“My Paella Travels” to Brentwood for A Spanish Paella Birthday Party and Momma Nik’s Cheesecake for Dessert!

My Paella Travels creates magical evenings for celebrations which will bring the signature dish of Spain to you for a casual backyard gathering that you and your guests will rave about!


My Paella Travels brings the heart and soul of Spain to any celebration. Paella, the most popular and well known dish of Spain, is a vibrant rice dish often cooked outdoors.

An authentic Paella Party is a great reason to celebrate with family and friends which will be centered around a large paella brimming with vibrantly tinted Bomba rice and locally sourced vegetables with succulent meats, seafoods and mouthwatering aromas of spices. My paellas are authentic Spanish ingredients prepared with authentic Spanish techniques just the way they make them in Spain.


Set up is easy. I bring it all. You and your guests will enjoy the experience of watching the preparation and cooking of the paella before your eyes.


With every event, the best part of the experience is watching everyone enjoy themselves which is evident with smiles and laughter. I provide the main course, wine selections and tapas (if requested).  My paellas  will feed a large crowd and allows the guests to enjoy their guests while I do the cooking!


Part of what I do to help create the optimum experience is help with wine selections to pair with the paella and tapas event. For years, I have been studying wine and obtaining several certifications with the WSET and the Court of Master Sommeliers which focus on wine knowledge and pairings. Some of my favorite wines to pair are white, red and sparkling Spanish and Portuguese wines but it just begins there. Spanish foods pair very well with many wines and I would love to show how!


It takes about 45 minutes to create the paella from scratch. Guests have a chance to savor tapas and enjoy the wine selections while gathering around the paella pan. Your friends will have fun learning about the history of paella, what makes an authentic paella through authentic techniques and quality ingredients.



Momma Nik’s Cheesecake has paired up with My Paella Travels to create the best dessert experience ever. Momma Nik’s Cheesecakes are locally and creatively made offering a variety of flavors and sizes.


Momma Nik’s are especially great for birthday celebrations!



07 2016

Momma Nik’s Cheesecake Collaborates with Christie Cookie Company and Created a Handcrafted Dessert that You will Love!

Who put my Christie Cookie in your cheesecake?

Creamy Cheesecake + Buttery Pecan Cookie equals dessert bliss!


(Jen of Royal Flair Events, Niki Gilliam owner of Moma Nik’s Cheesecakes and Julia Turner McKinley Community Marketing Manage of our local Christie Cookie Co.)

As if life couldn’t get any better, two of my most favorite indulgences have joined to create a sublimely awesome dessert that is the pièce de résistance of cheesecake! 

Niki’s cheesecake brings cheesecake to a higher level of everyone’s favorite dessert. This collaboration of small batch, handcrafted cheesecake and Christie Cookie was a genius idea created by Niki and Julie. It’s a fusion of local favorites made right in Nashville to further define our burgeoning unique culinary scene that continually puts Nashville on the culinary map!


The stylish mason jar is layered with a handmade buttery graham cracker crust, filled with creamy handcrafted cheesecake, Buttery Pecan Christie Cookie stuffed in the middle with dark chocolate chips scattered about and finished with the most amazing  Momma Nik’s Whiskey Infused Caramel Sauce. It is the perfect finish to the best dessert ever. The cute wooden spoon attractively attached to every jar is the best idea ever because you just know you want to dig right in!


You just can’t help but love caramel. By the spoonful or drizzled over the cheesecake, the whiskey infused jar of caramel goodness just pushes it over the edge of deliciousness adding another layer and pop of flavor. It’s….well…..addicting and I’ve heard its amazing in coffee!

Check out Christie Cookie new store located in Germantown. Each and every cookie is made with fresh quality ingredients just like you remember from your childhood. Stop in a grab one or a dozen. You can even have a glass of milk to pair with your favorite cookie!

Stop by and get your cheesecake fix at 7024 Church St E, Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: (904) 655-3313
Hours: Open today · 10:30AM–5:30PM



07 2016


Only Three Restaurants in Tennessee have been Awarded this Level which is a huge honor for 1808 Grille!


1808 Grille Wine Spectator Award 2016

Wine Spectator announced today that 1808 Grille at the Hutton Hotel has earned the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence. This is the first Best of Award of Excellence honor for 1808 Grille; the restaurant has earned the Award of Excellence for the past seven years. 1808 Grille is one of only three Tennessee restaurants earning the award in 2016.


Last year, I wrote an article about their fabulous wine program at 1808 Grille. They strive to have a glass or bottle of wine to suit every palate. The wines by the glass menu is extensive and to be envied and enjoyed by all! The dining experience is an exquisite culinary experience with knowledgable staff to assist with dinner and wine pairings.

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,414; 1,093; and 88 winners this year in each respective category.

“1808 Grille offers one of the finest wine lists in Nashville and we are proud to be recognized by Wine Spectator,” says Director of Food and Beverage Gary Crump. “We are devoted to continuously providing a first-rate dining experience to Nashvillians and its visitors.”


This year’s Best of Award of Excellence was awarded to restaurants with wine lists that display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation.

(1) Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.

The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 19; online at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants.

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Comm., Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

1808 Grille, located within the Hutton Hotel, fuses traditional southern dishes with global flavors. Reclaimed wood décor and a warm, organic color palate form the backdrop for a refined, yet casual atmosphere in which to experience the award-winning farm to table cuisine. The restaurant’s carefully curated wine list features a wide variety of domestic and international varietals and vintages in additional to a full bar of cocktails, spirits, and beers. 1808 Grille is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with brunch served on weekends. 1808 Grille is located in the Hutton Hotel at 1808 West End Ave., Nashville, Tenn., 37203. For more information visit www.1808grille.com or call 615.340.0012.


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