East Nashville News: Racing Titans, Little Octopus, Porter Road Butcher Book, Seersucker candy and more

Clashing with Titans, welcoming a Little Octopus and a Nomzilla — interesting week in East Nashville.
On to the latest East Nashville News:

Wanna race a Titan or two?

There probably aren’t too many of us that could best a Tennessee Titan in a foot race, but throw some wheels and an engine in the mix… who knows? 
Come Tuesday, June 2, we’ll have the opportunity to take on Titans Tight End Delanie Walker and a bunch of his teammates at the first Celebrity Go-Karting Challenge, held at Music City Indoor Karting & Entertainment Center, right over on our side of the river at 400 Davidson St., #403.
Derrick Morgan, Michael Griffin, Bishop Sankey, Zach Brown and many other players will jump in the go-kart driver seats (which, one expects, will resemble Shaquille O'Neal in a Fiat) for multiple head-to-head flights, and regular folks like us are invited to take them on. Single-entry registration runs $250, and that includes a “Taste of Nashville VIP tailgate experience,” with food, swag, a souvenir T and team photo and, potentially, the bragging rights of lapping an NFL player.
Best part, though: All that fun goes toward a worthy cause, with proceeds going to the Delanie Walker Gives Back Foundation, aimed at providing inner-city and low-income children with educational opportunities and resources.
The Celebrity Go-Karting Challenge kicks off June 2 at 3 p.m., and wraps with a 6:50 p.m. Championship Cup presentation.

Little Octopus coming to POP

You’ve probably heard that Otaku RAMEN has picked up from pop-up hub POP, and is moving over to a permanent space at 1104 Division Street in the Gulch. So, can we expect a new steady food friend at POP? 
If the new octopus mural out front at 604 Gallatin didn’t tip you, there’s something cephalopodic on the horizon: Small plates and global flavors-focused Little Octopus is the latest concept from Otaku’s/POP’s Sarah Gavigan, and Yelp tells us LO will be serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
Otaku’s last dinner service was this week, and according to Little Octopus’ Facebook page, the launch plan is June 9.

Olive and Sinclair expands with Seersucker 

East Nashville chocolatier Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. recently told Paste magazine a few tidbits about a new candy brand they’re launching, called Seersucker Southern Craft Candy Company, meant to house their non-chocolate confections.
“We’re trying to expand into different areas,” leader Scott Witherow told the publication. “We don’t want to be pigeonholed into just bean-to-bar chocolate.”
This week we got a taste of what we can expect from Seersucker — above, see the continuation of O&S’ throwback visual aesthetic in the packaging for a few Seersucker sweets, including salted bourbon caramel filled chocolate spheres, aka Muzzle Loaders, and Cherry Bomb pickled cherry cordials.
If we’re to judge by the “Almost there!” caption, we should be getting literal tastes of these soon. (O&S are participating in June 4’s Yum!East festival at Pavilion East, so… might we get a peek?)

Porter Road Butcher cooks a book

East Nashville-bred Porter Road Butcher practically wrote the book on artisanal sausage making. Or, actually they literally wrote the book on artisanal sausage making: Homemade Sausage – Recipes to Grind, Stuff, and Twist Artisanal Sausage at Home, the first book from PRB’s James Peisker and Chris Carter, is due in stores December 1.
Homemade Sausage’s pages include step-by-step directions, from sourcing meat to grinding to cooking, covering everything from brats to chorizos to classic links. You’ll also find a bunch of recipes, including a hot chicken sausage sandwich, jambalaya, English-style bangers and mash and more.
PRB lovers can make sure to get the book first by preordering through various outlets, including Amazon and IndieBound.

Pepperfire and Nomzilla open new locations in June

At the start of the year, we mentioned that hot chicken purveyors Pepperfire and sushi slingers Nomzilla would be setting up shop(s) together at 1000 Gallatin Ave. The time is nigh: The Pepperfire folks announced this week that a grand opening is set for June 15, with both restaurants opening their doors and welcoming diners.
The new Pepperfire space will have seating for 40 and craft beer on tap. Nomzilla! Sushi Et Cetera comes moves to the East Side from Edgehill Village — expect a mix of familiar favorites (like, say, spicy tuna rolls) and more adventurous fare, like the Fire Breathing Roll, topped with ghost pepper sauce (which we hear is akin to taking a sip of the fires of Mount Doom). Since we lost a well-loved East Nashville sushi place late last year, lots of us are excited to see another new sushi spot open up.
Local screen printers Friendly Arctic Printing & Design will also share the building (and probably enjoy their lunch breaks).
Pepperfire’s current location, at 2821 Gallatin, will continue serving until the new space opens its doors.

East Side Social grows

Last week, we told you about East Side Social, a throwdown of local music, beer, food and other fun at East Park on Saturday, June 20, headlined by The Features and Diarrhea Planet. 
This week, we add more fun: Joining the East Side Social lineup are locals The FUTURE and American Hotel.
American Hotel is a new name from some familiar Nashville music names (including longtime solo voice Jeremy Lister and producer Justin Loucks). The FUTURE, says The FUTURE, sonically approximates “Franz Ferdinand and Spoon’s electro-tinged love child.”
Tickets for the show are on sale now — general admission is $15; VIP tickets (which include an open craft-beer bar, food, tented seating and more) are $35.
Biz folks interested in event sponsorship: Reach out to Lisa at lisa@theeastnashvillian.com.

