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May 29, 2019

Nashville Summer Concert Calendar

Save the date, pack a picnic, and grab the family for these ongoing and upcoming outdoor summer concerts:

May 22, 2019

Free Parking in Nashville

Peak Parking If you have lived in Nashville for more than 10 years, you woulda’ shoulda’ coulda’ bought land or another house in the city—whether for a home flip or an AirBnB. Now that Music City is full and the only place to go is up, the debate over parking has reached a tipping point. It’s nearly impossible to park downtown for free (and even the airport is raising parking prices). The mayor is in talks to privatize its own parking enforcement(George Bluth was right - there’s money in the banana stand - er - parking booth). So what’s a motorist to do?

If you’re not taking a rideshare into downtown, then keep in mind these free parking options close to the core (while supplies last and trust us but verify - we aren't paying for your towing):

  • After 6pm in the capitol parking lots and on Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd. from 4th-7th.
  • After 6pm on Hillsboro Village on 21st
  • 12South (until it's all owned by J. Crew subsidiaries)
  • In front of Hume Fogg (after school pick up)
  • Germantown street parking
  • Cumberland Park parking lot at the foot of the John Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge
  • Nashville Farmers’ Market (our favorite)
May 20, 2019

Sewing classes for kids from Elvie Creations

Elvie Creations sewing classes start in June

Elvie Creations summer camps are "sew" fun for beginner sewist up to those ready to sew their own flint pants. With themes ranging from the basics of sewing, to stuffed animal design, to Harry Potter and superhero sewing, your little sewer will be on their way to larger projects.

May 17, 2019

Bluegrass under a Full Moon

Full Moon Pickin' Party

The Full Moon Pickin' Party is a chance to enjoy some of Nashville's best bluegrass under the stars and, er, full moon. Join the  Friends of Warner Parks on the next six full-moon adjacent Friday nights starting with May 17th. Pickers with an approved bluegrass instrument get a discounted ticket. Bonus event what: come out to Night Market.

May 17, 2019

Nashville Murals: Explore Street Art in Nashville

Tourists are flocking to Nashville at an ever-increasing rate (15.2 million visitors in 2018—up +4.8% over 2017) and most of them will wait in line to have their picture taken in front of the #WhatLiftsYou mural in the Gulch. Now that everyone is posting their best life on Instagram, murals are the must-have backdrops. Taylor Swift recently announced that she was going to announce something (warning: autoplay video) in front of a temporary Kelsey Montaguemural in the Gulch. New murals emerge all of the time thanks to local street artists and Nashville Walls Project’s mission to bring street artists to Nashville for mural projects. Surprisingly, there remain “unmuraled” walls (the Farmers’ Market, for instance) for those who want to leave their mark. For aspiring muralists, Metro has put together an in-depth guide for making murals in Nashville.

Taylor Swift at Kelsey Montague's temporary mural in the Gulch.

Need to find a new favorite mural? Here are some helpful maps:

  • Kristin Luna has compiled an extensive mural list with photos on her blog.
  • This map compiled by Fox17 is an (in)complete list of murals around town (we’re not throwing shade because it’s impossible to keep up with all of them).
  • Metro Arts has a web/app/thing called exploreartsnashville.org that shows public art and street art.
  • The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp has a collection of Insta mural photos.
  • The Y has made two mural runs (eastside or plain) if you choose to get off of your scooter, you can get some exercise while checking out murals.

See how Nashville’s street art scene compares to the 19 of the Best Cities in America for Street Art.

May 07, 2019

Best Mother’s Day Brunch in Nashville

After you’ve given Mom your gift from Batch (here are some hints if you need them), it’s time to enjoy brunch in the food mecca that is Nashville. Here are our recommendations for Mother’s Day brunch in Nashville by neighborhood. (Double check with the restaurant and definitely make reservations before you go).

 

The Gulch

 

Adele's
From Jonathan Waxman’s spot in the Gulch comes a traditional Mother’s Day buffet with a twist. Featuring a carving station and a pancake station, this brunch will be jam packed. The price is reasonable especially if you are under 4: for $48 per adult, $18 per child, age 5-12, and free for children 5 and under. Be sure to get a reservation soon.

