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My Paella Travels: It’s Not Just Paella, It’s a Paella Experience! Paella Chef & Caterer | Nashville, Tennessee


Where will My Paella Travel next?

My Paellas are a unique fusion of local ingredients such as locally made sausages, locally grown produce, southern seafood and authentic Spanish flavors, techniques and ingredients. Each paella is a work of art for the eyes, palate and soul.

Paella Love

We all have that common thread of yearning for something to feed our hearts and souls. Well, my paellas do just that. My paellas bring friends, family and the community together for a feast of Paella Love.

My Paella has traveled from Tennessee to Texas, Louisiana and to Georgia feeding the souls of friends, family and the community bringing people together through a celebratory feast of life and love through a plate of paella and a glass (or two) of wine.

Will My Paella Travel to you? Have Paella Pan:Will Travel!

WOW! I have been very busy for many months now riding the “paella wave.”  So many fun adventures have come my way and I can’t wait to see what else ahead.


Paella surprise birthday parties are always a fun way to celebrate!


Having it all with Lisa on Wine Antics!                                                            

In March, I was featured on the live talk show  (CLICK TO WATCH) Wine Antics and was thrilled to talk to Jenn and Stubb (Cork Envy) about “having it all!”

My Paella Travels makes people happy! You can see it in their smiles.

My journey; my mission is to keep spreading some of that awesome Paella Love from east to west, north to south and everywhere in between.

My Paella Travelled to Macon, Georgia at Travis Jean’s Cooking School and Event Center and fed over 50 hungry paella lovers 4 paellas: Paella Mixta with both seafood, chicken and sausage, Vegetarian Paella, Texas-Louisiana Style Paella with Andouille Sausage and Smoked Brisket and a Black Paella filled to the brim with seafood and colorful vegetables. Go big or go home! Only 32 and 36 inch paella pans allowed here!

Dueling with Chef Kevin and my 36 inch bad boy paella pan!

Over 50 guests wined and dined with My Paella Travels.

Thanks to Chef Kevin, I got to meet so many amazing people in Macon, Georgia who I now call my friends.

One of the stars of the event is my famous Paella Mixta which is loaded with seafood, sausage, shrimp, chicken and house made chicken saffron broth.

Sharing the paella experience with Scott and Bill was the best! LOVE YOU BOTH!

Even vegetarians love my paellas!

Seafood Paella made with Black Cuttlefish ink!

I channelled my Louisiana and Texas “culinary roots” with a Texas-style Smoked Brisket and Andouille Sausage Paella in Macon, Georgia.

In 2015, I won a local Paella Cook Off with my Gourmet Fusion Paella at Casa Azafran! It was a crowd-pleaser!  My winning paella was a Spanish Paella with Nashville Hot Chicken!

I love sharing my paella skills with Paella Cooking Classes at Savory Spice Shop in Franklin.

I enjoy hosting a Spanish wine and Paella Pairing at a local wine shop. My paella’s are works of art!

I host a paella cooking event every year for the University School Evening Class Events. This was a seafood paella made with Spanish fideua noodles instead of rice complete with tapas for a sold out class on Valentine’s night! This seafood paella originated from the fishing villages of Spain and there is nothing like rich flavored noodles with a crispy bottom crust.

Germantown Art Festival Paella

My Paella Travels: Austin, Texas. Bringing some of that Paella Love to my awesome Texas friends. Praise Paella!

I love to have a backyard paella dinner on a warm Sunday spring evening.

Surprise Birthday Party in East Nashville!

This will be the 3rd year that I’ll be cooking My Paella Love at the  2017 Nashville Wine and Food Festival! Stop by my table and experience the love!

In March 2017, I was asked to create and cater tapas for the USN (University School of Nashville) Spanish Wine and Tapas Pairing Fund Raising Event. This last yet biggest event of the series of yearly evening classes. There were around 80 guests, I worked by *** off and loved every single second. I cook big, live big and love big. Yep, that’s me. My Paella Travels Paella and Tapas Catering.

My famous Spanish Romesco Sauce (which everyone loves!) topped the charcoal grilled gulf shrimp and local Spanish Chorizo. This was a hit.

Here’s my take on traditional Spanish Meatballs, with a hint of Moroccan Spices, yet another hit!

Spanish cheese, meats, crispy seasoned bread and lots more.

Everyone loved my roasted heirloom tomatoes with eggplant and zucchini with Spanish spices.


Just sharing some of that Paella Love……


04 2017

“My Paella Travels” to Brentwood for a Spanish Paella Birthday Party and Momma Nik’s Cheesecake for Dessert!

