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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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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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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…

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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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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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…

(Biscuit) Love, Actually

An important part of my weekend routine has revolved around where the Biscuit Love Truck was parked and serving. I had it down: Franklin Farmers Market on Saturdays early or White’s Mercantile on Sundays. And I had to be prompt, because when they run out of menu items on the truck, my craving will have to wait another week. You could call it routine, but the big L-O-V-E was how I feel about that truck. Big Southern tastes to warm the belly and start the day right? Yes, most definitely LOVE. And now the beloved truck is Nashville newest breakfast and lunch spot, Biscuit Love Brunch.

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The First 3st of the Month 2015

Well, we’re five days into a new year and if there’s one thing that’s consistent of those days – they’ve all been very grey. And wet. So what better way to wish away the rainy weather than with a Holiday Hangover Brunch by 3st of the Month?

If you’re not familiar, 3st of the Month is an invitation-only monthly event designed to bring those together who share a love of food and drink – all while benefiting deserving non-profits (this month’s supported Nurses for Newborns). The event venues rotate as well so you have the opportunity to check out different locations with each month.  More…

Luke & the Chocolate Factory

I’ll never forget the first time I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a kid, it’s what dreams were made of: rivers flowing of chocolate, bubble gum that tastes like anything you wish, elevators able to fly anywhere and all the candy you can eat. I wonder if this story ever crossed Scott Witherow’s mind when he decided to dedicate his career to chocolate making with his brand, Olive & Sinclair.

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A Gulch Giveaway

It’s no secret the Gulch is growing. From Adele’s to 404 Kitchen, the dining options read like roll call at the James Beard Foundation. But what’s also happening quietly is the longstanding restaurants, faced with increased competition, are being forced to put up or shutter up, as was the unfortunate case when Rumours unexpectedly closed its doors this fall. Five Dishes recently visited Cantina Laredo and Watermark, two of the Gulch’s veteran restaurants to hear – and taste – what they are doing to spice things up. Literally. More…