Friday, March 28, 2014

Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Festival and Tasting

Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Festival and Tasting set for April 24th

Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Tasting and Festival

Buy your tickets now for the annual event benefiting the Predators Foundation!!

          Buy your tickets now and plan to join the Nashville Predators Foundation on Thursday, April 24 at Bridgestone Arena for the ninth annual Wine Festival & Tasting presented by King Jewelers and Maserati Bentley Rolls-Royce of Nashville. 
The festivities run from 6-10 p.m. 
General admission tickets are available for $75 per person.

WHAT:    Nashville Predators Wine Festival and Tasting

WHEN:    Thursday, April 24 from 6-10 p.m.

WHERE:    Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway)

NOTES:    The festival features more than 225 high-end wines, beer and spirits tasting and an extensive silent auction. The event also includes culinary delicacies from local restaurants, a complimentary Riedel glass and a photo opportunity with Predators mascot GNASH.

         VIP tickets for the event are also available for $200. In addition to receiving everything offered from a general admission ticket, VIPs will take part in a five-course dinner and wine pairing hosted by Justin Vineyards and Winery in the Patron Platinum Club beginning at 5:30 p.m.

         All proceeds benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation. This year, the Foundation will award more than $400,000 in grants to local charities and more than $150,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through the 365 Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has award more than $4 million in financial grants and donations and has provided in-kind donations, including memorabilia and tickets, to many organizations and fund-raising events.

          For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Predators Foundation table (section 106) on game nights, call 615-770-2331 or visit  Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

-- Dr. April

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Spring Menu at Bound'ry

Chef Philip Shyatt Launches New Menu at Bound’ry

Seasonal Vegetables, Wood Fire Roasted Beef and Seafood Provide An Inspiration to Jump In To Spring


              Under the direction of executive Chef Philip Shyatt, Bound’ry will be releasing a fresh menu just in time for spring! Beginning on April 15, the new menu will offer a variety of flavors and unique dishes. Chef Shyatt has crafted delicious new additions to revive the menu and showcase flavors from around the globe.

              Bound’ry’s new menu items include creations like Wild Mushrooms (sage butter, rice wine, chive, toasted bread), Korean Beef Wraps (marinated beef tenderloin, bibb lettuce, basmati rice, sweet chili) and Crab Cakes (jumbo lump crab, chili remoulade, picked red onion). Entrees include Smoked Duck Breast Flatbread (figs, caramelized onion, Noble Springs Goat Cheese, fig balsamic), Wellington of Ostrich (crimini confit, baby root veggies, phyllo sheets, muttled mustard) and Cedar Plank Tennessee Trout (parmesan & cajun spiced potato crust, roasted corn pudding, tomato rockefeller). With a blend of flavors and options of small plates and full entrées, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy at Bound’ry.

The atmosphere at Bound'ry is elegant, but relaxed and I've always had great meals there! Check out the new Spring menu and let me know what you think!

911 20th Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37212
You can also find them on Twitter at @BoundryNash

-- Dr. April

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crawfish Boil South Street Nashville


First Come, First Served for Fresh Louisiana Crawfish

          South Street is eager to get in the spring swing by opening its doors to our Sunday Crawfish Boil set to begin on March 9 and extending through June.  Each year, locals flock to this event, eager to enjoy freshly caught crawfish, ice cold drinks and the companionship of other area natives.

          South Street offers two dining options that include an all-you-can-eat option for $34.95 or a single-plate alternative for $19.95.  Traditional crawfish boil additions will include fresh corn and potatoes.  Grab some friends and load up early with $1 mimosas starting at 11 a.m. and ready yourself for the boil beginning at 1 p.m.  Choose from a full bar or any of the 12 craft beers on draft.   If you need help deciding, the friendly staff will be on hand to help every step of the way. 

           South Street only uses the freshest of Louisiana native crawfish, sourced from a little spot they like to keep secret.  Arriving fresh from the Gulf within 24 hours, this product is delivered ice cold with every intention of being savored by a packed house of seafood lovers. 

           If your spring fever is kicking in full effect then this is the place to get your fix.  No tickets are needed to enjoy this weekly Nashville highlight, just be sure to arrive early. 

For any additional information or if you have questions, please contact South Street at (615) 320-5555.     


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guantanamera Nashville

A Taste of Cuba at Guantanamera

Nolensville Pike is a thoroughfare of ethnic markets, shops and restaurants in Nashville. You can find restaurants featuring everything from Asian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Indian, Colombian, African and Cuban along with strip of road! I would love to do a restaurant crawl of this area one day but, for now, I'll start with Guantanamera Cuban Restaurant

I started my brunch off with a Café Cubano, Cuban Coffee, and boy was it tasty and strong! Cuban Coffee has a reputation for being pretty strong and this one lived up to that stereotype.

So, my friend ordered the Jugos Naturales in Guanabana Flavor when I ordered the coffee and once I tasted a sip of hers I had to have one too! All I needed after this drink was a bikini and a ticket to Miami!
Guanabana is a fruit that is cultivated in South America, West Indies, Bali and the Philippines, etc. and is thought to have healing properties. It's very sweet and smooth.

