A Towel's Worth of Gratitude November 26 2013
The final ingredient for our recent Comfort Food Batch was our first in-house creation. And judging by the positive response (thanks, y'all!), we'll continue to offer one exclusive product in each monthly Batch we send. (Be on the lookout for something quite festive next week.)
To kick off our new monthly tradition, we took our Thanks Y'all artwork and had it printed on a hand towel (made in the U.S.A.). This accessory completes any kitchen, whether it hangs off your oven handle, protects table tops from warm casseroles, or cleans up spilled (local) milk.
These towels were printed in the heart of East Nashville by Life and Limb Printing Company. Each was screened by hand and treated with the utmost care before they made their way to you.
Meet the Purveyors: Southern Delights by Oakley November 21 2013
People often ask us how we find such great things to send to subscribers each month. We wish we could say we have access to some secret underworld lair of makers and bakers, but truthfully, most of them email us.
And that was the case with Lee Oakley, who has mastered the art of the pickle (if we say so ourselves) under her brand Southern Delights by Oakley.
Can a pickle capture a particular place and time? Lee Oakley believes each jar of her southern 14-day pickles captures a story from her childhood, her life as a mom, and now, her life as an entrepreneur. Using her mother’s recipe, she and her family now bottle their unique blend of spices so you can enjoy them around your dinner table, in your lunchbox, or over the kitchen sink (how you eat them is entirely up to you).
The lucky recipients of our recent "Comfort Food" Batch now know that these pickles compliment any family dinner, holiday brunch or late night craving. A blend of spices means each pickle is infused with flavor and makes your sandwich, stuffing or spread stand out. But, honestly, they are good enough to eat alone.
Meet the Purveyors: Gracey's Gourmet Cookies November 20 2013
When you think of comfort and food, your mind may immediately wander to thoughts of cookies. (Truth be told, our mind wanders there quite often, regardless of mental prompts.)
And that's why - when we were planning our recent "Comfort Food" Batch - we had to have some cookies. And if we could find some that complement the season, even better.
Enter: Gracey's Gourmet Cookies.
What do you get when you take delicious family recipes and combine them with seasonal spices? If you’re Brigitte Hohman, you get Gracey’s. Named after her grandmother and baked with love, all of her confections will delight your taste buds. If you’re looking for something homemade (but don’t want to make it in your home), Gracey’s has you covered.
Light and fluffy with just the right amount of spices, we bet you can't eat just one (but no one ate more than 12, because that was all we sent).
Meet the Purveyors: Faye's Cake Pops November 19 2013
Cake on a stick? Fashioned into a ball? Pristinely decorated?
Yes to all of the above.
And yes to everything that Faye's Cake Pops creates.
What began as a hobby blossomed into full-time work, especially after Kristy Barkley’s fourth child arrived. Made from scratch with a personal touch, these artfully-designed pops will get everyone at your office, birthday party, wedding, or fantasy-football draft talking (and coming back for more).
And that's why we were excited to include them in our recent "Comfort Food" shipment. Nothing is more comforting than cake, and if you can take the cake with you, even better. Faye's Cake Pops cranks out high quality conversation piece desserts in a variety of flavors and shapes.
Meet the Purveyors: Soberdough November 18 2013
Pour. Stir. Bake. There are no simpler directions when it comes to making a loaf of bread.
And that's why we were super excited to meet Veronica and Soberdough, her well-branded creation of beer bread mix. When we found this mix at a local market earlier this year, we couldn't wait to share it with you. And we're glad we did.
How easy is it to make this bread? Lets' say you've just come home from a long day. Your routine may be to crack open a cold one (we've been there). With Soberdough, you can pour that (local) beer into the mix and baking becomes as easy as opening your favorite brew. You’ll have a tasty loaf of bread and five beers leftover, the ingredients for a great night.
The phrase “Just Add Beer” usually appears on Spring Break shirts, but when you open a bag of Soberdough, it’s the only instructions you’ll need. The mother-and-son team (Veronica and Jordan) combined their respective passions (baking and craft beer) and came up with a handful of flavors perfect for any meal.
In fact, check out all the flavors available here.
Get Thee to the Flea November 17 2013
If you're in or around Nashville the first weekend in December (and why wouldn't you be?), then your first order of business should be to check out Porter Flea Holiday.
Nashville's third annual modern holiday market travels to Chestnut Hill on Saturday, December 7th, from 10am-6pm at the Track One Building (4th and Chestnut), 1211 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210. Featuring the area's largest selection of affordable, one-of-a-kind goods from the most talented artisans, Porter Flea Holiday 2013 boasts its biggest and most diverse lineup ever, including over 30 new and local designers.
