April 2012 Nashville Eat & Greet Tours

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Hot Chicken & Beer Tour

11am to 4pm

Join us for Hot Chicken & Beer. We’ll turn up the heat with tastings and lunch at three of the most popular hot chicken haunts in town (Nashville’s signature specialty!) We’ll get to compare notes and chicken heat intensity (mild, medium, & forget-about-it). Then we’ll douse the flames with a brewery tour and tasting at Jackalope Brewery. Scroll down to reserve tix.

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Nolensville Road Tour

10am to 4pm

We’ll hopscotch along Nolensville Road to sample cuisines of the world including Ethiopian, Thai, Mexican, and Middle Eastern including a stop at a Kurdish bakery (terrific, hot-from-the-tandoori flat bread). We’ll shop in a variety of international groceries and meet with nationals from distant continents as they tell the story of their food. Scroll down to reserve tix.

Nashville Eat & Greet Tours introduce Music City locals to food-related artisans, entrepreneurs and producers in and around Nashville, in an approachable, educational and (always) fun way.

Your Tour Hosts: Paulette Licitra, Alimentum Publisher, and Annakate Tefft

Tours include transportation (from group meeting point, TBD), food and drink during the tour, a copy of Alimentum Journal, and fun times with fellow local foodies.

Hot Chicken & Beer Tour: Sat Apr 14, 2012; $95

Nolensville Road Tour: Sun Apr 15, 2012; $125

For more info: email


TWO February 2012 Alimentum Eat & Greet Tours

Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Indian Culture Tour

Join us for an Indian Culture Tour of Nashville. We’ll have a private tour of the famous Sri Ganesha Temple and Hindu Cultural Center. We’ll enjoy an Indian lunch feast at a local favorite restaurant, and then be treated to a presentation on the mindfulness of yoga by Nashville’s premiere yoga instructor Sujatha Yarlagadda. While we won’t practice yoga in this session we will be in community with a very gentle, knowledgeable, and caring practitioner.

Saturday, February 11th, 2012
East Nashville Artisans Tour

The East Nashville neighborhood is an exciting and hip Nashville hub. We’ll start with a tour of Bongo Java Roasting Company to get a behind-the-scenes look at the coffee roasting process including a tasting, then stop for lunch at a popular local farm-to-table restaurant. We’ll explore the production process of nationally-famous Olive & Sinclair Chocolates along with a tasting. We’ll end the tour at East Nashville’s Five Points where tour guests can indulge in some local shopping at Art & Invention Gallery, Wonders on Woodland and the Idea Hatchery, a small business incubator featuring gift shops, clothing stores, vintage shops and more.

Your Tour Guides for both tours:             
Paulette Licitra, Alimentum Publisher
Annakate Tefft, Public Relations Director

Indian Culture Tour: Saturday Feb. 4, 2012 9:30am to 3:30pm
Guided tour costs $95 per person, limit 10 people. Tour includes transportation (from group meeting point, TBD), lunch, entrance fees, the latest copy of Alimentum Journal, and fun times with fellow local foodies.

East Nashville Artisan Tour: Saturday Feb. 11, 9:30am to 3:30pm
Guided tour costs $95 per person, limit 10 people. Tour includes transportation (from group meeting point, TBD), lunch, entrance fees, the latest copy of Alimentum Journal, and fun times with fellow local foodies.

For more info: email


Fall 2011: Eat & Greet Tours

Please join us as Alimentum hits the road! Next up:

October 23, 2011
Farmers, Artisans and Unique Producers

Guided farm tour of earthly treasures produced in Middle Tennessee

Journey with us to spectacular producers of heirloom vegetables, organic artisan fabric dyes and award-winning cheese in and around Nashville.

Tour Hosts: Alimentum Publisher Paulette Licitra & PR Director Annakate Tefft

Enrollment is limited! Sign up online. Visit Eat & Greet for more information.


