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5 Noteworthy and Socially Distanced Dining Events to Try in August

Dreamy dinner parties via Zoom, a Mexican pop-up at a meat-and-three, and a Venezuelan empanada class are among the options

Nashville International Center for Empowerment

August 3: Lucky Bamboo off-menu takeout Chinese dinner

On August 3, Mr. Jack of Lucky Bamboo is cooking up a menu of Chineses favorite including many not found on the menu at the West side restaurant. Drive through between 6 and 6:30 p.m. to pick up the $25 multi-course take-home feasts. Tickets available here.

August 6: Together at home — a virtual cooking class on Venezuelan Empanadas with NICE

From 6 to 8 p.m. on August 6, join nonprofit Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) for an evening learning to cook Venezuelan empanadas with Guasacaca dipping sauce and discussing life in Venezuela from an immigrant’s perspective. “Join us to celebrate the way that food can teach us about the immigrant experience, uniting us even when we are physically apart.” Located in Nashville, NICE is a nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure refugees and immigrants achieve their full potential, now and for generations to come. Tickets run from $15 to $40 and are available for purchase here. Recipe will serve 12.

August 9: Alebrije pop-up at Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Alebrije is the new Mexico City-inspired street food option from Nashville chef Edgar Victoria, and on August 9 he’s popping up at meat-and-three mainstay Arnold’s Country Kitchen for a feast. From 4 to 9 p.m., diners can preorder for takeout or choose to dine in. Options for the night include oxtail-topped tlayuda, a Nashville fried chicken torta, kale chicharron tostadas, and more. Cocktails from TomKats and Acme will be available for purchase. Preorder online here.

August 13: The Callaway presents Midsummer Night — a virtual dinner party

On Thursday, August 13, the creative powerhouses behind The Callaway have orchestrated a one-of-a-kind virtual dinner party called Midsummer Night. Beginning at 7 p.m., virtual dinner attendees will enjoy dinner from Julia Jaksic of Cafe Roze plus mixers and a bottle of gin from Wonderbird Spirits — a North Mississippi-based distiller. Dinner attendees also receive a custom serving piece from Jessica Cheatham of Salt Ceramics, entertainment curated by cultural juggernaut Caroline Randall Williams; a signature playlist; and decor and party favors engineered by maximalist mastermind Meghan McNeer. The entire experience will be delivered to the doorstep of all 20 ticket holders, then experienced en masse via Zoom. Proceeds benefit The Equity Alliance. Tickets (limited to just 20 people) are $150, and available for purchase by emailing

The Callaway

August 18: Red Perch island pop-up at Nicky’s Coal Fired

On August 18 join the formerly Hawaii-based owners of Red Perch at Nicky’s in the Nations for a special island vibe pop-up. Drinks from East Nashville tiki lounge Chopper will accompany bites featuring ube and marshmallow, crispy rice pralines, and more according to teases on Instagram.