More moves for expanding Turnip Truck

In April, the folks at East Nashville-bred natural market Turnip Truck broke ground on their new, expanded location at Woodland and 7th, which’ll feature 12,000-plus feet of grocery goodness, including a full meat and seafood department, a bakery, cafe and a hot bar akin to the one in TT’s Gulch location.
This week, a little more movement from their camp:
First, a timeframe update: Initial hopes were for a summer opening, but the current goal is to get the doors open in the fall.
And a team expansion: Turnip Truck founder/owner John Dyke brought Nashville food business mainstays Kim Totzke and Adam Williams in as COO and CFO, respectively. Both Totzke and Williams come to TT after longtime stints at respected Nashville bakery/eatery mini-chain Provence Breads & Café.
“Kim and Adam are passionate, inspired and inspiring,” Dyke said of his new teammates. “To have individuals of their caliber tasked with keeping the Turnip Truck successful and forward-moving is a great benefit to everyone involved with our company.” 
For more on what to expect from the new East Nashville Turnip Truck location, check out our December 2014 interview with John Dyke.

'Based On': A True East Side Story 

Neighborhood independent book shop East Side Story has partnered with The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville on a cool new project: Based On: Words, Notes, and Art from Nashville, an anthology of short stories, art and songs, curated by Story leader Chuck Beard.
Included in Based On: words from the likes of Beard, Betsy Phillips, East Nashvillian columnist (and musician and author) Tommy Womack; music from Kyle Andrews, Tristen, and Phil Madeira; art from Rebecca Sloan, Julie Sola and Emily Harper Beard; and many, many more, from each category.
ESS and The Arts & Business Council will celebrate the project’s launch with a “release concert extravaganza” on Monday, June 15 at Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall. Journalist and Music City Roots host Craig Havighurst will head up the proceedings, and most of the contributing artists will perform.
If you’d like to support the endeavor, the first 200 fans who donate $100 gain not only the joy of patronizing local art (proceeds will also benefit the Arts & Business Council), but an autographed copy of the book/CD and admission for one to the extravaganza. More on contributing at the East Side Story website.

Chamber East hosts Metro Council candidate forum

The field of 2015 candidates for Metro Council in districts 5, 6 and 7 is broad (we spoke with District 6 candidate/reigning East Nashvillian of the Year Brett Withers in January, and wrote about Sarah Martin’s District 5 candidacy in February). And before voting day on August 6, you might be hoping to learn more about those folks. Chamber East offers a good opportunity on Wednesday, June 3: a Metro Council candidate forum designed to encourage attendees to meet and greet candidates while networking with business and community leaders.
The morning event runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the East Precinct (936 East Trinity Lane), and you can register to attend through the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s website (registration is required, but it’s free).
For more info, drop a line to info@nashvillechamber.com.

It’s elementary for Montessori East

Parents with Montessori leanings, heads up: Montessori East on Porter Road is expanding to include elementary grades, and they’re hosting two “interest meetings” in June so interested folks can learn more and meet and greet their lead teacher.
Not familiar with the Montessori approach? From the ME folks:
“This multi-aged classroom setting is centered on the philosophy of the ‘Cosmic Education’ as described by Maria Montessori, emphasizing the grand interconnectedness of all things. Students will learn academic material and enjoy exposure to art, music, movement, volunteer work, community-wide leadership, and ‘going out’ (aka field trips).”
The meetings are set for June 4 at 5 p.m. and June 15 at 6 p.m. Montessori East is located at 801 Porter, and you can grab more info at www.MontEastNash.com.


- Don’t forget: The East Side Quest — an East Nashville-centric scavenger hunt with prizes including gift cards for local eateries and Apple watches — is coming up on Saturday, June 6. Get your team together and register through Eventbrite — tickets are $20, and you only need one per team.
- Old Made Good’s next Dinner + Movie hang is set for Sunday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.(ish), and they’ll be screening The Big Lebowski, man. Electric Sliders has the burgers and Blue Monkey Shaved Ice has the… shaved ice. 
- Remember when we told you about dog-friendly “community hub” Hound Dog Commons on Meridian? They’re up and running with memberships now, and will be opening their doors to members on June 1.
- Food/service pro in need of a new job? Good pickins: The East Nashville outpost of Charleston sandwich shop Butcher & Bee is hiring for some management positions, and The Family Wash folks, still busy getting their new location ready, are hiring for all positions.  
- Mas Tacos and Barista Parlor are among the 10 reasons why Nashville rocks, according to the New York Post (or more specifically, according to longtime East Nashvillian Libby Callaway).
- Congrats to Sweet 16th Bakery, which turned sweet 11 on May 27!
- Shoppes on Fatherland furniture/home goods shop Nest 615 is moving to 1110 Gallatin Ave. 
That’s all for this week. As always, feel free to share your East Nashville news by emailing Nicole.

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