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Several Noteworthy and Socially Distanced Dining Events to Try in October

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From lobster rolls with champagne to virtual take-and-bake pizza and beer pairings

Pinch and Pop: a brunch event celebrating lobster and champagne is Sunday, October 25
Pinchy’s Lobster Co

October 1: With Love vegan ice cream pop-up x The Getalong

From 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, new vegan ice cream pop-up With Love appears at the Getalong in East Nashville. With Love’s all vegan-friendly flavors include chocolate peanut butter, cookies and cream, and vanilla maple syrup.


October 3:

Chef Brandon Frohne shares his food obsessions for a “one night only” pop up dinner, and it’s a food lover’s paradise. Frohne (featured on the Travel Channel and the Food Network) is the former Culinary Director of Holler & Dash Biscuit House, and former Executive Chef of Mason’s & Mason Bar inside the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. The first come, first served family friendly event at The Nashville Jam Co. is October 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. The menu for the night? A double truffle smash burger comes crowned with smoked fontina cheese whiz, mustard aioli, and yes, shaved black truffles, all on a potato chip crumb bun. Foot long fries are served with umami “love dust” and comeback sauce, for dipping. For dessert, a fall-appropriate pumpkin-spiced boozy pie featuring Nashville Jam Co.’s bourbon apple jam and topped with torched meringue and salted pecan shortbread crumble. There will also be a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, local craft beer, and Diskin Cider for purchase. Indoor and outdoor seating is available with Covid-19 safety measures in place. Guests have the option to dine in, takeout, or order through Postmates.

Frohne’s footlong fries, served with umami love dust and comeback sauce
Jordan Hunter

October 7: Made South Catering hands on cooking class with pastry chef Donna Piatko

Learn to make cannoli, ricotta cheese, and pasta carbonara in a cooking class with guest chef Donna Piatko, a Nashville pastry chef who has spent time at Henrietta Red, Butcher & Bee, and the Old School Nashville. She will be teaching how to make ricotta cheese and cannolis. The cooking class ends with a meal and a glass of wine. Tickets, $55 per person, are available here.


October 8: Gifford’s & Friends, a pop-up butcher shop featuring Maiz de la vida and Masave

On October 8 from 3 to 7 p.m., join Gifford’s Bacon and Maiz de la Vida for to-go tacos and tamales, merging Gifford’s premium smoked meats with Hernandez’ tacos and tamales from Masave.

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October 8: FatBelly Pretzel at Insert {Chef} Here

From 5 to 7 p.m., chef Levon Wallace brings his new concept FatBelly Pretzel to ICH with some menu additions — one is a pit beef and cheddar on a pretzel bun. Menu details to come. Preordering is available online.


October 9: Sloco pop-up in its former home, Insert {Chef} Here

A good old fashioned sandwich pop-up comes back to its roots at its former 12 South space. Barlow said he might be introducing the “Birrawich. Yes. A cross between the quesabirria and a french dip. Also known as a torta birria.” And some cookies. Cause, Sloco cookies. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


October 9-11: Open-air Oktoberfest at Bavarian Bierhaus

Prost! On the weekend of October 9-11, the bierhaus partners with East Nashville Beer Works and Yazoo Brewing to expand the restaurant into an outdoor Biergarten. There will be live music, local and imported beers, giveaways, and Biergarten food. COVID safety measures will be taken as required by the city. For all the information and to reserve your table, go here.


October 10: Bill’s Sandwich Palace x Mr Aaron’s Goods at Insert {Chef} Here

Continuing the streak of interesting pop-ups at the 12 South space, chef Aaron Clemins and Mr. Aaron are partnering to bring you a sneak preview of their new shop with sandwiches, pasta, and sides. Opening soon in Inglewood, in partnership with @tkotn and @mraaronsgoods. Follow @billssandwichpalace for more info.


October 14: Zika, a new Senegalese-inspired Indian pop-up at Nicky’s Coal Fired

Two Nicky’s team members, Dhanashiri Salkar and Trushal Arekar, have launched a pop-up and catering company, Zika. The pop-up was created out of their passion for cooking and desire for more Indian food options in Nashville. On October 14, the duo will pop up with a special dinner and carryout options. Check out Nicky’s Instagram or website as the date approaches for menu and preordering options.


October 16-17: FreeBird KMG pop-up at Insert {Chef} Here

Thai street food-focused FreeBird KMG fills the former space with flavors like khao man gai (chicken and rice) — a staple dish found on many street corners in Thailand. A special Nashville hot version will also be on offer for the evenings. With COVID-19 regulations in mind, the event will be to-go only with no indoor seating. (Insert Chef Here is an experimental project now hosting pop-ups and events, hosted by longtime Nashville chef Jeremy Barlow (formerly of tayst, Sloco, and The Meet Room.)


October 21: Mijo Gordito pop-up at Redheaded Stranger

The Mijo Gordito team is collaborating with Bryan Lee Weaver for a one-night only event serving Thai tacos. Mijo says to expect items larb tacos — served on RHS tortillas, alongside dishes like yum nahm khao tod (a crispy rice salad) with som moo ( a sour fermented pork), luncheon ham, coconut, and red curry. Items will be first come, first served, and guests must remain socially distanced while waiting. Follow along with @mijogordito on Instagram to see the menu.


October 23-25: The Classics Remix, Sean Brock x Arnolds’ Country Kitchen pop-up takeout lunch event with Resy

Sean Brock is popping up for takeout lunches on October 23 through 25 at meat-and-three mainstay Arnold’s Country Kitchen. The exciting mash-up of Nashville names by Resy and the American Express® Gold Card offers a special menu of Plano chicken with cornmeal dodgers, autumn squash, creamed sour corn, greasy beans with leather britches, and dessert. Meals ($60 plus taxes and fees, per person) must be preordered ahead of time.


October 24: Rhiz(H)ome X Nicky’s Coal Fired Pizza X Beer (virtual)

Rhiz(H)ome is partnering with Nicky’s Coal Fired Pizza for a take-and-bake pizza and beer pairing. Each curated package includes a 6-slice square pie with three different topping types. Each topping has three beer pairings. The beers selected represent great locally brewed beer, but also styles that they chose to best compliment pizza and the toppings selected. Each package will also include an antipasti plate with olives, roasted peppers, tomatoes, and cannelini bean spread, and select brewery merchandise. Find the full menu and tickets for purchase here.


October 25: Pinch & Pop Brunch (a celebration of lobster and champagne)

On Sunday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., B.J. Lofback’s Pinchy’s Lobster Co. is popping up at 500 11th Avenue North in Nashville for a one-day-only brunch event celebrating lobster and bubbly. (A full pop-up series is forthcoming in 2021.)

Full bottles of champagne and sparkling rose are for sale (plus OJ for mimosas) to wash down hot and cold lobster rolls, plus piping hot bowls of lobster bisque and lobster stew. Preorder here to guarantee a meal, as only a few walk-ups will be accepted on Sunday. They’ll have glasses and buckets available, just bring a blanket to perch nearby or grab it to bring back home to your patio or favorite park.


October 26: Chill Bill, a Kill Bill-themed sushi pop-up at Bar Sovereign

Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches.


Arnold's Country Kitchen

605 8th Avenue South, , TN 37203 (615) 256-4455 Visit Website

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