Your Plans for the Rest of September

September 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

I feel like September has just started and we are already 1/4 of the way through! This month is jam-packed with amazing events in Nashville as everyone is willing to go back outdoors in the milder weather. Here is what’s going on the rest of the month so it doesn’t pass you by!

I’ve learned since moving that Fall means football in the south and this week the Titans battle the Patriots right here on home turf. If you don’t have tix, Sam’s seems like a nice alternative to watch the game. And I’m not just saying that because it’s my namesake– it was voted the best place to watch the Titans by MSNBC and One of The Top 16 Sports Bars by Maxim.

You know after my great time last week I’ll be back to Musician’s Corner but I have another concert series that I must check out–Live on The Green. With The Wallflowers and Alabma Shakes on the schedule, they have some pretty can’t-miss shows. The best part? It’s all free, held in the eco-friendly Nashville Public Square Park.

Wine on the River is my kind of event. The Nashville leg of the World Tour will be held at Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge Saturday Sept. 15 3-7pm. $50 gets you in to sample beer wine and/or spirits from 10 different regions around the world. Methinks the Nashville region will boast some Jack Daniels and Yazoo but I am very interested to see the wine showcased here.

Zac Brown is bringing his band and a whole slew of star acts to Nashville’s Riverfront Park Sept. 21-22 for the two-day Southern Ground Music & Food Festival. Greg Allman, Alan Jackson and Sheryl Crow are all on the lineup. Zac Brown’s mobile kitchen will be there and some of Nashville’s top restrauteurs will be joining the festival as well.

I just found out about the Music City Southern Hot Wing Festival on Sept. 29. I remember growing up my brother attending “wing bowl” every year but something tells me it’s even bigger and better in Nashville. The event is only in it’s second year but already they will include cooking and eating competitions, live music, kid’s activities and over 200lbs of wings. This one’s for you, bro.

The IBMA (that’s International Bluegrass Music Association) is hosting a convention this month and in addition to a conference, golf tournament and Awards Show, there will be a 3-day Fan Fest Sept. 28-31. With over 60 acts, it is sure to be a good time.

Weekend Roundup

July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’ll be out of town the next few weekends so I want to take full advantage of my time here this lovely last weekend of July. First and foremost are the Olympic Opening Ceremonies tonight! I plan to celebrate with champagne. If you are watching at home too, why not liven things up with a good ole-fashioned drinking game to get things going?

Here are some rules but feel free to add in your own:

1. Whenever the Queen appears, the last person the curtsey must take a shot. 
2.  Waterfall for the entirety of Big Ben tolling.
3. The last person to stand and salute whenever a US Olympian/ team appears must take a shot.
4. All the Gals have to swig for Harry.
5. All the Guys drink when Kate is onscreen.
6. Social drink for the torch.

In addition to spectating, I’m hoping to fit in one or more of the following this weekend:

You’re probably aware (and evening session ticket holders) of Music City Brewer’s Fest this Saturday. With over 50 breweries, live music and some perfectly paired food options, it’s no wonder the tickets go so quickly. I think the day session would be just as fun and for all you marathon-partiers, it lines up perfectly to allow for a little nap, refuel and you’re ready to go again when the sun sets.

For a more kid-friendly event, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens has a Treehouse themed summer exhibition. We drove through the week my mom was here (which was also the week it rained incessantly) and I have been dying to go back to climb in. The exhibition runs through September 3rd and focuses on great works of literature. AND Cheekwood has extended garden hours on Fridays in July until 8:00 PM so you can try to wait out the heat.

On Saturday, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has a student-hosted bazaar. From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, there will be art, clothing, gifts and accessories for sale at their campus.

Sunday night, Carnton plantation in Franklin will hold one of it’s Sunset Concert Series. Up this week is music of the 1970’s played by the South Street Players. Tickets are $12 there, gates open at 4:30 pm, concert is 6:00 – 8:00 and food/drink are available for purchase or you can bring in your own (including alcohol). What could be better than a sunset wine picnic with sounds of the 70’s?

Did everyone get their Tony tickets this week? Great, see you Nov. 3

 

 

Magic City Brewfest, Birmingham AL

June 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

We were in Birmingham late last week and decided to stay the weekend and make a trip of it. It was the first visit that I actually spent a good amount of time there and I was blown away by all the greenery, friendly characters and especially the food. Besides some outstanding meals (to be documented), the main event was Magic City Brewfest . We headed out Saturday to the historic Sloss Furances where  the weather was gorgeous, the bands were fun and the beer floweth.

Two of my favorites were conveniently neighbors: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and Sweetwater IPA.

Weekend Fun

June 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

Since I’ve been out of town the past few weekends, I’ve been catching up on calendars and cataloging all the fun things I don’t want to miss this summer (someone introduced me to the term “FOMO” or “fear of missing out” and I tell you, I’m already experiencing extreme anxiety that I missed Edward Sharpe last night). One of my favorite things about Nashville is the beautiful weather–outdoor events have already been in full swing by Memorial Day and I love taking advantage of anything that combines food/drink/music on a patio, in a park  or atop a roof. If, perchance, your social agenda is on the light side this weekend, why not check out one of the below goings on?

Musician’s Corner Free Concerts at Centennial Park.

The Beer & Wine Garden at Centennial Park will conveniently operate during said concerts, but I would go anytime for a little pick-me-up.

Riffs Fine Street Food is hosting another pop up restaurant this Saturday, June 2nd at Corsair Distillery.

And if you are up for a lil’ roadtrip, head to Birmingham, AL for their annual Magic City Brewfest. Just $33 to sample the 200+ individual beers!

If you’re looking for something further out, you should definitely think about the Big Apple Barbecue in New York City next week–and cheer on Nashville’s own Martin’s BBQ. I have been attending the past few years and it’s become one of my favorite weekends of the entire year.

I Tried a Merlot and I Liked It

May 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of the perks of having friends in the food business is … food. And another perk is wine. I got a call last week that a local distributor had dropped off some samples of their merchandise and I booked it over to take advantage of the goods. In the spirit of spontaneity I decided I would go out of my comfort zone and be open to trying anything. Normally I stick to Cabernets or Pinot Noirs; Merlots seeming heavy and daunting. But I picked a bottle at random and blindly poured myself a tasting-appropriate-sized glassful. It smelled oak-ey and inviting so I sipped it and was enjoying the light, warm, somewhat fruity tastes until it was brought to my attention that what I was so casually delighting in was–gasp–a Merlot!

Estancia Merlot

I’ve since purchased it to enjoy inappriately-large glassfuls in the comfort of my own home and at approx. $13 a bottle, there’s no reason you can’t try a Merlot too!! Go nuts, kids, it’s Friday.

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