This week, we have an expanded High Garden to look forward to, a V.I.T. option at the Tomato Art Fest, and the looming option of having booze delivered to our doorsteps, plus lots, lots more.
Speaking of the Tomato Art Fest: Our annual Tomato Art Fest issue is nearly here, and it'll be our biggest of the year on many fronts, including increased distribution. All said and done, it’ll reach 45,000 sets of eyeballs; if you'd like to get an ad in there, reach out to Lisa.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
High Garden’s new location set to open in July
East Nashville herbal tea outpost High Garden is uprooting again — their current location at 1006 Fatherland Street is set to close this Wednesday, June 22, and barring any Codes conundrums, their new home at 935 Woodland will open its doors on Monday, July 11.
This is the latest move in a gradual growth trajectory for the apothecary-style shop, run by husband-and-wife team Joel and Leah Larabell.
“It’s quite a bit bigger,” Leah says, “and it’s an older building, which we’re really pumped about.”
High Garden first opened in 2012, in the cozy Shoppes on Fatherland spot that most recently housed Nutmeg (1006 Fatherland, Suite 204); in 2014, the Larabells moved into the larger Suite 301, adding space for seating and full tea service.
The new home, at 2000 square feet, allows for the addition of even more new High Garden offerings.
Among the new additions: a root cellar where they’ll serve house-made, on-draft kombucha and fermented herbal sodas, by the glass and in 32-ounce growlers, plus a variety of fermented foods; a kitchen that’ll allow the Larabells to pull together “Taste of Nashville boards,” layered with the diner’s choice of from-the-neighborhood offerings like Bloomy Rind cheeses and Sweet 16th scones; and a tea drinking room suitable for “intricate tea service,” outfitted with “little tea huts” built from trees that came from the Larabells’ own property.
“It looks like a little hobbit hole in there,” Leah says with a laugh, beaming about how her husband “built the entire thing with his hands, floor to ceiling.”
On the practical side: The new space has restrooms and a free parking lot, too. (Leah’s also appropriately pumped about the latter — “That’s like a unicorn in East Nashville,” she says.)
To keep up with the latest on the move and the new space, drop by High Garden’s Facebook page.
Coming soon: booze, direct to your doorstep
Scene: sitting in your rumpled sweatpants on a Saturday afternoon, Netflix churning vigorously, when a burning desire hits you. “Oh woe,” you cry. “Why can’t a magical fairy whisk some beer and/or whiskey into my lap so I don’t have to make myself marginally presentable!?”
Good news, Nashville. Your magical fairy is coming.
Drizly — an on-demand beer/wine/spirits/mixer delivery service currently facilitating lazy Saturdays for Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and a host of other cities — is coming to Nashville as of Thursday, June 23. (They’re hosting a private launch party here in the neighborhood on Wednesday, clearly because someone made them aware that this could be very relevant to East Nashville’s interests.)
The gist: Via the Drizly website or app, you can choose between thousands of adult beverage options, order, then have your choices dropped on your doorstep via a local retail partner in an hour or less.
Inventory differs depending on location, and most markets have a $5 delivery fee (including Nashville).
Bear in mind, you’ll at least have to put pants on, since you’ll need to show your delivery person some ID. But, like, shoes and reasonable hair? Psh.
New at this year’s Tomato Art Fest: V.I.T status
Tomato time will once again soon be upon us — the 13th annual Tomato Art Fest is set for Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, with another busy lineup of music, art, vendors, activities and tomato-ey, East Nashville-y fun.
Something new worth noting about the 2016 festivities: For the first time, you’ll have the opportunity to attend as a Very Important Tomato, enjoying a special, shady V.I.T. lounge, private restrooms, a private bar and various and sundry drinks and snacks.
How do you get invited to kick it, V.I.T.-style? Easy: snag a ticket. They’re $75 for adults, $25 for kids, and your ticket gives you access to the V.I.T. area 6 to 11 p.m Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Buy your Tomato Art Fest V.I.T. tickets here.
