Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 Ragin Cajun Crawfish Boil

2015 Ragin' Cajun Crawfish Boil

          The 16th Annual Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil is on Saturday, April 11th from 4pm to 9pm at Cumberland Park. Tickets include all-you-can-eat crawfish and sides along with all-you-can-drink beer and live entertainment. This annual event is hosted by the Nashville Junior Chamber with proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics of Tennessee.
          I've volunteered at the Crawfish Boil's Beer Pour Station the past 4 years and have had a bast! Prior to my shift each year I arrive early to enjoy my share of Crawfish and all the fixin's. 

Over 2,000 people attend this annual event and 3,000 pounds of fresh crawfish are provided. To view the 2015 entertainment line up, visit: http://ragincajunboil.org/live-music/

Tickets on sale now! Get $5 OFF using the code "NERD"!!

Early Bird Ticket: $39.95 (SOLD OUT)
Does not include early entry, just a discounted price for purchasing early

Includes: early entry at 3pm, VIP air-conditioned bathroom, separate beer line, and a free 22-ounce beer stein

General Admission:
$44.95 until April 4th
$49.95 from April 5th – April 11th
$55 at the door (if available)
 This wonderful event is presented by the Nashville Junior Chamber
- Dr. April

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pink Goes Red for Heart Disease Awareness

Pink Goes Red for Heart Disease Awareness

          Let me first start with a confession.....I actually started this post last year (Yes, like 2014!!!!). Somehow it got lost in the shuffle and I'm just now realizing that I never posted it lol! 

          However, I put this post together in observance on the American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" Campaign and the program that my sorority chapter (The Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc ) did to recognize this day last February. Since my Sorority's official colors are Pink & Green, we call our event "Pink Goes Red for Heart Disease Awareness"

          This "Go Red For Women Campaign occurs every year in February and since we are once again in February.......here it is!!

Go Red For Women

          I was responsible for coming up with some cute, heart-healthy snacks for our event. I cut out hearts in these apples simply by using a heart-shaped cookie cutter to punch out and remove only the skin of the apple. I then brushed the exposed area of the inside of the apple with lemon-juice - it prevents the apple from turning brown in response to oxidation!!
Heart Disease Awareness

The next items I created where Yogurt Parfaits using Vanilla yogurt, cherries and granola - layered on top of each other to give the traditional parfait appearance. I found some cute heart-shaped stickers to attach to the spoon handles and added them to each parfait as decoration!
Yogurt Parfait

Cute, right?!?!?
Heart Disease Awarness

Here are some of the other heart-healthy snacks we had available for our guests.....

And yes, that's me discussing some heart-health facts to our attendees. Did you know that 1 in 3 women in the United States dies of Heart Disease every year??? That is a staggering statistic that we must lower in this country! Adopting healthy eating habits and getting proper exercise are 2 major ways of doing so.
Heart Disease Awareness

What are doing doing today to keep your heart healthy??????

-- Dr. April

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Prima Nashville

Fine Dining at Prima Restaurant

One of the latest Fine Dining Restaurants to descend upon Nashville is Prima! I visited Prima on a chilly Sunday afternoon recently and had a meal that warmed my appetite and my spirit :-)

The restaurant is absolutely beautiful  - ambiance, interior decor, and the staff. 
Prima Nashville

          Once I was guided to my seat, the hostess whisked my coat off to coat-check, a minor but major detail, in my book.

          Check out how gorgeous the table settings are :-). Another awesome touch that I love at Prima is that the waitress brings out both a White AND a Black napkin on a silver platter and you, as the diner, decide which color you would like!

Prima Nashville

 And yes, this is one of the many gorgeous lighting fixtures that adorn this restaurant!
Prima Nashville

 This may look like a regular loaf of bread with the accompanied butter, but let me tell you...........
Prima Nashville
 This bread is laid over the grill and has a delicious "smokey" flavor and aroma!

