Friday, November 30, 2012

It's a Green Thing - Tayst

It's A Green Thing - Tayst

A couple of weeks ago I visited Tayst Restaurant - Nashville, Tennessee's first Green Certified Restaurant. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jeremy Barlow, Tayst utilizes small local farms that grow without pesticides and fertilizers.  They minimize waste through recycling and composting. They are also working to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, their carbon footprint.

I enjoyed dinning at the Bar and talking with Adrien Mathews aka A.D., the Wine Steward at Tayst, who's been with the restaurant since the beginning. He filled me in on The Green Thing  and the steps the restaurant takes to use local vendors and farmers to ensure the freshest product possible. 

 Since my visit to Tayst, I found out that they will be closing their doors at the end of 2012. Head on over to Tayst while you can!

Take a look at what I enjoyed at Tayst........

Hummus







Hummus and Bread


First Tayst:
Grilled 3 Meat Ravioli - Rum Syrup, micro herbs, capers, lavender oil


Fried Trout Belly - Sautéed Melin, Roasted oyster mushrooms, roasted bell pepper coulis, radish syrup


Pâté & Peach Crisp - Lady Fingers, mint Coulis, Ref Verjus Reduction


Peach Cobbler

You can find Tayst online at www.taystrestaurant.com

--Dr. April
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cooking with Steam @ A-1 Appliance

Cooking with Steam @ A-1 Appliance

I was recently invited to A-1 Appliance in Nashville for a cooking demonstration. They have a Wolf Convection Steam Oven that, as the name implies, cooks with steam. I'd never seen an oven like this before so I was interested to see how it works. The steam allows the food to cook much quicker and retains more moisture than regular conventional ovens

Cooking Demonstration @ A-1 Appliance with Tom Burns (Right)


This Angle Food Cake cooked in about 15-20 minutes and was extremely moist and delicious



This casserole cooked in only 30 minutes and guess what...... the pasta was NOT pre-cooked! Dry pasta, along with the other ingredients, was placed in the casserole dish and mixed together. It was then thrown into the steam oven and cooked completely in that short amount of time. Cool...right?


Chocolate Chip Cookies that cooked in just minutes with the steam oven!



If you are in the market for a new oven that cuts down on cooking time and and helps retain the moisture of your food, head over to A-1 Appliance in Nashville and ask for Tom Burns!

-Dr. April

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Nashville City Club's Titans Brunch

The Nashville City Club's Titans Brunch
I attended the Tennessee Titans game the last Sunday in October when they played the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans did not win the game but, at least I was able to enjoy a great Sunday Brunch at the Nashville City Club that day! Take a look here:
Titans Brunch at the Nashville City Club

Yogurt Parfaits

The Strawberries are beautiful!






Pecan Pie

....And more Pie!


This Carrot Cake was Amazing!











Macaroni Salad

The smoked Salmon is great, especially with the Capers!

Green Bean Salad


...and more Salad




I like to sample a little bit of everything :-)

My ticket to the Titans Game!


The Chocolate Brownie was great!


Awesome View of Titans Stadium from the Nashville City Club!


Game Time!



Titans game!

Till next time......


You can visit the Nashville City Club on Facebook, Twitter, and www.nashvillecity.com

-- Dr. April

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gumbo Anyone??

Gumbo Anyone??

My friend, Karesse, recently hosted an Election Watch Party 2012 at her lovely home with all things Red, White and Blue! She and her mother, Elaine Brown, cooked up a TOTALLY AWESOME pot of Gumbo!

Ms. Elaine, as we say in the south, "put her foot in that Gumbo!!!!" For those of you not from the south or not familiar with that phrase, to say someone "put their foot in [said dish]"  means that the home-cooked dish/meal is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

Red, White and Blue Jello Shot...How cute?!?!



More Jello Shots


My friend Karesse stirring up that Gumbo!


One Word - AMAZING!


And, of course, good wine always makes a party better!

It looks like I need to request Karesse and Ms Elaine to cook up another pot of Gumbo very soon....YUM YUM!

--Dr. April

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Food Truck Frenzy - Riff's Fine Street Food

Food Truck Frenzy - Riffs Fine Street Food Truck

Did you catch a glimpse of Riffs Fine Street Food Truck on ABC's hit drama, Nashville, last night?!?! I was excited to see Riffs featured on this hit TV show because it is a staple in the Nashville Food Truck Community. Run by co-owners, Carlos Davis and B.J. Lofback, Riffs is the 2011 and 2012 Winner of Nashville's Battle of the Food Trucks!

I caught up with them at Centennial Park one Saturday afternoon this Autumn and was treated to some mighty FINE Street Food!




Mac & Cheese, Jerk Chicken with Pineapple (it's hiding behind the chicken :-) ) and Kimchi Fried Rice. This was GREAT!


 I now understand what all the hype about Riffs Fine Street Food is all about! You can find Riffs Fine Street Food Truck on Facebok, Twitter and on their website @ www.riffstruck.com

--Dr. April

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Control Your Destiny - Interview with Dewayne King

Control Your Destiny With Dewayne King



Nashville Banker, Former college football player and author, Dewayne King sat down with me for lunch at the Nashville City Club to discuss his book, Control Your Destiny: A Practical Guide to Success for Today's Student Athlete .

The book is full of great advice and success stories that all student athletes should read. In fact, the book has been endorsed by Mr. King's Alma mater, Mississippi State University, and is being integrated into their athletic academic department. You can visit Mr. King's website to buy the book @ www.controlyourdestiny.net

Take a look at my interview with Mr. King below:




 There is a great view of LP Field/Tennessee Titans Stadium from the Nashville City Club. This served as a perfect backdrop for us discussing football and student athletes!

The Nashville City Club always lays out a great Salad Bar

Fresh Fruit & Cheese

Salad with Grilled Salmon


Free Form Shrimp Lasagne - Roasted Mushrooms, bacon, spinach, parmesan, smoked tomato cream - AMAZING!


Strawberry Shortcake - Rhubarb Marmalade, Lemon Chantilly, Strawberry Water


You can find more information about Mr. Dewayne King and purchase his book @ www.controlyourdestiny.net

You can visit the Nashville City Club @ www.nashvillecity.com

--Dr. April

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