Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Midweek Odds and Ends

Nashville Restaurants and Food
Midweek Odds and Ends
The Nashville Farmers Market is still hopping, perhaps thanks in part to the warm November weather. The change in vendors is remarkable in the last couple of years. We counted five different farms selling beef, lamb, rabbit and pork. Chigger Ridge Ranch, Garrett Farms and Walnut Hills have a wide variety of choice in meat cuts and styles. We went with aged beef burgers from Walnut Hills. I threw them on the grill that night. Combined with sourdough from the Schrock Family Bakery and a fresh tomato from Smiley’s, it was truly an all-star, all-Farmers Market burger. The Veggie Eater wasn’t left out of the fun. She cooked up freshly picked shiitake mushrooms on the grill from a vendor whose name we have forgotten (sorry, they were located right next to Walnut Hills Farm). The next day it was fresh milk for breakfast from J.D. Country Milk from Kentucky. Charlie Tambellini is selling spices under the label. And we met up with Justin from Noble Springs Dairy offering samples of his chevre to market goers. The goat cheese business is taking off, with many restaurants recently signing up. That creamy chevre was a standout during a recent visit to the Silly Goose restaurant in East Nashville.
Nuvo Thanksgiving
We make another visit to Nuvo Burrito in East Nashville this week. Why does a tortilla Thanksgiving lead to a family fight? Read our update and find out:


Delaney Mae said...

That milk is just a revelation, right? I can't remember the last time I just wanted to sit down and drink a whole glass of milk. So THAT's what it's supposed to taste like!

Eric and Katie said...

Delaney Mae: it's a real treat. It strikes me as the same difference in fresh eggs versus store bought...almost a different food stuff altogether.

Annie said...

I thought you might be interested in these Guy Fieri Roadshows. He is coming to Raleigh with Hayden Wood and Walter Royal on November 21, to Nashville with Hayden Wood and Tully Wilson on November 22, and to Atlanta with Hayden Wood and Gus Tselios & Marcos Louissaint on November 23! For info about tickets:

Only a few short years ago, Guy competed and won the second season of The Next Food Network Star. Today this “Bad Boy” of Food Network hosts four popular shows and can barely walk down the street without being recognized. From Guy off the Hook, where he gets up-close and personal with a live studio audience, to Guy’s Big Bite, where he teaches viewers how to make creative dishes with bold flavors and Ultimate Recipe Showdown, where he showcases home cooks' best recipes, to traveling across America to find the most unique Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy brings his unique personality to Food Network several times a week. In October 2008, Guy released his first book based on his widely popular show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: An All-American Road Trip...with Recipes! (William Horrow), which offers recipes and memorable stories from establishments Guy has visited around the country. In its first week, it landed on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Ticketing options for the those who can't get close enough include: "Off Da Hook" Package. Seat on stage, tour laminate, new edition of "More Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives: A Drop Top Culinary Cruise Through America's Finest and Funkiest Joints", 2 squirt bottles, pre-show meet and greet. MUST be 21 older Or: "Kulinary Krew" Package. Premium seat, tour laminate, new edition of "More Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives: A Drop Top Culinary Cruise Through America's Finest and Funkiest Joints", 2 squirt bottles, and pre-show meet and greet.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that I work for AC Entertainment, the company that booked the show.)