My Paella Travels to the 2nd Annual 2015 Nashville Wine and Food Festival with a Paella Inspired by the South and Local Nashville!

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The 2015 Nashville Wine and Food Festival  attracted many people from all around the country for exceptional wines, some of the best from local Nashville restaurants as well as My Paella Travels Southern-Inspired Paella by Wine with Lisa!

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A few clouds and early morning rain did not deter ticket holders from venturing down to Nashville’s Riverfront Park to sip, savor and enjoy culinary delights and wine from one of newest and intimate wine festivals in Nashville! And, for the second year, My Paella ruled! My Southern-inspired local Paella is a fusion between authentic Spanish, local Nashville and southern cuisine.

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With the Cumberland River and Titans Stadium as the back drop, a crowd of hungry festival goers gathered around the paella for The Art of Cooking Paella Demo. My gumbo and jambalaya paddle came in handy for stirring the paella!

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A paella from Spain incorporates the bounty of fresh local ingredients such as spices, herbs, meat, seafood and vegetables in season from their land. My paella honors the art of traditional paella cooking with a southern infusion and local culinary artisan Nashville products.

Some of the local ingredients that filled the paella to the brim were Porter Road Butcher’s smokey chorizo and lamb kielbasa, smoked Spanish hard Chorizo from Carnivore, a local butcher shop in Franklin. Savory aromas filled the air with combination of Spanish saffron, sweet smoked Paprika and a variety of herbs and spices from Savory Spice Shop in Franklin, TN.

The South loves their black-eyed peas and what better way to honor the South than with crispy and creamy textured fried black-eyed peas with a touch of cajun spice which honors my Louisiana culinary heritage. Most of the seafood is from the south in my paella! Whole Foods provides Florida, Georgia and Texas Gulf Shrimp and clams from North Carolina as well as other seafood from Southern waters when available.

My famous (secret) signature Spanish rub recipe was developed for My Paella Travels Smoked Beer Can Chicken with local artisan beer- Jackaloupe’s Thunder Anne– completed the paella dish with a Nashville flair!

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After the caramelized rice crust (the socarrat ) was formed, the paella was ready for the line of hungry foodies!

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Everyone enjoyed serving themselves their dish of paella! After all, paella is the most celebrated of Spain and it’s perfect for serving a crowd from one pan!

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A swarm of happy hungry people surrounded my Southern-Inspired Paella as I was trying to get it down to the VIP tent. Well, it didn’t make it!

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A couple of my wine friends in the business enjoyed the paella too!

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Austin chicks rule! This Austin chick was eating the crispy socarrat right from the pan and was the biggest compliment yet!

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Get ready for more! Stay hungry and thirsty for more! There will be more to come!

CHEERS!

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CHRISTIE COOKIE CELEBRATES NATIONAL COOKIE DAY WITH FREE COOKIES AT ITS GERMANTOWN BAKERY

Mmmmmmmm….Cookies! Free Cookies!

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WHO: Christie Cookie Co.

A Nashville original for more than 30 years, Christie Cookies are hand-measured and carefully crafted using only the finest, all-natural ingredients. True to our southern roots of hospitality and artisan craftsmanship, we stand together in our commitment to produce America’s very best cookie.

WHAT: Nashville’s Christie Cookie is celebrating National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day by giving away its signature Chocolate Chip Cookies, as well as the famous DoubleTree Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies all day at its headquarters.

One free cookie per customer, while supplies last.

The Nashville Sounds mascot, Booster, will make an appearance from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHEN: Free cookies: Friday, May 15, 2015, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nashville Sounds’ Booster appearance: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: The Christie Cookie bakery located at 1205 3rd Avenue North in historic Germantown.

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Get Ready for a Culinary Feast Nashville-Style at the 2015 Music City Food + Wine Festival September 19 & 20th Located in Beautiful Downtown Nashville

Nashville is proud to be a world class culinary and legendary music destination! 

This 2-day festival celebrates Nashville’s distinctive vibe with live music, food, celeb chefs,demos,wine and cocktails!  Music City Food + Wine Festival is considered one of the top 3 best festivals around!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Check out the details on line for each pass!

All-In Pass $500 pp which includes the full weekend experience, plus a year’s subscription to Food and Wine Magazine

Saturday & Sunday Pass $150 pp

Harvest Night $ 225 pp

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Nashville’s culinary scene has exploded with chef-driven restaurants popping up almost daily! Talented chefs have recognized that Nashville has been waiting to become a foodie destination. This festival is a brilliant way to meet all of our local chefs and relish the signature dishes that makes Nashville so popular!

The chic yet casual authentic Mexican taqueria, Bajo Sexto, was the perfect location for the kick-off of the upcoming festivities for the 2015 Music City Food  + Wine Festival which will be held in our very own Nashville, Tennessee!

Experience the culinary talents of James Peisker and Chris Carter from our local Porter Rd Butcher, a neighborhood butcher shop providing Nashville with the highest quality products serving local, grass fed meats and other fine local and regional products.

Executive Chef Levon Wallace will be sharing his amazing culinary talents in Nashville at Cochon Butcher, a New Orleans-based butcher shop, a sandwich counter and a wine bar that is inspired by old-world meat markets. Cochon Butcher specializes in house made meats, terrines and sausages, the fresh cuts are handpicked and ready-to-cook items available daily.

The Grand Taste, Chef Showcase and Harvest Night will feature some of Nashville’s best chefs from Arnold’s Kitchen, The Silly Goose, Peg Leg Porker, Husk, The Farm House, The Southern Steak & Oyster, Kayne Prime, The Treehouse, Hattie B’s, Mangia Nashville, The Sutler Saloon, Bajo Sexto Taco and soooo many more!

Harvest Night on Saturday night, enjoy music curated by Kings of Leon while savoring signature dishes from award-winning chefs.

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Mayor Carl Dean, Nashville’s own rock band Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, Andy Mendelsohn, Butch Spyridon were all on hand to share the news about the Music City Food + Wine Festival 2015 kickoff!

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While sharing the great news, we were all treated to a authentic Baj0 Sexto Taco and Tequila experience including fish, chicken and pork belly tacos and specially made frozen margaritas,  refreshing Agua Frescas and spiked Horchotas.

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CHEERS!

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