You also may recognize some tasty food purveyors that will be there. Some of these delicious items have already shown up at your doorstep; now's your chance to go and get more.
In all, Porter Flea Holiday 2013 will showcase over 85 of the region’s best designers of modern handmade apparel and accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry, children's gifts and toys, and paper goods to satisfy all types of holiday shopping lists. Check 'em all out right here.
Don't miss the opportunity to see them all -- and to enjoy complimentary local craft beer from Jackalope Brewing Co while enjoying first crack at the season's hottest handmade gifts -- at the first-ever exclusive Preview Market on Friday, December 6th from 6-9pm. Tickets can be purchased here for this exclusive, 21+ event. And come hungry! The Grilled Cheeserie will be parked outside all night selling their legendary sandwiches and Grimey's will provide the tunes while you shop!
So if you can get out that weekend, go. And if you're stuck inside, turn off Twitter because it's all anyone will be talking about.
Meet the Purveyors: Firepot Chai November 05 2013
For our final after dinner puzzle piece, we selected a delicious post-meal beverage that would warm you up and calm you down.
Meet: Firepot Chai.
To round our our October After Dinner Batch, we asked Sarah Scarborough, founder of Firepot Chai to include some of her looseleaf tea. Firepot is Sarah's third tea venture, so we were confident she knew what she was doing. And she dropped her tea expertise on this Batch with a 3 oz. tin of her chocolate chai tea.
This combination of sweet and savory spices is the perfect way to relax after a long day. It's also a great way to get you going in the morning. Actually, we can't think of a time that isn't perfect for some Firepot Chai, so be sure to grab a tin (or a bottle of concentrate) to have at the ready, especially as the weather turns colder and relatives start showing up at your house.
Meet the Purveyors: Scrumptious October 30 2013
She had us at bacon.
In her email to us that served as a hearty introduction, Judy Beaudin, of Scrumptious, let us know that she made some very delightful and oh-so-memorable bacon chocolate chunk cookies.
And of course, when we heard that, we simply had to try them.
Once we did, we couldn't wait to try and fit them in a Batch. As it turned out, these bacon cookies were a nice teammate for the other items in our After Dinner Batch that shipped earlier this month.
But, Judy and Scrumptious don't only make bacon cookies. Her knack for presentation and a commitment to quality ingredients also means that her whoopie pies, cakes, breads, and other treats are equally as memorable.
Better yet, Scrumptious doesn't just bring the food; it also brings the party. Offering catering services for any size gathering, you'll have an event friends and family remember for a very long time.
Just like bacon cookies.
Meet the Purveyors: Oil & Wax October 24 2013
One thing a lot of people seem to love about our Batches is that many of our purveyors make wonderful things with very few ingredients. It takes a truly skilled artisan to whip up something out of thin air.
And this is one of the things we love about Oil & Wax and its founder, Rachel Mueller. While planning her wedding looking for candles, Rachel didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on these much-needed accents. So, she tried her hand at making the candles she needed. And we're glad she did.
Keeping things simple and configuring the right mixture of oil and wax in every candle she pours, Oil & Wax candles come in a variety of scents. If you didn't think it was possible to capture something like a Christmas tree or an entire season in a 4.5-ounce glass jar, then you need to find a match and take a whiff.
As Rachel continues to add new scents, we're sure you'll find something that suits your home, event, or gift-giving needs.
Meet the Purveyors: Walker Creek Confections October 21 2013
There may be more than one way to cook a caramel, but we think that Walker Creek found the perfect way and just kept adding to it. As subscribers for our October Batch (After Dinner) know, a little bourbon with caramels goes a long way.
Cathy McCook and Bruce Mott began making confections years ago and now have a home for their sweet treats on the square in Watertown, Tennessee. Cooking up toffee and caramels is the name of the game and dripping some spirits in the mix is the play of the day. This husband-and-wife team cooks, wraps, sells, and delights with every creation.
Once After Dinner landed on doorsteps, people told us how out-of-this-world these caramels were. All we could say in response was "Aren't you glad we didn't eat them all."
215 Ways to Reuse Mason Jars October 17 2013
At Batch, we've been known to send you a thing or two in that most iconic of containers: the Mason Jar. And while you can certainly wash and reuse as a cup, food container, or Southern-chic moonshine glass, we did some digging and found a few other ways to creatively reuse old Mason Jars.