Fall 2011: Eat & Greet Tours—Nashville

In September, Alimentum launched the fall series of Eat & Greet Tours with a tasty exploration of the Nolensville Road—a rich avenue of multi-ethnic eats right in Nashville. Tour guide Paulette Licitra has whipped up a visual sample. Almost like being there!


October 2010: Eat These Words

Food Walking Tour & Writing Workshop, New York City, October 29-31, 2010

On Halloween weekend, Alimentum editors Esther Cohen and Paulette Licitra led a group of writers through the hidden gems of New York's neighborhoods, exploring the ways that food and words inspire each other.

Details of our itinerary and more photos available here.


Publisher Paulette Licitra is a writing mentor for Middle Tennessee State University's Writer's Loft. Come hone your writing skills with her—especially food-focused stories, essays, and memoir. The Writer's Loft is a low-residency Fall and Spring program. See the website for more information.


Put Your Passion for Food on Paper

Learn The Craft of Food Writing, The International Culinary Center’s intensive food writing course, from the 14-time James Beard Award-winning journalist, Alan Richman.

Developed for aspiring and active journalists, culinary professionals, and anyone who wants to break into the vast world of the food media, our curriculum offers real-world industry insights and valuable one-one-one feedback from the man Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin called “one of America's greatest food journalists.”

In six sessions, you’ll explore the ingredients of good food writing and hone your skills as you develop food reviews and features and craft compelling editor pitches that will get your foot in the door. Enjoy visits from special guests for an inside look at the profession.

Combine your love of food and passion for writing into a marketable skill—maybe a new career. Enroll in The Craft of Food Writing. Next course begins April 7, 2011.


August 2010: The Tomato—a Uniter, Not a Divider!

Tomato Art Fest
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Nashville, Tennessee

Voted "Best Festival" in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Nashville Scene Reader’s Polls, the Tomato Art Fest will return this year on Saturday, August 14. Located in Historic East Nashville’s Five Points area, which has been coined by Budget Travel Magazine as "Nashville’s version of New York’s East Village," this FREE, costume-friendly event provides a fun-filled day for thousands. Music, tastings, TomatOlympics, more! (Tomato art by Alimentum's very own Paulette Lucitra.)


On the Radio
June 22, 2010
Alimentum Publisher & Editor-in-chief
Paulette Licitra with Jerilyn Morgan on Radio Free Nashville (WRFN 107.1FM) chatting about food in our lives: It’s Not Just About What’s on the Plate!


Issue Ten Launch Reading
June 19, 2010
Smalls Jazz Club, New York City
A Festival of Food Poems!
Thanks to everyone for coming out and reading us your poems.



Paulette Licitra, Editor-in-Chief, and Esther Cohen, Menupoems Editor

Gerd Stern reading his poems.


April 2010: April is Poetry Month! Celebrate with Menupoems!

Menupoems 2010

Join us! It’s easy:

a) Print your copy of Menupoems 2010.
b) Video yourself or your dining companion reading a menupoem in your favorite restaurant or café
(iPhones and other camera phones are perfect for this!)—and
c) Send it to! (More info and more videos here.)

Watch Mark Kurlansky reading his menupoem, "Ode to a Mushroom..."


February 2010: Luna Star Cafe, North Miami, Florida

Such a lovely reading at Luna Star Cafe in North Miami on February 12, 2010!

Thanks to the all the great poets who read…Elisa Albo, Jen Karetnick, Stephen Gibson, Michael Hettich, Ricardo Pau-Llosa…and thanks to everyone for coming!



At the Luna Star Cafe reading

Elisa Albo reads

Jen Karetnick reads

Stephen Gibson reads

Michael Hettich reads

Ricardo Pau-Llosa reads


February 2010: Cumberland Art Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

Lovely reading at Cumberland Gallery Food Show, February 4, 2010!

Nevin Compton Trammel and our attentive audience

Christina Stoddard

Nancy Vienneau

Marilyn Murphy, artist, and Paulette Licitra, Alimentum Publisher

Marilyn Murphy, Paulette Licitra, and Nevin Compton Trammel