East Nashville News: Music City Spirits & Cocktail Fest, MEEL, Jack Randall and more

First: The biggest congrats (and a major “Wow”) to Basement East co-proprietor Mike Grimes on the arrival of new baby girl Evalee Whittaker Grimes, who wasn’t keen on waiting for her April 26 due date — she joined the world early Thursday morning at the Grimes home, while Dad was calling an ambulance. This lil’ lady ain’t on a rock o’clock schedule, for sure.
Our love to the Grimes family, and biggest high-fives to Mom Mindy Coleman Grimes.
Then, this go-‘round, we’ve got cocktail celebrations, locavore-focused meal kits, new duds for dudes and more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:

Music City Spirits & Cocktail Fest is all East this year

This year’s installment of the booze-lovers focused Music City Spirits & Cocktail Fest begins on April 28 and runs through April 30, but this go-’round, instead of events spread throughout the city, we get the whole dang thing: three days of drinking and learning events going down at The Pavilion East.
The fest kickoff event is a beloved returning party: Bourbon & Bluegrass, with The Back 80 Bluegrass Band soundtracking craft bourbon cocktails, snacks and a good hang, 6:30 to 9 p.m. that Thursday at our friendly Fatherland District pavilion.
On Friday, the Shandy Social puts a focus on Southern beer cocktails; Saturday, The Bloody Mary Experience gets the morning going (10:30 p.m. to noon) before craft bartenders and Tennessee distilleries join forces for the Tennessee Distillers Showcase, celebrating our state’s makers of fine spirits, noon to 4 p.m.
Tickets to all of the events (as well as a MCSCF all access pass) are on sale online now, and The Pavilion East is located at 1006 Fatherland Street, #105.
More info about the whole celebration at the Music City Spirits & Cocktail Fest website.

Local meal company MEEL comes East

Meal-kit services are nothing new — you scarcely have time to double-tap a cat pic before an ad for Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Plated or any of their friends hits your Internetting eyes. But if you’re a strict locavore, finding one that fits your expectations: not as easy.
Enter MEEL, a Nashville-based meal kit company that relies on local farmers and artisans for non-GMO, mostly organic ingredients for its weekly recipes. The company’s been around a minute, hand-delivering kits in neighborhoods on the other side of the river (to limit the food’s mileage, MEEL doesn’t ship, but delivers locally by vehicle/bike). Come April 5, they’re going to start coming our way too, with Tuesday deliveries to East Nashville doorsteps.
Curious/intrigued? A little more on the MEEL boxes:
The company provides weekly recipes/ingredients for 2 or 4 people, depending on your subscription choice, with one vegetarian and one animal protein meal each week. You unpack and cook, menu items ranging from cornmeal-fried pork chops with goat cheese to roasted salmon with Asian noodles. The ingredients are local; the fare is global.
Extra bonus for those of us who’ve been turned off by the massive amounts of packing materials with other shipped kits — MEEL uses glass jars and reusable wood crates and food containers to limit waste.
Monthly plans run $60 a week for two people, $100 for four, and delivery is included.
Wanna learn more? Swing by the MEEL website to peruse sample menus and learn more of their story.
(If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you might also explore My Veggie Chef, East Nashville’s longstanding plant-based meal kit delivery service.)

Porter East welcomes Jack Randall men’s clothing boutique

We’re a little late on this shout-out: The Porter East space that once housed Vinnie Louise’s feminine fashions is now home to Jack Randall, a men’s clothing boutique “where basics are born and style is bred.”
JR opened at 729 Porter a little over a month ago, and they’re stocking all manner of stylish dude stuff, from jeans and Ts and button-up shirts to chukka boots.
Looking to flesh out your wardrobe? Stop by 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 Saturday. Creep on the Jack Randall Instagram seven days a week to get a look at what they’re offering. 

Nashville Community Darkroom launches pop-up photo scramble

East Nashville’s film-focused photography studio, Nashville Community Darkroom, is about to launch a cool new competition in conjunction with the monthly East Side Art Stumble art crawl.
Deadline Today, kicking off on Saturday, April 9, is an all-day “photography scramble,” during which photogs will be tasked with “shooting, processing, printing and displaying their photographic interpretation of a common theme — to be revealed that morning.”
Sort of like a Top Chef challenge, then, just with cameras and film and ideas instead of, say, last night’s kitchen garbage and cooking with a garden hoe duct-taped to your wrists?
After participants shoot, process and print at the Darkroom, work will be hung in NCD’s gallery space and judged by community members taking part in the Stumble, from 6 to 9 p.m. A winner will be selected and announced that night.
Participation/use of the Darkroom facilities that day are free. More info/to sign up: nashvillecommunitydarkroom@gmail.com or 615-988-0444.

East Sider produces web series ‘DUST: A Fairy Tale’

East Nashville writer and producer Christina Morelli’s new original web series, DUST: A Fairy Tale, premiered this week, focusing on “fallen fairies who trade in their wings and pixie dust to become ‘real women’ in NYC.”
The series is “a modern fairy tale of sorts” with a vibe that’s something akin to “if Sex and the City and GIRLS had a sassy lovechild with wings” — a mix of winks, nudges and a little serious social commentary.
“As the characters navigate the transition from fantasy to reality, they are faced with what is truly means to be an adult — ‘Adulting 101,’ if you will,” Morelli tells us, “and how those lives that appear perfect on the outside may not always be what they seem.”
You can check out the first episode above, and follow along at the Dust: A Fairy Tale website for updates on new episodes and other news. For more on our filmmaking neighbor, visit www.christinamorelli.com.


Tickets are on sale now for East Side rock achiever Will Hoge’s second annual benefit for the Dan Mills PTO, and the lineup’s a fine one, with Tim Easton, Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow and Angaleena Presley of Pistol Annies joining in. It’s set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at Riverwood Mansion (1833 Welcome Lane) in Inglewood, and tickets range from $65 general admission (including buffet supper, wine bar and show) to $500 for a table of eight. (Sponsor options are available too.)
— Bigtime Sturgill Simpson fans might want to mark Friday, April 8 down and head to The Groove (1103 Calvin) at 5:30 p.m. — they’re hosting a pre-release listening event, where Simpson’s new A Sailor’s Guide to Earth will be spun in its entirety, a week ahead of release. Giveaways, food, drinks and more on hand too.
— Looking for a home for your new East Nashville business? Couldn’t help but notice that there are some kinda awesome spaces up for grabs. The old Madeline spot in Cleveland Park is listed, and leasing is now under way for The Station — the historic former fire hall Karen Goodlow Designs is reimagining, at 1220 Gallatin. The former is a fleshed-out restaurant space; for the latter, they’re looking for folks involved with “Furniture, Art, Photography, Production, Music, Media, Interiors and Design, Textiles, Home Goods, Entertainment, Education and of course Food & Beverage Vendors for the Day Room.” Go forth and make awesome, East Nashville entrepreneurs!
— New Inglewood bookstore Atomic Nashville is hosting a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Live music from The Black Lemons and more, live painting from artist Jeff Bertrand and, next door at Pied Piper Eatery, a special “Atomic Omelette” on offer in honor of the new shop. 1603 Riverside.
— Big congrats to Nashville tube amplifier makers 3rd Power Amps, who just celebrated two years of sharing a 37207 building with local road case makers Mental Case Inc. Hope somebody shredded “Happy Birthday” through an American Dream, turned up to 11. 
— A new church on the East Side: Legacy Nashville is in the middle of renovating their new space at 900 Gallatin Avenue, near Seymour. More on Legacy Nashville.
That’s all for this week. Have some East Nashville tidbits you’d like to share? Please email Nicole.

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