Nashville's Greatest Chefs Team up with Goo Goo for Summer Chef Series (also known as - the best idea ever)



Ya'll. Tis the time to be in Nashville.

Downtown's Goo Goo Shop is kicking off their “Goo Goo Summer Chef Series” this week. So, Goo Goo + my favorite chefs in town? I don't even know where to start. Let's just go with I am truly overwhelmed, but in oh-so-the-best way possible.

Here's a quick rundown of those participating:

Matt Bolus – 404 Kitchen
Karl Worley – Biscuit Love Brunch 
Maneet Chauhan – Chauhan Ale & Masala House 
Deb Paquette – Etch
Hal Holden-Bache – Lockeland Table
Dale Levitski – Sinema
Matt Farley – The Southern Steak & Oyster 
Trey Cioccia – The Farm House

Street. Cred.

So for you, my sweet readers, I have some delicious insider-info on one of the flaves. "The Gertie", Karl Worley's Premium Goo Goo (which, the first to be launched in the series), will be made up of peanut butter, pretzels, caramelized banana jam, and vanilla wafers drenched in dark chocolate. OK? Yeah, ok, With that info, I believe we can count on this effort being nothing short of FABULOUS. 

The series will run July 1 - September, and will sold at the Goo Goo Shop downtown in the months leading up to Music City Food + Wine in September. Flavors will rotate periodically, with around two or three chefs featured each month.

Stay tuned for flavors announcements via Goo Goo’s social media + googoo.com as they are launched.

It's CMA Fest Bingo Time

Ya'll. CMA Fest week brings upon us a TON of crazy to Nashville (but tons of tax dollars, but tons of tax dollars, but tons of tax dollars. keep. reminding. self.) But, thankfully for those who have to leave your house this week to brave the depths of downtown, I am bestowing upon to you CMA Fest Bingo 2015.

Mad props to my friends at Stunt Double Creative for creating the board for 2015 - and - good luck out there!



Cheap Date Night in Nashville



Everyone loves a special night with their significant other, bestie, or soul mate (or all of the above) - but, this special night out doesn't necessarily need to break the bank.  Below, I present to you my best effort for a budget-friendly and fabulous night out in Nashville. Why, you ask, do most of these establishments make the cut? A combination of specials, BYOB options, creative factor, and overall cheapness round out my overall criteria.

Onward.

Mas Tacos Por Favor
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, this gem of a restaurant is open until 8pm - allowing you plenty of time to grab dinner with your loved one(s). BYOB (free) makes drinks happen on-the-cheap. Must try: Chicken Tortilla Soup, fresh Guac, and Fried Sweet Cream Plantains. Note, Mas Tacos is cash only.

732 Mcferrin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206


What I Learned from Sitting Down with The Peach Truck's Stephen Rose



If you're like me - you are quite excited about summertime in Nashvilleand the oh so many perks that come along with this glorious season. The month of May brings upon us many of my faves ice cream at Bobbie's Dairy Dip, fresh Tennessee Strawberries at the Farmers Market, and perhaps most excitingly, the freshest, most delicious peaches I've ever had from one of my most obsessed-over local brands: The Peach Truck.

I recently sat down with one of The Peach Truck owners, Stephen Rose, at one of my local go-to watering holes, no. 308. We caught up about life, chatted about some of his own favorite go-to Nashville locales, and of course I got a plenty of info on those fabulous Georgia peaches. Among the more interesting facts I discovered was one that truly sets The Peach Truck peaches apart from any standard 'run-of-the-mill' peach you might find at the grocery store: the Peach Truck Peach you are eating is only about two days old. You'll see why this so important, momentarily.

This leads me to how specifically The Peach Truck began:

Win Two Tickets to Cinco de Mayo on MStreet! - Contest CLOSED



***CONGRATULATIONS to Jess Anderson - the winner!***

Hello dearest readers. Looking for the most fabulous way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year in Nashville? Luckily for you, I'm giving away two passes to M Street's Cinco de Mayo Street Party, being held Sunday May 3rd from 12-8pm. Your pass includes one complimentary bevy - additional drinks + food can be purchased at the event.

This year's festival will include live music by Guilty Pleasures and "Viva Mexico" mariachi band, dancing, photo booth, prize giveaways, food by Saint Anejo, and of course, plenty of booze.

You can go ahead and purchase tickets here, or, here's how you can enter two win two freebies from yours truly. You receive one entry for every step you complete below:

1. Follow @experiencenash on Twitter (@experiencenash) + tweet "Check out my go-to source for all things Nashville @experiencenash, & win 2 tix to MStreet's Cinco de Mayo bash at experiencenash.com"!  Then leave a comment here telling me you’ve done so.
2. Follow me on Instagram (experiencenash) and come back leaving a separate comment telling me you did (or let me know you already do, if that's the case.)
3. Follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/experiencenash) and come back leaving a separate comment telling me you did (or let me know you already do, if that's the case.)
I'll randomly select a winner this Sunday, April 26th. GOOD LUCK!

10 out of Tenn's 10 Favorites in Nashville


I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with a few members of the supremely talented singer-songwriter supergroup, 10 out of Tenn (specifically, members Trent Dabbs, Erin McCarley, Katie Herzig, K.S. Rhodes, Matthew Perryman Jones, & Tyler James.) We chatted about their newly-released collaborative album - an incredible and unique collection of songs sampling sounds from 20 of the group's most talented members (available for purchase here), their upcoming 10th Anniversary Show on 4/24 at the Ryman (tickets still available here), our mutual love for Home Alone and this glorious town where they all got their start over ten years ago. 

Win 2 Tickets to the Opening Night of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at TPAC!


Contest Closed -
Congratulations to our winner Elijah Brantley!
I'm SO excited to give away two tickets to see one of my favorite musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, opening night next Tuesday, February 17 - 7:30 PM at TPAC. 
The national tour of Joseph, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, retells the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors and will play Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for a limited, one-week engagement February 17-22, 2015.

Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo (Narrator) and Broadway star Ace Young (Joseph) head up the cast, which also features Paul Castree as Simeon, William Thomas Evans as Jacob/Potiphar, Brian Golub as Reuben, Max Kumangai as Judah, and Ryan Williams as Pharaoh.

Tickets on sale now at TPAC.org,

To enter is simple!

You receive one entry for every step you complete below.

1. Follow me and TPAC on Twitter (@experiencenash & @tpac) and tweet “I REALLY want to see Joseph next week @tpac - and @experiencenash is giving away 2 tickets! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1IVuUCw”, then leave a comment here telling me you’ve done so.
2. Follow me on Instagram (experiencenash) and come back leaving a separate comment telling me you did (or if you already do, if that's the case.)
3. Follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/experiencenash)and come back leaving a separate comment telling me you did (or if you already do, if that's the case.)

WINNER WILL BE SELECTED SATURDAY, February 14 at 11:00AM Central! You will have 24 hours to respond - or another winner will be selected.

GOOD LUCK!