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April 04, 2019

4 Wild Things You Didn't Know About the Mint Julep

As part of our Spring 2019 rollout of White’s Elixirs brand new, Classically Classy, Mint Julep Mix, we wanted to educate you on four notable nuggets you probably don't know about the Mint Julep.

White's Elixirs - Mint Julep Mix - Made in Nashville, TN

1 - At the Kentucky Derby...Ummm...Yeah, Leave the Tab Open

If you’re attending the Kentucky Derby, one thing you can safely bet on (other than seeing thousands of giant frilly hats) is seeing patrons downing buckets of mint juleps. In fact, each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more 2,250 pounds of freshly harvested mint, 60,000 pounds of ice, and more than 7,800 liters of bourbon!

2 - Calvin Coolidge - How Dare You

President Calvin Coolidge, noted nondrinker and fanboy of Prohibition, permitted chickens to eat up the glorious bed of fresh mint that had flourished at the White House during julep lover Teddy Roosevelt’s tenure.

Because, you know, he was President Party Pooper.

3 - HULK SMASH! (And Then Enjoy a Nice Julep)

The mint julep is sometimes associated with a family of drinks known as “smashes” (such as the brandy smash and the mojito), wherein fresh mint and ingredients are muddled or crushed in order to flavor the finished drink.

4 - We’re Going to Need a Bigger Straw

In May 2008, Churchill Downs debuted the world’s largest mint julep glass. Churchill Downs, in conjunction with Brown-Forman, commissioned the Weber Group to construct the 6-foot tall glass (7.5-foot with the mint sprig counted).

The glass was made from FDA food-grade acrylic, heated and molded into the shape of a Derby glass. It had a capacity of 206 US gallons, and was distributed with an elaborate pumping system concealed within the “stir straw.”

And don’t forget, Mint Julep month is HERE, so make sure you procure the only mint julep mix served in the Winner’s Circle in time for many a grand old celebration!

(That’s White’s Elixirs Mint Julep Mix...just, you case that wasn't obvious.)

White's Elixirs Mint Julep Mix - Made in Nashville TN

This article was written by Brad White, owner of White’s Elixirs and notable carnival barker.

April 03, 2019

Weekly What - Issue #2

Nashville What

NFL Draft Cherry Tree Drama

The NFL’s plans for the draft experience in Nashville were tackled for a loss when Nashvillians found out that the city planned to cut down 21 trees to make room for the draft stage at Riverfront Park. With Nashville's Cherry Blossom Festival coming up on April 13 and the cherry trees in full bloom, the mayor tried to call an audible to lessen the controversy by explaining that the trees would be replaced and more planted. While this episode may be resolved soon(?), it’s another illustration of the tension between feeding Nashville’s booming growth and uprooting Nashville’s past.

Food and Drink What

We may have reached peak celebrity alcohol line. Tanya Tucker now has her own tequila.

Maker What

With BNA’s new logo, it’s time to revisit the story behind one of our most popular products - the BNA hat from Aviate. (And you can grab your BNA hat here.)

Event What

Gather your plant-protecting friends and head to the Fairgrounds this weekend. It’s time for the 4th Annual Nashville VegFest. Special guests include competitive powerlifter, Daniel Austin, oxymoronically also known as “The Vegan Meathead.”

Bonus What

Here’s the origin of Nashville’s BNA airport code
April 02, 2019

Weekly What - Issue #1

How Hot Chicken Really Happened

Nashville What

For once and for now, we’re here to help settle the history of Nashville Hot Chicken. Here’s one recent take from the New Yorkerabout the first family of Nashville Hot Chicken (which you’ll soon be able to enjoy downtown). A little while back, Nashville native Rachel Martin documented How Hot Chicken Really Happened (Photo by Joe Buglewicz) in the Bitter Southerner. Next step: send a Hot Chicken Gift Batch to a friend who can handle the heat.

Food & Drink What

Martin’s has made all of our midtown BBQ dreams come true. If you don’t want to get caught in line with Belmont kids, overpay for parking downtown, or live in Nolensville or Mt. Juliet, you can now hit the old Logan’s (which is looking super saucy now) on Elliston starting yesterday

Maker What

It’s card season (Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, teacher appreciation, graduations, sorry I forgot your birthday) and thankfully Lisa Sarmento and her delightfully cheeky line of stationery can get your recipients laughing and happy to know you. Check out her full interview.

