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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

Learn the Art of cooking Paella at the First Annual Nashville Wine and Food Festival at Riverfront Park, Saturday June 14th

The Art of Cooking Paella with Lisa Mays, Nashville Food and Wine Blogger and Chef 

Nashville’s Inaugural Wine Festival will be held at Riverfront Park on Saturday June 14th 12noon til 5pm

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Bring it on!

Nashville is primed and ready to host as many events as the warm weather weekends can hold!

Nashville’s amazing culinary scene is growing by leaps and bounds and I am loving it! We have yet another fabulous FIRST wine and food event coming in June (not to be confused with the Music City East Food & Wine Festival in September!).

“The Inaugural Nashville Wine & Food Festival will celebrate superb wines paired with Nashville’s own local chefs & cuisine along with great music. Be part of the newest Music City Tradition, the Nashville Wine & Food Festival” 

My Paella Travels

As most of you know, I have a passion for sharing my love of food and wine with you! Since 1989, I have been cooking paella and learning the history of how paella came to be and why it’s such an important dish still today.

Paella is the signature dish of Spain. This vibrant rice dish is a family affair and many celebrations are centered around this classic and popular dish with friends and family. Discover the history and traditions of Paella as Lisa prepares an authentic Spanish Paella with locally sourced Tennessee ingredients as well seafood from Southern waters.

I am a Nashville Wine & Food Blogger who has a passion for paella and wine and love to experience and write articles about the culinary side of Nashville., and my new business:


Paella Demo Tent: 3;30p-4:30p
***The Nashville Wine and Food Festival will be held on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 from noon to 5pm***
Ticket Prices: $75 General Admission & $125 for VIP Check website for details:

Date:June 14, 2014 Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cost:$75 General Admission and  $125 VIP

For detailed info:

Event Website:
Nashville 20014 Wine & Food Festival at Riverfront Park Riverfront Park, Nashville,TN

Stay hungry and thirsty for more!


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