East Nashville News: Bar Luca, 'Nashville Eats,' 'Hot Chicken Cookbook' and more

 
This week, we have news on a cool-sounding new bar, some hot-sounding new cookbooks from local authors and more.
 
On to the latest East Nashville News:
 

Its name is Bar Luca 

 
Let’s be honest with ourselves, East Nashville: If there’s one thing we’ll never have enough of here, it’s things to complain about. Second place: bars.
 
You'll surely be glad to know that we’re getting another one of the latter here in the neighborhood: Bar Luca, at 1100B Stratton Avenue (on the corner of Stratton and Gallatin, next to Moto Moda), is shooting for a mid-October opening, co-owner Abi Hewitt tells us.
 
What should you expect? We’ll have a more thorough rundown in next week’s column, but the basics: It’s meant to be a friendly neighborhood hang, with a full bar, small seasonal menu (things like charcuterie and cheese boards) and a particular emphasis on a “non-pretentious, curated wine list,” covering a wide span of price points. 
 
Furniture designer Matt Alexander of HollerDesign — you may have sat upon his work in such places as Barista Parlor and Rolf and Daughters — is among the crew of locals involved, too.
 
“There’s lots of us involved in it,” Hewitt says. “We like to think of it as by the community, for the community.”
 
More detail to come on that team and their bar; meantime, follow Bar Luca on Instagram, and gird your livers.
 

Things are percolating at Perk & Cork

 
 
While we’re on the subject of new East Side wine-y friends: "espresso and wine eatery" Perk & Cork, in the works at 1304 McGavock Pike (the old Old Made Good house in Riverside Village), is coming along, and although they haven’t announced an opening day yet ("fall" is the aim), they're looking for a few good men and women to help inch further toward it. 
 
Looking for a restaurant job? P&C is accepting applications for all positions and consulting onsite interviews Friday (September 18) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also direct your resumes/questions to info@perkandcork.com.
 
The gist of what the new eatery is about: "Perk & Cork is a unique espresso and wine eatery in the heart of East Nashville. This locally owned eatery focuses on getting back to basics to provide the highest form of culinary appreciation in everything we do."
 
 

Proto Pulp celebrates budding children's book authors

 
 
Set for Saturday, September 26, the 6th Annual Proto Pulp book show will shine a spotlight on local artists and budding children’s book writers with a group exhibit in the courtyard of The Idea Hatchery (next to Art & Invention Gallery, 1108 Woodland Street).
 
Exhibiting artists are set to share a mix of designs, prototypes and completed works, and although the focus is on children’s books, the art’s meant to be enjoyed by bigger folks, too.
 
This year’s crop of exhibitors: Kaaren Engle, Sarah Kaufman, Megan Little, Carl Carbonell, Cory Wasnewsky, Alexander Macaskill, Heather Moulder, Celene Aubry, Janet Lee, Alexis Colbert, Mary Sullivan and Jennifer Knowles. The event is wrangled by printmaker/shop head Julie Sola of Fat Crow Press (located in the Hatchery).
 
The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; more on the Proto Pulp book show Facebook page.
 

Celebrate ‘Nashville Eats’ at the Wash

 
 
Back in April, we talked a little about Nashville food expert/writer/East Nashvillian contributor Jennifer Justus’ upcoming book, Nashville Eats: Hot Chicken, Buttermilk Biscuits, and 100 More Southern Recipes from Music City, out on October 6. 
 
Since October 6 is almost here, it’s about time to celebrate. And celebrate we shall.
 
The new Family Wash location (626A Main Street) will hosts a Nashville Eats launch party on release day, Tuesday, October 6, kicking off at 5:30 p.m., and the festivities sound fittingly delicious.
 
Wash executive chef John Stephenson and his team will be sharing lots of snacks, including masa hush puppies and mini Shepherd's Pies (both a Family Wash favorite and a page taken from the book — it features a Shepherd's Pie recipe inspired by Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette's casserole dishes). 
 
Locals American Watermelon will play songs pulled from Nashville Eats’ "Kitchen Playlists,” and folks from Parnassus Books will be in the house with copies of the book for purchase. 
 
 

‘Hot Chicken Cookbook’ on the way, too

 
 
Jennifer Justus isn’t the only East Nashvillian contributor with a cookbook on the way: Timothy Charles DavisHot Chicken Cookbook: The Fiery History and Red-Hot Recipes of Nashville's Beloved Bird hits stores via Spring House Press on September 30, too.
 
