This week started off with sad news: Rosepepper Cantina founder Ernie Chaires passed away early Sunday from complications related to cancer, and the loss is a profound one, both to the Rosepepper family and the community on which Chaires left an indelible mark.
We feel honored to have gotten the chance to share Ernie Chaires' story in our latest issue. If you haven't read the piece yet, it offers insight into a man who truly loved his work and his team and who played a significant role in setting the stage for the East Side growth we're all seeing now.
A memorial for Chaires is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Rosepepper (1907 Eastland).
This week's news roundup comes with both sadness and thanks for all that Chaires -- and longtime East Nashville fixtures like him -- have done and continue to do for this community.
More East Nashville news:
Cast a vote for Fannie Battle
The Fannie Battle Day Home For Children -- which has been providing high-quality, low-cost care to at-risk children in our community for more than a century -- is in the running for a $5,000 grant from the First Tennessee Foundation that'll go toward its children's programming.
Casting a vote for Fannie Battle only requires a click of your mouse. Grants began going out daily on March 25, and will continue for 150 days.
Catch a neighbor on national TV
Our new issue features a story on home builder and designer Tarrick Love, who was also pulled into the cast for new NBC reality show "American Dream Builders."
The first episode aired Sunday, and you can watch it online now too:
Weekly crawfish boil and special brunch at Boone and Sons
Weather's supposed to warm up some by Friday, which makes Boone and Sons' new weekly patio crawfish boil sound that much more like a fine idea.
The details: 1201 Porter Rd., every Friday 5-9 p.m. $10.50 for dinner (about 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds of crawfish, corn, potatoes and andouille sausage), bring your own adult beverages if you like.
Along with the boil, the Boone folks have a special brunch in the works for Sunday, March 30, with chef Kevin Ramquist of The Unicorn Chicken Shack. Expect BBQ chicken, buckwheat waffles with gravy, virgin maple doughnuts and more, 11:30 to 5 p.m.
We have it on good authority that Boone and Sons also has a quality breakfast omelette bar going Sunday mornings, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lots going on at that place lately, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
More for crawfish season: Terryfest at The 5 Spot
Why not make a mudbug weekend: The 5 Spot hosts Terryfest on Saturday, April 5, and along with a slew of music (including Little Bandit, Magnolia Suns, Blackfoot Gypsies and many others) they'll have an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil going.
Crawfish is just part of the menu, though -- Atomic Yardbirds'll be there with hot chicken, too.
Crawfish starts boiling at 2, music at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Get your garden going
The sneak-attack snow might have you a little puzzled about whether or not to start your spring gardening. If you'd like to give things a few more weeks and start with local, organic seedlings, mark down April 19, and plan to head to the Turnip Truck Natural Market (970 Woodland) for their Earth Day Plant Sale.
Local organic growers will have heirloom tomato plants, basil, peppers, flowers and other vegetables on hand. The sale runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On a similar note, East Nashville's Urban Green Lab is partnering with Team Green Adventures on a monthly workshop series called Engage Green, and an upcoming class will share the secrets to starting a self-watering container garden.
The workshop is set for 6 p.m. on April 2 at 331 Great Circle Road, and attendance is free, though the organizers would like you to RSVP.
Pop by pop-up boutique Nashvillage
A handful of local makers and sellers -- including our friends over at Pony Show on Porter Rd. -- are headed to The Crying Wolf (823 Woodland) this Sunday, March 30, for Nashvillage, a pop-up boutique and brunch gathering.
The event is for 21-and-up attendees and runs noon to 5 p.m., and attendance is free. Other contributors include The Trunk, Star Struck Vintage and others.
More to love at Treehouse
Although Treehouse is still a fresh face in the neighborhood, they're already expanding, adding on a deck and another treehouse space for dining and reserving. The build is already moving along, and the unveiling, according to hashtagged updates, is but a few weeks away.
Keep up with the progress on the Treehouse Facebook page.
National food love keeps coming
Because we always enjoy seeing the wide appreciation of our favorite local spots:
Popular website Thrillist hunted the nation for The 21 Best Sandwich Shops, and Inglewood's Mitchell Delicatessen was once again on the receiving end of some high praise.
These makers of fine sandwiches, says the blurb, are "possibly setting the bar for full-service delicatessens all over the U.S." Dayumm.
Take a look at the Thrillist sandwich rundown.
That's this week's news. As always, we'd love to hear any East Nashville news you have to share. Reach out.