AND! APRIL and MAY DATES! (all sold out!)

Photo by Andrea Behrends

Chelsea Market, NYC. Photo by Andrea Behrends

There are so many really incredible opportunities being offered to me right now, at this very moment in life. I’m happy. I’m damn happy. Work has beget more good, true work amidst good, true people and, really, I’m not sure what else a person can ask for out of their life. I find myself, more often than not, in a dizzying and delightful spin, bouncing from one incredible person who loves what they do as much as I do, to another. The conversations are about ideas, about love, about passion, about dreams, about failures, about journeys, about right turns and wrong roads. I feel lucky and constantly inspired by all that life has brought my way. I’m enjoying the moment. And the growing and building doesn’t stop. I’m working harder than ever at a different kind of “building” – it’s the kind of growth that beckons for design and creativity rather the jolting and exhausting foundational structure that I’ve been trying to establish these many years. I can finally put away the heavy jackhammer and pick up my lathe.

This however, has left me with a lot less time to do public Buttermilk Road events. And, quite frankly, I really miss it and y’all and being elbow deep in the pure, odd, raw joy that getting a room full of Nashvillians together brings me (and, seemingly, everyone else in the room as well!). SO, in an effort to not let another single moment go by without committing some dates, I’ve decided to announce dates for April and May before life sweeps me off my feet again!

Also, please do know that my calendar has been booking up with private baking classes. Private baking classes typically book up two to three months in advance (in another words, my dance card is pretty full for private classes until June/July. The next reservations I will be taking will be for mid-late Summer). If this is something of interest to you, please contact me at: buttermilkroadsundaysupper@gmail.com

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As always:

Sunday Suppers will be limited to 30 people.

Baking classes will be limited to 12 people.

All materials for baking classes provided. Just bring an apron and a notebook.

Locations for Sunday Suppers will be shared with confirmed guests. We’ve shared Suppers at Barista Parlor, Mas Tacos, The Catbird Seat, BurgerUp on 12th, Arnold’s Country Kitchen… People are generous and kind and always opening their doors to us.

Sunday Suppers will be a three course family style meal, including wine pairings by the beautifully pregnant Robin Riddell Jones with appetizers and cocktails (with delightful picks from our best pals at Woodland Wine Merchant) as soon as you walk in the door.

Price is per seat for Suppers and per student for baking classes. Seats are non-refundable but transferable if you if find you cannot attend. I usually have a waiting list and am happy to help if you come across a scheduling snafu.

Don’t hog the night. I kindly suggest that you purchase a maximum of four seats for Sunday Suppers, please. The idea is to put yourself out there and have a different experience with different people.

We usually have live music. It’s usually ridiculously mind blowing.

Come with an open heart and a hungry body and spirit and the night will be yours.

Photo by Andrea Behrends

Photo by Andrea Behrends

APRIL DATES

SOLD OUT!! BUTTERMILK ROAD SOUTHERN BAKING BASICS CLASS: APRIL 13TH, 2PM-5PM, LOCATION TBD; $75

SOLD OUT!! BUTTERMILK ROAD SUNDAY SUPPER: APRIL 20TH 730PM, LOCATION TBA TO CONFIRMED GUESTS; $85

MAY DATES

SOLD OUT!! BUTTERMILK ROAD SUNDAY SUPPER: MAY 11TH, 730PM, LOCATION TBA TO CONFIRMED GUESTS; $85

SOLD OUT!! BUTTERMILK ROAD SOUTHERN BAKING BASICS CLASS: MAY 18TH, LOCATION TBD; $75

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE A RESERVATION TO JOIN US! ALL APRIL AND MAY DATES ARE SOLD OUT!

TO MAKE A RESERVATION: 

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK AND PAY WITH A DETAILED NOTE DESCRIBING WHICH EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO ATTEND AND HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU ARE PAYING FOR. 

**SINCE MULTIPLE DATES ARE LISTED, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU ADD A NOTE TO YOUR PAYMENT WITH WHICH EVENT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND! THANK YOU!**

WITHIN 24HOURS, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONTAINING A CONFIRMATION OF YOUR SEAT AS WELL AS OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR EVENT.

You can always, always, always reach me directly at buttermilkroadsundaysupper@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns. Please do allow for 2-3 days for me to respond – email has been tricky for me to find time for lately. But, I promise, I will respond as quickly as possible.

