Entertainment & Dining Out 2017 – Advertorials

Posted on: September 30th, 2017 by tgregory

Challah & Honey: Kosher catering to help you celebrate special occasions

 Fall is coming!! What does that mean?

Pumpkins.  Boots. The leaves are changing. Candles. Turkey…and pies.

We’re ready for hoodies and cooler nights and the many scents of fall to fill the air.

This is the favorite time of year for many in Nashville and we at Challah & Honey look forward to planning and catering your next indoor or outdoor event. 

Our focus is to handle every detail of the process, whether it’s a celebration or intimate gathering. 

We prepare all meals in a certified kosher kitchen at Chabad of Nashville under strict supervision. 

Creative cuisine.  Excellent service.  Kosher by design.

Welcome to our table. Call or email us today: Carlos (615-473-1390) or Terri (864-313-7842).


Grins: Kosher vegetarian fare for all since 2002

Grins Vegetarian Café, which opened in 2002, is located on the Vanderbilt University campus in the Schulman Center for Jewish Life; our Kosher certification is provided by Rabbi Saul Strosberg from Congregation Sherith Israel.

A member of the Bongo Java family of restaurants, we are lucky to be included in the Vandy Student Meal Plan. This keeps us busy when students are in town. (Grins operates only during the school year.) You’ll find us open Monday through Thursday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Friday for breakfast and lunch only. While our clientele is mostly Vanderbilt students and faculty, Grins welcomes everyone in search of fresh kosher vegetarian fare and offers enough metered parking to accommodate all non-Vanderbilt guests. 

Our regular menu features grilled sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups and salads, and vegan cookies and muffins that are so good you’ll order them for an appetizer. Our daily specials include choices like chile relleno, szechwan noodles and Indian veggie curry, and are posted daily at bongojava.com. Check us out on Instagram at grinsvegcafe for colorful photos, and on Facebook at Grins Vegetarian Café. 


Noshville cooks up comfort food for biz meetings, bar mitzvahs

At Noshville Delicatessen, the goal is simple: To prepare and serve the highest quality food in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. 

Noshville is not only a delicious place to visit for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also great for catering. Whether you are getting together at the office or entertaining at home, Noshville will customize any menu to meet your individual needs, offering a wide variety of assorted trays, platters and box lunches. 

Noshville is also available for restaurant rental for anything from wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions to bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. We provide the perfect combination of food, service and atmosphere for any occasion. 

Stop by for your “Make your Mother Happy…Eat and Enjoy” experience. 

Noshville is located in the heart of Green Hills at 4014 Hillsboro Circle, and the A/B Terminal of the Nashville International Airport. 

So come see why we have been voted Best Delicatessen 17 years and remember Noshville is an eating experience, not just a place to eat! 

Visit our website at www.noshville.com for more details.


Optique: helping you deal with dim light and dining out 

Many people find when dining out or in theatres with low lighting, their near vision is more difficult than usual.  After age 40, we naturally lose the ability to focus up close.  

 “In setting the ambiance, most restaurants have dim lighting,” says Dr. Michele Sonsino, optometrist and partner at Optique Eyecare and Eyewear.  “If you are over the age of 40 and do not have appropriate reading glasses or contact lenses, you may notice that your ability to read is impacted.” 

 But there is more to the story. As we age, there are other factors that contribute to the loss of ability to read in dim lighting.  “Factors such as increasing nearsightedness, early onset of cataracts, normal decrease of photoreceptors in the retina, some rare eye conditions, and even vitamin deficiencies all may contribute to difficulty reading at the restaurant,” Sonsino says.

 “While treatable, many of those causes are considered normal processes of aging.  However, there are insidious causes that do not have such simple treatments,” says Dr. Jeffrey Sonsino, optometrist and partner at Optique. “Even though many people can be fixed with simple devices, like progressive glasses or multifocal contact lenses, we are always on the lookout for eye conditions that are not so simple to treat.” 

 Although there is no cure for age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma, there are good treatments that can prolong the ability to read.  While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Sonsino invented a pair of reading glasses that help people with vision impairment read.  

 For more information on this commercially available device, contact LowVisionreaders.com


Porta Via Ristorante e Bar offers true Italian flavors

Founded in 1989, Belle Meade’s Porta Via Ristorante e Bar features authentic Italian cuisine, Tennessee’s only VPN-certified Neapolitan pizza, and west Nashville’s best selection of fine wines, craft cocktails and amari.

Approaching The Greenway Plaza on White Bridge Road, it’s impossible to miss their radiant, 15-foot sign, perched above an inviting, bright red vestibule. Inside, guests are instantly drawn to the quaint yet sophisticated Italian surrounds, featuring Florentine plaster walls, an aged cherry pergola and a classic, tiled fountain that accepts coins in exchange for wishes. Comfortable booth and table seating accommodates a daily crowd of regulars, first-time visitors, and tourists that had placed Porta Via on their Nashville to-do list.

With passionate attention to detail, Porta Via’s culinary team makes all pastas, sauces, and soups daily from scratch, using only the highest quality, freshest ingredients. Imported 00 flour, San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala can be found in recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. What’s more, Porta Via is the only restaurant in Tennessee, and the 350th in the world, to be certified by the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), for preserving the art and tradition of Neapolitan pizza making.

