Tapas and Wine Demo Class at the Green Hills Whole Foods at Salud Cooking School with Lisa Mays Paella and Tapas Chef

Just in time for the holidays!


Wednesday, October, 1, 2014

6-8 PM

DEMO $39

Register Here



Salud cooking classes are a great venue to get some of the best recipes trending today! The beautiful open kitchen and bistro-style class room are has become popular with foodies and those looking to learn more from the best! Join me October 1st for another great Tapas Class. The tapas recipes are easy to prepare and your guests will love each and every bite!

A tapas party is an easy and wonderful way to bring your friends and family together. A few dishes prepared in advance along with Spanish delicacies such as cured meats, seafood, cheeses, olives and nuts is all you need to get the party rolling. This class focuses on Spanish, Mediterranean and Moroccan inspired tapas dishes. Lisa will be selecting the perfect wines to compliment this delicious menu. MENU: Chorizo-Stuffed Dates; Serrano Ham and Manchego Croquetas; Broiled Polenta Bites with Green Harissa and Feta; Miniature Pork Brochettes; Santiago Mussels and Sizzling Chile Shrimp.

Browse through the photos, sorry, they WILL make you hungry for more!

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09 2014

Cook and Wine With Lisa Mays at Casa Azafran Community Center in Nashville

Lisa Mays will teach a variety of Wine Education classes and hands-on cooking classes at vibrant Casa Azafran in 2015!

Paella Class in December: We will end the year with a Christmas-inspired Paella Class! Details soon!


Casa Azafrán is a beautiful event space that offers not only offer services in education, legal, health care and the arts to immigrants, refugees, but also offers hands on cooking classes and instruction of global cuisine. You will get a passport to  enjoy a culinary trip “around the world” with some of the most diverse cooking classes in Nashville.

Each cooking class at Casa Azafran is a true and unique culinary event along with beautiful settings and music from each culture to enhance the whole experience.

The state of art professional kitchen is a perfect place to teach hands-on classes and the gorgeous patio and dining area is the right setting to create a fun and enjoyable dining experience.



In 2015, I will begin teaching monthly hands-on cooking classes as well as wine education classes from wine all around the world!

Hands-on cooking classes with Lisa Mays!

My diverse background This crazy, wonderful mixture of Sicilian, Louisiana Cajun and Mississippi Delta taught me to live my life out loud.  My love for food and wine has been an integral part of my life from the beginning. I am thrilled to be able to share my expression of culturally diverse cuisine that is a part of my life and heritage.

I will be teaching many globally-inspired cuisines!

I will be teaching Rustic Italian, Cajun, Creole, Greek, Moroccan, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean inspired dishes, I will also teach paella classes of all types of paella:  Paella Negro, Seafoods, Roasted Meats, Vegetable and Rabbit Paella as well as many paellas inspired by local ingredients.

Low Carb and Delicious: Get Creative!  Gourmet and Bistro Cuisine all based on my low-carb recipes.You will dine in style and never miss the carb!

Wine with Lisa–Wine Education classes with me!

I am passionate about wine and holds the WSET III Advanced Certificate (Wine and Spirit Education Trust of London) as well as student of wine. Currently, I am the Vice President of the newly formed Nashville Wine Guild and will soon pursue  the sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers with rigorous on-going studies to continue gaining knowledge about the world’s wine producing regions, elements of wine service, and several tasting expertise.

Christmas-inspired Paella Class! in December

You will enjoy an Authentic Spanish Paella hands-on cooking  inspired by the holiday season!

As soon as I have the firm date, I will post it here! This will be an ultimate expression of the most vibrant and well-known dishes of Spain!


09 2014

Imbibe and Aviation Gin are Heading to Austin’s Half Step Bar on Rainey St to Host an Afternoon of Booze and Texas BBQ on Saturday, September 27th

Come On to a Texas throw-down for a Texas-style BBQ and  Cocktails at Half Step

Saturday, September 27 with Aviation American Gin from 1 – 4 PM.

Tickets are $25 dollars and include and three drink tickets



Along with with the latest in liquid culture information, Imbibe Magazine, pairs up with batch-distilled  97 point-rated Aviation Gin  and Texas BBQ at Half Step on Rainey Street for an afternoon of food and cocktails, Austin-style!

You can buy TICKETS or purchase at the door until we reach capacity.

Rainey Street Rocks!

One of my most favorite areas in Austin, Rainey Street , is considered one of the most vibrant nightlife spots and is now morphing into a mixed-use area burgeoning with boutique hotels and stylish Austin living as well as some of the best watering holes and restaurants around. On Saturday, September 27th, come to Half-Step to eat, drink and party Austin-style!

Half Step‘s owner and bartender Chris Bostick and chef andbartender Rob Crabtree have collaborated on an amazing food and drink menu, making for the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. What’s in store? Think Caja China Pig Roast with crispy skin and all the fixings alongside four refreshing cocktails.

What’s on the menu?

Pig Roast
La Caja China Whole Roasted Pig with Crispy Skin
Heirloom Cherry Tomato and White Cheddar Salad
Spiced Heirloom Carrot Slaw with Aviation Soaked Currants
Half Step Macaroni Salad
Soft Pretzel Breadsticks from Easy Tiger

Flight Path – Aviation American Gin, raspberry, lemon and dry cider
Aviation Red Snapper – Aviation American Gin, tomato juice, lemon, spices
Draft Aviation Americano – Aviation American Gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Campari, Soda
Aviation American Gin & Tonic



09 2014

Join Winemaker Austin Hope of Hope Family Wines for a Sensory Wine Tasting at the Music City Food + Wine Festival September 20 and 21st in Nashville!

Tasting Sessions

Sunday, September 21st at the Tasting Tent!

Here’s how you can get tickets to attend this special event!


This is going to be a fabulous tasting event because there IS a difference! This past summer, along with the 2014 Wine Blogger’s Conference,  I spent a week in Paso Robles Wine Country. Paso Robles wines reflect the unique terroir of this area which is similar to Southern Rhone. I am looking forward to this event!

Acclaimed winemaker Austin Hope has one simple goal: to make spectacular, Estate Grown Syrah and Grenache. Join him for the Hope Family Wines Flavor Profile & Tasting and learn how to break down each flavor profile, complete with food pairings and subtle highlights that make his accomplishment worth raising a glass for.


The Austin Hope Grenache has a gorgeous ruby hue. It displays sweet aromas of dried cranberry, raspberry and plum; traces of allspice, vanilla and cinnamon add complexity in the background.



The Austin Hope Syrah is grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, which is located 20 miles east of the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap region. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhône varietals to which it is planted. The vines are managed carefully to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich in berry flavors.


09 2014