I can’t wait to see you all at the table again!

LD

Seen the Morning Light, And It Ain’t Because I’m an Early Rise..

So. Charleston Wine and Food Festival. 2014. Sean Brock, Drew Robinson, John Currence, Donald Link, Angie Mosier, Rodney Scott and…. Me. We cooked one of the most fun and inspiring dinners together at the Alabama Tent Revival on the Saturday night of the festival to celebrate and support Jim n’ Nick and The Southern Foodway Alliance’s recognition of the Archibald family of Archibald’s BBQ in Northpoint, Alabama.

The food was phenomenal and the company was outstanding. I made Alabama Lane Cakes with Atlanta’s own Angie Mosier – a gal who somehow manages to make you fall in love with her five thousand times more every time you get to spend time with her. Working the pass with this crew, a world class shit-talking fest if I’ve ever seen one, was something dreams are made of. I’d love to say that I have plenty of stories to share, but it was all in the moment. And the moment included a lot, like a lifetime’s worth, of incredible whisky.

The one and only Angie Mosier, setting the tone at Nick's BBQ for our Tent Revival.

The one and only Angie Mosier, setting the tone at Nick’s BBQ for our Tent Revival.

Nick of Jim n' Nicks and Sean.

Nick of Jim n’ Nicks and Sean.

Donald Link of Pesce and Cochon - he was waxing super poetically about his days as a grill cook at this exact moment.

Donald Link of Pesce and Cochon – he was waxing super poetically about his days as a grill cook at this exact moment.

This badass pass. An impressive line up from start to finish.

This badass pass. An impressive line up from start to finish.

My contribution: The Alabama Lane Cake.

My contribution: The Alabama Lane Cake.

I think everyone liked it, especially Edward Lee.

I think everyone liked it, especially Ed Lee.

BMR in New York/Photographer and Friend Andrea Behrends (with some Thanks sprinkled in at the end)

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As I plan my 2014 Calendar, which has yet another incredibly exciting Sunday Supper planned for New York, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about this trip – but it’s likely that you’re better off if I just show you. You know how when you’re having an incredibly big moment in your life and you actually, afterward, feel like you were completely stoned and buzzed and dizzy and breathless through the entire thing? That’s pretty much how this trip to New York was. Words actually fail me.

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We toured the Chelsea Market, I taught my very first Southern Baking class with a group of some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met (including the dear, dear Charlotte Druckman who became an “instant favorite person ever” person), we cooked for a room full of lovely New Yorkers and, in between, ate the best punjabi, pizza, chinese, thai, italian and snuck into male-only middle eastern eateries in the middle of the night to eat hummus and drink black tea. Best whirlwind trip of my life.

(A big thank you to Sarah Simmons and her crew at CityGrit for gifting us the use of their kitchen and dining room!)

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So, it is with much gratitude to Andrea Behrends for capturing all the little and big moments of this trip, the nuances of each day, all of the gestures, all of the friends that showed up to support us, all of the food that we were able to so eagerly prepare and present, all of the guests who came and ate and laughed and had their own very, separate and intimate experiences outside of us. Thank you Andrea for being there and for the really wonderful gift that these pictures are.

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A MOMENT OF SERIOUS, I’M NOT EVEN KIDDING YOU, GRATITUDE AND HUMILITY 

As I write this and share these pictures, I’m feeling a rather spontaneous inclination to to say thank you. I should probably wait for an end of the year wrap up, but screw it. My heart says “now”. Thank you to my friends who have all made this thing work, simply by showing up to wash dishes, by carrying heavy ass boxes of dishes all over god’s green earth, by taking the most beautiful and meaningful pictures of all these important moments, by cleaning corn, by playing a live show for my guests, by setting tables and pouring wine and making playlists and by taking trash bags full of fish carcasses in your brand new car to a dumpster because the one at the restaurant was locked and not hating me when one ripped and made your brand new car smell like fish for months and months. I don’t know how I deserve people like you in my life, but I’m so grateful. Bare with me while I gush, will ya?

BMRSSNYC72-3074The one and only Jessica Cheatham, BMR would likely be a big pile of neglected, sad, twitching broken dreams and, I, an overworked, stressed out pile of twitching brokenness without you and your immense love and kindness and strength of friendship and dedication. You’re the hardest working girl I know. Thank you. Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou and I love you. You’re remarkable.

