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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!


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!


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


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



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


Paella cooking instructions



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


The class took many photos that night!



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!


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!


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

Paella Collage





06 2016

Tickets are on Sale NOW for the 4th Annual Music City Food + Wine Festival 2016 in Nashville!

Hey foodies, wine and cocktail connoisseur’s. Here’s what you’ve been waiting for!

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UseThis2016The Music City Food + Wine Festival 2016 will be the best food and wine festival event in the south! Come and experience for yourself!

The weekend of September 17th and 18th, you will experience a Southern culinary scene that you will not soon forget. Sip and savor wine, cocktails, craft beer, culinary treats and rub elbows with your very favorite local chefs and celebrity chefs. They will share their best recipes, stories, lots of laughter and entertainment!

Follow the links below for everything you need to know about the festival. Tickets sell out FAST! Don’t you be the one to miss out!

Tickets: All Inclusive or just Saturday or Sunday



Chef Showcase

Schedules for Saturday and Sunday

Grand Tastings

Martin’s BBQ and Friends

Harvest Night

Gospel Brunch

I have been involved with the Music City Wine and Food Festivals for four years in Nashville. Let me share some of my favorite moments from 2014 & 2015. Now, it is time for you to make your own special memories for 2016! Hope to see you there!

Michael Symon and John Lasiter Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Paella Demo


Gospel Brunch Sunday with Matt Bolus


Chef Kolin Vazzoler SIMI Wine Pairing


Silver Oak Wine Pouring

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Celebrity Chefs Arron Sanchez and Tim Love


Nick Pellegrino MANGIA!


Josephine Restaurant located in Nashville on 12 South


Famous Pat Martin’s BBQ and Art Institute of Nashville

culinary student Keagan Bolema helping out at the festival  last year


Charlie Nelson’s Green Brier Local Nashville Distillery



06 2016

Get Your Tickets for the 2016 Austin Food + Wine Festival April 22-24 located in the Gorgeous Town of Austin, Texas!

Are you a foodie? Who’s your favorite chef? Do you love artisan-crafted cocktails? What’s your favorite wine?

Get all these questions answered at this year’s 2016 Best Food Festival in Austin, Texas!



Every year, I am always amazed by the extraordinary culinary talent that appears at this festival serving up some of their best recipes for all to enjoy. Thirsty? Artisan cocktails, fabulous wine and local brews flow through the event to quench your thirst under the big, sunny Texas sky. And, this year is no exception!

Celebrity Chefs Tim Love, Marcus Samuelson, Andrew Zimmern, Aaron Sanchez, Amanda Freitag are just a FEW of the rock star talent in the culinary world that you will rub elbows with during the Grand Tasting, Chef Showcasing, Taste of Texas, Rock Your Taco, Feast Under the Stars!……..

Check out the 2016 Austin Food + Wine Festival to see ALL the details about a weekend of unforgettable fun!

What will you experience? Read here.

Check out the schedule and make your plans!

Buy your tickets here!

The tickets go FAST! Why? Because the word is out…..Everything is bigger, better and tastier in Texas!


02 2016