Your Plans for the Month of October

October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week saw a turn of the calendar which means a whole new page to fill with activities. It seems like as the weather cools, people are squeezing in everything they can before people turn in for the winter. So get out and enjoy as much as you can!

How fun would it be to stomp grapes this weekend? What a great idea. A Vintage Affair continues the celebration of its 12th year of supporting nonprofit organizations in Williamson County with The Grape Stomp at Animalia. It will be held this Sat, Oct 6 from 2-7 at Animalia, a veterinarian clinic near the Westhaven neighborhood.

If you love cheese as much as I do, then the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival is a must-do event. On Sat, Oct 6, sample 75+ handcrafted cheese from over 20 artisanal cheesemakers from six states around the Southeast. Each cheesemaker will be on hand to introduce and share their cheeses with. And with each $44 ticket comes a $5 voucher. They’ll also be craft beers, wine, tea and other beverages on hand to wash down such creamy, stinky goodness.

This week is the last chance to catch Smokey Joe’s Cafe! The Franklin Theater is putting on the broadway revue that features fun hits that range from rock to rhythm & blues from legendary songwriters Lieber & Stoller. It promises to be a really good time and with an outstanding cast, could be the perfect date night with dinner in downtown Franklin.

I am so excited to explore Germantown during it’s heyday–Oktoberfest. Any festival with steins, sausage and lederhosen has to be a good time so be sure to be there out and about on Sat, Oct 13th. And to relieve some of the guilt of overindulgence, there is a 5k around historic Germantown beginning at 8:00 AM the morning of the street festival.

I am totally ready to whip out my English-degree-pants and head to the Southern Festival of Books Oct 12-14. Each year the Festival brings to Nashville approximately 250 of the nation’s and region’s most prominent authors, spanning all genres (including chefs). There are so many things on this schedule, I can’t even handle it, and every session is free and open to the public with no advance registration or tickets required. Just make sure to get out early since seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Luke Bryan is set to headline the 5th annual Capitol Street Party on Weds Oct 17. The free concert will move from Demonbreun Street to Lower Broadway this year with Luke and newcomers Kelleigh Bannen and Jon Pardi performing on a stage set up on Broadway between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

 

I think it’s clear I love a good wine festival (here and here) so I am very glad to see another one on the calendar in Nashville. On Friday, Oct 19 from 7-10 pm at the Factory in Franklin will be 300+ wines to sample, live entertainment, seminars and so much more. Tickets run $75 or $85 at the door.

To celebrate the Latin American holiday of Los Dias de Los Muertos, head out to Cheekwood for their Fall Festival. The event has tons of kid-friendly, artsy activities as well as a marketplace, live music, and food. AND the event is free for anyone under 17.

 

 

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.

Food Truck Awards

September 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

I had been so excited about this event since I found about the Food Truck Awards at Centennial Park. I went, I ate, I conquered. Actually not really because there are so many trucks I now know I need to try. I like to think of this weekend as Round 1 because people, this happens every Saturday through Oct. 27th. Not the awards per se, but a mobile food court will set up at Musician’s Corner opening at 11:00 AM with the shows starting at 3. The rain held off and we had  a gorgeous, if hot, day. Perfect way to spend a Saturday in the fall if you ask me.

I have to admit, this probably got the group’s worst vote because the service was so slow. I thought the hot chicken had great flavor but once we saw the chicken coming out of Biscuit Love, we realized we really needed to try that too.

Next up was Riff’s Fine Street Food. The best part for me? Cucumber Basil Lemonade. It was exactly what I didn’t know I wanted that day.

The grits were a big hit with our group but I actually preferred the rice and beans below. The shrimp were a little overseasoned for my taste.

I did love the jerk chicken and this rice and red beans was butter and more butter. Delish

I can’t tell you how disappointed I was that the Nathaniel was sold out, guess that means I’ll have to come again…

The Gertie – houseground peanut butter, carmalized banana jam and chocolate gravy topped with pretzel crunch. This thing was so good, the peanut butter was like whipped or something. Amazing combo.

 

Bonuts are biscuit “doughnuts”, filled with lemon marscapone served over blueberry compote. Something about sugary fried dough just can’t ever go wrong. I was pretty full at this point so preferred the Gertie but these were hot and soft and sweet and everything right.

 

 

And then there is live music so make sure to bring a blanket so you can wallow in your food coma as you listen to tunes.

F. Scott’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar, Nashville

July 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

Sometimes, there is nothing like a good ole’ fashioned date night to liven up a lazy Saturday. So last week when we found ourselves without plans, we got jazzed up and headed to F. Scott’s.

On a Saturday night, you will most probably have to go with valet, the whole mall is PACKED.

Something about the 1920’s theme makes you feel like a night out on the town so hitting up the jazz bar before or after dinner is the real reason to visit. The lounge is separate from the dining room so even if you have dinner reservations, the seating for the music is first come, first served. They even have a separate menu with some upscale bar dishes so if you want to hang out there and just get cocktails and apps, that would be fun too.

Of course I took the pic with the pink soup in front of me and then as soon as the camera was down dug into the meaty flatbread.

We chose to the dinner route and were not disappointed. First off was probably my favorite thing of the night–the Market Flatbread.

Favorite bite of the night.

Tonight it featured fig jam with onions, tomato, beef short rib and cheese. It was finger lickin’ good. Though this is not really a finger lickin’ sort of establishment.

Spiced Watermelon Gazpacho, Cucumber Ice, Basil Herb Oil

I also do this thing where I know I don’t like gazpacho but I go ahead and order it anyway because the flavors sound so good together. Something about my palate being confused as to why it is chilled turns me off. I’m sure to the more sophisticated palate, this is delicious.

Orzo Pasta, Avocado, Cucumber, Cauliflower, Scallion, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Sherry Vinaigrette, Phyllo Crisp, Sunflower Sprouts

Do not underestimate this orzo salad. The combination seems so simple, so obvious, but it was bright with a little acid and a creaminess from the avocado and really refreshing.

Braised Rabbit Hindquarter, Rabbit Tenderloin Scaloppini with Rabbit Paté, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Sautéed Tatsoi, Natural Jus

The bonus of sharing it all (besides getting to taste more dishes and saving calories) is that I never would have settled on the rabbit on my own but I am so glad I got to try this one. The “jus” is delicious and though I didn’t care for the paté, the meat on the bone really surprised me. It was sort of like duck in consistency but a little more gamey and salty to taste.

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