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Tupelo Honey: Serving The Best Brunch In Franklin

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of eating a tasty brunch at Tupelo Honey in Franklin, just outside of Nashville.  It serves a wide selection southern favorites with a delicious, unique twist.

The interior of Tupelo Honey is spacious, comfortable, and clean with modern decor.  Outside there is also a nice-sized porch to enjoy dining on, as well.

Our service was excellent, both attentive and friendly.  She was also kind enough to offer suggestions since it was my first time there.

First off, started the dining experience with homemade, fresh from the oven biscuits with homemade blueberry jam.  The biscuits were fluffy, mouth-watering, and delectable.  The jam was sweet, succulent, and the perfect pairing.

With such a tempting selection of unique drinks from the bar, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to endulge in one of their special drinks called cherry bomb frosé, an icy and refreshing blend of rosé, mint, lemon, maraschino liqueur, and bourbon cherry juice.  This frozen drink was slightly tart and a terrific concoction.  It was also so pretty, frozen, and pink with a small, artful swirl of darker pink on top, which was maraschino liqueur, served elegantly in a stemmed glass.  Yes, it’s probably what you would call a “girly drink”, just as pretty as it was tasty, and one that I could easily sip on outside on their sizeable porch all day long enjoying the nice, quiet surroundings of the upscale area it is nestled in.

For the main course, I ordered the Tupelo shrimp and grits.  My companion had the Creekstone Farms steak and eggs.  We also shared some of their Shoo Mercy sweet potato pancakes.

The Tupelo shrimp and grits were perfectly seasoned.  Served with an extra side of the flavorful, slightly hot Creole sauce to pour on top to season to taste for more spice.  The shrimp were fresh, nicely-seasoned, and a good size.  The grits, infused with adluh goat cheese, were flavorful and perfectly cooked.  There was also a delicious mixture of chorizo and peperonata in the center.  It was skillfully presented and this savory dish was positively scrumptious from the first bite to the last.

My companion had the Creekstone Farms steak & eggs.  The steak was cooked to perfection, so tender you could cut it easily with just a butter knife.  Served with sides of potato cracklins and maple bourbon bacon jam.  It was tasty, perfectly paired, and mouthwatering.

The Shoo Mercy sweet potato pancakes were hot off the griddle, fluffy, and delightfully-tasty with just the right blend of sweet seasonings.

The menu is priced in the medium range up to low $20s for main dishes.  Not cheap, but not overpriced, either.  Serving portions were generous and all served piping-hot fresh from the kitchen very quickly with attentive, friendly service.

Tupelo Honey is a chain of restaurants across the country serving food all made in a scratch kitchen with a menu that changes with each season and is unique to that location.   This location was opened only 2 years ago.  Located near Cool Springs Mall in Franklin at 2000 Meridian Blvd. on the corner nestled within a new, modern strip mall area.  Brunch is served only on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.  Operating hours are Monday to Thursday: 11a – 9p. Friday: 11a – 10p. Saturday: 9a – 10p . Sunday: 9a – 8p.  It was named as best new restaurant in Franklin by Franklin Lifestyle Magazine in 2016.

Menus overseen by Chef Eric Gabrynowicz.  He is a four-time James Beard Award semifinalist, Top Newcomer from Zagat was voted Food and Wine Magazine’s “Peoples Best New Chef- New York.” He brings Tupelo Honey Southern inspired dishes that are simply crafted and made from scratch with responsibly sourced ingredients that bring the best of every season.

Tyler Alford is the chief mixologist.  He was born and raised in North Carolina and attended college in Mississippi, where his love of craft cocktails and mixology blossomed. Tyler honed his knowledge and skill while working at the award-winning Commander’s Palace Restaurant in New Orleans before bringing his passion to Tupelo Honey. He quickly introduced a beverage program focused on local, sustainable and quality products with classic techniques that has continued to earn Tupelo Honey multiple local and national awards for its cocktails rooted in the South.

This restaurant is defintely a new favorite of mine that I thoroughly enjoyed, and one that I will frequent as often as I can when in the Franklin area.  I’m already craving their delicious brunch again after just a couple of days.  It offers the best brunch in town in my opinion between the creative selection of tasty food, drinks, friendly staff, and welcoming atmosphere.  I highly recommend this dining establishment.  Get ready to be pleasantly surprised by such a flavorful, creative menu of southern fare all made from scratch kitchen served fresh and fast.

 

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Ketel One Vodka Celebration: Just In Time For Father’s Day, Arnold Palmer Collectors Bottle And Nashville Connection

Carl Nolet Jr.

For 326 years, the Nolet family has been making their premium Ketel One vodka from their distillery in Schiedam, Holland.

Since arriving in the U.S. in 1983, Carl Nolet engaged and worked with local bartenders in each market to help raise awareness for their vodka, allowing them to act as trusted gatekeepers for the brand.  It’s one of the many reasons Ketel One Vodka is still the most recommended vodka by bartenders in the world because of this personal relationship.

Recently, Carl Nolet, Jr., 11th generation of the family of distillers behind the premium vodka, came to Nashville for a special event at Kayne Prime celebrating our elite community of bartenders and distributors.