Photo by A. Behrends

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Heidi Ross for being the strongest sounding board I’ve ever had and for putting in so many hours of your time simply because you believe in my ideas. You’ve brought order and style and enthusiastic partnership to my, ahem, romantic and batshit crazy brain.

Photo by A. Behrends

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John Donovan for being everyone’s hero, every damn time. But mostly, for being my hero. You make me win at life.

Photo by A. Behrends

Photo by R. Green

Molly Levine for being the best sous I may ever have. I miss you every time I cook a Supper. I can’t wait for the next time we step foot in a kitchen together… In San Francisco.

Photo by A. Behrends

Photo by A. Behrends

Andrea Behrends – you’re always there with a camera, a badass attitude and serious server skills to bus tables and fill water. I love being around you. I love you’re heart. I love you’re joy. I love your ability to make a room full of super badassery come to life.

Photo by H. Ross

Photo by H. Ross

Joy Shaw for saying yes even when you should have said no and for always, always, always being my back up plan, and for always having a cocktail in my hand every time I plated the last plate – you were always a life saver and still are.

Photo by H. Ross

Photo by H. Ross

Robin Riddell Jones for being smart where I am lacking and making sure that everyone always had a lovely glass of wine to sip.

Photo by A. Behrends

Photo by A. Behrends

Alisa Martin, Caitlin Mello, Teresa Mason, Leia Buchanan, Shannon Wright, Sean Brock, Josh Habiger, Courtney Jaye, Mack and Holly Linebaugh, Heather Routh, Libby Callaway, Susan Sherrick, Aaron Clemins, Molly Fitzpatrick, Nicole Wolfe, Kahlil Arnold and the whole Arnold’s family, Mike Wiley, Melissa Shoaf, Kindy Girdley, Ryan Green, Mark Tucker, Laura Wilson…

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Photo by M. Tucker

I feel like George Bailey at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life when I think of all of you. “No man who has friends is a failure.”

You all make me my most capable self. I love you all.

Here’s to the end of a year, a New Year to follow and many more memories!

Sunday Supper at Buddy’s: November 24th, 2013

accordianSeveral things happen when you build your life around food. You find yourself constantly surrounded by others who work with their hands, whose bodies are a kind of machine for their mind and ideas. It didn’t take me very long, upon entering adulthood, to realize that these people (cooks, painters, sculptors, wood workers) were my people.  And when I meet someone who is working as dedicatedly hard as I do on a daily basis to make these ideas a part of their reality, well, I fall madly in love with them and their spirit and their work and the immense amount of beauty I find in their processes. I feel damned lucky to find myself around these kind of people every single day of my life. People who mean it, every single time.

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I was asked, earlier this year, to become a part of a series of curated photography exhibits by Libby Callaway and Susan Sherrick called Joint Project. It has been a way for me to bring my interests back full circle to the visual art community (which is where I started way back before I ever set foot in a professional kitchen). It’s been really important and wonderful to me to find myself around some of Nashville mosts important artists and some really, truly badass and awe inspiring work. There is important work being made in this city. Really important.

Enter Buddy Jackson. If you aren’t familiar with Buddy’s work, you should take a minute to poke around some of the various online things I know are out there about him. I’ll save you my two cent art history notes and just tell you that I’m bowled over every single time I walk into his house and his studio. His home is a beautiful gallery of his work and he graciously opens it up to people, collectors and non, on the regular just so it can be seen. During one of these openings, as I wandered through his charming kitchen, I thought: why not cook and eat and show this work all at the same time? So. Here we are! amanda3So far, we have a really lovely night planned. Buddy will be presenting new and old works both in his home and in his studio (behind his house with a lovely courtyard in between). Susan Sherrick will be on hand to answer questions for any interested collectors. The Howlin’ Brothers will be performing for our cocktail hour. And I’ll be cooking a four course meal with wine pairings!

When you buy a seat to this supper, you’ll be making a contribution to one of Nashville’s most important artists and having an experience that I believe will be the start of many more artist collaborations to come. Since I can’t yet buy art, the best way I know how to support it is to cook. So, I’m gonna do some cooking.

Seats will be limited to 30 folks. Details will be sent to guests after reservation confirmations have been made. Tickets will be $85/per person and will include appetizers and cocktails, four courses and wine pairings, musical guests The Howlin’ Brothers and a private viewing of Buddy Jackson’s works and studio.

