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Cooking Demos & Book Signings for 4th Annual Music City Food + Wine Festival at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park September 17 & 18th

Cooking Demos, Book Signings, 1942 Tequila Truck, Wild Tiki!, Meet the Maker, Bourbon Trailer, Gulf-to-Table cuisine and sooo much more is in store for you at the Music City Food + Wine Festival!For2016MCFWF

(photos from my photo archives of previous Food & Wine Festivals)

Music City Food + Wine Festival
Announces Cooking Demos, Around The Park
& Book Signing Schedule

Purchase Tickets HERE!

This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite chefs who will lead interactive and informative cooking demonstrations in the KitchenAid kitchen.

 Saturday, September 17th

Join chef Tim Love (Lonesome Dove, Woodshed Smoke House, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon, Queenie’s Steakhouse) as he teaches festivalgoers how to prep and grill The Perfect Steak. Long-time friends, chefs Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, La Brea Bakery) and festival partner Jonathan Waxman (Adele’s, Bajo Sexto Taco, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman’s San Francisco) will each make the same dishes – His Way & Her Way.

Master the French art of cooking shellfish three ways with chef Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia) in Ménage à Trois of Mussels, and join Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World) as he shares some go-to recipes gathered from trips around the globe.

On Sunday, September 18th

Chef Vivian Howard (Chef & The Farmer, The Boiler Room) will demo how to make a Southern staple, Hoppin’ John Catfish, while chef Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia) will throw a Summer Pasta Party. During I’m All Ears, learn how to prep and cook one of chef Aarón Sánchez’s (Johnny Sánchez, Chopped, Taco Trip) favorite off-cuts, but Don’t Call My Ribs Short with chef Michael Symon (Lola Bistro, Lolita, B Spot Burgers, Roast, Bar Symon, Mabel’s BBQ).

Culinary, beverage and lifestyle experiences

The festival grounds at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will come alive on Saturday and Sunday with a variety of culinary, beverage and lifestyle experiences Around The Park. 21C Museum Hotels will host a Meet the Maker Tent featuring William Grant Cocktails. This series of intimate tastings will be hosted by craft industry experts in wine, beer, bourbon, scotch and gin, each filled to the brim with knowledge and thirst-quenching cocktails.

Wild Tiki!

Taste tiki in a whole new way as Campari and The Patterson House present “Wild Tiki!” The Patterson House will mix up refreshing tiki cocktails using Wild Turkey and other spirits from the Campari portfolio.

Visit the Bulleit Bourbon Woody Tailgate Trailer and learn how to elevate your tailgate with a delicious cocktail made with Bulleit’s family of award-winning high rye whiskeys.

Tequila Don Julio’s mantra is “You’re only as good as the company you keep and the Tequila you drink.” Festival attendees are encouraged to meet friends by the Don Julio 1942 truck for a refreshing cocktail and a taste of Don Julio’s finer marques.

Come by the Open Gate Brewery to share a pint, laughs and talk all things beer with Guinness Brewery Ambassadors and sample curious and unusual cocktails with the Hendrick’s Curious Cocktail Configurator. (Additionally: learn what a Hendrick’s Curious Cocktail Configurator is.)

Sail over and experience the Hope Family Wines’ Treana Yacht Club. Relax in the lounge, or captain the luxury yacht, all while enjoying opulent Treana wines. Patrón Tequila will be serving classic cocktails with a tequila switch up, or cool off with Patrón infused popsicles.

Travel to the West Coast to taste Meiomi’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from three exceptional coastal California regions.

Soda Sommeliers with Pepsi Cola

Music City Food + Wine invites attendees to an exclusive tasting of the all-new 1893 From the Makers of Pepsi Cola. Sample boldly blended colas in two unique flavors – Ginger and Original –by Pepsi’s finest “soda sommeliers.”

Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine & Bites Tent

Experience the intersection of place and palate at the Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine & Bites Tent with pairings of Rodney Strong wines and bites from chef Jason Dady (Tre Trattoria, Tre Enoteca, Two Bros BBQ, DUK Truck, B&D Ice House, Shuck Shack). Come Share the Table™ with Barilla pasta and sample delicious recipes while getting some culinary secrets from the chefs. Big Green Egg will be grilling, roasting, smoking and baking at the Big Green Egg tent, and festivalgoers are invited to see (and taste) why it’s The Ultimate Cooking Experience.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Pop-Up

Join Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Pop-Up for a taste of this family-owned restaurant’s signature style, where Southern hospitality and delicious flavors yield spicy, satisfying results. Stop by the Sahale Snacks® Flavor Experience for a unique interactive adventure that appeals to all of the senses – sight, touch, taste, sound and smell – and discover the unique flavor match true to your snacking personality while learning about the thoughtfully sourced ingredients.