 

Adele’s
1210 McGavock Street, Nashville TN
Brunch Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
http://adelesnashville.com/mothers-day/

 

Chauhan
Chef Maneet Chauhan has brought culinary diversity to the north end of The Gulch with her “British pub with Indian influences.” The brunch menu is no exception. Chef Maneet Chuahan is crafting special dishes for Mother’s Day, including options like Chaat Masala Hot Brown with turkey meatballs and a makhani sunny egg and Salmon Kebab with fava bean, quinoa, achar, fresh mint, crispy garlic, and yogurt.

 

Chauhan Ale & Masala House
123 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 
Brunch Hours: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
http://chauhannashville.com/menus/

 

City Winery
Two words: Bottomless mimosas. If you need more reasons to go, they've got more stations than the Music City Star including a carving station, omelet station, grits station, salad station, fruit station and dessert station.

 

City Winery
609 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN
Brunch Hours: Seating every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
https://citywinery.com/nashville/mothersdaybrunch10am051319.html

 

On the Eastside

 

Marche
Not the fanciest or the most expensive, but may well be the tastiest brunch in town (just ask the readers of the Nashville Scene who voted it the Best Brunch). Since there are no reservations, plan on getting there early or waiting for a bit. Don’t worry, it’s worth the wait.

Marche croissant french toast 

Marché Artisan Foods
1000 Main Street, Nashville, TN
Brunch Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
http://www.marcheartisanfoods.com/menus/sunday-brunch

  

Sylvan Park
answer.
With a globally-inspired menu, answer. features innovative versions of classic dishes. Though the brunch menu has an extensive cocktail and wine offering, they kindly have included a "not ready for booze" section for those not interested in the hair of the dog.

 

answer.
132 46th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209
Brunch Hours: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
https://www.answerrestaurant.com/

 

12South

 

Josephine
Named Nashville’s best restaurant by Nashville Lifestyles, Josephine takes a menu filled with brunch staples—fried chicken and biscuit, buttermilk waffle, corned beef hash—but gives them sophisticated treatment. Flourishes of flavor and fresh ingredients (the menu changes frequently to take advantage of seasonal ingredients) have made this newcomer a foodie favorite.

 

Josephine
2316 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
Brunch Hours: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
https://www.josephineon12th.com/menu

 

Germantown

 

Silo
Part of the resurgent restaurant scene in Germantown, Silo makes rich, flavorful food that will stick to your ribs. We recommend the hot chicken sliders, a "farm to fork” twist on the Nashville classic. Reservations are a must.

 

Silo
1121 5th Avenue N, Nashville, TN
Brunch Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
http://www.silotn.com/menus/sunday-brunch/
April 10, 2019

Weekly What - Issue #3

Nashville What

Is that a catfish in your pocket or are you just happy it’s playoff time? Nashville's current hockey begins their Stanley Cup hunt against the Dallas Stars with Game 1 at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Bridgestone. While trips to the playoffs are becoming as routine asnew downtown construction, Nashville's hockey success really dates back more than 50 years. Nashville's first hockey team, theDixie Flyers, won back-to-back championships in 1965-'66 and 1966-'67 coached by John McClellan from South Porcupine, Ontario. No word if "instruments of crime" were used back then.

Food & Drink What

Local Dynamic Duo, Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Yazoo Brewing Company have created Edley’s IPA, Yazoo’s first beer collaboration with a restaurant. Go to Edley’s to try the dry-hopped, fruity brew, geared towards the IPA-curious drinker. Try it with the Tuck Special, voted best sandwich in Nashville.

Maker What

White’s Elixirs has a new potion just in time for Mint Julep month. And they even weighed in on our blog with some little known mint julep facts.

Event What(s)

What’s so funny? The Nashville Comedy Festival continues through the weekend. With over 35 comedians performing around town, this festival is no laughing matter.

Night club comedy not your what? This Saturday is packed with opportunities to enjoy the spring weather:

Bonus What

Order our official shirt of the summer before everyone else does

 

 

 

April 04, 2019

4 Wild Things You Didn't Know About the Mint Julep

As part of our Spring 2019 rollout of White’s Elixirs brand new, Classically Classy, Mint Julep Mix, we wanted to educate you on four notable nuggets you probably don't know about the Mint Julep.

White's Elixirs - Mint Julep Mix - Made in Nashville, TN

1 - At the Kentucky Derby...Ummm...Yeah, Leave the Tab Open

If you’re attending the Kentucky Derby, one thing you can safely bet on (other than seeing thousands of giant frilly hats) is seeing patrons downing buckets of mint juleps. In fact, each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more 2,250 pounds of freshly harvested mint, 60,000 pounds of ice, and more than 7,800 liters of bourbon!

