First things: If you haven’t already checked out the new issue of The East Nashvillian, please do — lots of great stuff in there, from our cover story on local-guys-done-good Moon Taxi to Radio Cafe head Mac Hill’s tale of perseverance and The Jugg Sisters’ side-splitting take on mass transit. You can read the full issue online, and print copies are out and about around town.
We’re hard at work on the May/June issue now, so if you’d like to get an ad in its pages, reach out to Lisa at email@example.com.
Now, this week’s round of East Nashville news:
East Nashville’s Bakery by frothy monkey moving
The folks behind Nashville coffee-and-more makers Frothy Monkey shared “bittersweet” news late last week: The Bakery by frothy monkey location at 1010 Fatherland St., operating since mid-2015, is closing its doors.
It’s not, however, due to lack of business, but rather the need to expand — an announcement noted that the company’s wholesale operation needs had outgrown the East Side space, prompting the move, set for April, 2018.
The move and expansion will mean new bakery products — hamburger buns, hoagie rolls, more pastries and wedding cakes are set to be among the new products added to the Frothy Monkey wholesale mix, as they transition to a new, 7200-square-foot space in Southeast Nashville, housing their production, warehouse and offices.
“We love our East Nashville family,” a social update said, “and we will miss seeing your faces every day.”
Normal hours are set to remain until the move (7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 to 3 on weekends), and once the Fatherland space shutters, Frothy Monkey goods will still be available at the homegrown chain’s other Nashville locations (in 12 South, downtown and The Nations, along with Franklin), and at pop-ups and markets through the year.
To keep up with Frothy Monkey’s future, swing by frothymonkey.com.
We’ll update when we hear details on who’ll be taking over the Bakery space.
Check out the Winfrey Family’s Chow Chow
Hat tip to The Tennessee Tribune for this heads up: Burnice, Cardale and Karla Winfrey — long fixtures in the Nashville community (and, yes, kin to a famous former East Nashvillian with the same last name) — have a new food business under their family name, and for starters, they’re delivering a particularly Southern treat.
Winfrey Foods’ Royal Relish Original Chow Chow — their family spin on the much-loved pickled dish, with a handed-down recipe that traces back to the ’30s — is now stocked at Publix locations across Tennessee (in the Tennessee Local Section).
Here in East Nashville, we get on-shelf access to all three of the family’s Chow Chow recipes: The Tribune notes that Mitchell Deli here in the neighborhood (at 1306 McGavock Pike) carries the Winfreys’ original flavor, along with their Spicy option and Nashville Hot Chow Chow. (Those are all also available for online ordering, through winfreyfoods.com.)
The business isn’t brand new — they launched last year — and the trio of Winfreys leading the company aren’t new to entrepreneurship, either. Burnice and Cardale have presided over family businesses Winfrey Disposal Service and Winfrey Janitorial Services, respectively, and Karla is an independent media professional with with a resume that spans from WABC in New York to WSMV here at home.
Now that they've gotten their footing, Karla Winfrey told the Tribune, Winfrey Foods is inching toward expansion, eyeing baked goods “on a small scale in select places around town” in the coming months too.
Follow along with new Winfrey additions on the Winfrey Foods Facebook page.
Shop Nashville Week, coming soon
This year’s Nashville Fashion Week, celebrating local style and all the talented folks who push it forward, is almost here: It’ll go down April 3-7, with receptions, showcases, workshops and more, including a slew of Nashville fashion names (many of them East Nashvillians).
Even if you’re not a hardened fashion-phile itching to catch runway shows, there’s one part of the annual event you might want to take advantage of anyhow: Shop Nashville Week, stocked with special shopping events at spaces all across town, running April 3 through April 8.
You’ll have to hoof it to really make the most of the week — participating spaces are spread far and wide, from The Nations to Germantown to Belle Meade. But one don’t-miss event right here in East Nashville: Lemon Laine’s visit from Ona Rex and Kjaer Weis that Wednesday, 5-6 p.m.
During “a night celebrating women,” shoppers can check out Ona Rex’s new collection, and grab mini makeovers from celeb makeup artist Weis. The LL shop’s at 1900 Eastland Ave., Suite 102, and there’s more info about the event at the Nashville Fashion Week website.
