Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Champions Sports Bar at Nashville Airport Marriott

Champions Sports Bar at Nashville Airport Marriott



Champions Sports Bar Nashville




            I was recently invited to a good friend's birthday party at Champions Sports Bar in the Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel and was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere! The hotel and the Sports Bar have undergone beautiful renovations recently and provided the perfect backdrop for the birthday party! The very next week I called back to Champions to find out more about the space because I'm always being asked for recommendations of restaurants with private rooms, space for birthday parties, baby showers, etc. Well, I've added Champions to my list of restaurants with great space for parties and private events and encourage you to consider them as well! I made a 2nd trip to the restaurant to try some of their great menu selections and talk with the Executive Chef, Hanif Mohammed and Director of Operations, Donna Booker.

               Donna tells me that Champions Sports Bar has made some changes to the overall concept of the restaurant. They have a more upscale focus now that includes having a 3 meal per day availability in the restaurant and bar. The restaurant is much more modern in appearance and features Nashville themed artwork on the walls, flat screen TVs at many of the booths (WOW!) and gorgeous decor. There's even a 14 Foot Flat screen on one of the main walls that is capable of playing 4 different Channels, games, etc at once! There's a private dining room in the restaurant that seats up to 50 people for more intimate events.

              Before the recent renovations, Donna tells me that their Breakfast and lunch crowd was always great, but many people would leave the hotel for dinner to dine at other restaurants. Now, they are packed for dinner each night because of the great new menu offerings and atmosphere the restaurant provides. They have a great Sunday Brunch that is frequented not only by guests of the Marriott hotel, but also by local Nashvillians. Chef Hanif tells me that Saturday has also become a favorite day for local Nashvillians to frequent the Breakfast Buffet because it comes complete with an array of delicious breakfast offerings including smoked salmon, European meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, waffles, pancakes, Breakfast potatoes, sausage etc. A few years ago, Champions won the Nashville Scene's "Best of.." in the category of Best Breakfast Buffet! They offer a lunch buffet Monday - Friday.

             Even though Champions is a National Marriott Hotels concept, the Nashville Marriott location has a lot of freedom with the menu including using many local products and sourcing from local farms. They use Benton's bacon, which is local to Tennessee. Their signature burger is made with a bun from local Nashville bakery, Provence. They have several local Nashville beers on tap including Yazoo, Jackelope, Gurst, Blackstone, and since this is Tennessee, there are some local Moonshine varieties available as well!

               They have a Happy Hour from 4-6 Monday- Friday and all day on the weekend during Football Season! There are $5 Appetizers, $6 glasses of house wines and $3 drafts and during Happy Hour.

                So now that I've given you this overview of how great Champions Sports Bar is inside the Nashville Airport Marriott, take a look below at some of the great menu items they offer!




Gorgeous tables and decor
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Here is one of the flat screen TV's I mentioned above! Many of the booths have their own flat screen TV on the wall...how cool!
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Some Nashville Flair.........
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Black and Blue Salad - I started out with the Black and Blue Salad and everything on it was delicious! I really loved the blue cheese dressing and artichoke hearts! - Bibb lettuce, artichoke hearts, hard cooked eggs, Benton's Bacon, Peppercorn Blue Cheese Dressing and sliced New York Strip Steak
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Champions Sports Bar Nashville


Classic Bacon Cheeseburger - Fresh Angus Beef, Aged Cheddar, Benton's Bacon and Crisp fries
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



The roll is from Nashville one of Nashville's favorite bakeries - Provence! A-MAZ-ING!
Champions Sports Bar Nashville


Those fries were perfectly seasoned!
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Shrimp & Geechie Boy Stone Grits - Shrimp, Boy Stone Grits, Benton's Bacon, sausage
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



I loved how fresh the shrimp was - Delicious!
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Champions Sports Bar Nashville




Portabello Fries with three Sauces - These are a great appetizer, especially when paired with the three house-made sauces: Green Goddess, horse radish aioli and Chipotle ketchup
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



Champions Sports Bar Nashville



I couldn't leave this great meal without one of Champion's fabulous desserts!!! I present to you the Jack Daniels Chocolate Chip Cake. This is a decadent Chocolate cake topped with crunchy chocolate chips
Champions Sports Bar Nashville




