Thursday, October 30, 2008

2nd Annual Masquerade Ball at The Standard Restaurant this Saturday

Saturday, November 1
167 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
6:30 pm
The Friends of Church Street Park presents the 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball at The Standard Restaurant. A black tie benefit for Church Street Park, with $35 of each ticket sold going toward programming and preserving the park. Enjoy hors doeuvres, a three-course dinner by Chef Joe Shaw, dancing, cocktails and a silent auction.
Call 254-1277 for purchase tickets.
Visit The Friends of Church Street Park website for more information.

Best Breakfast Buffet in Nashville; 2 Rivers Grille, Nashville Airport Marriott

Now the secret is out! We have eaten there over the years many, many times and always enjoyed the breakfast buffet and the service. The 2 Rivers Grille is not serving your typical "hotel" food. Take the family or some friends out there for breakfast and sit back, relax and enjoy.

Visit the Nashville Airport Marriott for info about rooms and their breakfast their website.

For most eaters, the words "breakfast buffet" conjure up soupy eggs, withered bacon and grease-swimming potatoes languishing in steam-table hell—perfect fare for a dinner-theater production of Glengarry Glen Ross in Snakebite, Ala. At this plush hotel restaurant high on a hill off Elm Hill Pike, however, you'll find omelet and Belgian waffle stations, smoked salmon with capers, and fat sausage links along with the requisite biscuits, bacon and grits. The cost: a reasonable $14.95. Think of this semi-swanky smorgasbord (a Mother's Day must in my household) as an upgrade—Shoney's without the whiff of bus-depot purgatory. —JIM RIDLEY

Monday, October 27, 2008

Titans stand tall and yes...PERFECT

The Tennessee Titans keep winning, and not even Peyton Manning could stop the NFL's only undefeated team.

LenDale White ran for two touchdowns, Chris Hope intercepted Manning twice and the Titans routed the Indianapolis Colts 31-21 Monday night.

The Titans (7-0) have won an NFL-best 10 straight regular-season games, matching the second-best streak in franchise history. More importantly, Tennessee grabbed control of the AFC South away from the team that has dominated this division in winning the past five titles.

Kerry Collins outplayed Manning, throwing for 193 yards with no interceptions.

Read more about this game on

Josh Smith, Chef Joe Shaw and everyone at The Standard are winning awards and in multiple magazine articles

Congrats to Josh, Joe and their entire team at The Standard. You guys truly deserve this award and I'm sure there are many more to come.

Visit the website to see what they had to say about Nashville and The Standard. Great article about our fair city.

Enter Joe Shaw, alumnus of Watermark, who brought his passion for Southern cuisine to the gracious former residence.

Read the rest of story by Carrington Fox at the Nashville Scene website.

Corey talks about recently visited restaurants

Visit the websites for each of the restaurants mentioned...

Nashville International Airport delays the start of construction

Due to the challenging economic times, bond market instability and increased materials and labor costs, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) is delaying the start of construction on the consolidated rental agency complex (CONRAC). This project includes the design and construction of a consolidated rental car facility in the long-term parking lot, north of the existing short-term garage.

This is just a delay, not the cancelation of the project. The MNAA does not yet have an expected date to re-activate the project, but looks forward to doing so in a stronger financial environment.
Visit Fly Nashville to learn more about this project.

Friday, October 24, 2008

2008 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award: Cheri and Earl Cruze from the Cruze Dairy Farm

Since Cheri and Earl Cruze began producing churned buttermilk in the early 1990s, their small family farm in Knox County, Tennessee, has become a revered name among culinary connoisseurs and country folk alike. Earl claims he is simply carrying on “a family tradition.”

Both his grandfather and great-grandfather sold buttermilk from horse-drawn milk wagons. The Cruzes are one of the only family farms in the state of Tennessee to process and bottle their own milk. In addition to buttermilk, the Cheri and Earl sell whole milk.

Visit the Southern Foodways Alliance website to read an interview with Cheri and Earl Cruze.

Read all about Colleen Cruze and her "Dairy Dreams" on the University of Tennessee Achievements website.
Tennessee Farmer Becomes First in State to Join Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
Read the entire story at the Natural Resources Conservation Service website.
Visit the blogs of Cheri and Earl's two daughters
Colleen has the Cruze Farm Girl blog and Francis has Jack and Jake blog.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Beatles Festival returns to Nashville October 23-25

Beatle fans across the country will converge on Nashville, October 23 to 25 for three days of concerts, panel discussions and memorabilia displays at the Fab Four Festival 2008. Now in its third year, the festival will be held at The Cannery Ballroom and proceeds will benefit the Community Resource Center.

