We kicked off this April with a plated wedding at Cannery Ballroom for newlyweds Maia and Brian. The guests dined on beef tenderloin wrapped in Benton’s bacon and stuffed with Stilton bleu cheese, white cheddar and rosemary potatoes au gratin, and a medley of mixed seasonal vegetables. Wedding Season continued throughout the month, with weddings at two of Nashville’s most significant (and beautiful) landmarks, The Parthenon and War Memorial Auditorium.
Business as usual continued here in Music City, USA: our backstage adventures ranged from seeing Weezer’s back to back sold out shows at the Ryman to watching Tom Jones swoon the ladies at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Robert Cray Band and living legend B.B. King also played at the Schermerhorn, and our good friends at tsp. pie and comfort debuted their phenomenal tea pies at the Ryman’s Rob Thomas concert. We also had the opportunity to live a bit of that high fashion lifestyle at the Symphony Fashion Show, featuring designer Christian Siriano and a performance by The Band Perry.
April also presented us with the chance to honor some people truly worth honoring. Lipscomb University held a reception to recognize their Academic Honors Students at the historic Longview Mansion, and Caterpillar treated their administrative staff to a luncheon of marinated and grilled salmon with mango-cilantro salsa, basmati rice with fresh herbs, and sauteed green beans with caramelized red onions.
And perhaps the most exciting part of April 2014? Well, you know. . . the food truck! Flavor Catering and Special Occasions has officially expanded it’s business to include our mobile food truck services. This month we made appearances at both local brewery Tennessee Brew Works, as well as the Montgomery Bell Academy Endada Arts Festival. We served up our signature Hot Chicken Tacos with homemade pickles and jalapeno slaw, Mexican Rice, white beans with chorizo, and hot water cornbread. We are honestly so excited for this fun addition to our company, and can’t wait to roll into an event near you! So stay tuned!
This past Thursday was a red letter day in Flavor Catering history: the official (soft) launch of our very own food truck. We parked our happy camper in front of the Tennessee Brew Works Taproom and got to work.
The inaugural menu was as a nod to our Tennessee heritage, but with a twist: Hot Chicken …Tacos. We took some homemade flour tortillas from local favorite La Hacienda, added our signature hot chicken, and topped it with house made hot sauce, jalapeño slaw, house pickles, cotija cheese and pickled jalapeños. For our non-meat eating friends, we had a similar taco of hot fried catfish or hot spiced tofu. There was also the “Peasant’s Plate,” consisting of Mexican rice, white beans with chorizo, and Hot Water Cornbread. Banana pudding was for dessert, and to wash it down? Mexican Coke, Sundrop, and Sweet Tea (naturally). Oh, and of course some delicious brews from TN Brew Works!
We had a great time breaking in the food truck and look forward moving into full gear over the next couple of weeks. Look for us at the upcoming Americana Music Festival in Franklin, TN.
This past March was a busy one for us here at Flavor! From intimate weddings to a lot of very cool concerts, there was no shortage of excitement.
The month opened with Jason speaking at a Leadership Music event about the ins and outs of catering backstage for major artists–something he knows quite a bit about. This month alone we fed some seriously amazing bands–think Crosby, Stills & Nash; Bob Weir and Rat Dog; Widespread Panic; Kenny Loggins; The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Moody Blues. We also dipped our toes into the world of theatre when the cast of Shrek the Musical held their wrap party mid-March at Lipscomb University. The best part? Getting to sample some adorably edible “Gingy” the Gingerbread Man cookies from Dozen Bakery.
On the 22nd, Vanderbilt Medical School held their annual Cadaver Ball at Marathon Music Works, an event dating from the 1960s. This year the theme was “Downton Vandy”–a cheeky twist on the popular BBC television series Downton Abbey. (We may have seen an episode or two…) We also helped Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management celebrate their Alumni Weekend, which was capped with a 250 person dinner of prime rib, lobster mac and cheese, twice-baked potatoes, grilled asparagus, and of course, cherry cobbler with creme anglaise. Finally, we kicked off wedding season by witnessing a beautiful young couple exchange vows at the historic Belle Meade Plantation. And so it begins!