My Paella Travels creates magical evenings for celebrations which will bring the signature dish of Spain to you for a casual backyard gathering that you and your guests will rave about!


My Paella Travels brings the heart and soul of Spain to any celebration. Paella, the most popular and well known dish of Spain, is a vibrant rice dish often cooked outdoors.

An authentic Paella Party is a great reason to celebrate with family and friends which will be centered around a large paella brimming with vibrantly tinted Bomba rice and locally sourced vegetables with succulent meats, seafoods and mouthwatering aromas of spices. My paellas are made with authentic Spanish ingredients and prepared with traditional Spanish techniques just the way they make them in Spain.


Set up is easy. I bring it all. You and your guests will enjoy the experience of watching the preparation and cooking of the paella before your eyes.


With every event, the best part of the experience is watching everyone enjoy themselves which is evident with smiles and laughter. I provide the main course, wine selections and tapas (if requested).  My paellas  will feed a large crowd and allows the guests to enjoy their guests while I do the cooking!


Part of what I do to help create the optimum experience is help with wine selections to pair with the paella and tapas event. For years, I have been studying wine and obtaining several certifications with the WSET and the Court of Master Sommeliers which focus on wine knowledge and pairings. Some of my favorite wines to pair are white, red and sparkling Spanish and Portuguese wines but it just begins there. Spanish foods pair very well with many wines and I would love to show how!


It takes about 45 minutes to create the paella from scratch. Guests have a chance to savor tapas and enjoy the wine selections while gathering around the paella pan. Your friends will have fun learning about the history of paella, what makes an authentic paella implementing authentic techniques and quality ingredients.



Momma Nik’s Cheesecake has paired up with My Paella Travels to create the best dessert experience ever. Momma Nik’s Cheesecakes are locally and creatively made offering a variety of flavors and sizes.


Momma Nik’s are especially great for birthday celebrations!



07 2016

The Tipsy Tennessean: Enjoy New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp and a French Quarter-Style Hurricane Cocktail!

Share a Bowl of Warm & Buttery Cajun-Spiced Southern Shrimp Tonight!


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Of all the Cajun dishes that I make, New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp is probably the easiest to make and tastiest! It is perfect recipe for a casual dinner party for 2 or 20. Serve from the pan that it was cooked in for a communal dish.

Don’t miss a drop of the warm buttery and peppery sauce.

Peel the shrimp, soak the bread in the butter sauce and make sure you have plenty of napkins to pass and great cocktails to drink! Don’t dare skimp on the black pepper; this IS what makes the recipe what it is!!!

The compound butter mixture can be doubled and then the other half can be frozen for anytime you need a quick appetizer or meal with friends.  I wouldn’t think of using any other than sweet succulent shrimp from the south. Don’t compromise; it DOES make a difference.

Mardi Gras is in full swing but this traditional Louisiana dish can be served any time of the year. Serve with fruity off-dry white wine, your favorite beer or a French Quarter favorite, the New Orleans style Hurricane Cocktail–my personal favorite!

Get both recipes and start cooking and sipping!

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp
Recipe type: Appetizer or entrée
Cuisine: Cajun
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Serves: 4
Enjoy a bowl full of succulent shrimp drenched in butter and Cajun spices with crispy bread to soak up every drop!
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 20 large shrimp *Southern shrimp for Florida,Georgia or Louisiana
  • ½ can of beer or ½ cup white wine
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped parsley
  • Grilled Slices of French Bread
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter at room temp
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • zest from lemon
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 11/2 to 2 T Cajun Seasoning *The best is Tony Chachere's
  • 1 T Ground Black Pepper
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dash of Tobasco
  1. To Make Compound Butter:
  2. Mix butter in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment until smooth.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix until incorporated, scraping sides of bowl with a spatula to ensure even distribution.
  4. In a large skillet, sautè onions and garlic in olive oil until just soft and a bit translucent
  5. Increase to medium high heat and add shrimp to skillet
  6. Pour in the beer (or wine) stir and toss and let the broth thicken a bit
  7. Add compound butter to shrimp; swirl & stir until butter is melted & bubbling
  8. Garnish with parsley and green onions
  9. Serve in skillet with crusty bread
  10. Tobasco,for passing



New Orleans Style Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

 1-1/2 oz white rum

1-1/2 oz Jamaican dark rum

3 oz fresh orange juice

3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice

1/2 oz grenadine syrup

crushed ice

Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix. Pour over crushed ice in hurricane or tall cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and maraschino cherries.

 Laissez les bons temps rouler,Ya’ll !


02 2014