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Nashville Petite Sweets, Desserts, and Cakes

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Nashville Petite Sweets, Desserts, and Cakes

Chef Debbie Sutton heads to the Beard House

Casey Todd

Chef Debbie was delighted to help Chef Brandon Frohne of Mason's in the kitchen at the James Beard house in New York on Saturday.

The James Beard House in Greenwich Village, Manhattan NY is considered sacred ground for chef's across the country.  The home and foundation were opened after Beard's death "to provide a center for the culinary arts and to continue to foster the interest James Beard inspired in all aspects of food, its preparation presentation, and of course, enjoyment."

Dinners are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world.

An invitation to the James Beard Kitchen is a true honor for chef's across the country. Kudos to Chef Debbie and Chef Brandon of Mason's for representing Nashville in the iconic kitchen.

6 Tips for Hiring a Caterer

Casey Todd

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!

SEC Tournament Desserts at Bridgestone Arena

Casey Todd

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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.

Dessert anyone?

 
 

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.

Community Support: Tennessee Flavors Event

Casey Todd

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

Cornbread Crostini

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

The Sweet Side of 8LL

Casey Todd

Wedding season is upon us and we are swooning over beautifully designed wedding cakes!  Our seasoned pastry chef Morgan Bargers, designs and creates unique wedding cakes for each and every bride. Our range of capabilities in the cake space spans from classic and elegant three tiered cakes, fondant cakes all the way to custom cakes with specific design elements and splashes of color.  Each cake is unique showcasing delicate designs along with its delicious flavor.  And for all the grooms out there, don't worry Morgan can make your very own Grooms Cake. Unless of course you don't care for cake, that's when really have fun offering your favorite dessert instead. 

Having a devoted pastry chef shows that we are dedicated to the sweet side of our business. Morgan is incredible and references her work as "edible art."

We frequently work with on-premise and off-premise clients to provide one of our signature cakes as part of our catering services.  Sometimes we are called to provide one of our delicious cakes only. We pride ourselves on being able to accommodate our clients needs in all aspects of the event planning space.

Here are a few of our recent favorites: 

Bring on 2015!

Debbie Sutton

2014 was a great year for our 8 Lavender Lane team and we’re excited to see what 2015 has in store for us! Our focus has always been on exceeding our clients expectations by providing superior customer service + great food. Combining this with our keen eye for detail, we feel strongly that we will provide all of our clients with an event to remember. 

Other exciting news, our office has moved to a great new spot! We can now be found in the beautiful & historic Riverwood Mansion located in East Nashville.  We are happy to offer this venue to our clients for all types of wonderful events, corporate meetings, weddings, parties, music and tv related functions, art events, and the list goes on. We are thrilled to extend our services by being able to not only host on-premise events at Riverwood Mansion but also off premise events at the location of our clients choosing.

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Oftentimes we participate in local wedding events and recently held a booth at the Perfect Wedding Guide wedding show at the Nashville downtown Omni hotel. We’re still spinning from all the fun and excitement! We really enjoyed meeting so many brides and grooms and discussing the various options we have to offer for their big day.

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Serving up our famous chicken salad while showcasing a few sweet treats allowed us to provide a sneak peak into the many services we are able to offer. We can’t wait to work with so many new clients this year!