image A perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving table

Fall calls me to my kitchen more than any other time of year. I’m not sure if it’s the need for warmth in the form of baking fresh pumpkin bread or the smells that mulled wine and anything with cinnamon and vanilla produce, but there’s something I can’t resist.

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image Our Top 5 Tastes of Nashville

This must be one of my favorite events of the year in Nashville seeing that I made it even after working thirty hours straight for another non-profit focused event called Createathon. Yes, you heard that right. After only two hours of sleep in two days, I met most of our “dishes” at Rocketown for The Taste of Nashville.

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image The Amerigo You Don’t Know

Amerigo has become a special restaurant to my family. It’s where my (now) husband first introduced me to his parents on his 29th birthday; it’s where he and I celebrated the night he accepted a new job; it’s where we had our rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding just ten weeks ago. Italian food and special occasions go together, especially at Amerigo.

Yet somehow, we had missed hearing about their Farm Dinners until recently. Somewhat of a best-kept secret despite being held regularly since 2012, this monthly series allows Chef Steven Robilio the chance to create new dishes – some Italian, some not – showcasing locally-sourced ingredients. The five-course dinner also features drink pairings for each dish, curated by General Manager Jonathan Parsons. And at a reasonable $50++ per person, the bang for your buck is pretty hard to beat.
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image Homestead Manor: Five reasons to love it

What could make for a more perfect Southern summer night than sipping cocktails on the front porch? When the sipping is followed by the exploration of a historic plantation and farm, of course. We did just that last weekend with other Nashville bloggers at Thompson Station’s newest event venue and restaurant, Homestead Manor. More…

image Giveaway: Music City Spirits and Cocktail Festival

Warmer weather and long sunny days mean it’s finally time for some of Nashville’s best food and spirit events. We are especially looking forward to the second annual Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival, taking place April 30–May 3. Because one day is never enough! And since the only thing better than a cocktail is a free cocktail, keep reading to find out how you can win two passes to attend one of the festival events.

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image Nuit Belge: An Artistry Event

Nuit Belge means Belgian Night in French, and oh what a night it was. Belgian beer, cheese and food pairings, all with a creative flair that could only happen in Nashville.

 

It was equal parts foodie and beer aficionado heaven. The best kitchens in Nashville were assigned a specific beer as inspiration, prepared a food pairing especially for that beer’s flavors, resulting in nothing short of art. The restaurants went all-out, with creative flavor combinations ranging from peanut butter and ham biscuits to the traditional Belgian dish of moules frites.

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image Beyond Nashville: Cleveland, Lexington and Louisville

Last summer, I began planning several road trips for the fall. A few – okay, most – revolved around college football with one glaring exception: Ohio. But there was a force as strong as college football beckoning me to the Buckeye state and that force’s name is Beyoncé. Yes, I made a pilgrimage to see Queen Bey’s exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Luckily I was armed with a restaurant-heavy “to do” list to help this first-timer navigate the rest of Cleveland. More…

image Dino’s

Our first supper club of 2015 required no pre-date menu study,
no valet parking
and no reservation.

We didn’t feel obligated to have perfect table posture or pressured to choose the right fork.
The toughest decision we had to make all night was booth—or table.

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image Beyond Nashville: Taste of Belgium

Chocolatiers on almost every corner, store fronts stacked floor-to-ceiling with beer, the smell of sweet waffles and fries with every choice imaginable of dipping sauce: Belgium was our land of indulgence. Sure there was lots to see, history to learn and culture to take in, but most of our exploration was for the palate.

Our Belgian excursion started in Bruges, a town known as the “Venice of the North.” The canals that weave through the town made for beautiful photos and a lazy boat tour of the town. Cobblestone streets, the click of horse-drawn buggies, swan-covered canals and churning white windmills are proof points that this town, indeed, resembles the pages of a fairytale book, but with more beer.

 

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image Five Nashville Foods to Try: Swimsuit Edition

There’s a first time for everything and lately, Nashville has gained plenty of press. We are ranked as one of the top cities for singles, millennials, business and “to party in America” per  Travel + Leisure, Forbes and Men’s Fitness respectively. And when your city is hot, all sorts of interesting events come your way. If you haven’t read the news lately, you may not know that Sports Illustrated is announcing its swimsuit lineup right here in Nashville, February 11-12. That’s right, the launch of the annual Swimsuit issue of SI. Our lovely landlocked town will be infiltrated by models, their entourage, and model stalkers for a two-day party downtown.

So ladies of Sports Illustrated, welcome to Nashville! We hope you find our city and accommodations welcoming. And because you have just been graced with the biggest honor a body can receive, you should indulge in one of Nashville’s greatest legacies: good ole southern food. Allow us to introduce you to five foods you’re sure to love! This town doesn’t mess around when it comes to eating well.

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