Food Notes 

Market report

In January 2002, Brian and Marne Duke purchased the McCabe Market in Sylvan Park and since then have fine-tuned their grocery selection, expanded the deli menu and instituted ready-to-go entrées and side dishes. Their food service also includes daily special salads, wraps and homemade soups. To thank customers for their support, the Dukes are hosting an open house 5-9 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at which they’ll offer samples of menu items, including some new additions, and specialty grocery products. McCabe Market is at 4425 Murphy Road.

Spring-loaded

After one of the grayest, gloomiest, wettest winters in memory, who’s not in the mood for spring? Bid seasonal affective disorder an emphatic farewell and welcome the arrival of the blooming season on Friday, March 21, at Nashville’s grandest garden in waiting. Cheekwood presents “Swing Into Spring,” a celebratory evening of wining, dining and cheek-to-cheek dancing.

Cocktails commence at 7 p.m. in the Color Garden, followed by a buffet prepared by catering director Anne Clayton and executive chef Rachel Logan. Ralph Whiteway of Best Brands will pick the perfect grapes for your wining pleasure. Finally, Romie Smith and his Little Big Band will sound the siren call to the dance floor with their interpretations of standards from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and others. Reservations are required, for tables of six, eight or 10; Cheekwood members and their guests are $50 per person, nonmembers $60 per person. Call 353-9827.

On a high note

The Nashville Symphony Guild offers “Tuscan Titillations,” March 20 at Cibo, the charming little downtown café across from the Nashville Public Library. A combination of food, art and music promises to scintillate your senses from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a mere $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting scholarships for young musicians. Cibo is at 706 Church St. Call 783-1250 for more information.

E-mail news, notes and tips to kwest@nashvillescene.com.

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