Arepa Venezolana - Venezualan arepa with roasted pork, mozzarella, scrambled egg with green onion and tomato. This was delicious and very filling! I actually only ate half of it and saved the other half for dinner the next day!

 Sandwich Cubano - roasted pork, ham, Swiss, pickles mustard on Cuban bread. I LOVE a good Cuban sandwich and this one is as authentic as it gets!

Oh....and I can't forget those delicious Fried Plantains :-). Those are a must for a great Cuban meal

I can definitely see myself making this a regular weekend Brunch/Lunch spot!
You can find Guantanamera at

3744 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211

--Dr. April

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Farm House Beer Dinner

First Beer Dinner at The Farm House

The Farm House Nashville

Chef Trey Cioccia and The Farm House Team Welcome Spring, Teaming with One of Tennessee’s Favorite Brews

             The Farm House is thrilled to announce their first beer dinner since opening in October 2013.  On Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m., chef Trey Cioccia and friends will host a beer lover favorite, Tennessee Brew Works. Chef Trey will present five courses alongside a selection of finely tuned craft beer, brewed in the heart of Tennessee.  The five course meal, featured below, includes some of The Farm House’s most unique and delicious southern flavors. The price will be $65 per person including tax and gratuity. Seats are limited so purchase your tickets now at

For additional questions please call us at The Farm House at 615-522-0688. The Farm House is located at 210 Almond Street Nashville, Tenn. 37201.

Stay in touch with the conversation on Twitter: @FarmHouseNash | @TNBrewWorks | #TFHbeerdinner

The Farm House Nashville 

Crispy Octopus, Meyer Lemon, Gremolata, Radish
Southern Wit

Pork Roulade, Smoked Berries, Walnuts, Extra Easy Mustard, Tennessee Ham
Extra East

Pork Belly, Tom Jam, Grit, Sour Dough
Cut Away

Cap of Beef, Farro, Greens, Beets, Marrow Jus, Hot Yolk
Basil Ryeman

Brown Butter Cake, Sweet Potato Yoghurt, Country Roots Smoked Caramel, Candied Walnuts, Fresh Berries
Country Roote

-- Dr. April 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hot Chocolate Run

Hot Chocolate Run - Nashville

On February 15th, 2014 despite the freezing cold temps, I did the Hot Chocolate Run in Nashville!!! Even though I literally cold not feel my fingers until mile 2, I finished with enough enthusiasm to enjoy the special fondue treats offered to us at the completion of the run!

I picked up my Race gear, bib, mug, hoodie and bag at the pre-event expo the day before.
Hot Chocolate Run Nashville

I was not fibbing about it being 21 Degrees out there that was brutal!

Since I don't live too far from where the race started, I decided to walk to the start line which is usually not a problem in good weather and is something I do quite often. However, walking from home to the start line in 21 Degree weather at 6am = bad idea!! However, God sent me an angel in the form of Shanee :-). She and I had never met before...really! She and her husband were driving to the race, saw me with my gear on and pulled over to offer me a ride to the start line! Even though I wasn't far from the start line, those couple of minutes in a heated car was a God-send! Thanks Shanee and your husband...I hope you enjoyed the race as much as I did!

I also ran into my sorority sister, Kim, and we froze together at the start line :-)


Really Mr. Man with the shorts on in 21 Degree weather????? It really is toooooo darn cold for that! LOL

My reward for finishing the run...Chocolate Fondue complete with marshmallows, a rice krispie treat, pretzels, a banana, a sugar wafer and Hot Chocolate!
Hot Chocolate Race Nashville

Even my smile is frozen...LOL!
Hot Chocolate Race Nashville

My smile is back to normal here :-). Special shout out to my girl Costin for giving me a ride home - another unexpected God sent blessing!
Hot Chocolate Race Nashville

 I had a blast, despite the temps, and would definitely do this race again! This sweet hoodie alone is worth the registration!

You can find more info about the Hot Chocolate Race Series and look for an event in your area by visiting

-- Dr. April

Monday, March 17, 2014

Macaroni Grill

Guest Favorites at Romano's Macaroni Grill

Hi readers! I've received two exciting pieces of news to share from Macaroni Grill about them bringing back of some guest favorites! I love Italian food, especially pasta so this menu looks pretty tasty to me :-)

1.       The 25-year old chain (founded in 1988) is bringing back its guests’ favorites this spring, including Veal Morgano, Tortellaci Alla Vodka, Farfalle Al Sugo Bianco and Chicken Portabella. Starting March 3, the dishes are part of Mac Grill’s new tasting menu which also includes Pepperoni Bread as an Antipasto, Florentine Salad - all for only $15. The chain was acquired in April 2013, and chefs and management have heard again and again how much guests love these dishes —and even made them as a special request for many a guest. So, why not put them back on the menu — and at a great price? 

2.       Macaroni Grill is also rolling back prices, along with the tasting menu, guests can pick up hand-selected bottles of wine for just $20. Megan Wiig, senior manager of beverage innovation, picked the wine options to pair well with the classic dishes, while also keeping nearly-1988 prices. How's that for a deal!

Find a Romano's Macaroni Grill location near you by visiting

--Dr. April