November marks the beginning of Nashville’s most festive time of year, when the city’s residents and visitors alike may find themselves overwhelmed. But there are myriad ways to enjoy the final days of fall with a cup of good cheer, or perhaps feed your mind without the trappings of the forthcoming frolic overload. From birthday celebrations and book signings to charitable drinks, here are several ways to sip and savor your way through the month in the Music City.
Celebrating 30 years of business in Nashville this year, both the Cool Springs and West End locations will be offering a special menu featuring dishes from the original Amerigo menu such as the bowtie pasta caesar salad and chicken vesuvio featuring a flame-grilled chicken breast topped with artichoke cheese dip and tomatoes. Along with this special menu, Amerigo will also be offering a featured wine list at a discounted price of $30 per bottle. These offers will be available all day, every day for the entire month of November.
In partnership with Draper James, an American lifestyle brand founded by Reese Witherspoon and inspired by her Southern roots, a new limited-time afternoon tea service named “Spillin’ Tea with Draper James”as a toast to gracious living featuring a menu of classic Southern delights inspired by recipes from Witherspoon’s cookbook, Whiskey in a Teacup. Guests can expect delicious tea sandwiches, tarts, scones and desserts, and even Whiskey in a Teacup, a nod to the hotel’s infamous Prohibition-era “secret.” Guests of the tea service will also receive a special Draper James gift. “Spillin’ Tea with Draper James” are offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online via Open Table Experiences or at TheHermitageHotel.com/afternoon-tea.
November 4, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Walker Brothers is releasing its first of a brand-new limited-edition bottle series: Rest in Peach, a small-batch alcoholic kombucha aged for eight months in Tennessee Whiskey barrels from Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery and then re-fermented on 80 pounds of fresh Georgia peaches from The Peach Truck. In a blind tasting, it comes across a bit like wild sour beer, natural wine, saké, or kombucha. The new beverage will only be available at special events, starting with the company’s two-year anniversary party at Rosemary and Beauty Queen featuring music, live screen-printing from Friendly Arctic, and specialty kombucha cocktails. Guests will receive a complimentary commemorative T-shirt screen-printed on-site by Friendly Arctic, and a kombucha cocktail e-book. For an additional $25, VIPs also receive a bottle of Rest in Peach to take home and a can of Walker Brothers High Gravity or Non-Alcoholic from the bar. Get your tickets here.
A $2 million transformation of its Lower Broadway storefront will allow visitors to experience the beloved confection in a whole new way, starting Friday, November 5, when it once again opens to the public. Pastry chef Mike Colon and his team have created an entire menu for the new full-service Chocolate Bar menu including offerings such as boozy milkshakes, bonbons, and interactive classes, along with Design Your Own Confection stations. Classes in the new dedicated classroom space are available starting on opening day with tickets available online.
November 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Edley’s Bar-B-Que Block Party will feature live music, a kids zone, local vendors such as M.L. Rose, Pancho & Lefty’s, and Maypop, along with plenty of barbecue. The event is free and open to all ages.
November 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy an evening under the fall sky in Franklin’s Westhaven community. Sample premier whiskey, bourbon, and scotch from straight from the distillers, paired with a live bluegrass concert playing throughout the night, local food trucks, photo booth, and cigar lounge. Tickets include 15 whiskey samples, with a cash bar offering full-sized cocktails, beer, and wine. Bar proceeds benefit The Westhaven Foundation, which provides grants, scholarships, and other funds for charities and organizations serving Franklin and the surrounding communities. Get your ticket here. ($49)
November 9, 2021, 12 p.m.
“The Future of Farming” is the final free webinar in a year-long educational workshop series entitled “Sustain & Flourish in Adversity.” This one-hour webinar will feature insight and expertise about the importance of local farming from LDEI Nashville members and local farming pros, including Sylvia Ganier, chief farm operator of Green Door Gourmet, an organic agritourism farm; LeeAnn Cherry, co-owner of Bear Creek Farm, a sustainable grass-fed cattle and hog farm; and Christa Bentley, co-owner of Sweeter Days Farm and chief programs officer at The Nashville Food Project; and moderated by Tasha Kennard, farm programs manager at Southall Farms. You can register for the webinar here.
November 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mary Hance (aka Ms. Cheap) has a conversation with best-selling author Anne Byrn (aka The Cake Mix Doctor) about Byrn’s new book, A New Take On Cake. Featuring 50 classic recipes and 125 brand-new recipes, Byrn explores how to elevate basic cake mixes to everything from vegan tortes to whoopie pies in this new book. The event is free, with a book signing to follow. With limited space, registration is required.
Ms. Cheap invites you to join her Penny Drive this holiday season with any donations of coins, checks, or virtual donations to help feed our hungry neighbors. With an estimated one in six adults and one in five children in Middle Tennessee experiencing hunger, and with continued fallout from the pandemic, and food donations down, the drive is more important than ever. Learn more at Secondharvestmidtn.org/pennydrive.
November 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If they make it, bake it, or grow it, you can support local farmers, artists, small businesses, and community organizations at the market’s monthly night market. Sip, snack, and shop under the stars, while shaking a few hands that literally and figuratively feed the community and enjoying live music.
November 26, 8 p.m.
The Soul Food Poetry Cafe welcomes back to the City Winery stage SFPC Alumni vocalist Neci, award-winning international spoken word artist Dichotomy, and the dynamic duo S-Wrap & Rashad thaPoet, also featuring house band QMMG. Founded 14 years ago, this is one of Nashville’s longest-running live music and spoken word showcases. Tickets start from $25.
Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required.