The Williams-Sonoma Pastry Tent Presented by USA Pan will be brimming with samples from Nashville’s best bakeries, pastry-inspired designs from local artists and demos from the top pastry chefs in the South, curated by Nashville’s own pastry chef Lisa Donovan (Buttermilk Road). Stop by to unlock the secrets of Southern baking and pick up a few sweet souvenirs.

Visit the KitchenAid tent to see all of the latest kitchen offerings, including the new Artisan® Mini 3.5-Quart Stand Mixer and Dishwasher with window and lighted interior. Also, watch your favorite chefs cook at the KitchenAid demonstration kitchen.

Come see Shun Cutlery’s gorgeous collection of kitchen cutlery, handcrafted in Japan, and stop by to meet your next favorite kitchen knife.

Visit the Lyft tent to get free and discounted rides, fun prizes, ask questions and learn about all things Lyft. New to Lyft? Download the app ( to get started and use code MCFOODWINE.

Peter Nappi will once again bring Italian crafted boots from their family to yours, since 1887.

Visit South Walton and be transported to the beaches in a Perfect Escape experience to taste samplings of Gulf-to-Table cuisine from the hottest chefs, sip local wine and specialty cocktails, and learn more about Nashville’s favorite Florida beaches.

For all the information about the festival click here



08 2016

Sip, Swirl and Sample Exceptional Wines and Spirits at the 4th Annual Music City Food + Wine Festival at the Grand Taste Tents September 17th and 18th

There’s something for everyone to sip at the Grand Taste Tents!



Whether you are a wine lover or whiskey and beer aficionado,  there will be an abundance of selections to choose from at the Music City Food + Wine Festival. Sip on your favorites and  for a fun tasting adventure and I’ll bet you’ll even taste something new to you!

Check this out! Over 85 wine, spirits, beer and artisanal purveyors will offer samples of food and drinks over the course of the weekend in the Grand Taste Tents, while more than 40 of Nashville’s best local chefs will serve festival attendees their signature dishes in the previously announced Chef Showcase.

Music City Food + Wine Festival 

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.

When: Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, 2016

Where: The Taste Tents located at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (600 James Robertson Pkwy) in the heart of Nashville

Here are the Scheduled Grand Tasting purveyors throughout the weekend:

Beer: Blackberry Farm Brewery; Bold Rock Cider; Devils Backbone; Grayton Beer Company; Hap & Harry’s; Jackalope; Music City Light Beer; Old Tankard Ale; Radeberger & Schofferhofer; SpikedSeltzer; Starr Hill; Stella Artois; Yazoo; and Yee-Haw.

Spirits: Afrohead Rum; American Born Moonshine; Angostura Bitters; Belle Meade Bourbon; Blue Chair Bay Rum; Covington Vodka; Grand Marnier; Hudson Whiskey; Pickers Vodka; Prairie Organic Spirits; Stillhouse Spirits; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Tullamore DEW; Virgil Kaine Whiskey; and Zodiac Vodka.

Wine: Benziger Family Winery; Bonterra; Cakebread Cellars; Charles Smith Wines; Chateau D’ Eslcans/Whispering Angel; City Winery; Copper Cane; Coppola; Domaine Bousquet; Don Sebastiani & Sons; Famiglia Cotarella; Ferrari-Carano; Fetzer; Huneeus Vintners; The Infinite Monkey Theorem; JUSTIN and Landmark Vineyards; Juvé y Camps; Kendall- Jackson; Mezzacorona; Mighty Swell; Penfolds; Renacer; Robert Mondavi; Rock’n Rolle Wines; Scribe; Stella; Taittinger; Terroir Life; Tom Gore Vineyards; Torresella; Treasury Wine Estates; White Girl Rosé; and The Withers Winery.

