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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!


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.


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!


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!


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


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!


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!


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


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




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



05 2015

Sip Wine Like a Millionaire, Pair Wine with Heat and Sparkle with the Wine Experts at the 2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival April 24-26th

Sip Wine with the Experts under the Big Texas Sky!

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2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival April 24-26th  Tickets here!

There is a special place in my heart for Austin and The Hill Country! While living in Austin (Dripping Springs-Gateway to the Hill Country), I became inspired to become a student of wine and my passion has continued to lead me to great places in my life!

On Saturday and Sunday, come and learn why wine can be an integral part of your culinary experience as they work together to complement and enhance each other! Whether you are a novice or collector, these seminars will heighten your love for wine!

Vilma Mazaite Advanced Sommelier at laV Restaurant in Austin,Texas

04/25 | 12:45 – 1:30 | Surprising Sparklers

Vilma Mazaite, Advanced Sommelier at the Provence-inspired laV Restaurant  and Wine Bar, will walk you through some of her favorite sparkling selections. From world-renowned bottles to surprising and hard-to-come-by finds, she’ll taste you through her favorite bubbles from around the world perfect for every occasion and price range.


photo courtesy of AFWF 2015

Mark Oldman n award-winning author, wine expert for Pottery Barn, wine columnist for The Food Network, and tv judge on PBS.

04/25 | 12:00 – 12:45 | Heat Seekers: Best Wine for Spicy

Whether your passion is Cajun Shrimp, Flaming Orange Habanero Kimchi, or generous shakes of Texas Pete, Mark Oldman reveals the best wines – bubbly, white, and red – to combat fiery food.
04/26 | 12:45 – 1:30 | Wine for IPO Millionaires: Special Occasion Wine

Author Mark Oldman takes you on a high-flying tour of some of the world’s most delicious “special occasion” wines. Whether it’s for a special gift for your boss, in-laws or yourself, Mark provides the low down on the best high-end bottles


  photo courtesy AFWF 2015



04 2015

Follow the Smoke to the 2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival April 24-26th and at Fire Pit Event Including Jack Gilmore and Two Nashville Chefs!

Where there is smoke, there is fire!

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There is nothing more intoxicating than than sweet and savory aromas of smoked and grilled meats. Follow the smoke trail to some of the most succulent bites of the festival!

2015 Austin Food + Wine Festival Fire Pit Event

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015
Auditorium Shores


On Saturday and Sunday, the festival grounds at Auditorium Shores will feature interactive live-fire stations, with Texas chefs cooking over Fire Pits and offering tastes to attendees throughout the weekend. This event has become so “red hot”  the amount of Fire Pit stations has doubled with four each day. Less structured than a demo, and more intimate than the hands-on grilling classes, the Fire Pits provide a forum for culinary Q&A with top Texas talent, and an opportunity to taste the chefs’ bold creations.


Get a front-row experience at the live fire which is available for all festival pass holders!

On Saturday, April 25, enjoy bites from chefs including: Jack Gilmore (Jack Allen’s Kitchen); Jorge Hernandez & Paul Qui (Qui); Pat Martin (Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville); Tandy Wilson (Nashville’s City House); and Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo & Gardner).

On Sunday, April 26, Fire Pit masters will include: David Bull (Congress); Thai Changthong & Paul Qui (ESK Thai-Kun); Terrence Gallivan & Seth Siegel-Gardner (The Pass & Provisions); and Jack & Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Odd Duck).

Nashville has quickly become a culinary hot spot that has attracted foodies from everywhere. Start off your culinary experience at Chef Tandy Wilson’s The City House Nashville for a inspired rustic meal, and a cocktail where local ingredients shine. While in Austin, Tandy will look forward to hanging out with his family enjoying the Austin culinary scene.

I can’t wait to find out what Tandy will be cooking up in the fire!


Did anyone say BBQ? Since I currently live in Nashville, I get the privilege of enjoying Pat Martin’s BBQ Joint anytime I want. As a matter of fact, I can walk to the Belmont location in Nashville from my house! LUCKY ME!

Pat will be firing up the pit for his ever popular whole hog and sausage! One bite and you will see why Martin’s has put Nashville on the BBQ trail!

Pat-Martin_Photophoto courtesy of 2015 AFWF




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