Wandering Wino: Jug Band Edition

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Even though Christmas is a few days away, it's not too early to start making New Year's Eve plans. I'm sure we'll discuss lots of options in this space over the next week, but a fun one has drifted across the Wandering Wino's email transom that I thought I'd share with you.

Puckett's Grocery downtown at Fifth and Church has partnered with the moonshiners at Short Mountain Distillery to plan a festive evening of music, food, drinking and fun.

The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will entertain the crowd while the Short Mountain boys serve both their traditional sugar shine and the new apple pie variety. Not coincidentally, the TMHJB recently released their new album, Tales from Short Mountain. I'm sure there will be more tales to tell after the evening is over.

The band is known for their old-timey bluegrass and country music and their brand of cornpone humor. From all accounts, they put on a heckuva show. The menu looks pretty attractive as well, with braised short ribs, a prosciutto-wrapped chicken saltimbocca with gouda cheese, rainbow trout stuffed with country ham and crab and topped with a Creole cream sauce, and plenty of Southern sides to soak up that shine. Puckett's will also be serving Hoppin’ John for good luck, and wine pairing suggestions will be available for each course. For dessert, guests can choose between a deep-fried Goo Goo sundae and blackberry moonshine cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream.

Dinner is served at 9, and the show starts at 10. Tickets are $60 and include the show, the special New Year’s Eve meal and the choice of a champagne toast or moonshine shot at midnight. Short Mountain tastings and signature moonshine cocktails will be available at the bar. Reservations are required, and tickets can be purchased at www.puckettsgrocery.com/nashville.

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