For a full rundown of Shop Nashville Week events, head to nashvillefashionweek.com (click on the logos for details).
Get out of Easter/Passover cooking with Juniper Green
Last fall, we wrote a bit about our neighbors Juniper Green, a Nashville-bred “modern culinary events company” serving local/seasonal food lovers across the city.
As we creep toward the spring holidays and the family dinners that tend to come along, JG’s kitchen duo has a holiday special that we thought might catch the attention of a few overworked moms/dads/etc.: made-to-order Easter and Passover Seder dinners to pick up and serve, sweat averted.
On the menu for Easter dinner: lollipop lamb chops, quiche, maple roasted carrots, carrot cake cupcakes and lots more.
For Passover Seder: red wine-braised brisket, salmon matzo cakes, macaroons and lots of other dishes.
If your I'm-not-cooking-this-year interest is piqued, the ordering door is closing quickly: Seder deadline is 10 p.m. on Friday, March 23, and Easter deadline is 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.
Head to junipergreen.kitchen for more/to order, and please send us your leftovers.
— Onetime East Nashvillian cover star Aaron Lee Tasjan has a super fun-sounding and local star-stocked Aaron Lee Tas-JAM coming up at The Basement East on April 20: Elizabeth Cook, Dylan LeBlanc, more special guests to be announced. Tickets on sale now.
— If you’re a Nashville filmmakers and haven’t yet submitted for August’s Defy Film Festival in East Nashville, regular deadline is April 16. More at defyfilmfestival.com.
— Big congrats to East Nashville insurance guru (and longtime East Nashvillian scribe) Eric Jans, who celebrates 14 years in business this month. Well done, Eric. Your business is now old enough to sneer at you while snapgramming with its friends, like The Kids do.
— Enthusiastic tail-wagging to Wags & Whiskers, celebrating 10 years in East Nashville this month. They’re giving pet owners gifts to commemorate: Dog washes are just $10.
— Big congratulations to Papacito Nashville, too, on celebrating a year serving East Nashville. Those kind folks also have presents for us: half-price beer through Tuesday, March 27, which is a serious steal, since they’re normally only $3.50.
— Local label Joy Circle Records put together a regular thing for East Nashville musicians in need of a jam: Their Jam Nights run the first Wednesday of every month at Cobra, third Wednesday at the East Room. They’re free (though donations are welcome) — bring instruments and get silly, or just drink and hang.
— Hark back to simpler days at Smith & Lentz Brewing: They’re screening Dazed and Confused for their next Brew and View movie hang, on Wednesday, April 4. (Steaming Goat’s there serving food too.) More on Smith & Lentz Brewing’s Facebook event page.
— Ahead of their opening, the folks from East Nashville tiki bar CHOPPER are introducing themselves with pop-ups, starting with one at Nicky’s Coal Fired.
— A fun opportunity for East Nashville bike enthusiasts who don’t work traditional hours: Locally bred org Bike Fun is doing a Ride and Brunch group ride on Monday, April 2. You’ll get in about 20 miles before brunch, starting off at Shelby Bottoms. Ride’s free, you’ll just have to pay for your eggs/cetera.
— Ain’t it kinda wild that we can now elicit “10 Best Places to go for…” pieces just on hot chicken? Conde Nast Traveler’s recent hot chicken roundup naturally includes a bunch of East Side spaces, including Bolton’s, Pepperfire, Tenn Sixteen, Edley’s and Dino’s. (Don’t grimace, they didn’t forget Prince’s.)
— Nashville First Church of The Nazarene’s annual East Nashville Easter Eggstravagaza is set for East Park this Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. Lots of fun stuff for kids (including a visit from the Big Bunny), and food trucks will be on hand too.
— Dalewood United Methodist Church has their Community Easter Egg Hunt that day too. Kicks off at 10 a.m., 2300 Ridgecrest Drive.
— The Cayce Residents Association is putting together an Easter egg hunt for Cayce families on March 31. Donations are needed, especially baskets. More here.
That’s it for this week. Have East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.