           For my main course I decided to go with the Braised Rabbit -Absolutely delicious! I'm glad I went with the Mashed Potatoes as my side - it matched perfectly with the rabbit.
Prima Nashville

This is the "Oblea" that I enjoyed for dessert! It's made of Dulce De Leche, Goat's Milk, Caramel, Cinnamon and a whole lot of goodness!
Prima Nashville

I highly recommend Prima for you next Fine Dining Experience in Nashville!

You can find Prima online at www.PrimaNashville.com

AND in person at 

700 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203 (In The Gulch)

-Dr. April

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Holiday Festive

Holiday Festive!

            Because I’m still in the holiday spirit I’ve decided to share two very cute and easy recipes from a Thanksgiving Brunch I put together for my family. My family often hosts Thanksgiving Dinner at my parents home, but when our cousins offered to host it this year, I decided to put together a Thanksgiving Brunch for my immediate family and it was a hit! The two items they loved the most were my Chicken and Waffle Sliders and the Thanksgiving Brunch “Mocktails”. 

               P.S. - It may not be a bad idea to keep these items on hand in your kitchen - you never know when a family member, friend or neighbor may stop by for an impromptu Brunch one day!

Chicken & Waffle Sliders

Chicken and Waffle Sliders

❐ Prep Time: 5 Minutes
❐ Cook Time: 20 Minutes

❐ Frozen Mini Waffles (Eggo is my favorite Brand!)
❐ Breaded Chicken Tenders
❐ Maple Syrup
❐ Toothpicks

❐ Toast your Waffles
❐ Bake your Chicken Tenders in the oven per package instructions (**Note: 1 Chicken Tender cut into pieces will give you about 3-4 servings)
❐ Place the chicken pieces in between two miniature waffles and secure with a toothpick
❐ Place on a platter and drizzle with delicious Maple Syrup

Holiday Brunch Mocktail (non-alcoholic)

Holiday Mocktails

❐ Sparkling Juice such as Sparkling Grape Juice or Sparkling Peach Juice
❐ Ginger Ale

❐ Chill both the Sparkling juice and the Ginger Ale prior to serving

❐ Mix 1/2 Sparkling Juice and 1/2 Ginger Ale into each glass
❐ You may add garnish such as Cranberries {OR} that of the alcoholic variety if you like :-)

Here are a couple of other things I served up to make the Brunch Complete: 

Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

 Roasted Potatoes with Peppers

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

I hope your 2015 has started off Blessed and Prosperous!

--Dr. April

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

There is nothing better than to enjoy food, drink and find satisfaction in work

"So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God."

- Ecclesiastes 2:24

Dr. Carmen April Blogger

          Greetings to all of you, my Dinner With Nerds friends!!! I know it's been a while since I've posted regularly here on my blog, but I've had so many wonderfully exciting things going on in my life that I frankly haven't made the time to sit down and add to this blog as much as I used to.

          For a while, I felt guilty about not adding to the blog and pushing out a blog post weekly (For quite a while I published a post every Tuesday). However, I soon got over the guilt when I remembered that there are 24 hours in any given day - and no more than that. The reason I've always been pretty good at juggling a lot of activities on my plate is that I identify my priorities and, as of late, being more intentional about "following my HAPPY!"

          Food still makes me HAPPY! Food Photography still makes me HAPPY! Dining out with my family and friends still makes me HAPPY! Blogging about food still makes me HAPPY! Giving Recommendations on great local restaurants STILL makes me HAPPY! The awesome thing is that some other great opportunities have come my way this year that make me really, really happy too and I've been spending time cultivating those opportunities and relationships :-)

          Along with God my Father, I am the Co-creator of of my medical practice and that requires a lot of work. As my practice has grown, I've increased my time investment in it.....and I find satisfaction and reward it that.