Presented by the Richard Courtney Real Estate Group, Rogan Allen Builders and real estate investor Floyd Shechter, the Fab Four Festival music line-up includes the following performances:
~Liverpool Legends
~The Long Players
~The Wannabeatles
~An in-the-round concert featuring four of America's prominent singer/songwriters performing songs from their association with the Beatles. Musicians include: Gary Burr (wrote and performed with Ringo Starr, three-time Songwriter of the Year), Buzz Cason (co-wrote "Solider of Love"), Marshall Crenshaw (played John Lennon in "Beatlemania") and Joey Molland (Badfinger). Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd, the Long Players), will moderate the set.

Learn more about this cool event at the "What goes on website."

Festivals in Tennessee; November calendar

November 1
The Americana Folk Festival
Burns, Tennessee
A celebration of roots music and folk art nestled within Montgomery Bell State Park.

November 1
East Tennessee Chili Cook-off
Knoxville, Tennessee
30 teams compete for the best chili in town! 4 southen rocks bands to play.

November 21-23
Christmas In The Country
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
29th Annual Christmas In The Country

November 22
Ed Fest Toy Drive
Madisonville, Tennessee
Ed Fest Toy Drive In Conjuction with Madisonville Police Dept.,
6 Live Bands

Monday, October 20, 2008

Examples of Threadventures Embroidery and Graphics abilities

Visit the Threadventures website for contact information or to see other examples of work.

This "Western"-themed shirt with Saguaro cactus and steer skull on it were made for Garrett Parris.

These shirts were made by a direct-to-garment printer. This gives the ability of having a shirt that looks great but you won't even feel the graphics or writing on the shirt. They look and feel great.

Putting embroidery on hats, shirts, bags, aprons and so many other things. Threadventures offers just about anything you need for promotional goods, clothing and are able to exceed expections.

Actions Photos from the Reining Horse Show

Embroidery machine at a horse show

Remnants of a sandwich and some wine

They helped us work late into the night.

First night at the Smoky Mt. Reins horse show

It was a rainy night...

but people were getting their practice rides in all evening and through the night.

Nashville International Airport to Launch Frequent Parker ProgramEarn Points Each Time You Park

If you park at the airport quite a bit it will cost you a fortune. Here is something the airport is doing to make it a little easier for you all.

Here is the official release from the Nashville International Airport:
Nashville International Airport (BNA) announces a new program designed with frequent parkers in mind. BNA’s new frequent parker program allows travelers to earn free parking, enjoy easier access in and out of gated parking lots, and make payments online. The program excludes valet parking. Interested individuals may join online starting today and begin taking advantage of the program on Nov. 1.

Read all about it on the official Nashville International Airport website.

Whole Foods Cooking Calendar; Oct. 21-25

Tuesday, October 21st
Fall Wine and Food Pairing
6:30 to 8:30pm
Menu: Wild Mushroom Bruschetta with Goat Cheese Crumbles; Smoked Turkey Breast with Roasted Fall Vegetables; and Winter Squash Soup with Red Pepper Purée.
Instructors: Melanie Armstrong & Merijoy Lantz Rucker

Wednesday, October 22nd
Let's Talk Thai
7 to 9pm $35
Menu: Shrimp Spring Rolls with Chile Sauce; Soba Noodle Salad with Soy-Peanut Dressing over Watercress; and Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Spiced Mango.
Instructor: Cindy Chambers

Thursday, October 23rd
Oktoberfest Feast
7 - 9pm $40
Celebrate Oktoberfest with traditional German fare! Home cooks in Germany are passionate about their food, and you’ll learn how they use seemingly humble ingredients to create tasty masterpieces. Students learn the techniques for some of the most famous German specialties, and discover German favorites perfect for enjoying this Fall. Tastings of German Beer will be served.
Menu: Braised Sausages with Sauerkraut; Weiner Schnitzel with Herbed Spaetzle; Braised Red Cabbage with Apples, and Pear and Currant Strudel.
Instructor: Merijoy Lantz Rucker

Friday, October 24th
German Beer Tasting
6:30 to 7:30pm $10
In addition to tasting German beers (as well as beers that are produced in German style) sample cheeses that go well with them and learn to sort out hops & malt, fermentation, and the traditional German beer making styles like Pilsner, Weisse, Hefe Weizen, Bock, and more.
Instructor: Derek Petrella

Saturday, October 25th
Spooky Delights
10:30am to 1:30pm $40
For ages 6 to 9
Menu: Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls; Merinque ‘Bones’; and Pumpkin Squares with Chocolate Chips.
Instructor: Cindy Chambers

Learn about more upcoming events and classes on the Whole Foods calendar.

