In April, we had the opportunity to cater the grand exhibit opening at Tinney Contemporary. Take a look at the hors d'oeuvre menu we created that showcased our artistic passion and culinary creativity.Read More
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Flavors of Nashville is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala providing guests with the unique experience of having a top local chef prepare a multi-course dinner tableside.Read More
Bringing together over 75 of Nashville's top restaurants and food and beverage artisans, Tennessee Flavors is an annual tasting event that supports the Nashville State Community College Foundation. Its focus is on Tennessee-sourced products and the culinary skills and local flavors that help make the growing Nashville community so special.Read More
This past Saturday and Sunday, we had the opportunity to work with Bridgestone Arena and cater the desserts in the Lexus Lounge for NHL All-Star Weekend.Read More
Whether you're planning a corporate event, a birthday celebration, or your wedding day, if you're looking for a caterer, it's very likely you have a specific vision of what you want. Most people don't realize caterers wear a variety of hats; they aren't just chefs. Many times they are plumbers, electricians, psychologists, babysitters, dog walkers, counselors, florists, hairstylists, and the list goes on. From the food quality/quantity to the superior service, It's important to choose a caterer that doesn't leave any details behind.Read More
For the 49th CMA Awards, we were honored to work with Mountain Agency to cater Universal Music Group's official CMA After Party. See the menu we served to the stars!Read More
You Have Reservations with Lightning 100. Today, Adam sat down with Chef Debbie Sutton from 8 Lavender Lane Catering and Events. Chef Sutton shared tips for making HUGE quantities of food, and how to cook even when conditions aren't ideal. We also chatted about why salad tastes better when served in a mason jar.Read More
As we cruise into summer's end, outdoor temps are once again bearable as we enjoy breezy nights and sunshiny days. Winter will be here before you know it, so get outside while you still can! There's nothing better than the company of friends over food in the open air of Summer and Fall.
You shouldn't feel limited to indoor space when it comes to throwing your next dinner party. Consider turning your celebration into an outdoor southern soiree. From a lovely bridal brunch complete with a mimosa bar, to an outdoor rehearsal dinner under Italian string lights, the options are endless. Impress your guests by keeping the details elegant, and taking the party outdoors.
Creative ideas & tips for your next outdoor event:
- Throw an afternoon tea party in the garden.
- Host a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars of summer.
- Consider a theme for your party: Midsummer Night's Dream, Backyard BBQ, Great Gatsby, Alice in Wonderland, Havana Nights, Enchanted Forest, etc.
- Use fresh floral centerpieces to bring your outdoor surroundings straight to the table.
- Keep foods simple and light during daylight hours and don't forget a refreshing beverage.
- Set up a fire pit for evening affairs to keep guests cozy - for an added bonus make smore's.
- Encourage mingling by setting up an outdoor lounge area.
- Don't over complicate it! The three key elements to a successful dinner party are good friends, good food, and a great setting to enjoy them.
8 Lavender Lane Catering & Events has worked with numerous outdoor venues around Nashville. Contact us about reserving and planning your next outdoor event. (615) 389-1826
Photos by: Gregory Byerline
What better way to celebrate summer's bounty than by teaming up with fellow Nashville chef's and serving up a tasty menu. Fun was had by all at last week's 2015 Summer Harvest dinner at Riverwood Mansion on the east side. Fresh ingredients came from our garden at Riverwood shared with Chef Trey Cioccia of The Farmhouse.
The best part is that a portion of the proceeds benefited nonprofit organizations in need ( OnTarget4Vets & The American Liver Foundation ) allowing us to give back to those in need.
Here's a peak inside the tasty menu served:
1st Course - Chef Todd Martin, The Treehouse
Marinated heirloom tomatoes, farm greens, benne, fresh goat cheese, herbs
2nd Course - Chef Hal Holden-bach, Lockeland Table
Grilled GA, Quail, white squirrel farms greens & beets, bentons, hoisin bbq
3rd Course - Chef Trey Cioccia, The Farm House
SOUTH CAROLINA AMBERJACK WITH HOPPIN JOHNS, PICKLE
4th Course - Chef Debbie Sutton, Riverwood Mansion
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB, NUTELLA CRUMB CRUST, SWEET MAIZE ICE CREAM
*Photo's courtesy of Kim Vetter photography.
Our very own Chef Debbie Sutton recently took over the ownership and management team leader of Riverwood Mansion. With these changes, Chef Sutton has introduced Riverwood to more community events and partnerships, specifically involving the local culinary scene. With the first ever Local Fest @ the Mansion and Pop Up Dinner back in November to a recent Chef's forum bringing together local chef's at the mansion we are excited to announce a new endeavor......
Chef Debbie Sutton has partnered up with Chef Trey Cioccia of The Farm House on a "farm to fork" concept to bring the freshest ingredients to their guests. Riverwood will be home to a new garden where fresh produce will be grown, harvested and then served at Cioccia's restaurant and incorporated into 8 Lavender Lane's catering menu. We're excited to participate in this important initiative bringing the community fresher food.