As always, you’re welcome to enjoy a slew of Tomato Art Fest activities for free, too, from shopping and participating in contests to taking in live music (this year, Kansas Bible Company, Music Band, Jonell Mosser and many others are among the performers).
Get the big Tomato picture at the Tomato Art Fest website, and stay tuned for our annual Tomato Art Fest issue, on stands/online soon.
Related, local artist Camilla Spadafino could use your help naming the colors for the Tomato Art Fest East Nashville Color Palette.
Spadafino, in partnership with Turbo Nashville, will have a pop-up art installation at the 5 Points Shell station during the fest, with a paint-by-numbers piece made of billboard-sized panels that we’re all invited to add our different strokes to.
In advance, creative ideas are requested. Like, 6 could be “Bloody Mary Brunch Red,” and 16 could be “The Dirt Upon Which a ‘50s Ranch Once Stood Brown,” and 3 could be “Todd Snider Moved to Hendersonville and Now We’re Blue.” Submit your not-as-dumb suggestions on Spadafino’s blog.
Top local chefs compete at Foodbank Throwdown
For the second year, a crew of chefs from some of Nashville’s top restaurants will battle for bragging rights at the Foodbank Throwdown, while helping to raise funds for East Nashville’s Martha O’Bryan Center.
The cast for this year’s event, set for Thursday, June 23 at the O’Bryan Center (711 South 7th Street): The Farm House head chef (and reigning Foodbank Throwdown champ) Trey Cioccia, Silo head chef Kristin Beringson, Chauhan Ale & Masala House executive chef Aatul Jain, Martha O’Bryan director of culinary services Keith Batts, Saint Anejo executive chef Jason Slimak, The Block in Murfreesboro head chef Manny Santana, A Matter of Taste chef Charlotte Miller and Two Ten Jack chefs/partners Jessica Benefield and Chef Trey Burnette.
The battle’s thrust is similar to TV food competitions like Iron Chef and Chopped — the participating culinary players are tasked with pulling together dishes based on chosen ingredients. In this case, though, to underline how fantastic meals can be made with humble ingredients, the chefs are working with items typically donated to local food banks.
Sound fun? You’re invited — a ticket lets you sample the chefs’ dishes, enjoy brews from Jackalope Brewing Company and coffee from Frothy Monkey, vote on the winner, meet the participants and take home competition recipes. The money raised from those tickets will go to support College Bound Bash, a program that helps supply local high school seniors with the necessities they’ll need for college.
— Don’t forget: This Saturday, June 18, is the first Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party of the 2016 season, with Luke Bell and The Farmer & Adele. Tickets here. Fun stuff to note (via Rosebank Neighbors): Last year’s season raised $15,000 to help revitalize the Airpark, which went to electricity and water fountains for hangars one and two. This year, $25,000 has already been raised, before the season’s even begun.
— Heads up, Radiohead fans: Friday, June 17 at The Groove (1103 Calvin), there’ll be a “Live From A Moon Shaped Pool” event. They’ll be blasting a band-curated all-day audio stream (including a live-set broadcast, starting at noon), handing out Stanley Donwood art prints and giving out a bunch of prizes, including “Burn The Witch” video figurines and Donwood screenprints and more. It’s a serious Radioheadnerd extravaganza.
— Local real estate and development firm Southern Athena says they got the skinny on the former Walmart space on Gallatin, and that we should expect “upscale retail.”
— Bar Luca ❤s Dads. And even non-dad dudes. The Friday before Dad’s Day, June 17, they’re offering 20 percent off to you guys. Opens at 4 p.m. at 1100 Stratton.
— Stereogum: “In the span of a few years, East Nashville has proven itself to be one of the new capitals of rock music in America.”
— Pet Community Center is hosting Community Vaccine Clinics 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday, offering low-cost vaccines, heartworm testing, microchips, and flea and tick medications for cats and dogs. No appointment necessary; walk-ins welcome.
That’s it for this week. Something East Nashville-y on your mind? Please email Nicole.