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Tennessee Wine-ing

Tennessee…wine country??? Three words you would never hear me say together, until now.  Disclaimer: I am in no way a wine aficionado, but I like to think my palate has developed over the years (credit I give partially due to an old flame/classically trained chef). But you guys, it exists!  As wine club members, my husband and I had the opportunity to tour the Natchez Hills Winery and Vineyard in Hampshire, Tennessee with the owner himself.  There’s a cluster of wineries in the area tucked away far from the highway noises and city lights.  An aerospace engineer turned winery/Bed & Breakfast owner, Jim gave us an entertaining personal account of his wine production journey-from acquiring the land to tasting his newly bottled recipes paired with local, artisan cheeses and chocolates. What really sets this wine apart from other Tennessee varieties (for me at least): it’s grown and processed with passion using Old World winemaking techniques incorporating a creative, artistic approach. Traditional AND handcrafted? SWOON! In other words, the flavors of the locally grown or California …

Farm to Table love

Disclosure: I attended a sponsored farm to table tour. I was not compensated for my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own. Helloooo November! The pumpkin spice craze has come and gone and holiday season is almost in full swing.  I’m finally settling into my position with a new company after literally hitting the ground running since August.  I recently had a moment where my love of foodie field trips and passion for educating audiences on healthy eating completely collided. During the annual October Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo that took place here in Nashville, I attended a Farm to Fork tour sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA). We visited the Hatcher Family Dairy farm located in College Grove, several miles south of Nashville.  There we were treated to a full breakfast utilizing farm fresh and locally sourced ingredients, followed by a tour of the farm led by the Hatcher family themselves.  In a recent educational session focused on shopping smart and buying locally sourced foods, I was able …

Our Wedding Adventure

Call it coincidence, call it chance, call it following the wind or maybe just call me crazy. I have always been one to listen when my intuition speaks, and let the universe be my guiding light. Our wedding being a prime example. The story begins last fall with a booked all-inclusive vacation to Jamaica. We had decided to get away for a tropical, beachy excursion in mid-November and neither of us had been to the western Caribbean. Vacation time approved, airfare and all-inclusive resort booked; the restaurant reviewing commenced. (Food-always my top travel priority!) We had retired to bed early one night at my old apartment. Never having any issue with sleeping throughout the night, I was mysteriously awoken from a dead, deep sleep. Not from a noise or bad dream, but a voice in my head saying ‘Don’t Go.’ I hadn’t discussed nor thought about the booked Jamaica trip that particular day, but I KNEW that the voice in my head was referring to this trip. Not over thinking it at the time, I shortly fell back …