Wine lover? Got that covered. Curious of where to eat in Nashville? Got that covered too.
The Nashville Predators Foundation held the 12th annual Wine Festival & Tasting on March 31, 2017, over the ice at Bridgestone Arena and we were invited to attend. Not only were there multiple wineries, breweries, and spirits for tasting, but many of Nashville’s restaurants were sampling their foods as well! The festivities ran from 6-10 p.m. and featured more than 225 higher-end wines, beer, a spirits tasting and an extensive silent auction with more than 200 items.
We made our way onto the covered ice around 6pm for general admission. Around the rink were display tables with the silent auction items, which included plenty of wine and spirits from some of the event vendors. The proceeds from the auction goes to help Assistance League of Nashville, The Fallen Soldiers March, The Refuge Center, and The Journey Home.
We always do food before drinks! Never drink on an empty stomach! We started with Jim’N Nick’s smoked chorizo sausage with pimento cheese and TexasdeBrazil’s beef and potato dish.
Renaissance Nashville served jalepeno glazed pork belly with honey apple slaw. This was so tender and we loved the fatty bits.
Other samples were the bacon grilled cheese from Tom and Chee, meat and cheese from Boar’s Head, and jalepeno macaroni and cheese from Jimmy Buffett’s.
Peg Leg Porker is one of Nashville’s casual dining restaurants and provided smoked dry rub chicken wings.
Here’s the food station for Peg Leg Porker to get an idea of the restaurant booth setups. I like the pig in the middle! Each station reflected the restaurant’s personal style.
Merridee’s Breadbasket, a nationally recognized bakery & restaurant in downtown Franklin, TN did not disappoint either!
There were several tables worth of dessert with a line longer than most of the food stations. Some awesome desserts we tried were cupcakes from Sprinkles and sweets and caprese bites from Frothy Monkey located in the 12 South Area.
A few breweries like Blackstone, Tailgate Beer, Mill Creek, Music City Light, and YeeHaw Beer were featured with samples on hand to wash the food down.
For the wine portion, one of our favorite places to go back to was Zac Brown’s- Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Pinot Noir. The light taste just went well with a lot of the food we ate.
There were so many wines to choose from at the Ava Grace Vineyards booth! And the wine labels were very eye catching.
Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine I regularly enjoy.
I loved the decor of this table!
So many wines to sample… We spent more time filling and emptying our glasses than taking pictures at this point. The full wine/spirits list is available on the event info page.
This event was well organized and prepared. Fresh food was constantly and quickly served. Desserts were always restocked around the clock and some of the event staffers were kind enough to grab plates full of the desserts to offer people waiting! None of the lines took long, you were always moving forward. I loved exploring multiple Nashville restaurants and breweries in one place. We already know which ones we will be checking out ASAP! With so many wineries present, it’d be hard not to find something you would enjoy. Did I mention we could go back for seconds and thirds and on for food and drink? I’m game for next year.
About the Nashville Predators Foundation:
Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has impacted thousands of lives throughout the state of Tennessee and beyond, donating millions of dollars and immeasurable amounts of goods and volunteer hours to those who need it most. That includes awarding almost $5 million in financial grants alone – combine that with other charitable donations, such as the player ticket programs and additional fund-raising efforts, the Predators Foundation provided more than $1 million in cash donations to Nashville area charitable organizations just this past season. The Foundation also supports hundreds of other charities with in-kind donations and awareness drives before games – warm clothing drive for The Journey Home, youth sock drive for Assistance League of Nashville and an art supply drive for The Refuge Center to name a few.
Our philosophy of supporting charities was best said by the late, great Jean Beliveau, “Every night I thank God for giving me a talent that allows me, with a simple autograph on a slip of paper, a photograph or an appearance, to make people happy in a society that has grown so complex.” Your generosity towards our players’ embrace of this approach to their passion for this community has allowed the Foundation to be as impactful as it is. With the hockey season in
full swing, everywhere the Foundation goes, we are reminded of organizations and groups that have been touched by your generosity. There are countless other ways in which the Predators Foundation, Preds players, staff, fans and corporate partners have teamed up to support those in need throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
With the goal of ending domestic violence against women and girls, the Nashville Predators Foundation made a pledge to donate $500,000 to MEND #unsilencetheviolence. Pekka Rinne continues to support the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and hosts nightly meet and greets with patients from Children’s Hospital. Roman Josi partnered with Best Buddies this season to invite buddy pairs to the hockey games to high five the players and watch the game and James Neal once again hosted a hockey clinic to raise money for Make-A-Wish. Nashville Predators staff continue to contribute a collective 6,000 hours of community service every year.
During the Preds annual “Community Relations Day” in October, both players and staff members went out into the community, giving back to various organizations including; Boys & Girls Club of Maury County, Nashville Rescue Mission, ABLE Youth and Special Olympics of Tennessee.