Nashville food lovers have a busy two weeks ahead with events featuring great French wines, mudbugs and all the hard seltzer you want to drink. Find out the details.
Peg Leg Porker Owner Carey Bringle has famous friends in the food business, although some of his friends would say he’s the famous one. Among them is James Beard Award-winning Louisiana chef Donald Link, whose brother Billy is no slouch when it comes to old-school Acadian cuisine. Billy Link is renowned for throwing some of the greatest crawfish boils of all time, and he’s bringing his boiling rig to Nashville for a special event on Saturday, April 23.
Link has visited for an event with Bringle before, but this time they’ll be taking advantage of the beautiful open space surrounding the new Bringle Smoking Oasis in nations. For $35 you get all the mudbugs and accessories, running from noon until they sell out, so plan to get there early and be hungry. They’ll also be offering drink specials throughout the day to refresh the Cajun spice, so grab your ticket ahead of time at the event website. Note: You must print or have a digital copy of your ticket receipt to enter. Tickets purchased without proof in hand will not be honored.
Honey Owner Seema Prasad has always been one of Nashville’s go-to wine experts, but she never stops searching for the next great wine finds. She recently took a trip to France’s famed Loire Valley to meet the region’s top producers and discover new wine-friendly wines that showcase the nuanced characters the Loire is famous for.
To celebrate its discoveries and introduce these new wines to its enthusiasts, Prasad has planned a series of oenological dinners to combine Loire Valley wines with French regional cuisine. The first has already happened (my bad), but there are still two opportunities to experience these fine wines – Wednesday April 20 and Thursday April 28.
Both dinners will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a pour of one of Prasad’s favourites, the NV Louis de Grenelle Sparkling Rosé, made from Cabernet Franc, the region’s dominant grape. Other Loire wines will accompany the multi-course dinner menu, which will include duck rillette, oyster soup and braised pork shoulder with chasseur sauce and granna tuile. Dessert includes profiteroles and a fruit mousse paired with a rich, crisp and sweet Coteaux du Layon to finish the meal.
Tickets for each dinner are $150 per person and are available at Miel’s booking site.
If you read the national beverage pressyou would think the seltzer water craze has passed its peak as major beverage companies fight for market share and release so many new brands and flavors that it has become difficult for any particular product to gain ground.
However, if you shop at the Publix in Melrose on Thursday afternoon after tourists have made their way from the airport to their short-term rentals, you’ve probably seen groups of young people stacking their shopping carts with case after case of hard seltzer at store. the pantry of their tall, skinny temporary home. Seltzer sales are still bubbling locally.
So Nashville always seems like a great stopover for seltzerland on its 2022 tour. The Enriched Seltzer Water Celebration will bring over 100 different varieties to Riverside Golf Links at 640 Old Hickory Blvd. on Saturday April 30. All your (and I mean your) favorites will be on hand, including White Claw, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer, Vizzy, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, Playamar, and Sparking Ice Spiked.
The golf course is a new venue, as guests will be able to walk around the course while enjoying a variety of beverages and snacking on food items available for purchase from local vendors. Tickets for this must-see event start at $35 and can be purchased by visiting seltzerland.com.
Several ticketing options are available. When purchasing tickets, attendees will be able to register for a two-and-a-half-hour session, available in 10-minute increments beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Choose between general admission at $35 and VIP tickets starting at $55. VIP ticket holders will have access to preferred time slots, 10% off merchandise, a full-size can of hard seltzer, a specialty cocktail and a commemorative tasting mug.
Come to think of it, now might be a good time for me to go to Publix!