsible adult, we'd like to invite you to join us. The fun happens on Sunday, Aug. 17, (because on the seventh day, everybody drank beer) from 1 to 6 p.m. This year, we'll be stopping at Yazoo Brewing Company, Rock Bottom Brewery, Craft Brewed, Hops + Crafts and Jackalope Brewing Company. Tickets are $30 and include beer and transportation from brewery to brewery on the aforementioned air-conditioned bus. Food will be available for purchase along the way from some of your favorite food trucks.

Obviously this is a 21-and-up event, and I used to be a bartender, so I can totally tell if it's a fake ID. Also, while we generally frown upon peeing in parking lots, we totally hate drinking and driving, so call an Uber or one of those pink moustache rides to get to and from the event. I predict that this event will sell out, so get your tix today. And if you're a cute, single guy, please sign up for my bus. Kidding. Not really.

If all of this is not enough to entice you to immediately buy tickets, I leave you with some photos of last year's debauchery after the jump. Who knows, maybe one of the parking lot pee pictures is in there?

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We Have Our Lucky Paleo Grilling Winner

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

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As I mentioned last week, the connection between the trendy Paleo Diet and outdoor grilling seems pretty logical. Cooking over open fire is about as Paleolithic as you can get.

So the new Paleo Grilling book from Tony Frederico and James William Phelan doubles as a guide to the diet craze and a fine cookbook for the grill. Thanks to a snafu on my part, I had an extra copy of the book to give away, and several of you weighed in to lay claim to the prize.

After the random number generation spun round, the number came up 6. Since I didn't count my own comment, our sixth commenter is beloved Bites comment contributor (with 365 interjections!) S L. I always enjoy seeing S L's handle appear below one of my posts, although to my knowledge we've never met.

So if he or she is willing to temporarily lift the shroud of anonymity and email me at cchamberlain at gmail dot com, I'll make sure to deliver the prize in person as soon as is mutually convenient. Otherwise, I'll just leave it inside one of the demo grills chained together in front of the Walmart at 100 Oaks.

Congrats, S L!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Win a Fridge Full of Tennessee Goodness From Local Palate Magazine

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 6:25 AM

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GE, Local Palate magazine and Made in Tennessee have come together to put put on a fun little sweepstakes to reward some lucky entrant with a new GE refrigerator packed full of Tennessee products, some from our talented Nashville purveyors. (In the interest of fair disclosure, I write for Local Palate a few times a year, as often as they'll let me. Oh, and I use GE light bulbs if that matters ...)

All you have to do to enter is to answer a few easy questions about Tennessee food that no Bites reader should have any difficulty with at all. (Especially if you remember dear old D-A-D. Hint, hint.) The contest runs until Sept. 30, and you can enter once per day per computer or mobile device.

And you might just want to take the time to stuff that entry box, because a pretty impressive roster of Tennessee artisans have contributed to the prize bounty. Just locally, the list includes: Willa's Shortbread, Brittle Brothers, Blushing Berry, Goo Goo Clusters, Loveless Cafe, Porter Road Butcher, Nashville Toffee Company, Portside Java and The Hamery. That's not even mentioning some other treats from outside of Middle Tennessee. Here's your final hint: Benton's Bacon.

So click on over to Local Palate's sweepstakes page and feel free to share with whoever referred you if you happen to win. I'm ineligible, dadgummit!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Uber Invents the On-Call Ice Cream Truck

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 9:53 AM

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It turns out that Uber is more than just a way to make your way safely home after an evening of indulgence. Today only, they are instituting the Uber Ice Cream service. (I checked. It's not April Fool's.) In a global effort, today Uber drivers will be serving up cold treats on demand in 144 cities, in 38 countries, on six continents.

All you have to do is make sure that you are signed up with Uber (and have downloaded the app here). For one day, an additional button will appear on the app home screen that says "ice cream." Request that, and if a participating driver is nearby, you and your friends can be enjoying a tasty frozen treat within minutes. Although it could possibly be a lot of minutes, since demand may be tremendous while the ice cream is being offered from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

You don't need any cash, because like with a regular Uber ride, your treats will be charged to your account in an automatic transaction. Recruit some friends, since it's $25 for five helpings of premium ice cream. Nashville will have UberX cars and local ice cream trucks to offer bundles of five treats for you to share with friends, co-workers, or loved ones. Don't worry about wastage, since any leftover ice cream will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank at the end of the day.

