The 4th Annual Music City Food + Wine Festival is Pleased to Announce Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint & Friends for a Grilling Feast on September 17th & 18th

Follow that Smoke!

Acclaimed Pitmaster Pat Martin Hosts Summer’s Best Barbecue with Friends During the Fourth Annual Festival, September 17 & 18, 2016


Photos: Chef’s Tandy Wilson, Pat Martin, John Lasater, Michael Symon and soon many more!

Tickets & More Information:
Music City Food + Wine Festival ticket options include an All-In Ticket, as well as Saturday Day Ticket, Sunday Day Ticket and Harvest Night Ticket. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Join the fun and experience the live-fire barbecue and grilling feast with an all-star line-up of some of the most decorated chefs and pitmasters across the country!

From Austin to Nashville, Pitmaster Pat Martin has hosted the outdoor cooking and grilling with the best of the best! This “live fire” event is a crowd pleaser! For two days, festival goers can follow the “path of the smoke” and will experience some of the best outdoor cooking ever! Every year is as fun as the next! I can’t wait!

Where and When:  Located on festival grounds at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (600 James Robertson Pkwy) on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016: Music City Food + Wine Festival 

More about the live fire event!

Pat Martin wants festival attendees to see, experience and taste wood-fired food using a variety of cooking methods to inspire everyone to get out in their backyards and try new ways of cooking!

All weekend, Martin and friends will serve whole-cooked meat and fish, including hog, lamb, goat, swordfish, mahi mahi, duck and chicken, as well as sausage, oysters, trout, primal cuts of beef, brisket, coal-roasted summer vegetables, and other ingredients cooked slow and low.

Look and see the rotating cast of chef friends!
Sal Avila (Prima)
Sean Brock (McCrady’s, Husk Charleston, Husk Nashville & Minero)
Tyler Brown (SouthCreek)
Trey Cioccia (The Farm House)
Bill Darsinos (Southside Grill)
Billy Durney (Hometown Bar-B-Que)
John Lasater (Hattie B’s Hot Chicken)
Joseph Lenn (J.C. Holdway Restaurant)
Jason McConnell (McConnell Hospitality Group)
Trevor Moran
Nick Pihakis (Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ)
Michael Symon (Lola, Lolita, Roast, Bar Symon, B Spot Burgers and Mabel’s BBQ)
Tandy Wilson (City House)
Andrew Zimmern (Chef & TV Personality)
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07 2016

“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 made with authentic Spanish ingredients and prepared with traditional 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 implementing 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