Ep. 61: Andy & Charlie Nelson, Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

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Photo: nelson's green brier distillery

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery sits on an industrial street in downtown Nashville, and on the day I visited, I walked past a group of ladies, probably some of whom were somebody’s granny, and they were taking selfies outside its front painted facade. I was already smiling before I entered the building, which then wowed me with its size, perfect on-brand styling (check out that gift shop!) and general hustle and bustle. I’m fortunate to have tasted one of the early sips of its Belle Meade Bourbon years ago, and I remember first meeting Andy Nelson at Euphoria when he went to his car to get me a bottle to sample with friends upon returning home. But make no mistake -- this isn’t car trunk hooch! The distillery has been featured in everything from Cocktail Enthusiast to LA Magazine, and Under the Label listed its sherry-casked bourbon as one of the best 50 bourbons under $100. Taste it, and all that press just seems inevitable, just as inevitable  as Charlie and his brother felt going into the whiskey business. In fact, they were basically born into it, and if you listen close to this interview, you’ll hear a scoop of a new release celebrating the family.

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Ep. 62: Randi Weinstein, Fab, A Females and Business Workshop Conference 

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photo: fab

With the bright stars, television shows, and lines of cookware coming out of restaurant kitchens these days, it seems easy to forget this is an industry with decidedly unsexy elements: from dealing with health inspections and bookkeeping to handling a staff member who might be suffering with an addiction. Randi Weinstein gets this. She’s been in the hospitality industry all her life, from bartending to serving to director of events for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, and in this still male-dominated industry, she feels that women often don’t have the resources they need to succeed. So in true Randi fashion, she created FAB, a two-day workshop conference, gathering some of the brightest female stars in the hospitality industry to inspire, teach, and guide other women. Although it’s set to debut in June 2017, it’s already helped land her on Southern Living’s list of most influential Southerners. We deep dive into an industry discussion here (dropping plenty of names along the way) so join in, no matter your gender ID. All are welcome at this table.

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Ep. 63: Emmylou Harris and Melissa Ann Barton, Mod Squad Martha

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photo : libba osborne

Sometimes, food means much more to us than the taste and the plate. We use it as a catalyst of meaning, of connection, and a way to start a conversation. And sometimes that conversation takes us away from the table, like it did when I visited Nashville and sat down recently with Melissa Ann Barton of Mod Squad Martha and artist, singer, and songwriter Emmylou Harris. These two met over good food, bonded over their love of animals, and have now partnered up to get the word out about Crossroads Campus and Bonaparte’s Retreat. Melissa Ann’s new line of bottled marinades and vinaigrettes helps support the efforts of these Nashville organizations Emmylou founded, and although the marinade we enjoyed on salmon was utterly delicious and had moroccan spice, fresh ginger, and is gluten and preservative free, you’ll hear from these two ladies that what they’re working to do is a much bigger conversation.

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