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!
Nashville’s newest brewery has flown under the radar since their soft opening in October of last year – all that is about to change. Located in the heart of downtown’s Cannery District, Tennessee Brew Works is an innovative two-level space that effortlessly combines the comfortability of a taproom, and the capacity of an event space. Founders Garr Schwartz & Christian Spears have built a business that focuses on crafting a great product while providing a welcoming environment.
Some argue that the American taproom experience is reserved for the after-work-boys-club or collegiate spectator; at TN Brew Works this could not be further from the truth. The venue boasts the ability for live music with a state of the art sound system, and the upstairs outdoor balcony more the doubles the space available for event purposes. Whether you’re looking for a great place to unwind after a long day or a fresh space for your next group event – look no further. Not only will your visit include some of the best craft brews in town, but the unique feature of the viewable brewery access will give you an experience like none other.
Check out Nashville’s latest treasure and tell ‘em Flavor sent ya.
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For the Soufflé
2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 lbs Butter
8 ea. Eggs
8 ea. Egg Yolks
1 1/3 cups Sugar
¾ cup Flour (sifted)
For the Caramel
1 cup sugar
6 Tbs. Butter (cut into chunks)
½ cup Heavy Cream
½ Tbs. finely ground sea salt
¼ cup Powdered Sugar in a shaker
2 cups Crumbled Toffee
It’s your lucky day guys because you get a 2 for 1 in this one. The salted caramel can be used for everything!!! Put in on cakes, brownies, apple pies, dessert parfaits, yogurt, popcorn, steaks…….maybe not steaks but you get the point. Good stuff. When we tested this recipe out there were many moans from happy taste buds all throughout the kitchen. You gonna love it! The soufflé can be changed up as well. You can stuff it with cherries, butterscotch, ect. We went a little caramel crazy and put a local bourbon caramel in there (as if the salted caramel wasn’t enough!!) from Walker Creek Confections. These guys make the best caramels and toffee ever! Ok. Here we go!!
It’s probably best to start with the caramel so It can be cooled down before the soufflés get done. By the way – I burnt the caramel 3 tries before I got it right. Practice makes perfect as they say. It’s best to have a candy thermometer or a digital thermometer handy.
Put your sugar in the bottom of pot with high walls. Turn on medium high. Make sure you are whisking occasionally or the sugar will scorch. The sugar will began to clump up but keep stirring it until it melts. As it melts it will began to turn to an amber color. This is when you want to start to check the temperature. If it reaches 330 degrees, and all the clumps have not melted take the pot off the stove and continue to stir until they do. When all the clumps have melted cook until the temp has reached 350 degrees toss in the butter. Be careful because the sugar and butter will start to boil up the pan (that’s why you need one with high walls). Keep stirring until all butter has melted and has mixed in well with the sugar. Take the pan off of the heat and pour in the cream. Once again it will start to boil up in the pan. Just keep stirring then add the salt. Your caramel is done! Try not to eat it all before the soufflés are done!
The soufflé is a lot easier than the caramel. Preheat you oven to 350. Get a pot with about 1 inch of water at the bottom of it. Put a metal bowl on top and toss in your chocolate chips and 1 lbs butter. Turn on high and let the chocolate and butter melt together while you get your other ingredients together. Put your eggs, yolks and sugar in a bowl and beat together. Add a little sifted flour at a time while whipping until all flour is incorporated. Now go check your chocolate mixture on the stove. Whisk the melted butter and chocolate until it comes together. Take it off the stove and slowly pour into the egg mixture while whisking. The mix is done!!! That was easy.
The mix will fill about 12 to 14 – 4 oz ramekins. Spray ramekins w/food release or brush w/melted butter, your call. Pour mix ¾ ways up the sides. Put on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. They will look like they are trying to jump out of the ramekins. Take them out of the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. They will fall back into their ramekins. Hit it with some powdered sugar, drizzle a little (or a lot) caramel, and top it with toffee crumble and enjoy!!!