For the enjoyment of family and friends, Porta Via also offers a delicious selection of hand-made gelato, a full range of espresso beverages and other traditional Italian desserts. Buon appetito!


In ‘Pavel’s Violin,’ area author tells story of hope, survival

Robert Frost once wrote that “a good poem begins with delight and ends in wisdom.” This is true of all human experience, whether a poem, dinner with good friends, or a night on the town.  It is especially true of a new historical novel by area author Walter William Melnyk. The tale of “Pavel’s Violin” begins in the delight of the Austrian Alps and the crafting of a fine violin.  It ends in the wisdom that comes from experiencing and surviving the Holocaust.

Pavel Lustig was a prisoner in Terezin and Auschwitz-Birkenau. He survived the camps, and a death march from Auschwitz. He was a violinist, and after his escape his brother found a “not-so-new but nice” violin for Pavel to play.  Pavel lost many family members in the camps, but a few survived.  A descendant inherited the instrument, and many years later passed it on to her violin student, who became the author of “Pavel’s Violin.”  The tale follows the violin from Jakob Stainer’s alpine workshop, to palaces of bishops and emperors, into the Moravian Jewish community, and then to Terezin and Auschwitz. Upon Pavel’s escape from the Death March, he and the violin finally come together on the slopes of the Carpathians.

The reader becomes part of the story, sitting beside Stainer on a mountaintop, riding with Pavel in a transport to Auschwitz, standing with victims in the gas chamber, playing the violin with each of its owners. It is journey of delight and wisdom.


RED Spirits & Wine: Staying the Course 

This September has brought us to our 6-year anniversary at RED Spirits & Wine.  They say that “time flies when you are having fun” and it’s true because it has been a pleasure for us to serve the Bellevue and the Nashville community throughout.  

While there are many things that have changed, our mission at RED remains constant, which is to provide the finest selection of product choices in a modern atmosphere along with the best customer experience in the industry.  

As we begin another year of service, we invite you to enjoy shopping with us in-store as well as exploring new conveniences with special event planning and delivery services to complement the best in wines, spirits, beer, mixers and cigars for any occasion.  

Thank you for choosing RED! 


Sperry’s Restaurant: 43 years of impeccable food and service 

Sperry’s Restaurant is a timeless Nashville tradition and award-winning, family-owned dining destination with locations in heart of Belle Meade and Cool Springs. 

Since 1974 Sperry’s has impeccably served high-quality food in a comfortable, old English atmosphere. Using only the finest ingredients and products available – including aged, heavily-marbled beef, the freshest seafood available, premium cheeses, oils and spices – Sperry’s food is as fresh as it gets. Known for its undisputed attention to culinary detail, Southern hospitality and inviting ambience, Sperry’s can accommodate an intimate dinner for two or help you entertain a party of 75. 

In addition to being one of the best steakhouses in the Southeast, Sperry’s boasts an extensive wine list with more than 188 selections as well as a weekly happy hour that features unbeatable deals on martinis, wines, spirits and small-plate food options, fondly called Burton’s Bites after owner Al Thomas’ grandfather, Burton Sperry. 

Must-try menu items at Sperry’s include delicious beef entrees, its famous salad bar complete with home-made green goddess dressing and the bananas foster dessert. Sperry’s Restaurants are located at 5109 Harding Road just past the Belle Meade Plantation and in Cool Springs at 650 Frazier Drive next to Thomasville Furniture. 

Be sure to visit the newly opened Sperry’s Mercantile Meat and Seafood Market for fresh steaks, seafood, sides, dressings and more.  Sperry’s Mercantile is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm and is located directly behind the Belle Meade location.   

Go to www.sperrys.com for more information and to make reservations.


The Temple Gift Shop, one-stop shopping made easy   

The Temple Gift Shop is the place to go when you are looking for that unique gift, whether for the holidays, B’nai Mitzvot, weddings, Bris or baby namings, or a special gift for a Friday night Shabbat host.  You will find gift-giving made easy with our wonderful new selections and you might just find something for yourself.  We are happy to take special orders.


Catch Jew Store (the musical) at fundraiser for Akiva School 

First a best-selling book…now a major musical, the sixteen-person, highly anticipated Jew Store (the musical) makes a Nashville stop prior to an open-ended New York engagement. Writer, producer, director and Nashville resident Jay Kholos, along with his talented cast of actor/singer/dancers, are proud that Jew Store (the musical) has been chosen as Akiva School’s major fundraising program.

Two performances only in the GJCC auditorium are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Performances are likely to be sold out, so Nashvillians are encouraged to purchase their tickets now, with all proceeds to benefit the Akiva School.

“Dolly Parton originally held rights to the critically acclaimed Stella Suberman family memoir, The Jew Store. When Dolly’s rights lapsed,” says Kholos, “I acquired theatrical rights to her compelling book. Our very talented cast and crew is extremely excited to bring this major new musical to Nashville.” 

Following the Nashville performances, “Jew Store (the musical)” will be presented in Atlanta, Skokie, South Florida and Philadelphia prior to its New York debut.

Tickets may be purchased online by visiting www.jewstorethemusical.com or by calling (615) 823-1031.