Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dessert Tasting @ Bound'ry

Dessert Tasting @ Bound'ry

I recently attended a Dessert tasting at Bound'ry restaurant in Nashville. Bound'ry was welcoming their new Pastry Chef, Jessica Collins, and wanted to showcase her talents to the community. This was a great idea because her creations are wonderful!



What a beautiful cake!


Cookies.....Sugar, Lemon Cardamom Sugar, Chocolate Chip, Blondie and Brownies


Smore Torte


Cupcakes - Red Velvet, Apple Spice, Carrot, and Irish Car Bomb (What a cool name!!)


Pastry Chef Jessica also baked desserts of the Vegan variety - Banana Coconut Cookie, Strawberry Cupcake and Lemon cupcake
The Apple Spice Cupcake was one of my favorites


Spiced Beet Cake


Banana Pudding - Awesome!


Banana Pudding again.......


The General Manager of Bound'ry, Otis Smith, was very welcoming to me and all the guests at the dessert tasting. He is excited that Jessica has joined the Bound'ry team and invites you all to come and try out her pastry creations!


You can find Bound'ry online @ www.boundryrestaurant.com

--Dr. April

Don't forget to check out our main website @ www.DinnerWithNerds.com

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Weekend Trip to the Garden - The Garden Brunch Cafe

A Weekend Trip to the Garden - The Garden Brunch Cafe

If you want a little taste of New Orleans for Brunch, head on over to the Garden Brunch Cafe and let Head Chef Jennifer Carpenter whip up her famous Bananas Foster Pancakes for you! I promise that they will be some of the best pancakes you ever put in your mouth!

The Garden Brunch Cafe is not a New Orleans themed restaurant but, growing up with a father from New Orleans, that Crescent City's culinary influence is reflected in Jennifer's Signature dish.


Jennifer and her husband Karl, opened the restaurant 3 years ago and they have had a packed house every weekend since for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch.



The Bananas Foster Pancakes are the signature pancakes of The Garden Brunch Cafe' and taste even better than they look!


Bananas Foster Pancakes - A stack of pancakes covered with sauteed caramelized bananas and walnuts in a rich buttery sauce, topped with whipped cream. The sauce is made fresh per order-AMAZING!!


Another one of Jennifer's Specialties is The Germantown - Smoked Salmon, Capers, Caramelized onions, Cherry tomatoes, Sauteed fresh organic spinach, topped with house made Hollandaise sauce.

The Germantown


The Germantown


With a stage in one of the dinning rooms, you may also be treated to live music on your next trip to the Garden Brunch Cafe'.


Enjoy great artwork by local artists


Stop by The Garden Brunch Cafe' this weekend for a savory good time. Don't forget to tell them Dr. April sent you :-)

You can find The Garden Brunch Cafe' on Facebook, Twitter and online at www.gardenbrunchcafe.com

--Dr. April

www.DinnerWithNerds.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It's Game Time - Titans Brunch at the Nashville City Club

IT'S GAME TIME!!!

It's the first Tennessee Titans Home Game of the Season and is a picture perfect day in Nashville, TN. The weather is in the 70s, the sun is bright and there is a sea of football fans walking toward LP Field to see the Titans play the New England Patriots.

The Nashville City Club is a private club that offers an amazing brunch before Tennessee Titans home games. The Nashville City Club now offers the Sunday Titans Brunch to downtown residents as well.

Even though I am a member of the Nashville City Club, this was actually my first time attending a Titans Brunch. I don't know why it took me so long to swing by on a game day. The view of Titans Stadium from the 20th floor of this building at 4th and Church St. is outstanding!


Join me for this fabulous food pictorial of the Titans Brunch at the Nashville City Club. You can also visit them at www.nashvillecity.com

Chocolate Brownies

Parfaits


Shrimp & Grits - Check out those JUMBO Shrimp!

Dessert Display


Desserts


Pastries


Pancakes


Meat & Cheese


This view is AMAZING!


Chicken & Waffles - Loved it!


Yogurt and Fruit Parfait


Mini Pecan Pie and Yogurt Parfait


Chocolate Brownie


Yum!


Game Time!


We were also treated to tunes by professional pianist Bob Bishop ( bishopsongs@aol.com )


Go Titans!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Are you ready for some Football?!? Bar Louie in The Gulch Is!

The College and NFL Football Season is in full swing and I can't tell you how excited I am about that (Yippie)!!! Any good game-watching party should be complete with some good game-watching food and Bar Louie in The Gulch (Nashville, TN) has what you need on game day.

Complete with 20 Flat Screen TV's and over 40 different beers on tap, there's never a dull moment on game days at Bar Louie. They've already had some college alumni associations reserve the private event space for game-watching parties.

Bar Louie is new to Nashville, moving into Velocity in The Gulch in May 2012, but has already become know around Nashville as a great restaurant, upscale sports bar and event venue. You can visit them on Facebook, Twitter and their website @ www.barlouieamerica.com/locations/Nashville.aspx

  Bar Louie in The Gulch is one of my FAVORITE places so I couldn't wait for this taste test :-) The General Manager, Chad, laid out a great spread of game day food for me to enjoy, Check it out below!


Bavarian Pretzel Sticks - Louie's signature app with Cinnamon Butter, Queso, and Honey Mustard



Fried Louie - Bacon, Cheddar, and Fried Egg




Truffle Butter Popcorn - Warm popcorn, Truffle Butter, Parsley, and Parmesan



Loaded Tots - Queso, Giardiniera, Bacon, Scallions




Spinach & Artichoke Dip - Spinach, Artichoke, Parmesan, Garlic, House-made Alfredo, Tortilla Chips




Meatballs al Forno - Premium Blended Meatballs, Marinara Sauce, Mozzerella Cheese, Parmesan Crostinis


Chicken Nachos - Grilled Chicken, Queso, Black Beans, Jalapeno, Pico, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips






Boy, was this good!! Check out Bar Louie in The Gulch on Facebook, Twitter and their website @ www.barlouieamerica.com/locations/Nashville.aspx or visit them in person and tell them Dr. April sent you :-)

--Dr. April
 




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fashionable Boxed Wine??

Fashionable Boxed Wine??
This boxed wine by Swiss company Vernissage resembles a designer handbag. It certainly makes serving boxed wine at a dinner party much more stylish! It also makes for a great conversation piece.

According to Vernissage, this particular Chardonnay Viogner has "an aromatic bouquet with hints of apple, citrus, pineapple and vanilla. The flavor is dry, flowery and very fruity with the essence of pear, citrus, tropical fruits and vanilla".
How about pairing this Chardonnay Viognier with a lovely cheese array like this one from one of my recent events at the Nashville City Club?
Sounds like a great dinner party to me!!
--Dr. April