Nashville

Last week I attended the 16th annual Taste of Nashville hosted by the Phoenix Club of Nashville at Rocketown. The celebration includes several of Nashville’s finest restaurants, bars, brewers, distillers, dessert-makers, and more. I brought my cousin and photographer-for-the-evening, Katelyn, and it was so much fun!

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The event benefits Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee , Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, W.O. Smith Music School, Barefoot Republic Camp and other non-profit partners. 100% of proceeds from the evening went directly to local youth organizations that Phoenix Club supports. Some of the vendors in attendance were Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Little Donkey, Kitchen Notes, Yazoo Brewing Company, Funk Seoul Brother, Peninsula, The Yellow Porch, and my all-time favorite: Jeff Ruby’s. Every single thing I tasted that evening was delicious. There was also incredible live music during the event, which made the venue all the more lively.

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The Phoenix Club’s mission is to significantly impact the direction of local disadvantaged youth by raising funds in a social setting while challenging its members to be community leaders. I felt honored to be part of an event that was for such a great cause here in Nashville.

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By the end of the evening, Katelyn and I were utterly stuffed and felt like we needed to be rolled out of the venue. It was 100% worth every bite we took, though. I’m always so grateful for the amazing opportunities I get to be a part of here in town, especially when they help to promote a brighter future for our youth. Already looking forward to next year’s event.

To learn more about Phoenix Club of Nashville, click here.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
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I was invited to be a part of something really special Monday evening called Morton Salt: Next Door Chef. I joined some fellow Nashville bloggers for a delicious meal. This incredible, one-of-a-kind experience involved converting our gracious hosts, Travis and Claire’s home into an actual restaurant for a day.  Travis learned from a professional chef how to prepare and cook a delicious meal using different types of salt. The best part? All of the guests were served this mouth-watering meal in their very own beautiful backyard.indie20

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This was Morton Salt’s second Next Door Chef event and I couldn’t be happier that they chose Nashville, known for some of the nation’s most cutting-edge cuisine, for their second feature. First first event was held in Chicago, which focused mainly on holiday cooking. You should check out their tips and recipes at here to inspire you this holiday season.
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At Next Door Chef, I got to learn about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt when cooking. While most traditional kitchens contain regular table salt for all cooking purpose, they’re missing a major opportunity to make a profound difference in their recipes. I’ve realized that Kosher and Sea Salt is where it’s at.

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Now, I can’t give away all of the details yet, but I promise to reveal all of the goods, recipes, and details of this delightful event as soon as I’m able to (in just a few months!). But I can give you a little taste of what the event looked like and some of the food we got to eat.
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Now go play with some recipes of your own and experiment with salt to taste a difference. I will be sharing more about this event when the video and recipes get published on the Next Door Chef website, but I encourage you to go there to see what they did in Chicago and learn more about how you can improve your cooking technique for the holidays.

*I was compensated by Morton Salt for this post. All opinions are my own.

laura

 

Last Wednesday my handsome husband and I were guests at the 50th Annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena downtown. I almost lost my mind when I found out we would be attending, especially because I knew how great the show would be since it was the 50th anniversary. It was one of the most special nights that I’ll remember forever. cma3
Before heading downtown, our dear friend Katie of Roaring Frog Photography snapped some photos of Steve and I. I figured it would be one of our only opportunities for a while to get glammed up and show off our fancy attire before the event. cma8
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I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to see some of the legends of country music: George Strait, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Alabama, Clint Black, Roy Clark, Randy Travis, and more. I was immediately brought back to the days when I was just a kid in Nashville and my parents and grandparents took me to every live show we could possibly squeeze in during our visits. They introduced me to this entire world. I had tears of joy in my eyes during that opening performance knowing that this night would go down in history as one of the best nights of country music and knowing they were watching at home.
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We had the most incredible evening and it will definitely go down as one of the best date nights we’ve ever had. <3

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