So if you're looking for a fun way to cool off, but don't feel like making the journey to your local ice cream parlor, Uber it!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

'You Are So Nashville If …' You Wait Until the Last Day to Enter

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:05 PM

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You too could be the next Wando Weaver, Meredith Hunter or Ken Lass. But that means you'll have to act before 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night — Friday, June 27 — to ensure your shot at immortality in the Scene's "You Are So Nashville If ..." contest.

Even so, you're going to have stiff competition as the YASNI contest enters its 25th year. You've got less than 36 hours to submit the magic entry that slays your neighbors, tickles our readers and leaves your competitors shaking their fists. All you have to do is complete the phrase, "You are so Nashville if ..."

What've we got to talk about this year? Let's see … The Amp, charter schools, craft brews, Vanderbilt baseball, the World Cup, the drained lake at Centennial Park, the Green Hills skyscraper, the Sylvan Park roundabout, the Melrose marquee, the Ryman facelift, RCA Studio A, the First Saturday Art Crawl, wine in grocery stores, Will Pinkston, Record Store Day, Pilot Flying J, Two Ten Jack, James Franklin leaving, OZ Nashville, Al-Jazeera Nashville, Private Lives of Nashville Wives, Stacey Campfield, barbecue on Belmont, Scarlett on drugs, Policymic on East Nashville, competing farmers markets, Diarrhea Planet, Crazy Hearts, drones, Third Man Records, Barista, Thicker Than Water, Two Old Hippies, decriminalizing marijuana, The Contributor, that other street paper that's not The Contributor. Oh, and having improper relations with an ATM and a picnic table.

Do not post your entries below in the comments box. We will route them straight to YASNI Siberia, the special purgatory reserved for entries about the intricacies of Old Hickory Boulevard or pronouncing "Demonbreun." Instead, fill out the online form — again, by the end of tomorrow night — and start rehearsing an acceptance speech for the July 17 issue that sounds humble. May the best YASNI win!

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Friday, May 30, 2014

It's My Bitesaversary!

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

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I'm actually in Atlanta today covering (read: eating and drinking my weight in bite-size samples at the tasting tents) the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, so I'm unfortunately not in town to celebrate a somewhat auspicious occasion with you wonderful Bitesters. You see, it was five years ago that I wrote my first contribution to Bites and officially joined this exceptional online Nashville food community. Since then, I've made so many great friends of Bites readers, local and regional chefs and fellow food enthusiasts (see, I didn't say "foodies"), and it's been a great ride so far.

Running the numbers, I figure I've published about 1,575 posts about restaurant news, wine, beer and spirits tastings, chef profiles and some generally silly stuff that I thought might be of interest. I've also made 725 comments in an attempt to insert some snark or moderate streams of contributions from you entertaining and passionately opinionated readers. I am proud to admit that I have finally made it to the five restaurants I was embarrassed to have never visited when I first started this gig.

I've gotten to meet and interview food luminaries like Thomas Keller, Anthony Bourdain and Alton Brown, as well as television personalities like Adam Richman and Paula Deen. In my five-minute talk with Paula, I got about four intelligible words on my voice recorder. "LOVELESS! BISCUITS! FRIED CHICKEN!"

As far as occupational hazards go, I've probably gained about 10 pounds, mitigated by almost daily trips to he downtown YMCA. I've endured a few painful gout flare-ups and a nasty little bout of diverticulitis, but the food I've eaten, the friends I've made and the opportunity to share in the culinary conversation with y'all has made it more than worth it.

Here's to another five years!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

If Your Burger Is the Boss or Your 'Tater Salad is Tops, Vegas Could Be in Your Future

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 8:15 AM

In addition to capturing that nifty trophy (that weighs about 20 pounds!), when Chef Hal Holden-Bache won this year's Iron Fork competition, he also received another little lagniappe of a prize. Make that a big lagniappe, because World Food Championships organizer Mike McCloud happened to be in attendance at the event and spontaneously offered Holden-Bache an entry into the World Chef Challenge at the WFC in November in Las Vegas.

Holden-Bache will compete against other notable chefs from around the country for the chance to win some serious scratch; last year's winner took home $5,000 and a Southern Pride commercial smoker. (That smoker is pretty tough to fit in the overhead compartment.) If the format is the same as the last two years, Holden-Bache will compete in a round of hand skills (start practicing your potato tourne technique, Hal!) and then several rounds of cooking, which culminate in an ultimate dish evaluated by celebrity judges.

