As if Aubrey Bean needed anything other than his award-worthy smoked beef brisket to satisfy his legion of devoted customers at Judge Bean’s Bar-B-Que, he has expanded his menu again. In addition to brisket, ribs and sausage, along with signature items like brisket-stuffed tamales and the irresistible Shrimp Diablo, he now offers a smoked half-chicken, smoked hand-sliced bologna (a Texas oddity) and two new creations. Bubbas who think sushi is for sissies can chow down on Texas Sushi without fear of compromising their macho-meter. As designed by the manly Bean, Texas Sushi is a smoked jalapeño pepper stuffed with sausage, then wrapped in brisket. For dessert with a kick, check out the White Tail Deer Droppings: a smoked whole jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese, then dipped in milk chocolate. Bean says the deer droppings have been greeted with wild critical acclaim, so much so that he had already sold out the afternoon I dropped by.
Judge Bean’s Bar-B-Que is at 611 Wedgewood Ave. Phone: 244-8884.
Good reasons to go hungry
Eat big at Dining Out for Lifethe benefit for Nashville CARES on Tuesday, March 23then push away from the table two days later for Nashville’s Table. The 5th Annual Fast for the Hungry takes place March 25. Participants forgo eating one or two mealsor the entire daythen donate the money they would normally have spent on food to Nashville’s Table, the food recovery program that serves more than 120 area nonprofit agencies. The agency’s goal is to feed 50,000 people through the monies raised by this year’s fast. For more information or to download a participation card, visit www.nashvillestable.org. For a fasting kit to be mailed to your home or business, e-mail Nashville’s Table at email@example.com, or call Erin Edwards at 244-4564, ext. 22.
Hurry up and make reservations for the first of a series of special seasonal dinners that chef and Slow Food member Margot McCormack will be preparing at her East Nashville restaurant, Margot Cafe and Bar. The equinoctial evening of Epicurean delights is set for Monday, March 22; the $75-per-person price includes tax, gratuity and a small donation to Slow Food. Call 227-4668 for reservations and the opportunity to meet and mingle with other Slow Food devotees.
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