Event What

The Nashville Elvis Festival gyrates into the Franklin Theatre this weekend. Put on your blue suede shoes and watch 20 of the top Elvis tribute artists from around the world compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Stick around on Sunday for a special bonus: John Schneider in concert (John Schneider/Elvis trivia: Schneider's very first hit was 1981’s cover of Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never,” which reached #4 on the Billboard Country chart. It remains the top charting Elvis cover of all time in any genre to date.).

Bonus What

As the weather warms, we found the perfect mobile party spot.

February 10, 2019

What Shawn Askinosie Taught Us About Meaningful Work

Last week, I had the chance to sit at the feet of and learn from Shawn Askinosie, the founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate.

Shawn Askinosie | Askinosie Chocolate CEO | Meaningful Work

If you're not in the know, Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch, award winning chocolate factory located in Springfield, Missouri, sourcing 100% of their beans directly from farmers. Since they've been around, a lot of good has happened and Shawn was in Nashville to share lessons from his time in the trenches, most of which he details in his book, Meaningful Work: A Quest To Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, And Feed Your Soul.

While we gathered 'round on a stormy night at Barista Parlor, we ate chocolate while Shawn told stories of impact, meaningful work, and using your profession to make a big difference. Here are just some of the core takeaways:

Your story matters.

Shawn began his talk with sharing about grief and the idea that grief is what sows the seeds for joy to grow. Therefore, whatever your story may be - who you are, where you come from, what challenges you've faced, what inspires you - all of this matters as you begin to think about the kind of work or company you want to create. 

Embrace the bridge.

Shawn left a successful law practice to make chocolate, but not right out of the gate. He volunteered at a hospital. He made a lot of cupcakes and other baked goods. Then the idea of chocolate hit him out of the blue one day. But the hospital work and amateur kitchen adventures provided a bridge between his law firm and Askinosie Chocolate. 

The tough part about the bridge, of course, is that when you're on it, you really just want to get to the other side. You want out of what may seem boring or tiresome at the moment. Resist that urge and instead, embrace where you are. It's the only way to get where you're going.

Start where you are. Like, right where you are. Right now.

Shawn's first chocolate "factory"? His old law office kitchen with (very) rudimentary equipment. He eventually upgraded to professional equipment and a full factory, but not until he'd learned the art of chocolate making. Wherever you are right now, stay put. Cobble together the tools and materials you need to try the next great adventure. Don't keep saying that you'll start once everything is perfect (it never will be). Just start. 


Don't forget the vision. 

As Askinosie grew, so did the temptation to begin outsourcing some of the company's vision that Shawn birthed. Send someone else halfway around the world to source beans. Don't worry about paying farmers so much. Stop providing meals to schools that the farmers' kids attend. But those all would have disrupted the vision of why the company started. Vision matters at Askinosie, and Shawn and the team make sure everyone remembers it every day.

You don't have to be big to make a big impact.

Askinosie only has 17 full time employees. It's profitable, but not rolling in dough. But they've provided over 1,000,000 meals to kids around the world. They pay farmers 55% better than any other buyer. And they're telling the story of the communities that support them. Any of us - no matter how big our businesses are - can begin to align our work with our heart and give to causes we believe in. 

Meaningful Work (Hardcover) A Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul

No matter what you do for a living, Shawn's book is worth checking out. And an Askinosie bar or two is worth nibbling on the next time your need to satisfy your sweet tooth.

February 09, 2019

Where'd That Go? #0003 - Nashville Kats

Back before Nashvillians could feast on mediocre NFL football, locals had a steady diet of Arena League football in the form of the Nashville Kats.

Nashville Kats | Nashville Arena League Football History

The long version of the Nashville Kats history is here, but here are the highlights (we cut things down because if you love arena football, it means you can't handle the full version of anything):

  • The Nashville Kats started in 1997, but then moved to Atlanta in 2001. (That franchise folded in 2012.)
  • The Kats were reborn in 2005, with Tim McGraw as a minority investor. We guess he liked it, he loved it, he wanted some more of it.
  • That team folded in 2007. Bud Adams (the majority owner who was also the Titans owner) decided (we think) people really don't want to watch football 12 months a year.

The Arena League itself has been afraid of success it seems, stopping and starting a few times. They cancelled their 2009 season, and now there are only 5 teams. We're not saying that's the Kats' fault, so we'll just chalk that one up as one of life's unanswerable mysteries, like religion, how GDP works, and why people love pedal taverns so much. 