(And, we can't say too much, but November's Batch will include something in a Mason Jar, too.)
The most popular way to reuse Mason Jars seems to be to collect supplies or hold lots of small things. The best we've seen in this bucket are these very simple jars holding your kids' craft supplies:
Need 8 more ideas for what Mason Jars can hold? Click here to get the skinny on bathroom supplies, stationery, and hardware.
Now let's get artistic. This post has 10 ways to use Mason Jars, including using one as a lantern or even - wait for it - a photo frame.
Want 47 more ideas? Of course you do. Click here to get to a slide show with a bevy of ideas, including our favorite (given the season) of crafting some Halloween luminaries.
And in the reuse post to end all posts, here are yet 100 more ideas for repurposing Mason Jars. From painting the jars to creating an advent calendar, take a look at each idea. We're really craving any of the recipes listed and can't resist reposting this clever idea:
What about you? How do you reuse old Mason Jars?
Now Arriving on Dorm Doorsteps October 03 2013
One of the most popular requests we've gotten since Batch began is something akin to:
I really love the products in my Batch, but my son/daughter can't use pancake mix/a candle/coffee beans at college. Any chance I can send them a Batch of locally-made products that are ready to eat?
Today we say, "Yes!"
Replace the Ramen is Batch's newest offering. Each month, we'll send your favorite college student(s) a Batch of four locally-made goods that will quickly make them the most popular kid at school (for all the right reasons).
Each Replace the Ramen Batch has:
- Freshly baked cookies (made the same day we ship their Batch)
- Another sweet item for a sometimes-needed sugar rush
- Two better-for-you items so you can feel good that they're not binging on chips and chocolate milk all the time
Best of all, each Batch ships at the beginning of the month so your student will get his or her Batch around the same time you get yours, although the items will vary.
Replace the Ramen can ship to any campus or apartment complex in the U.S., so be sure to order today to send the November Replace the Ramen Batch in just a few weeks. When it ships, you'll also get an email telling you what they got. We're quite sure they'll be texting you to "send more food, plz."
Meet the Purveyors: TruBee Honey September 27 2013
When we were looking for the perfect addition to our Rise & Shine Batch, we wanted something that could go with a lot of things. When we found TruBee, we lucked out and got something that went with everything.
TruBee is helmed by Laura Kimball and her husband Jeff. It's possible that every jar of TruBee tastes a little different (but always delicious) because their bees can fly up to three miles from the hive. And, based on temperature, rainfall, and even sunshine, TruBee's pure honey is flavorful and as they Kimballs say, "captures the taste of nature in a particular place and time."
When you try TruBee, you'll find it goes great with a lot of foods. We've had it on oatmeal, pancakes, toast, and tea. Try it in a marinade or with some fruit. Just eat it by itself, if you want (we won't tell).
Meet the Purveyors: Haulin' Oats September 22 2013
Some may say that no breakfast is complete without a side of oatmeal. We'd say no breakfast can begin without a hearty main course of Haulin' Oats oatmeal. Because when you opt for a jar of this good stuff, you're in for a treat.
As part of our Rise & Shine Batch, we were delighted to find Haulin' Oats and try some of the delicious stuff they put in a jar. Their clever name (that's what Tracey Levine and Cindy Muscarello do, after all - haul oats) is topped only by their clever flavors: Cinnamon Girl, Date in the Life, Chai a Little Tenderness, and Lavender Blue.
When you get a jar of their oatmeal, you'll getting a full (or double) serving of some high quality ingredients. And because Tracey and Cindy believe you can have a decent breakfast on the go, say goodbye to the drive thru and hello to their helpful mason jars. Add some hot water, stir and enjoy at your desk, in the passenger seat, or on a unicycle (qualified professionals only).
Meet the Purveyors: Garage Coffee Company September 17 2013
Our inaugural Rise & Shine Batch wouldn't help you rise and shine without some strong coffee beans? We tasted what we were looking for at Garage Coffee Company in Marathon Village.
Garage is driven by Robert Camardo, who hails from New Jersey. His fascinating and family-fueled tale of how he arrived in Nashville is worth hearing and we're glad he and his beans are here. At Garage Coffee Company, you'll notice a roadster theme, but the staff there knows its way around a roaster, too.
Making potent espresso drinks and brewing a mean cup of Road Rage (that's the coffee blend), you'll get what you need to start your morning at Garage. If you need to throttle it back, the Anger Management decaf option may be more your speed.