We have officially broke ground where the garden will be planted and the plans to build a greenhouse alongside are also in effect. A new railroad tie compost will be installed to compliment the outdoor garden and greenhouse.
Stay tuned for more updates and photo's as the garden progresses!
Spring and summer are great times to host offsite corporate events. Add a little something extra to your company’s event by checking out a few of the latest corporate event trends.
Location- Cultural aspects of meeting locations is becoming more important to guests who are used to having each event in a standard office or hotel banquet room. Hosting an offsite event or outing can be a refreshing change!
Flexible meeting spaces- Flexibility during onsite events is important for meeting planners. The best venues offer conveniences such as valet parking, moveable furniture, and various equipment that make the spaces more useful and attractive.
Unique Food and Beverage Choices- Boxed lunches are out and guests are looking for more options for meal and snack breaks. It’s not just a variety of meal options that keep attendees happy but rather an assortment of fresh and healthy choices for those with dietary restrictions (such as allergies, gluten free, and vegan).
For happy hour events, creating a personalized touch is a nice way to delight guests. Offer up local brews by teaming up with a local brewery (Yazoo) or distillery (Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream or Pennington’s Strawberry Rye) to add a regional touch to beverages for guests to enjoy. Another great twist for guests would be to provide a signature corporate cocktail specific to the company or event, making it one of a kind.
Making your event unique and comfortable is important so attendees enjoy themselves and want to come back.
Check out a few corporate events we have catered at Riverwood Mansion in East Nashville and give us a call to start planning your next offsite event!
Selecting the right caterer is an important part of event planning. There are a few things you should consider before sitting down with potential caterers:
Overall & per person budget- you will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation if you have both your overall event budget and food budget mapped out.
Guest Count- knowing the # of guests you plan to invite is crucial in generating an accurate estimate of food cost. The best way to manage your budget is by managing your guest list!
Event style- share the style of décor you plan to use during your event to help guide the creative planning process. Pictures from Pinterest can be especially helpful here.
Menu design- Share any specific food selections you may prefer. Also, be upfront about dietary restrictions such as allergies or the need for vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free dishes.
Get recommendations and referrals- Experienced and preferred caterers will have no problem providing references so go ahead and ask for them. It will validate your choice to hire.
Additional services- many caterers can help with coordinating other aspects of the event like tables, chairs, table linens, décor, floral, bartenders, etc. Ask the question to streamline your planning process and make the most of the relationship!
Having these area’s mapped out will benefit you by guiding the conversation so you get the most out of your meeting. You should expect that based on the information you provide your caterer they will be able to recommend the right food choices and certain cuisines based on the event style and budget you have outlined. Once the planning is done you can sit back, relax and feel good about your amazing food selections!
The 8LL kitchens have been running at full steam cranking out an array of desserts for the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament to be served in the Lexus Lounge at Bridgestone Arena. Reaching quantities of 15,000 pieces means fans are enjoying a variety of dessert options. This past week we delivered our chocolate mint cupcakes, pumpkin mousse pies, chocolate covered strawberries, as well as our chocolate cakes with red wine berry sauce.
For those fans who frequent Bridgestone Arena who may not be aware of the benefits and the experiences brought by the Lexus Lounge, here’s a quick guide:
LEXUS LOUNGE BENEFITS INCLUDE:
• Unprecedented "Behind theScenes" access to Nashville Predators players. Players walk through the club pre and post game allowing fans a one-of-a-kind interactive experience.
• Unique "back stage" feel for concerts and events.
• Most sought after sports tickets in Nashville with reserved seating in the first two rows.
• Premium unlimited buffet with decadent entrees, desserts and beverages including beer, wine and select spirits.
• Personal concierge services.
• Invitation to a private, interactive practice loaded with meet and greets and exclusive appearances.
• Ten complimentary guest passes each year.
• First opportunity to purchase tickets in reserved seating locations for non-hockey events.
*info courtesy of http://www.bridgestonearena.com/premium-seating/lexus-lounge
One of the best things about being in the culinary and events industry in Nashville is the genuine comradery between local chefs centered around the love for great cuisine.
We feel it is important to give back to our local community and look for opportunities where we can share our time, knowledge and experience for the betterment of Nashville.
On Thursday March 12th 2015, 5:30pm – 8:30pm we are participating in the Tennessee Flavors event to raise funds to benefit the Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College. The focus of the event will be Tennessee sourced products and people. We will be serving a customized menu featuring a few of our local favorites:
Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Liver Pate
House Smoked Bacon Jam
Carter Creek Greens
We are especially excited about this event since it will provide assistance and raise awareness for the school’s Culinary Arts Program. Rooted in every great chef is a foundation of education and experience along with a genuine love for culinary arts and we are thrilled to raise funds to provide this opportunity for students. Come out and join in the fun featuring many Nashville favorites! www.tnflavors.org