Young reiner

A sample of some of the rides at the "Smoky Mt. Reins" horse show

Francois Gauthier Collection and a look around at a horse show

Visit the Francois Gauthier Reining Collection website.

Making a horse halter at the "Smoky Mt. Reins" horse show

Check out the Threadventures Embroidery website to see more amazing work and to see what they can do for you.

Visit the Tennessee Reining Horse Association website to learn more about reining and upcoming shows.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

He played banjo while they performed brain surgery on him

Eddie Adcock had brain surgery the other day at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was awake for the entire process and played his banjo during the process. I guess you could say he was "pickin and grinnin" while the doctors "cuttin and grinnin." You really must read the story and watch the video. They are both available courtesy of the Tennessean newspaper. You can read an excerpt below from the paper.

Here is an excerpt from the story in the Tennessean...

Adcock, a well-known, well-traveled banjo player, recently underwent deep brain stimulation surgery, a cutting-edge procedure used to cure tremors. The surgery not only did that for Adcock, but also restored his dream of continuing to play music professionally.

The uncommon part was what the doctors asked him to do: play music while they worked on his brain.

A videotape of the Aug. 25 procedure shows Adcock lying on an operating table, picking an original song on his banjo while, on the other side of a plastic curtain, surgeons and nurses do their work.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Watch the Smoky Mountain Reins horse show live from home

We've been here since last night and enjoying being at another show and seeing old friends and making new contacts. We are here showcasing the Threadventures Embroidery name and get some more business.

This show is being streamed live by so check out the riders and the sounds of a reining horse show HERE. All you have to do is put an email address in and zip code to watch it. They don't send you a bunch of crappy junk emails and it lets you see what goes on at a horse show.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Free music today at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Music In The Grand Lobby — Vanderbilt Blair School of Music
6:00-8:00 p.m

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway
Nashville, Tn

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Four points

Jazz Cafe at The Standard

Thursday, Oct 16
167 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, Tn

7:00-9:00 pm

Two glasses of wine paired with two plates of food. This Thursday night Annie Sellick will perform. Wine and food to be served are Oriel 2004 Falkenstein Gruner Veltliner paired with a smoked seafood crepe and Canyon Road 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Veal skirt steak and stone ground grits.

The Jazz Cafe continues every Thursday and features different performers each week.

Tennessee needs to start using wind and clean energy

“I’m a big fan of Tennessee,” he said. “We picked Tennessee because it felt right. … To be successful you have to rely on your heart as well as your head.”

Jacoby’s remarks came Tuesday during a keynote address to a lunch crowd at the Governor’s Summit on Clean Energy Technology, an event that wraps up today at the Knoxville Convention Center. The summit, hosted by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker and the University of Tennessee Baker Center for Public Policy, focused on ways that green technology can help spur economic growth in the state.

Read the entire article and learn how companies and the Tennessee government are moving to make changes to help the environment.

Wind power has started to become a popular way for homeowners to generate their own energy, but some new rules in Nashville could limit how green homeowners can get.

One resident in the city is already using a wind tower on his property to pump power into his home.

As more people decide to go green by using wind power, Metro councilman Charlie Tygard said he doesn’t want some people’s efforts to save money to alter other people’s quality of living.

Read the entire article in National Wind Watch.

Get more news here as well.

Nashville Restaurant Health Scores Oct. 15-21

High Scores:

Lazzaroli Pasta
Date Inspected: 10/7/2008
Score: 100

Snappy Tomato
Date Inspected: 10/7/2008
Score: 97

The Cove Restaurant
Date Inspected: 10/9/2008
Score: 95

Date Inspected: 10/7/2008
Score: 97

Low Scores:

Las Maracas Mexican Restaurant
3935 Gallatin Road
Date Inspected: 10/7/2008
Score: 54
Major Violations:


There are no updates

Pictures of some interesting luggage tags

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nashville Experience: your personal guidebook to my city

If you are coming to Nashville and you want to know the best sights to see and things to do according to what you like, this is the guide for you. A personal touch like nothing you've seen before.

Stay tuned or contact me for more info.

Wine Tasting: Exploring France- Bordeaux

Whole Foods
4021 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37215

$40.00; $70.00 as a two class series
Thursday, October 16

Instructor: Melanie Armstrong