RESERVE YOUR SEATS HERE! 

Guests will receive an email confirmation within 24hours. Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferable to another guest and re-sellable by the guest. BMR cannot resell or re-date the tickets for another Supper.

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Looking very forward to it! See you at the table!
LD

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images courtesy of Buddy Jackson

 

 

 

WHEW! Let’s Catch Up, Shall We??

These last six months… I can really, barely wrap my mind around where to begin. There are so many photos to share, so many stories to tell, so much that was seen, eaten, sipped, sung, bellowed, guffawed, gulped…. I really feel like maybe a bulleted list of the last six months might be a better summation.

But bullet lists are for jerks. I want to have the time it would take to tell you all the details, show you all the pictures, tell you about all the food. And, I really feel like I CAN. In time. And, maybe if that time isn’t NOW, I can at least hope that I took copious enough notes to remember the better parts to share with you very soon. In the last six months, I’ve been to New York with my team of brilliant hoodlums, the wonderwall that is Jessica Cheatham, the super-multi-talent that is Andrea Behrends and a visitor chef, Aussie globetrotter Trisha Greentree, to teach baking classes and serve a Sunday Supper to a whole new audience. I’ve been to and baked for the remarkable and utterly life-changing event that is the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium where the topic was Women, Work and Food and where I met the most incredible people I may ever meet on this planet, heard some of the most inspiring words spoken and cooked with incredibly gifted and generous chefs whom I will always feel are my family now. I was asked to host a Supper in the Studio with Emily Leonard to be covered by a talented team for Anthology Magazine that consisted of Anna Watson Carl, Amy Dickerson and Jenn Elliot Blake. I’ve recorded two episodes of Mind of a Chef with Sean Brock. I’ve been invited to host intimate Suppers with the likes of the wonderful folks at Jack Daniels in Lynchburg as well as with Arnold’s Country Kitchen to benefit The Land Trust of Tennessee – not to mention in various, lovely private homes in the South. I’ve worked with the beautifully curated shows that are The Joint Series with Susan Sherrick and Libby Callaway and in leagues with Josh Habiger and musician Joe Fletcher. My biscuits were listed as #5 best biscuit in the country by Food and Wine Magazine (say wha?!!). All the while, I’ve been doing some of the most rewarding and important work of my life with some of the finest cooks I’ve ever met at Husk Nashville, and also helping to oversee the pastry in Charleston at the original Husk with the sensationally brilliant Travis Grimes. I’ve been wonderfully busy. As John T. Edge would say, “Everything is in motion” and I couldn’t be happier. (Notice how I’ve just made a bullet list in paragraph form? That’s SUPER jerky, right there, isn’t it?).

AND, I have pictures! SOMEwhere! And I promise to show them to you. SOON!

For now, I want to tell you all thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Bucket fulls of thanks to so many people.

And, I also want to tell you what’s ahead! I feel a real-deal bullet list coming on…

This year, in lieu of my usual Thanksgiving Pie Extravaganza Sale in which I drive everyone around me crazy for a week in order to obsess over the production of 100+ pies, I will exclusively be selling pies at Peter Nappi to benefit The Magdelene House at their Thanks&Giving Show with several of the loveliest Nashvillians I know: Emily Leonard, Peter Bradley Adams, Heidi Ross, the entire Peter Nappi Team and Thistle Farms. Understanding, of course, that this doesn’t fill your Thanksgiving Day pie needs, but it does get you in the spirit of things all while you get to eat some damn pie. It’s kind of a perfect thing!

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On Sunday, November 24th, I will be hosting a Sunday Supper (the first since New York!) at the home of acclaimed artist Buddy Jackson. It will be a Supper billed as a private viewing of many of his most recent works, as well as many of his previous works. Curator and art dealer Susan Sherrick will be on hand, with Buddy himself, to discuss the work with guests as well as to provide information for collectors regarding purchase. I’ll be posting the menu and a link to purchase seats to this Supper later this week! If you’re not familiar with Buddy or his work, please check him out here on my other ridiculously talented pal Mark Tucker’s website.

I’ll be posting December events within the next couple of weeks. But, I’m excited to announce that there is a Holiday Sunday Fete in the works and the date is December 15th. Stay tuned for exciting details!

Thank you for letting me barely catch you all up. I’m still here! And, happily, everything is delightfully and wonderfully “in motion”.

With much love and thanks,

Lisa