As of last summer, rumors ran wild that arena football could return to Nashville once again. Why? Because pretty much any business will give it a shot in this town nowadays (mobile hot tub, anyone?). 

Past Editions of Where'd That Go

  1. Billy Graham Statue
  2. Opryland Rides
February 08, 2019

February 08, 2019

Nashville Valentine Gift Ideas: #1 - I Love You Berry Much Gift Batch

Here we are - less than a week out and at the end of our Top 10 Nashville Valentine's Gift Ideas. 

So why not end the list, the week, and these holiday suggestions with something that's a little punny? 

This simple gift packs a big sentiment, telling the recipient that you love them "berry" much. (Which is hopefully the sentiment you're going for.)

Gift Idea #1: I Love You Berry Much Gift Batch

I Love You Berry Much | Chocolate Valentine's Gift Set

In addition to this fruit-inspired chocolate bar, we've added a candle from our pals at Paddywax so something hot can stick around long after the chocolate bar is eaten in one sitting.

Grab yours today - we'll make sure it ships for free in time for a Valentine's arrival. Or run into our retail store and they'll put one together for you on the spot to take home.

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February 07, 2019

Nashville Valentine Gift Ideas: #2 - Rise & Shine Nashville Gift Batch

Some modern advice: "When it doubt, go with what's popular."

So, yes, mom, if all my friends are doing something, I'll do it to - especially if it's giving a much-loved and homerun of a gift idea.

Case in point: our Rise & Shine Nashville Gift Batch. Year after year, this gift is at the top of our Most Given list since it packs such a powerful breakfast punch. 

Gift Idea #2: Rise & Shine Nashville Gift Batch

Nashville Breakfast Gift Batch | Rise and Shine Batch

Seriously - this gift (especially the deluxe version) has it all:

  • My Friend Who Loves to Cook Sunday Morning Pancake Mix (1 lb.)
  • Batch Blend Bongo Java Local Coffee (12 oz.)
  • Nashville Skyline Mug
  • TruBee Raw Honey (5 oz.)
  • Southern Belle Biscuit Mix (makes 8-12 biscuits)
  • Nashville Jam Co. Strawberry Jam (10.5 oz.)
  • Loveless Cafe Maple Syrup (12 oz.)
  • Batch Good Morning Towel

Best of all, we donate the equivalent of 20 meals towards our partners at Second Harvest Food Bank. Win win.

As always, our gift batches ship for free and can include a handwritten note. Grab one today, or visit our retail store inside the Nashville Farmers Market (open every day from 10AM-6PM). 

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February 06, 2019

Nashville Valentine Gift Ideas: #3 - Chocalot Gift Batch

Everyone loves chocolate (seriously - everyone). Since we aim to make Valentine's Day shopping easy and painless for you, we've rounded up six Choco-tastic items from local small makers, boxed them up all pretty, and are ready to ship them out to your choco-holic Valentine. 

Gift Idea #3: Chocalot Gift Batch

Chocolate Nashville Gift Set | Nashville Valentine Gift

This batch has everything: Hot chocolate on a stick, cordials, chocolate-covered pecans, a chocolate bar, and peppermint bark. Did we miss anything? 

We didn't think so. 

As always, gift batches ship for free, so place your order today and we'll guarantee this will arrive by Valentine's Day (it's next week, people!). Plus, we'll include a hand-written note, making you appear way more thoughtful than you usually are.

Or, run into our retail store (open every day from 10AM - 6PM) and add even more chocolate awesomeness if you want.

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February 05, 2019

Nashville Valentine Gift Ideas: #4 - Books About Nashville

Take a's in a book...reading Nashville! (Cue LeVar Burton.)

Nashville isn't just a great place to come eat, drink, ride a pedal tavern and take a selfie with a mural. It's also a great place to read about, no matter how old you are. That's why today's Valentine gift idea is all about Nashville books.

Gift Idea #4: Books About Nashville

Goodnight Nashville Book - Goodnight Ryman

Here are our four favorite Nashville-themed books that you can give to any Valentine in your life:

Whether it's looking and what makes Nashville so Nashville, learning how to cook Nashville, or sharing Nashville with the next generation, we've got books that have got you covered.

Nashville Behind the Curtain | Nashville Gift Book

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