2 - Calvin Coolidge - How Dare You

President Calvin Coolidge, noted nondrinker and fanboy of Prohibition, permitted chickens to eat up the glorious bed of fresh mint that had flourished at the White House during julep lover Teddy Roosevelt’s tenure.

Because, you know, he was President Party Pooper.

3 - HULK SMASH! (And Then Enjoy a Nice Julep)

The mint julep is sometimes associated with a family of drinks known as “smashes” (such as the brandy smash and the mojito), wherein fresh mint and ingredients are muddled or crushed in order to flavor the finished drink.

4 - We’re Going to Need a Bigger Straw

In May 2008, Churchill Downs debuted the world’s largest mint julep glass. Churchill Downs, in conjunction with Brown-Forman, commissioned the Weber Group to construct the 6-foot tall glass (7.5-foot with the mint sprig counted).

The glass was made from FDA food-grade acrylic, heated and molded into the shape of a Derby glass. It had a capacity of 206 US gallons, and was distributed with an elaborate pumping system concealed within the “stir straw.”

And don’t forget, Mint Julep month is HERE, so make sure you procure the only mint julep mix served in the Winner’s Circle in time for many a grand old celebration!

(That’s White’s Elixirs Mint Julep Mix...just, you know...in case that wasn't obvious.)

White's Elixirs Mint Julep Mix - Made in Nashville TN

This article was written by Brad White, owner of White’s Elixirs and notable carnival barker.

April 03, 2019

Weekly What - Issue #2

Nashville What

NFL Draft Cherry Tree Drama

The NFL’s plans for the draft experience in Nashville were tackled for a loss when Nashvillians found out that the city planned to cut down 21 trees to make room for the draft stage at Riverfront Park. With Nashville's Cherry Blossom Festival coming up on April 13 and the cherry trees in full bloom, the mayor tried to call an audible to lessen the controversy by explaining that the trees would be replaced and more planted. While this episode may be resolved soon(?), it’s another illustration of the tension between feeding Nashville’s booming growth and uprooting Nashville’s past.

Food and Drink What

We may have reached peak celebrity alcohol line. Tanya Tucker now has her own tequila.

Maker What

With BNA’s new logo, it’s time to revisit the story behind one of our most popular products - the BNA hat from Aviate. (And you can grab your BNA hat here.)

Event What

Gather your plant-protecting friends and head to the Fairgrounds this weekend. It’s time for the 4th Annual Nashville VegFest. Special guests include competitive powerlifter, Daniel Austin, oxymoronically also known as “The Vegan Meathead.”

Bonus What

Here’s the origin of Nashville’s BNA airport code
April 02, 2019

Weekly What - Issue #1

How Hot Chicken Really Happened

Nashville What

For once and for now, we’re here to help settle the history of Nashville Hot Chicken. Here’s one recent take from the New Yorkerabout the first family of Nashville Hot Chicken (which you’ll soon be able to enjoy downtown). A little while back, Nashville native Rachel Martin documented How Hot Chicken Really Happened (Photo by Joe Buglewicz) in the Bitter Southerner. Next step: send a Hot Chicken Gift Batch to a friend who can handle the heat.

Food & Drink What

Martin’s has made all of our midtown BBQ dreams come true. If you don’t want to get caught in line with Belmont kids, overpay for parking downtown, or live in Nolensville or Mt. Juliet, you can now hit the old Logan’s (which is looking super saucy now) on Elliston starting yesterday

Maker What

It’s card season (Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, teacher appreciation, graduations, sorry I forgot your birthday) and thankfully Lisa Sarmento and her delightfully cheeky line of stationery can get your recipients laughing and happy to know you. Check out her full interview.

Event What

The Nashville Elvis Festival gyrates into the Franklin Theatre this weekend. Put on your blue suede shoes and watch 20 of the top Elvis tribute artists from around the world compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Stick around on Sunday for a special bonus: John Schneider in concert (John Schneider/Elvis trivia: Schneider's very first hit was 1981’s cover of Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never,” which reached #4 on the Billboard Country chart. It remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time in any genre to date.).

Bonus What

As the weather warms, we found the perfect mobile party spot.