Dining Out for Life April 22
Please come join me for the event Dining Out for Life on Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the one and only Salsa Restaurant, Nashville's only authentic Puerto Rican restaurant. All you have to do is eat and drink like you would normally, pay your bill like normal (No Extra Cost!), and Salsa will donate 30% of your total bill to Dining Out for Life! It is that easy, you do what you normally do, and Salsa Restaurant does the rest!
I will be at Salsa next week, between 6:30 pm - 9 pm on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Stop by and say hello to me. Stop in and get a drink at the cool bar. Stop and have dinner with me! Come yourself, come with friends, enjoy the evening of Puerto Rican cuisine, and know that nearly a third of what you are spending normally is going directly to Dining Out for Life - Nashville Cares. You can make your reservations by calling Salsa, or by getting onto Open Table.
Juan Reyes, Executive Chef and Manager of Salsa come from many years at a 5-star restaurant in Puerto Rico. He decided to pack up his family and bring them to the family oriented Middle Tennessee area, and to lead the way with the first Nashville Puerto Rican restaurant. Puerto Rican food is not heavily spiced, rather it is a straight forward approach of letting the base ingredients speak for themselves. The tostones and mofongo are prepared correctly. Both start out with plantains. Tostones are twice fried plantain, like a potato is to a Belgian frite. The very green plantain is cubed and fried 1/2 way, then taken out of the hot oil, smashed into a disk and then allowed to fry to completion. A little salt is sprinkled on top to finish the tostones. Mofongo also starts out with green plantains, and fried and mashed together to create dish similar to our mashed potatoes, but the plantain has more of a vegetable flavor, and a denser texture. Mofongo is served as is, not even black pepper sprinkled. If you want pepper, go ahead and put it on, but Puerto Rican mofongo is a straight forward comfort food that does not traditionally have black pepper in it.
Popular dishes at Salsa include Carne Frita and the Pastelon de Amarillos. Carne Frita is pan fried pork with a demi-glace onion sauce with goes quite well with mofongo. The Pastelon de Amarillos is a Puerto Rican version of a beef and sweet plantain lasagana. Some of my favorites is the fish sandwich. The fish is not frozen, and is hand battered and deep fried to order. I also enjoyed the Ropa Vieja which is a grilled flank steak with savory spices. What I really like about Puerto Rican food is that it is straight forward letting the ingredients come through, and not weighed down with heavy seasoning, salt or chilies.
Come join me on April 22, 2014 at Salsa for dinner, and enjoy some great Puerto Rican food, while about a third of your dining dollars gets contributed to Dining Out for Life - Nashville Cares.
Dining Out for Life is an annual event in Nashville, and many cities around the USA. There are 77 participating restaurants in the Nashville area, and these restaurants are pledging to give 30% - 100% of the "take" for the day/evening to Dining Out for Life. 100% of the restaurants contributions the Dining Out for Life event on Tuesday April 22, 2014 will go to Nashville Cares, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Nashville Cares has been around for almost 30 years, providing support, education, awareness, prevention efforts, and direct services for the community at large, Middle Tennesseans with or friends and family of loved ones with HIV/AIDS. It is so easy to support Dining Out for Life and Nashville Cares by dining out on Tuesday April 22, 2014. If you can't make to dinner with me on Tuesday April 22, please consider dining out at one of the other 76 participating restaurants around Nashville. The Dining Out for Life restaurant list is here. If you are deciding to dine out the week of April 22nd, please consider dining out on April 22nd at a participating restaurant.
Thank you and bon apetit!