 
“Nashville-style Hot Chicken is the Music City's claim to culinary fame. Entrenched in the city's history, but is also fresh enough to contribute to Nashville's exploding national popularity as a hip, creative urban scene, Hot Chicken is an addiction, a punishment, and a sweet, spicy salvation to those who’ve had it. Hot Chicken is action eating: physical, mental, and spiritual all at once. In The Hot Chicken Cookbook, Timothy Davis, a southerner and Nashville resident/writer, traces the dish's origins back to the late 1930's at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, a story of love gone wrong, and follows the trail to its white-hot buzz of today. For more perspective on devotion, he visits the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival and talks chicken with Food Network personality Andrew Zimmern, Southern Foodway Alliance president John T. Edge, and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, writer of Return to Hot Chicken. The Hot Chicken Cookbook includes over two dozen recipes for main dishes and sides from Nashville's finest Hot Chicken restaurants, along with a resource of the national Hot Chicken scene so the fiery, spicy bird of burn can be masochistically enjoyed at home or on the road.”
 
Keep an eye out for The Hot Chicken Cookbook at, say, one of our local bookstores
 
Aforementioned TV personality Zimmern, as it happens, was here in East Nashville this week too — the Travel Channel Bizarre Foods star hung out at the 67th installment of East Side Story’s local talent-focused East Side Storytellin’, where folks like Justus and Davis and their many talented neighbor scribes are regularly celebrated. See here (AZ is third from left):
 
 
 

ENCM moving to Inglewood

 
East Nashville Cooperative Ministry — a longtime fixture in the East Nashville community and Second Harvest food site for 37206 and 37207 — will be closing its location at 807 Main Street, and moving north to a new, larger location around the end of this month.
 
The new space, at 3117 Gallatin Pike, is the former home of Inglewood’s Asian Market (which moved nearby, to 3231 Gallatin).
 
"We are really excited about the move," ENCM board treasurer (and longtime East Nashvillian contributor) Eric Jans told us. "The sale of the building cleared up some financial issues for us. We didn't have the funds to put the kind of renovation into the old building that it needed. Fortunately it is in a hot location and we were able to sell it and find a larger but less expensive building that is more centrally located for our mission."
 
The move comes along with plans to hire a new executive director in the coming months, Jans said. 
 
 

Wednesday brings East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Festival 

 
 
The start of every fall, the East Nashville Farmers Market helps us welcome the season with their Fall Festival, which adds a whole bunch of extra stuff to their already enjoyable weekly farmers-and-makers experience.
 
The 2015 fest — coming up this Wednesday, September 23 — offers lots to do, as in past years, including a chef demonstration from The Silly Goose’s Roderick Bailey, a live music lineup wrangled by The Basement East, plus pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and more.
 
The fest, like the market, runs 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Shelby Park (near the ball fields). More at the East Nashville Farmers Market site.
 
 
Feel like making a whole night of it? The Shelby Park Picture Show’s screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starts up right after the market wraps, right down the way in the Old Timers ball park. Swing by for outdoor movie fun, food (including Bao Down, Music City Brisket, Papa's Italian Ice and İtalia Pizza & Pasta), a beer garden and more. More here.
 

Boys & Girls Club hosts a Day for Kids

 
A chance to celebrate the great work the Boys & Girls Club does for our community while having a fun afternoon in our community: 
 
On Saturday, September 19, the newest East Nashville Boys & Girls Club location, at Cleveland Park Community Center (610 Vernon Winfrey Avenue), hosts a Day for Kids, with games, music, food and more, and you’re invited.
 
The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a chance to get to know the local Club folk and get involved in/support their work.
 

QUICK BITS

 
- The next Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party is coming up Saturday at the Cornelia Fort Airpark (2640 Airpark Drive). Bring a stringed instrument to play, or just head down to hang and listen. Pickin' starts at 6, this installment’s featured band — Off the Wagon — at 8. Tickets are $10 for 21-up, $5 12-20 and free 11 and under, available online.
 
- Boutique Burger Bar taking over the Fast Stop Auto Repair building on Gallatin? So says Eater Nashville.
 
 
- Check out the Kernels Popcorn folk on WKRN:
 
 
 
 
That’s all for this week. Have East Nashville news to share? Drop Nicole an email.
 

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