If mere mortals like us would like to be a part of the World Food Championships, there are plenty of opportunities. Two that are coming up soon don't even require you to cook anything under pressure situations, just submit a recipe. The first is the Kenmore Burger Challenge. Get cracking because you only have until midnight on May 20 to send them your recipe for the most bodacious burger. A panel of judges will consider all the entries and select four winners who will gain entry into the Burger Division of the World Food Championships. Kenmore is even kicking in $500 and a free trip to the competition for the grand prize winner. Start grinding, Bitesters!

For less carni-centric chefs, Reser's Potato Salad is searching for America's best recipe for that picnic staple. You've got until July 16 to get that one in, and they'll choose 20 semifinalists. These lucky 20 will be winnowed down by a vote of Reser's Facebook fans and will all win a trip and entry in the World Food Championships' Potato Salad division. The ultimate winner gets 10 grand, so that's not small potatoes!

As another nice touch, Reser's will donate on case of their potato salad for every recipe entered to food banks and hunger organizations in the name of the eventual winner. So put your thinking caps on and dig your old recipes out of that box of index cards. Let's see a Nashville winner!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Somebody's Mom Is Gonna Have a Nice Mother's Day

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 7:58 AM

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Last week we told you about the new spring housewares collection from The Loveless Cafe, with the biscuit masters on Highway 100 offering a selection of swag for us to give away here on Bites.

We really enjoyed reading your heartfelt comments about why your mom is the best and deserves some new kitchen gear. In the end, we chose a winner. (Well, actually the random number generator at random.org chose a winner.)

The cyberwheel spun around and came up with the lucky No. 3, commenter Amy Williams, who made the bold proclamation: "Mine is the best cook so she would love this!" All right, Amy, now your mom can put her money where your mouth is and use the cool tools from Loveless to whip you up a great breakfast.

Send me an email to cchamberlain at gmail (dot) com, and I'll arrange to get you your bounty, hopefully in time for a nice Mother's Day gift. Congrats to Amy and her mom!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

We've Got Three Winners in the Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival Contest

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 4:58 PM

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Three lucky Bitesters had better clear their calendars and set up a designated driver, because they are the winners in our Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival ticket giveaway. The festival, which runs from May 7-11 in various venues around town, seeks to exalt classic cocktails and the spirits that make them so delicious.

The organizers have graciously offered tickets to three of the events, so our winners need only send a confirmation email to pourtaste@pourtaste.com to get their names added to the guest lists at each event. Here are the Bites readers who benefited from the luck of the draw:

Tequila tasting - Wednesday, May 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Pavilion East (2410 Brasher Ave.) - Melanie Melcher, who enjoys a nice cocktail at the bar at Husk. (I concur.)

Del Maguey tasting - May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at DevDigital (162 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Suite 1 ) - Kaydphia, who I recognize as a serial entrant in some of the contests I've run here at Bites. Congrats on finally winning, and celebrate with a strong drink at Patterson House or William Collier's.

Dave Wondrich event - May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at DevDigital (162 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Suite 1 ) Sarah Shannon, who won the ticket with her first comment ever here at Bites. She also enjoys bending an elbow at the bar at Merchant's.

Congrats to all of our winners!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Win Tickets to the First Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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When I told you all last month about the upcoming Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival, which takes place May 7-11, I promised there would be a ticket giveaway. Being a man of my word, we've put a quick contest together, and it's easy to enter and valuable to win.

The Festival has filled out the schedule with some outstanding events. The week kicks off with a party on Wednesday, May 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Pavilion East (2410 Brasher Ave). Representatives from Brown Forman will be pouring samples of El Jimador and Herradura tequila and will be happy to answer questions and educate attendees on tequila.

If you want to stay on top of an even trendier spirit than tequila, jump on the mezcal train at a tasting event on May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at DevDigital (162 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Suite 1 ). Imbibe magazine's 2012 Bartender of the Year Ryan Maybee will be on hand to conduct an exciting tour of Del Maguey Mezcal. Guests will sample multiple expressions from the renowned distillery along with an in-depth look on the traditions of mezcal. Del Maguey makes some of the best mezcal out of Oaxaca — in fact, their Web address is www.mezcal.com, so you can expect them to speak with authority. Maybee is a very talented mixologist out of Kansas City who should whip up some excellent cocktails using Del Maguey.

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