Two Stellar Nashville Restaurants to Help Ring in the New Year in Culinary Sophistication

Trattoria Il Mulino and 1808 Grille for New Year’s Eve

1808 Grille for New Year’s Brunch!

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Ring in the New Year at Trattoria Il Mulino with a five-course dinner and champagne toast.

Details: Seatings are from 5 to 11 p.m., and are $110 per adult with an optional wine pairing for $35 per adult. Complimentary valet parking and a champagne toast are included in the price. For reservations call 615.620.3700 or go to website

 New Year’s Eve dinner at 1808 Grille for guests looking for a special way to ring in the New Year and  delight in a four-course meal!

Elegant menu choices such as braised oxtail gnocchi, braised short rib and dry aged bone-in New York strip will delight diners. The complete menu can be found on the website. Reservations for the New Year’s Eve dinner are $80 and can be made for seatings between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., on Thursday, December 31.

New Year’s Day
Cure the New Year’s Day hangover at 1808 Grille with a brunch buffet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scrambled eggs, chicken biscuits and other delicious goodies await those who may have over indulged the night before.

The brunch buffet is $28 per person.


12 2015

Shreveport’s Newest Restaurant, BLADE, is a High End Culinary Adventure in Sophistication and Innovation Featuring Japanese Akaushi Beef

Blade                                                                       (Photo courtesy of Blade Restaurant)

BLADE Steak House
Address: 5863 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, LA 71106
Phone:(318) 868-3002

Facebook: Blade Restaurant

Instagram – BLADEofficial
Twitter @BLADEshreveport

It’s not hard to spot the bold and high-voltage red and black colors of Blade, a modern and chic restaurant situated on Fairfield Ave that is lined with picturesque homes and estates. Chef Herb “H2” Busi believes this is a perfect location to please the palates of the neighborhood as well as attracting a broad spectrum of palates to make it a truly iconic international steakhouse.

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Chef “H2” Busi was born into the restaurant and nightclub business and continued sharpening his culinary skills in New Orleans which has prepared him to bring forth a culinary sophistication and innovative execution to the Shreveport area. He aims to bring a bold new and vibrant flavor profile that is unique to the Shreveport culinary scene.

“A Steak Lover’s Steak ” is front and center at Blade!

One of the most unique culinary innovations Chef H2 has introduced to the culinary scene is Akaushi Beef, a Japanese Wagyū breed of cattle. The beef produced by Akaushi cattle is richly marbled with fat and produces a very tender, flavorful, and expensive variety of steak which is sold to high end restaurants.

HeartBrand’s® Ribeye is hand-cut and fork-tender with ribbons of creamy white marbling. Intensely rich and flavorful. Supremely tender and juicy. Ribeye steaks are hand selected from the very finest center cuts of Akaushi Beef – all-natural steaks of the highest quality available anywhere. From the first buttery taste through the last lingering juices, you’ll savor every melt-in-your-mouth bite. The label ensures you won’t find a more tender ribeye steak.

Grand Opening

Earlier in December, I had the pleasure of dining at Blade and enjoyed the Preview Menu of what’s to come in January. The grand opening along with the full menu is planned for Tuesday, January 5th.

I am a steak lover therefore I went straight for the Akaushi Ribeye and savored every succulent bite! We also enjoyed the The Akaushi Flat Iron is an excellent, tender cut of beef.

Although the Akaushi Beef is front and center, there are stellar entrees to suit a wide variety of palates such as Colorado Lamb Lollipops, duck and grouper. Be sure to check out the appetizers and sides to complete your dining experience!

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Expertly prepared Akaushi Ribeye: richly flavored and  succulent


We also chose the plentiful Blade Sampler plate which features the Akaushi Flatiron  Kushiyaki style which is thinly-sliced pieces of steak are marinated in a savory-sweet mix of rice vinegar and soy then broiled on bamboo skewers, perfectly cooked Shrimp and Scallops with Tarragon Cream Sauce and Quail Two Ways.


Wine is meant to complement a meal of this caliber and its layers of flavors which will, in turn, enhance the dining experience. Between you and me, the wine doesn’t have to be a $200 bottle of wine from France to impress, it just needs to be a quality wine from quality vineyards around the globe. From the by-the-glass wine menu, I selected the Seven Falls Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from one of the warmer regions of Washington state. The Wahluke Slope produces multiple layers of rich black and plum fruits and smooth tannins that pairs well with rich, marbled beef. I was pleased!