Love that whipped cream too!
Champions Sports Bar Nashville


....more Nashville flair
Champions Sports Bar Nashville



This photo does not accurately represent how large this screen is! It can play up to four different channels at once!
Champions Sports Bar Nashville





Champions Sports Bar Nashville

You can find Champions Sports Bar at the Nashville Airport Marriott below:

600 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN
37214

615-889-9300

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnatn-nashville-airport-marriott


-- Dr. April

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Patrick's Bistreaux

Patrick's Bistreaux


          May 5th is widely known as Cinco De Mayo for restaurant and party goers. However, on May 5th, 2014 I had dinner 'Creole Style' by dining at Patrick's Bistreaux with a group of other Nashville Food Bloggers. We were treated to 8 different dishes (Yes, 8!) that evening and not only did I leave full and happy, I felt like I had just taken a trip to the Bayou's of Louisiana! The experience came complete with great New Orleans style music being piped into the restaurant while we dined! I loved the entire menu :-) Here's a look at what I enjoyed:



Patrick's Bistreaux


 We had a pretty large group of Nashville Food Bloggers that evening!
Patrick's Bistreaux


 Each course was served with a fabulous wine pairing :-)
Patrick's Bistreaux



Petitie Crawfish Cake with Pepper Jelly
Patrick's Bistreaux



Patrick's Bistreaux


NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp
Patrick's Bistreaux


Patrick's Bistreaux



Mini Muffaletta with house made Bistreaux Chips
Patrick's Bistreaux



Hearts of Palm Salad with Simple Red Wine Vinaigrette
Patrick's Bistreaux



More great Wine Pairings!
Patrick's Bistreaux



Bistreaux Trio with Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee and Red Beans & Rice
Patrick's Bistreaux


Homemade Artichoke Ravioli with Homemade Mater Sauce, White Wine and Pistachio Pesto
Patrick's Bistreaux



Chicken Breaux Bridge with Pan-Fried Dirty Rice and Garlic Lemon Green Beans
Patrick's Bistreaux



Dessert Sampler - Goo Goo Cluster Cheesecake, Badass Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce and Swamp Pop Praline Float with Cayenne Candied Pecans
Patrick's Bistreaux


Patrick's Bistreaux



 Here's that magical Swamp Pop that's in the Praline Float!
Patrick's Bistreaux


You can find Patrick's Bistreaux online at www.patricksbistreaux.com


On Facebook /PATRICKSBISTREAUX


On Twitter and Instagram @THE_BISTREAUX


2821 Bransford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204

615-401-9564


- Dr. April

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2014 Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Tasting

2014 Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Tasting


   
             I recently attended the Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Tasting at The Bridgestone Arena and had a great time surrounded by so much good wine and food! Who knew so many bottles of wine could be open under one roof!! The festival featured 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 (a very nice glass to add to my collection!) and photo opportunities with Predators mascot GNASH.

              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 be in the know for next year's Wine Tasting, visit nashvillepredators.com/wine.  Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Check out some of the sights from this years event. I hope it encourages you to support the Nashville Predators Foundation for this event next year!




Nashville Predators Foundation Wine Tasting


 Bentley Of Nashville was a signature Sponsor!


 What a beauty!


 The event took place "over the ice" at the Bridgestone Arena downtown Nashville
Nashville Predators WIne Tasting


LeMacaron Nashville has some of the BEST Macarons I've had in a while! These are soooo delicious!
LeMacaron Nashville







Nashville predators Wine Tasting












 There was a great silent auction with tons of great items to bid on!
Nashville Predators WIne Tasting



Nashville Predators WIne Tasting



Nashville Predators WIne Tasting


 So, The Row Restaurant provided these ---->Bacon-wrapped Pimento Cheese! Yes, you read that correctly! These were so delicious :-)
Nashville Predators WIne Tasting

 


Nashville Predators WIne Tasting


I was in love with the Mac & Cheese from Margaritaville too! Yum :-)
Nashville Predators WIne Tasting









Nashville Predators WIne Tasting



Nashville Predators WIne Tasting


 Nashville's own Belle Meade Bourbon
Nashville Predators WIne Tasting






Nashville Predators WIne Tasting



Another local winery  - Arrington Vinyards




Nashville Predators WIne Tasting


 See ya next year Nashville Preds Foundation!

- Dr. April