Culinary & Lifestyle: Acqua Panna; The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville; Barritt’s Ginger Beer; Bongo Java; Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; Charleston Mix Bloody Mary; City Winery; DelGrosso Foods; Eighth and Roast; FATBACK; Firepot Nomadic Teas; FLIP Burger Boutique; Goo Goo Cluster; Green BEAN Delivery; Hammer Stahl; The Holland House Bar & Refuge; Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q; Kerrygold USA; KRAVE JERKY; Nashville Originals; Owl’s Brew; Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.; T Lish; Watermark Restaurant; and Whole Foods Market.

Music City Food + Wine Festival is generously sponsored by FOOD & WINE, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, KitchenAid, Stella Artois, Salesforce and Barilla.



08 2016

Mangia Melrose! The New Location for Mangia Nashville Focacceria & Bar Features Unique Italian Lunches And Cool Open Bar

Melrose’s Mangia Nashville is Nashville’s first authentic artisan handcrafted focacceria which includes the unique signature carbon focaccia and succulent traditional Porchetta for lunch!

Mangia Nashville Focacceria & Bar 701 Craighead St Nashville, TN 37204


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(Photo) Signature Focaccia: House-Made Porchetta, fresh creamy mozzarella, sunny-side up egg and arugula with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt

Mmmmmmmmmm……One scrumptious bite after another was filled with warm, crispy-on-the-outside and soft on the inside house-made focaccia and slathered with warm olive oil and garlic, succulent pieces of perfectly seasoned porchetta crowned with a creamy egg and spicy arugula. The focaccia’s light yet chewy and crispy texture (not dense and thick) makes it the perfect base for all of the ingredients to sit upon.

These are my people!  I am Italian and the Italian experience is very important to me. It reminds me of wonderful family memories and the food that was part of our daily lives. You can’t fool a real Italian because we obsess over it. Our food is what we live and breathe. Mangia Nashville is that spot, like the well-known bar where everyone knows your name. I have found the very heart and soul of what it means to be Italian at Mangia. Nick’s passion for his heritage and his mission to share this experience with us is the essence of being Italian.

About:  Mangia Nashville is Nashville’s first authentic artisan handcrafted focacceria including the unique signature carbon focaccia, Nick’s famous Porchetta is on the daily lunch menu as well as unique cocktails featuring limoncello. Mangia Nashville  provides the Italian soul food that  satisfies your hunger and spirit while conjuring up childhood memories of growing up Italian. Since Mangia’s beginning, Nick has been serving up the wildly popular traditional Italian Porchetta that is a succulent pork roast seasoned with garlic, rosemary and other herbs and is surrounded by crispy pork belly that has helped maintain the moisture during the cooking process.  Another unique food item Nick has introduced to Nashville is the popular Italian Carbon or Jet-Black (Bread) Focaccia, a vegetable-based powder is added to the dough for the gorgeous and intense color. Some information on the bread hints at health benefits, but I love it for the color palette that it brings to the menu!

Every Friday and Saturday night’s Big Italian Dinners have remained a hit with a very ample six course dinner complete with a night of singing Italian songs, dancing to the Mamba and lots of laughter and fun. Your dinner will end with warm Zeppole’s and wonderful memories.


Even if your not Italian by heritage, you can’t help but be in the Italian state of mind with the savory aromas of baking focaccia and the feel of being in someone’s Italian grandmother’s kitchen.

Feast Your Eyes on the Signature Focaccias, salads, Panino’s and cocktails you will enjoy!

Warm, hearth-baked Carbon Focaccia topped with melted fresh mozzarella, Red Onion Balsamic Jam, Egg and roasted Italian Peppers



Nick and his staff are “in their element” in the Mangia kitchen


The restaurant features a warm and inviting atomsphere with a state of the art bar surrounded by lots of seating. It’s a great place just to hang out, enjoy a cocktail with friends and family.Lights

Another Signature Focaccia is the Margherita with pomodoro sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil


The house made Tuscan potato chips are fried crispy and then tossed with rosemary salt which is a perfect accompaniment with the carbon focaccia stuffed with porchetta, broccoli rabe and balsamic red onions.



Wonderfully fresh and tasty salads are on the menu to accompany your meal or enjoy as an entree.


Zeppole the soft, freshly made sweet ricotta doughnuts, covered in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar will make you swoon. And, you can get these daily!


Limoncello, an Italian liqueur made from fresh lemons, happens to be one of my favorite beverages and Mangia features the Mangia-tini which is a limoncello based cocktail. You will love it!!!!!





04 2016