Just in time for Father’s Day (June 18) and National Martini Day (June 19), we joined Ketel One Vodka and Carl Nolet Jr., 11th generation of the family of distillers behind the premium vodka, for a special event at @kayneprime celebrating Nashville’s elite community of bartenders. @KetelOne_US Ketel One Vodka has a longstanding history in Nashville and expanding on that heritage with this special event. Arriving in the U.S. in 1983, Carl Nolet, 10th generation Nolet family, engaged local bartenders to help raise awareness for the vodka, allowing them to act as trusted gatekeepers for the brand in each market. It’s one of the many reasons Ketel One Vodka is still the most recommended vodka by bartenders in the world. ▪ ▪ ▪ #ketelone #vodka #holland #nashvilletn #nashville #musiccityusa #musiccity #bar #bartender #bartenders #distributor #restaurants #alcohol #elite #foodie #tasty #instagramers #photo #photooftheday #picoftheday #cheers #mule #cheese #board #celebration #drinks #lime #ice #copper #cup

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What makes Ketel One different from other vodka brands available? Their rich family heritage of making vodka has been passed down through 11 generations of fathers and sons enabling them to really know the process of making vodka with a very hands on approach. They go to the Meditaranian, Carribean, Brazil, and Florida to find the best growers, making sure it’s the best fruit they can grow for their products. They use their own family recipe that after 326 years has been thoroughly time-tested rather than buy the alcohol like a lot of other brands from a rectifier. The family painstakenly takes care of every detail that goes into making their vodka with the full distillation process done completely under their roof. The result is an unsurpassed product made with pride from rich family tradition with a distinctively smoothe flavor compared to other vodka brands.

Orange mule served at celebration in a kettle.

If you want to see the process for yourself, you can take a virtual reality tour by going to: vr.ketelone.com

Ketel One has always worked with people in the trade.  As Nolet describes, his grandfather and his father both said they “wore out their shoes” as they pounded the pavement making those personal connections with the trade industry. They have formed very close ties to the United States Bartenders Guild with branches in each city, Nashville being no different.  Jonathan Howard, one of our locals, who is going to be opening a Kimpton Hotel in Nashville soon, was just in California where Nolet lives now, and Ketel One is working closely with him through World Class that hosts yearly competitions to find the best bartenders in the world.

Ketel One just launched their special Arnold Palmer collector’s edition bottle to honor the golf legend due to their close friendship through the years and to help continue his legacy by donating $100,000 to Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, hosting charitable golf tournaments, working with country clubs where their innitiative is to put a day together to remember Palmer raising money for the late golf legend’s foundation, and featuring a bottle for sale with Arnold Palmer’s signature available now through his birthday on September 8th, 2017.

With Father’s Day today, how does Carl Nolet, Jr. plan to celebrate? As the father of 7 kids ranging in ages from 8-22, you can probably envision a big celebration underway, but he plans to celebrate it very lowkey as he flies back to his home in California to be with his family enjoying a couple of kettles in the sand and let the day be about simply relaxing.

For much more information about Ketel One’s history and drink recipes, be sure to visit their site at: www.ketelone.com.

Don’t forget to include Ketel One vodka in your Father’s Day plans and in celebrations for National Martini day tomorrow. As always, drink responsibily. Cheers!

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Sweet Tunes, Summertime Memories Made & Tennessee Whisky At George Dickel And BMI’s 1st Porch Sessions With Maddie & Tae

It couldn’t have been a better start for George Dickel & BMI’s Porch Sessions concert series with clear skies and 70 degree weather in the picturesque setting of George Dickel’s Distillery in Cascade Hollow near Tullahoma, TN.

The appreciative crowd enthusiastically clapped and danced along to the music by the harmonious duo, Maddie & Tae.

If you missed the concert this time, don’t worry, there are more to come.  Stay tuned for announcements of future shows at Cascade Hollow for a refreshing, fun-filled afternoon with George Dickel & BMI for other epic Porch Sessions’ concerts all summer long.

About George Dickel

Born 40 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George A. Dickel was an established Nashville merchant when he entered the whisky business. Dickel grew his reputation for selling the smoothest, most mellow spirits in the region. Thus, Geo. A. Dickel & Co. was born and when the Cascade Hollow Distillery opened in 1878 in neighboring Coffee County, George Dickel bought a large share. George Dickel followed in the Scottish tradition of spelling whisky without an “e.”

George Dickel preferred whisky made in the winter months more than summer months because he felt it made the whisky taste smoother, so the company began advertising their Geo. A. Dickel’s Cascade Tennessee Whisky as “Mellow as Moonlight.” This is why our whisky is chilled before undergoing the charcoal-mellow filtration known as the Lincoln County Process. This extra step smooths out the flavor and we’re still the only Tennessee distillery to do it.

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Chauhan Ale & Masala House: A Unique Dining Experience

Two years ago, renowned Chef Manet Chauhan brought her vision of creating a unique dining experience to Nashville with opening Chauhan Ale & Masala House offering traditional Indian cuisine infused with traditional Southern fare.  What you get is uniquely Nashville. Continue Reading →

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