As you're tooling around town, head on over to Garage and grab a drink. Say, "Hi," to Robert and his fine coffee mechanics, take in the motorcycle-influenced decor, and hit the road (wind in the hair optional).
Meet the Purveyors: My Friend Who Loves to Cook September 12 2013
After we lined up some fantastic bread from Dozen, we were hungry (get it?) to add something as equally savory and special. Good thing a lot of people told us about Sam Williams' pancakes.
It all began at Sam's breakfast table one Sunday morning. Her husband wanted to begin a family tradition (Sam has two sons) of making pancakes. But Sam knew there had to be something more to pancakes than opening a box and adding water, right?
Right. Sam found the answer as she began milling grains. Her family loved it so she started sharing with friends. And those people loved it and shared it with their friends. And as we say at Batch, sharing is caring. The rest is 9-grain history.
In her certified domestic kitchen, Sam mills nine whole grains and blends them to create a hearty breakfast centerpiece. Don't let the name fool you, Sunday Morning Pancake Mix tastes great every day of the week.
Meet the Purveyors: Dozen Bakery September 09 2013
As each Batch arrives on doorsteps and you fine folks discover the goodness that awaits inside, we'll share the stories of the great people making, baking, and crafting each month's contents.
Today we profile the very first purveyor who said "Yes!" to the crazy idea of Batch: Claire Meneely, owner of Dozen Bakery.
Batch members got a chance to taste Dozen's fantastic strawberry bread in our Rise & Shine Batch, but, of course, there's a lot more where that came from. What began as a holiday cookie pop-up shop is now a thriving business (set to open its first brick and mortar retail shop very soon). From cookies to breads, and scones to brownies, Dozen's ability to bake something special is worth seeking out.
Claire found her way back to her hometown of Nashville after spending time in Paris and San Francisco. What she learned there influences what she makes here. When you take that knowledge and passion and combine it with quality local and organic ingredients, then you come up with something that you'll skip dinner for.
We are in Style (Blueprint) September 05 2013
A big, huge thanks to the kind people at Style Blueprint for talking about us today.
In fact, if that's how you've found your way here, thanks to you, too!
Here's some nice things they said about us:
Behind the Scenes August 22 2013
20 Days, 20 States August 20 2013
And just like that, Batch #1 is a wrap.
Our Rise-N-Shine Batch will be on its way to 20 states in just two short weeks. Our five - yes, five! - purveyors are excited to be a part of our inaugural Batch and you'll be learning a lot more about them very soon.
As you'll notice, Batch #2 is up and ready to order. Not only can you order the October "After Dinner" Batch, you can also sign you or a friend up for another seasonal subscription (October, November, December). If you already signed up for a season with Batch #1, don't sweat. We'll remind you when it's time to re-up your subscription for three more months.
When we began this journey a few months ago, we weren't entirely sure how long it might last. While dreaming about the concept, we got great verbal feedback from friends, family, and colleagues, but we knew that the true test would come when it was time for people to put their money where they mouth was and actually subscribe.
And as we've mentioned, we were blown away by your support for all things local.
So today, we're announcing that Batch is here to stay. We're no longer in "beta" as they say in the high(er)-tech world. From now on, anyone can sign up for any Batch on a monthly or seasonal (three-month) basis.
What's also cooler, is that we've begun dreaming even bigger, thanks to you. Over the next few weeks we'll be offering our first gift set, full of locally-made products. This allows you to send a thoughtful and unique gift to someone you care about (while also knowing ahead of time what you're sending).
And the dreams won't stop there. Thanks for letting us think big.
What a Week It's Been August 08 2013
How we "Made" Batch Nashville July 25 2013
Last year, one of our founders was trying to send a clever, unique, meaningful, and "local" gift box to some friends out of state. He simply wanted to share some of the food that made Nashville so awesome. But, he couldn't find a way to send a box of delicious local treats so he put one together himself.
And now, nearly a year later, Batch Nashville is ready for launch.
No longer are you stuck scurrying around town looking for the latest delicious food product. You'll no longer be in the dark about the new coffee roaster, the latest bakery, or the freshest batch of breakfast food.
And, our friends who live nearby and run small businesses that make awesome things now have an easier way to get in front of new customers that love what they're making.
Thanks for taking this journey with us. We're now open for business, selling seasonal (three-month) and monthly batches for your enjoyment.
And stay tuned - if all goes well we'll also be solving one of our founder's problems and finally make a holiday gift box of local Nashville goods much easier to send to loved ones across the country.