Every now and again, something happens in our neighborhood of ample and charming weirdness that captures the imagination of the city — nay, the country. Like when more than 300 cans of cream of celery soup made a surprise appearance on neighbor Jessi Braswell’s porch this week. We imagine you heard about it.
Anyhow, our friends in the news media went cream of ’nanners over this fascinating mystery — if you haven’t gotten a chance to watch any TV coverage, give this one a gander. The gravitas is pure gold.
Beyond the soup delivery heard ’round the world, a few other things crossed our eyeballs over the past week. Here’s our latest bit of East Nashville news:
Pepperfire: Nashville Sounds’ hot chicken home team
We mentioned last week that East Side hot chicken providers Pepperfire were gearing up to move to a new location, but they have some bigger news going this week. Specifically their new standing as the "Official Hot Chicken Provider of the Nashville Sounds.”
What’s that mean? Well, when the Sounds start playing at the new First Tennessee Park in April, fans can opt to enjoy Pepperfire’s hot chicken tenders along with their peanuts/Cracker Jacks right there at the stadium.
Pepperfire’s new location at 1000 Gallatin Avenue, coincidentally, is also expected to open in April. Congrats, Pepperfire.
Get ready for the 2013 East Nashville Beer Festival
What with the current weather, let’s think about warmer times: The annual East Nashville Beer Festival is set to return for its fifth year on April 11, 2015, and while that’s months away, it’s already almost ticket time.
Tickets for the fest — stocked with craft beer and local foods and other fun — are set to go on sale Friday, Feb. 13. Last year’s tickets ran $60, and sold out ahead of the fest. Stay tuned to the East Nashville Beer Fest website for updates and the ticket on-sale.
Rolling on the river, come spring
Let’s go ahead and continue to think about warmer times. Nashvillian Annie Klaver is getting ready to launch kayak and canoe rental company River Queen Voyages in the spring, offering water-goers tools to traverse three different East Nashville-centric routes: a one- to two-hour jaunt from Shelby Park to Riverfront Park; four- to five-hour run from Lock Two Park (in Donelson) to Shelby; and a seven- to eight-hour haul from Lock Two to Riverfront, for the hardcore among us.
Klaver is still working on lots of pre-launch details, but you can keep up with River Queen’s progress on Facebook.
Pied Piper Creamery featured on Cooking Channel
We’re not the only ones who appreciate the flavorful creativity over at Pied Piper Creamery: The Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets program featured the East Side staple on a
recent totally old episode (thanks for the catch, reader Greg), with a focus on peanut buttery goodness.
The episode reairs a bunch in the coming days — check out the times and dates on the Cooking Channel website.
And while we’re on the subject of Pied Piper Creamery: They’ll again be celebrating the annual Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at their place, inviting folks to come by in their jammies for breakfast-themed flavors.
At this year’s ICFBD, on Saturday, Feb. 7: Two dozen flavors including Ain't Jamomma's, Cereal Killer, and OJ Sorbet, for your choosing as part of a waffle sundae. The festivities kick off at 8 a.m., and the Creamery is located at 114 S. 11th St.
Dino’s’ full return on Friday
Back in October, we all got news that beloved East Side dive Dino’s would be changing hands, with new owner Miranda Whitcomb Pontes, of Burger Up fame, taking over in November. Pontes assured regulars that she’d be “keeping it as is” as she took the reins. And this week, we’ll get to return to the new/old Dino’s.
Full service begins Friday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. If you haven’t patronized Dino’s in the past: It’s at 411 Gallatin, and it’s long been a rare source of non-free-range/pasture-fed/hyperlocal/kale-stuffed burgers and non-craft beer.
Two impressive East Nashville dining events coming up
A heads up for the food-obsessed among us:
Back in November, Lockeland Table chefs Hal Holden-Bache and Danny Bua made an impressive showing at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas (snagging third place in the World Chef Challenge). Wanna try the dishes they put out at the competition? Good news: January 21’s Vegas Dinner at Lockeland gives you the chance.
The tasting dinner menu includes a Yazoo and Bloomy Rind beer cheese soup, gnocchi with braised oxtail and lots more. Check out the whole menu at the Lockeland Table website.
Seats run $75 per person; make your reservation by calling 615-228-4864.
Another impressive meal going down in the neighborhood in late January: POP Nashville continues its [city] meets Nashville series, this time bringing in James Beard Award-nominated chef and cookbook author Zak Pelaccio from New York’s Hudson Valley.
Chef Pelaccio will be dishing up a five-course tasting menu that includes New England scallop in the shell with fava kimchi, venison “cassoulet” and lots more.
Hudson Meets Nashville is set for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, and seatings are $85 per person, with tickets available online. (There’s also a VIP reception/seating on January 25, with tickets at $100 per person.)
Positive crime news
Something good to share from the most recent Rosebank Neighbors meeting: According to info from East Precinct Commander David Imhof, “The entire East Precinct has experienced 7.4% less crime this year than last year. If the trend continues, this could be the third year for decrease. This accomplishment is because residents get involved.”
We all (very understandably) probably got a bit wiggy with the seeming deluge of crime news around the holidays; this is a good reminder that all that we do to look out for our neighbors and keep our neighborhood informed — along with the dedicated work of our East Precinct — continues to make things better here.
Monthlong photography fundraiser at Ugly Mugs
An opportunity to enjoy and/or own impressive photography and help local organizations: Ugly Mugs Coffee & Tea hosts a monthlong photography show and fundraiser from January 16 to February 15, featuring shots caught by Riverside Village developer and Urban Green Lab cofounder Dan Heller during a trip to Slovenia and Croatia. Proceeds from sales of the prints will go to aid Agape Animal Rescue and Urban Green Lab’s work.
Ugly Mugs is located at 1886 Eastland. For more, visit the show’s Facebook event page.
We pop up in new Kid Rock vid
For the Kid Rock fans among us (or you video hate-watchers): The new video for “First Kiss” filmed in part here in the neighborhood has hit the YouTubes. (Much of the video filming, otherwise, went down in Lebanon.) If you watch closely (above), you’ll see some Riverside Drive. If you don’t like Kid Rock, probably don’t watch closely. Or far-ly.
That’s all for this week. Wanna share your East Nashville news? Email Nicole.