First things first: Have you checked out our new issue, with the newly crowned East Nashvillians of the Year on the cover? You may still be able to find some print copies around town; otherwise, stories live right here on the site.
Beyond, for this week’s East Nashville News column, we’re heavy on food-related news — which fits pretty well with this week’s interview with Walk Eat Nashville owner Karen-Lee Ryan. A little shopping and events biz in here too. So let’s get to it:
Mystery soup becomes charity mission
So, most of us heard about the 336 cans of soup that mysteriously showed up on neighbor Jessi Rae Braswell’s porch last week. We laughed and made casserole jokes, and more industrious gigglers left complementary mysterious spoons… good times.
A great twist worth noting, though: In response to the wave of attention that came Jessi’s way, she’s launched East Nashville Soup, with an aim to build a non-profit that aids Second Harvest Food Bank and other charities via the power of one attention-grabbing soup ’n’ run.
Right now, you can purchase Ts (one design above), hoodies and bumper stickers emblazoned with mystery soup designs, even snag a limited edition autographed can of soup. Purchases will help East Nashville Soup toward its non-profit status, and toward its goal of helping needy neighbors.
My Veggie Chef gets some TV news love
Familiar with local vegan meal-delivery service My Veggie Chef? If not, here’s something of a primer from us, in the form of a week’s walk through MVC meals.
If you prefer to get familiar or to cheer your favorite plant-based eats provider on via video, WSMV brought some help this week. Watch the video above to get a look into chef Kristie Rigdon Holdren’s process and business; for more, drop by the My Veggie Chef website.
Restaurant Week returns
The celebration of independent restaurants that goes down twice yearly in Nashville is nigh, once again: The next Restaurant Week is set for Monday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 25, with eateries around town offering special menus, prix fixe deals and other fun.
Along with shining a regular spotlight on the great restaurants and chefs in town, Restaurant Week gives us a chance to check out local stops we’ve been meaning to try and enjoy new offerings from steady favorites.
As always, a bunch of East Side places are in the mix, including Holland House, Silly Goose and Two Ten Jack.
Check out the Nashville Originals website to peruse offerings and make your plans.
Green BEAN bringing organic, natural food to doorsteps soon
Options for natural foods in East Nashville continue to grow: Along with the new, expanded Turnip Truck coming our way, we’ll also see online grocery service Green BEAN Delivery in town soon.
The basic gist of Green BEAN: Members can shop a selection of organic produce and natural groceries online, and have those selections delivered (for free, if you meet a minimum order of $35). Although the company isn’t locally bred, their approach leans on local farmers and artisans in the communities they serve, so we can expect Nashville/nearby picks.
Drop by the Green BEAN Delivery website to learn more about their process; they’ll be opening in Nashville on January 22, and folks who preregister get a $15 coupon.
Return of the Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival
Last year, we shared an introduction to the Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival and its founders, PourTaste, as they got ready for a multi-date celebration of imbibing.
It’s a ways off yet, but we’re excited to see that the fest will indeed be back in 2015, running April 29 through May 3 at venues across the city. (If the first fest is any indication, there should be plenty of Spirits & Cocktail events right here in the neighborhood.)
A few events — including an opening party and Bourbon & Bluegrass celebration — are listed now, with more to come. For more, visit the Music City Spirits & Cocktail Festival website, and follow along on Facebook.
Work on Butcher & Bee beginning soon
The Tennessean shared some updated details on another new restaurant coming our way: Charleston-bred sandwich stop Butcher and Bee, due to expand into the Fluffo hub.
Construction is set to start in a few weeks, and fans of the Charleston BandB should expect some differences here, The Tennessean notes: “It will be a full-service restaurant with a wine and beer menu, a slightly expanded food menu and the East Nashville location will be open for dinner.”
Plan is for the doors to open in late summer or early fall. Read more at Tennessean.com.
Rudie’s hosts Kegs and Eggs beer brunch
Fans of brunch foods and brews: Mark your calendar for January 24, as the new Rudie’s Seafood, Sausage & Taproom in Riverside Village plans a Kegs and Eggs afternoon.
The event is a team-up with the Better Beer Brigade and Founders Brewing, and will include a tap takeover and a mix of special brunch items. On the beer side: eight Founders brews, including Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and other seasonal small-batch flavors. On the food side: salmon pastrami Benedict, breakfast sausage corn dogs and more.
Kegs and Eggs kicks off at noon, and Rudie’s is located at 1402 McGavock Pike (in the former Sip/Mitchell Deli spaces). More at the Rudie’s website.
Neighborhood beauty moves
A few little tidbits from East Nashville beauty players:
Starting February 2, Adrian's Nail Room — which you might’ve seen in M. Hair Studio — will be moving over to Platinum Salon East, at 1013 Fatherland. Adrian Grammar — the Adrian behind said nail biz — is “very excited about this move,” and encourages appointment makers to hit up Platinum at 615-226-4627 for their manicure, pedicure and shellac gel needs.
Also, we mentioned recently that salon and clothing shop Local Honey would soon be expanding into our neighborhood, snagging a location near Barista Parlor and friends (519 Gallatin). They’re already looking to hire some new East Nashville location stylists — if you’re interested or want more info, hit up the Local Honey website and drop them an email via the contact page.
Shop Artisan East online
Remember back in December, when we chatted with Artisan East leader Brandy Davenport about her eclectic and arty East Side shop? Well, good news on that front for those of us who don’t get out much: Davenport just launched an online store component, so you can shop for handmade/artisan/small-batch goods from the comfort of your pajamas.
The shop, at www.artisaneastnashville.com, is already stocked with cute stuff, and while we can’t predict when this’ll lapse, the first 25 shoppers can snag 20 percent off by using the coupon code “FIRST25.” Good luck and happy shopping!
Bob Dylan and the Inglewood Motel
Like local music? Like Bob Dylan? Long been harboring a curiosity about what the inside of the Inglewood Motel’s rooms look like? Do we have a deal for you.
Singer-songwriter Ethan Samuel Brown sent us the above video, which features him performing Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” inside the time capsule that is said Inglewood Motel. Enjoy.
That’s it for this week. As always, if you’d like to share any East Nashville News, drop Nicole an email.