Allan Scott Family Winemakers 2014 Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region  is zippy crisp white wine with grapefruit and floral notes with characteristic flavors and aromas of what you would expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was pleasant and refreshing which paired with scallops, shrimp and rich  Tarragon cream sauce.

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Marinated Crab Claws with the signature creamy, delightfully spicy Creoli sauce also paired well with the Sauvignon Blanc.


Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad with Roasted Figs tossed with Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Probably because figs are not in season, dried figs were served. The vinaigrette is delicious, ask for more! This salad pairs well with the Washington Cabernet Sauvignon.

saladIMG_0593I couldn’t get enough of the perfectly seasoned rich,dark brown Creole Duck gumbo. Each spoonful had chunks of duck in a succulent thick gravy like a beef stew.


We ended the dinner with the tasty house-made Lemon Raspberry Mascarpone Tart and decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake with Choice of Salted Caramel or Peanut Butter Sauce. Each dessert was delightful on their own but don’t let that stop you from pairing the lemon dessert with the lemon-flavored Italian liqueur or almond-flavored Lazzaroni Amaretto that pairs well with the flourless chocolate dessert.

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My Blade dining experience was delightful. The ambience is bold yet comfortable and the lighting is just right for a romantic evening.

The staff was enthusiastic and friendly. They were knowledgeable of the menu and prompt.

I am already for another Akaushi steak experience! Glad you are in Shreveport!



12 2015


Nashville’s rustic Italian eatery, Trattoria Il Mulino is excited to announce its new weekday Happy Hour Italian Speciale, Weekend Brunch and the Hilton Nashville Downtown’s Bravo! Brunch package.

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The Famous Hangover Pizza! (photo courtesy of Il Mulino)

 Executive Chef Thomas Cook adds local flair, resulting in an exceptional and delectable experience unique to the Music City.

“Weekend brunch continues to be one of our most beloved services and we enthusiastic about extending a special brunch offering to guests of the hotel.” (General Manager Rinaldo Mataj)

                                                             Happy Hour Italian Speciale

When: Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 6 p.m.


$6 small plate favorites including the tomato salad with cucumber, red onion, caper berries and basil, grilled octopus with olives capers and jewel box tomatoes and ricotta meatballs with tomato-basil sauce.

                                                     Happy Hour Beverage Options: 

$7 selected wines and $4 Peroni on draft. The happy hour menu is available in the patio and bar areas and on Predators home game nights as we feature our ‘Preds, Pizza & Peronis’ specials during happy hour.

Hilton Nashville Bravo! Brunch Package Weekend Brunch:

Trattoria Il Mulino Italian fare will be served!

When:  Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guests of the hotel can now enjoy the restaurant’s brunch at a specialty price with the Bravo! Brunch package.

$45 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) diners will receive a choice of brunch cocktail and a three-course meal as well as complimentary valet parking.

The weekend brunch menu:

 The famous hangover pizza made with fresh, house-made mozzarella, bacon, tomato and sunny-side eggs, a dish guaranteed to soothe the morning-after “Broadway. (photo above)

Il Mulino frittata with zucchini, onion and sage

Ricotta meatball benedict with poached eggs, ricotta and tomato sauce

Burrata French toast made with brioche and a port wine-blueberry sauce (see photo)


(Photo courtesy of Il Mulino)

 Lunch menu option:

If your more in the mood for lunch,  you can indulge in several options:

Caprese burger with fresh, house-made mozzarella, pesto, tomato and arugula

Ravioli with arugula and salmon oregenata with oregano, breaded crust and lemon butter

Reservations for Bravo!

Brunch should be booked through the Hilton Nashville Downtown. Weekend brunch at Trattoria Il Mulino is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations for Bravo! Brunch should be booked through the Hilton Nashville Downtown. Non-hotel guests who wish to make a reservation or visit the Trattoria Il Mulino website or call 615.620.3700.

Trattoria Il Mulino is located in Hilton Nashville Downtown

121 4th Ave. S. Nashville, Tenn., 37203

*Separate entrance to the restaurant with complimentary valet at 144 5th Avenue S., Nashville, Tenn., 37203

The restaurant is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., lunch from Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. For more information please visit

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