Posts Tagged ‘best paella in Nashville’

My Paella Travels Won First Place at Casa Azafran’s Battle of the Paellas Contest in Nashville, Tennessee!

 Hot Chicken Paella! The winner of the popular vote at Casa Azafran’s Battle of the Paellas Cook Off!

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In the fall of 2015, My Paella Travels was asked to be one of the contestants at Casa Azafran’s Paella Cook Off Contest. I was thrilled to be able to share my “fusion paella” with the crowd of paella lovers!

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Casa Azafran Cultural Center is “both a beautiful event space and home to a collective of nonprofits who offer services in education, legal, health care and the arts to immigrants, refugees and the community as a whole.”  

(I want to give credit to my amazing and talented forever-friend, Kim! I couldn’t have done it without her creativity and support.)

This cultural center is a fusion of cultures which welcomes immigrants from many countries into Nashville and offers amazing services to help those families settle into Nashville. It’s a beautiful center with many smiling and welcoming faces. I have had such fun teaching several cooking classes at the Mesa Komal Kitchen over the past few years.

My Fusion Paella

For the many years that I have created meals for friends and family, I have always enjoyed cooking with “exotic” spices and seasonings fusing my culinary culture recipes. I am a fusion of cultures. 

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I have Louisiana roots, with a Sicilian heritage and have been influenced culinarily early on by Southern food culture as well as Cajun/Creole and Texas-style foods. What better way to honor the fusion of cultures with my paella! My 32 inch paella pan was brimming with the usual authentic paella (mixta) ingredients including mussels, shrimp, saffron, intensely flavored sausages,brightly colored vegetables  and topped with Hattie B’s Hot Chicken! It was a hit with the crowd! I explained to Mayor Megan Barry and the guests that paella is inherently a fusion of flavors and cultures and by combining Nashville’s own Hot Chicken with a Spanish Paella is the ultimate in fusion food to honor the Nashville culture and Spanish culture!

 

I won a ticket to anywhere in the US and the status of The Best Paella voted by all of the guests-a crowd favorite! I will be flying to the California wine country this fall to the Wine Bloggers Conference!

 

Here is everyone who competed! We had a blast! I WON the POPULAR VOTE!

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06 2016

My Paella Travels to Savory Spice Shop located in Historic Downtown Franklin, TN for a Paella and Tapas Party!

I love paella! Paella is my passion. Let me share my paella with you!

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Teaching the art of cooking paella has been a skill that I have been cultivating for many years. From the time when I first moved to Nashville in 1989 (wow) and then when  I lived in Austin, Texas, I cooked paella for many friends and hosted a paella dinner at a near by olive oil farm. Paella is one of Spain’s most popular dishes. This art has been perfected for centuries in Spain from the workers in the rice fields of Valencia to today’s tables all around the world.

It’s pretty magical what you can do with rice, olive oil, saffron, sausage and seafood. My paellas are filled with layers of amazing flavors, aromas, textures and enhanced with local ingredients. I often refer to my paella as a symphony of flavors that will make you swoon and come back for more. Together with my unique fusions of local flavors combined with the many years of traditions of authentic Spanish ingredients and techniques, you’ll not find another paella that matches mine anywhere around Nashville.

My Paella Travelled to Savory Spice Shop in Franklin, Tennessee for a Paella Cooking Class this June 2016. I cooked a paella mixta from scratch to a sold out crowd. Paella mixta is a flavorful combination of mussels, shrimp, chicken, chorizo and other sausages. My signature marinated chicken, green beans, zucchini, squash and other summer vegetables filled the paella pan to the brim.  While I was cooking and demonstrating, the class enjoyed Tapas and refreshing white Sangria made with Walker’s Feed Co White Sangria mix. SOOOO refreshing!

This is the second Paella Class that I have hosted at Savory Spice Shop in Franklin, Tennessee. I especially love hosting paella classes here  because of the lovely guests that show up and the authentic spices that are available for my paella. Every single spice and seasoning was available and truly was the key to the #bestpaellainnashville @mypaellatravels.

Enjoy the photos from Saturday night’s cooking class. WARNING! PREPARE FOR HUNGER!

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photo of someone taking a photo of the cooking paella by @laylamays

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Hollie Rollins, owner of Savory Spice Shop and My Paella Travels (Lisa Mays) are about to serve the finished product!

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This was a lovely group of paella enthusiasts! I just loved interacting with each person!

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My paellas are as intensely colorful as flavorful, just try it and see!

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The class took many photos that night!

 

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Paella presentation is very important! This is a 32 inch paella pan filled to the brim with succulent rice, seafood, chicken and sausage which took two strong men to carry in!

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The tapas boards included seasoned marcona almonds, a variety of Spanish cheeses and meats and my speciality seasoned and smoked olives. And, the dessert, oh my! Hollie’s special recipe for flan! This was her mother’s recipe and it is fabulous!

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There were lots of smiles and happiness Saturday night. I think they really enjoyed the paella!

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Anticipation!

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06 2016

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

#mypaellatravels  #eatmypaella @winewithlisa #winewithlisa #nashvillepaella #paellanashville 

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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