One of our most news-stocked roundups yet, with lots of food-related events, a little music and lots more.
The latest Stuff We Heard:
Riverside Village restaurant Watanabe throws a fine party and makes a mean cocktail. Proof of both, we suspect, comes again this week: The Watanabe folks are getting ready to unleash a new cocktail menu, and while they’re in the process of deciding what makes the cut, they’re hosting a free cocktail party at the restaurant on Thursday, Feb. 23.
At that shindig, attendees will be able to sample up to four cocktails and cast votes on their deliciousness. The hosts are trying to keep the celebration all classy-like, so they’re asking folks to dress up. (Mind you, they didn’t specify anything beyond dressing up, so we’re assuming chicken suits are acceptable.)
Party runs 9 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, and Watanabe is located at 1400 McGavock Pike. (Above image: Jon Yeager, from Watanabe.)
While we’re on the topic of Watanabe and cocktails — some neighbors may know about PourTaste, the app Watanabe cocktails guru Jon Yeager is hard at work developing.
He continues to update about the app’s progress via blog, but that blog’s had some extra goodness of late. Yeager’s been on a kick of updating old-standby (read: often kinda corny) cocktails lately, and he’s been posting recipes for the new twists he’s coming up with.
Example: Yeager’s Oaxacan Sunrise, a twist on the tequila sunrise. He mixes mezcal, a homemade orange gastrique, creme de cassis and a few other ingredients into his Sunrise — snag the recipe over at the PourTaste blog, along with recipes for Yeager’s take on a Dark and Stormy and some other creative cocktails.
Not enough cocktails news for you? Course not. Here’s more:
Rumours East will host a Cocktail Tasting & Mixology Class on Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 7 to 10 p.m., showing attendees the basics of the cocktail arts and sharing some recipes.
Cost for this edutaining event is $20, which includes both learning about cocktails and drinking those cocktails. Reserve your spot by calling Rumours at 615-262-5346.
Rumours East is located at 1112 Woodland St.
Let’s stick on this drinkables/edibles topic: We mentioned a little ways back that Eastside cheese haven The Bloomy Rind would be hosting a camembert and wine tasting shindig on Feb. 23.
A few more details on that gathering: Bloomy leader Kathleen Cotter handpicked a cast of camembert varieties to taste, and Will Motley from Woodland Wine Merchant will bring along some complementary wines. All that deliciousness will go down from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This is the first wine-and-cheese celebration of this kind from The Rind, so Cotter is urging patience, if the crowd gets a little large. And bear in mind that since this is a tasting, you should expect tasting portions, not goblets and hunks.
The Bloomy Rind is located at 501 Gallatin Ave., with Porter Road Butcher.
Howsabout some soup? The Ford Our Kids Soup Sunday event — set for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 over at LP Field’s Club Level West — brings out the good foods from 50-plus local restaurants, including our own Eastland Cafe, Rumours East, Silly Goose and Pied Piper Eatery (along with a vast array of other well-loved spaces).
In addition to the intense glut of soups for the tasting, the event also features a silent auction and activities for kids, which’ll likely get everyone nice and full and sleepy in preparation for the new work/school week.
Tickets run $8 per child, $20 per adult, and $40 for a family pack, which includes admission for two adults and the children living in their household. (Children under 2 can attend free of charge.)
Soup Sunday is a fundraiser for Our Kids, a non-profit focused on providing aid to children and families struggling with sexual abuse.
Snag tickets at the Our Kids website or by calling 615-341-4917.
Moving on to ice cream: Pied Piper Creamery is set to host a Just-Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Feb. 25, at which General Sessions Judge Mike Jameson will be manning scoops.
Jameson — a two-term District 6 Metro Councilman — was appointed to the General Sessions Division VIII Judge position late last year following the death of Judge Leon Ruben. He’s seeking to hold that position, going up against attorneys Rachel Bell and Jack Byrd in the upcoming democratic primary.
At this meet-and-greet/ice cream-slinging gathering, Jameson will be scooping a few special, fitting flavors — Judge Jameson’s Irish Coffee Ice Cream and a JustIce Sorbet — from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Pop by if you’d like to meet Judge Jameson and/or eyeball his scooping skills. Pied Piper Creamery is located at 114 South 11th St.
Early voting is already under way — visit Nashville.gov for more detail. Election Day is March 6.
From food to shelter: Nashville Business Journal shared information this week about the 5th & Main condominium complex‘s new price points for lower-income buyers. (Buyers with an annual income of between $37,600 and $43,000, the Journal reported, will be able to grab from a cache of 17 638- to 955-square-foot units units at $115,900 to $122,900.)
Wanna learn more about those homes and that pricing? The 5th & Main folks are hosting a Home Buyer Seminar on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. in the onsite Germantown Cafe East restaurant. RSVP to 615-216-7160 if you’d like to attend.
Germantown Cafe East is located at 501 Main St.
Weather’s getting nice, so you may want to ready your bicycle for increased use. Help toward that end from Groupon and Eastside Cycles: There’s a deal up now for an Eastside Cycles bicycle tune-up, generally valued at $40, for $20.
Snag the deal over at Groupon.com. Eastside Cycles is located at 103 S. 11th St.
Remember when we mentioned the Artist Growth app, launched right out of East Nashville earlier this year? As a recap: It was built to gather the gaggle of daily/weekly/monthly tasks an independent musician needs to tackle in one clean, intuitive place, stuck right inside that smartphone that’s invariably glued to your thumbs.
That service as a rule runs $4.99 per month, but as they’re ramping up (and as we inch toward Austin, Tex. industry confab South by Southwest in March), the Artist Launch folks are offering a big deal:
Hey Folks! We’ve got some BIG news coming at SXSW….. what you ask? It’s a secret, but it’s going to make our user’s lives easier and wallets fatter. Get an account before SXSW and we will give you a FREE YEAR of Artist Growth.
For the parents among you: The Inglewood Branch Library hosts Story Time at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Mr. Andrew will share songs, stories and activities, and that’ll be followed by milk and cookies.
Pajamas are welcome (if you’re a small person; Mom and Dad, c’mon, slap on a pair o’ pants), and the library is located at 4312 Gallatin Pike.
Remember how we were talking about Kevin Gordon’s new Gloryland album? Well this week, The New York Times talked some about Gordon too, and therein, talked some about East Nashville, dubbing it “off-brand” and “far outside Music Row’s gravitational pull.” (We like to think of it more as “artisan brand,” but bless the Times‘ hearts.)
Gordon’s sound, the Times says, is “both a distinctive slice of the Nashville scene far from the country mainstream and a window onto the DIY paths that increasingly come with a music career.”
A cool heads up from Facebook pal Jaime Brousse: WKRN reports on the renovation of 1220 Stainback Ave., which was seized in a drug raid back in 2007, and has since been restored through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Historic Nashville, Inc.
According to the report, the 103-year-old house will be “gifted to a family in need” on Monday. Watch above, and read more at WKRN.com.
Detectives are investigating a Wednesday morning shooting on I-24 that injured 22-year-old driver DeAndre Person.
According to police, shots were fired at the Lincoln Town Car Person was driving from a white four-door sedan. Person was hit in the shoulder, and he exited the Interstate and stopped at a Love’s Travel Stop on Trinity Lane. He was treated for minor injuries and released.