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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

Wine with Lisa Hosts a Paella Party! The Hit of the Summer! Enjoy the Art of Cooking Spanish Paella with Lisa!

I have been sharing my passion and the art of cooking Spanish Paella with friends and family for over 20 years!


My Paella will travel to you!

 The “Culinary Performance Chef of Paella”

On any given weekend, you will find me with my very large paella pan and paella burner in someone’s backyard for a casual dinner under the moonlight for an evening of Spanish paella, tapas and wine. Lately, I’ve been hosting Paella Parties around the Nashville area. I show up with all of the ingredients ready to create one of the most authentic and delectable paellas around. Paella equals “instant party.” A paella is a communal dish meant to be shared with friends, family and celebrations. I bring that to the party!

What is Paella?

Paella is the most popular and well known dish of Spain. It is a vibrant rice dish often cooked outdoors over an open flame. The passion and spirit of Spain are reflected in its food. My paellas ingredients include Gulf shrimp, mussels, Southern clams, fresh fish, chicken, locally-sourced smoked chorizo sausage and vegetables with a rich homemade broth bursting with rich, complex flavors  There are so many different recipes for paellas that I can’t count.  Although my Paella Mixta (a mix of seafood, chicken, sausage) is the most popular, I also “custom make” just seafood, meat or even vegetarian paellas. My paella can be created to suit everyone’s palate. paella

Paella Passion

 There is something so passionate about paella; at least it’s that way for me. I am from Louisiana and of Sicilian decent by the way of the North Delta of Louisiana and Mississippi. We are referred to as the Delta Italians. My culinary skills were directly influenced  from New Orleans’ Cajun and Creole as well as the Sicilian Italian family I grew up in. I have always had the knack and passion for cooking and paella is just one of the ways I express it; Just wait until you experience it and you’ll see why I’m so passionate about the art of paella!

Paella and Jambalaya are cousins

That’s right! The Spanish explorers brought paella to Louisiana. Instead of the precious and pricey saffron, tomatoes add the color and crawfish and andouille make the signature Cajun jambalaya. 10390438_10202192090555071_4802122087320036037_n The original paellas were cooked and eaten from the paella pan out of necessity in the rice fields of Spain by the peasant farm-workers. Paellas are made with seafood if near the coastal waters or rabbit and snails if inland. Bomba rice, the special paella rice of Spain, is grown only in Spain and is an essential part of what makes an authentic paella. Some paellas are not made with rice but with thin noodles. This is a Catalan Fideuà, made with fideo (Spanish noodles). At the most recent gathering, this is what I made. It was devoured by all! 10616200_10202219415758184_7390739496721215551_n For a couple of years, I have hosted Paella Dinners at Natchez Hills Winery. What a beautiful location right outside of Nashville to enjoy the cool breeze, wines made at Natchez Hills Winery and Vineyard paired with a rich, vibrant paella. NatchezWineryPicMonkey Collage Salud Cooking School at Whole Foods in Green Hills has been another way I have been able to share my passion for paella. I teach classes on paella, tapas and cajun cuisine! As long as I have a cooking surface large enough to accommodate my pan, we are in business! WholeFoodsPaellaPicMonkey Collage Backyard Paella Parties with My Paella Travels have become very popular this summer. While I’m preparing the paella, guests enjoy the Spanish Tapas I’ve prepared, sip on wines that I have chosen and usually gather around the pan watching the performance. I have fun talking about the history of paella with guests and they always have great questions. PanPicMonkey Collage


My Spanish Tapas is always a hit! Usually, I’ll have a variety of Spanish cheeses, Marcona almonds with my “special” seasonings and my own recipe of marinated olives. My grilled bread always seems to be a crowd pleaser as well as the Croquetas filled with warm and gooey Manchego cheese and Serrano ham with Smoked Paprika aioli. CroquetasPicMonkey Collage   TapasMorePicMonkey Collage Smokey bacon wrapped around chorizo-filled dates baked with a Smokey Romesco sauce and tomatoes until it’s bubbly, is another one of my popular tapas recipes. And what about those Seared Lamb Chops with Curry Aioli? My absolute favorite dish! WinepairingPicMonkey Collage

My friends, David and Sarah know how to throw a party for Labor Day weekend! Paella is an instant party for a gathering of friends. While I made the paella, we all enjoyed the Sangria.




This vibrant and intensely flavored paella was the hit of the party! The shrimp were succulent and the chicken and sausage were the perfect additions to this amazing dish! And, everyone enjoyed every bite of the crispy, caramelized crust of rice called the socarrat.



Two sold-out Paella classes were the hit of the USN evening events! I was able to cook this one on the large indoor range for 25 hungry guest!


My paella will travel to you, too!

Save room for a bite (or two) of homemade Chocolate Treś Leches Cake! This creation is one of my favorite desserts ever, especially after a big plate of Paella!



08 2014

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!


05 2014