At the very beginning of 2014, I made a declaration that my phrase for the year was:


          God placed this phrase on my heart and promised me that if I was bold enough to have AUDACIOUS FAITH in Him, I could count on the blessings I had been requesting of HIM! Well, we are not quite to the end of 2014, and I have already been blown away by the way God has blessed my life this year :-)

          I've learned how to relax a lot more and have even done a couple of lectures at conferences about using the Power of your Subconscious Mind to De-Stress. Here's a photo below from one of those recent conference:

Dr. Carmen April Leadership Speaker

          I've enjoyed some great food at great restaurants and while I still sneak in my food shots while I'm out eating and post to INSTGRAM, I've tried to be more present with the friends and family members that I'm dining with.

          Have you been out with a group of friends and every single person at the table is scrolling their thumb along the face of their smartphone checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, etc? I'm convinced that we are somehow missing out on great moments of interaction, laughter and connection when we are paying more attention to what's going on in our phones than on the people who are right in front of us. (I am sooooo guilty of this a time or two myself lol). Can I get a WITNESS?!?!?!

          I've had a couple of folks tell me that they don't see my posts on the Dinner With Nerds Facebook Page much anymore and that is a combination of me not posting as frequently and because Facebook has developed this funky algorithm that only allows the posts to go out to and be seen by about 10% of the following....bummer :-(. Then, they try to get me, as the page administrator, to pay money to "boost my post" so that more people who follow my page can see it - not happening lol!

          So, I invite you all to follow me on Instagram (@DinnerWithNerds) and Twitter (@DinnerWithNerds), if you don't already, because that's where I've been spending more of my "micro-blogging" time lately.

During this Holiday season (my FAVE time of the year, BTW), I encourage you to:

❐ Be more present with the people around you and those you love

❐ Work hard AND Play hard 

❐ Remember Ecclesiastes 2:24 that says "So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God."

I'll see you in the New Year with New Restaurant Spotlights and Recipes!

--Dr. April

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Local Fest at Riverwood Mansion

Local Fest @ The Mansion

Riverwood Mansion
 Riverwood Mansion


  Local Fest @ The Mansion is a community event celebrating the farmers, artisans and purveyors that are driving the creative uniqueness of Nashville. The event occurs  November 15, 2014 at Riverwood Mansion.

          The event is two tiered, starting with a free festival from 10am-4pm and ending with a ticketed "Pop Up" Dinner from 5-9pm

10am - 4pm
Free Entrance/ FREE Parking
          Attendees will enjoy live music, food, local craft brews, lawn games, artisan vendor tents and locally produced spirits upon the sprawling 8 acre gardens of Historic Riverwood Mansion. The event will be tented for rain or shine.

POP Up Dinner Details
Tickets sold at www.LocalFestNashville.com stating Oct 6th
4pm - cocktail hour inside the Mansion
5pm Dinner Seating Begins

          The pop up dinner is a ticketed event. Chef Trey Cioccia of The Farm House, Chef Edgar Pendley of Urban Grub, Chef Carey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker, and Debbie Sutton of 8 Lavendaer Lane will provide a collaborative menu that celebrates the local farmers, vendors and artisans that are driving Nashville's National Recognition as a foodie town. The Pop Up dinner will begin with a VIP Happy Hour with creative cocktails served inside the mansion. A Portion of proceeds will go to benefit On Target 4 Vets 501c3. Tickets will go on sale for the Pop up dinner on Oct 6th and can be purchased by visiting www.LocalFestNashville.com

-- Dr April

Friday, October 31, 2014

Brunch Bash: A Unique American Cancer Society Event

Brunch Bash: A Unique American Cancer Society Event


Who doesn’t love Sunday brunch? Come out to the Musicians Hall of Fame on 
Sunday, November 16, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and enjoy a sampling of your favorite brunch 
dishes and drinks - courtesy of many local restaurants and breweries – live country 
music, a viewing area for live NFL games, and much more. 

Nashville’s growing food scene has garnered recognition nationwide. This unique 
event will bring even more attention to our best restaurants, and will raise funds 
to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer 
and more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by 
fighting back. 

The American Cancer Society hopes you will join them for this new, exciting, Sunday fun-day event! Together, we can finish the fight against cancer.

Visit GALA.ASCEVENTS.ORG for more info and to buy your advance tickets today!

-- Dr. April