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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Recap – Pride Journey: Philadelphia

July 3, 2018 - Agency33, Arts, Entertainment, Events, Food and Beverage, Joey Amato, LGBT Community, Recap

story and photos by Joey Amato The first time I visited Philadelphia was for last year’s NLGJA conference and to be perfectly honest, I really didn’t think much of the city. The main reason for my feeling was mostly because I was stuck in a…

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Dining Out For Life Kicks Off Tuesday, April 17!

April 14, 2018 - Dining Out for Life, Events, Food and Beverage, Fund Raising, Health + Wellness, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Nashville Cares, Tennessee

Nashville, TN – Considered one of Nashville’s most fun and interactive events, the 16th annual Nashville Dining Out For Life event is Tuesday, April 17, 2018. This year, more than 20,000 diners are expected to dine at more than 60 restaurants throughout the greater Nashville area to raise an…

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Restaurant review: Wild Cow doesn’t moo

March 20, 2018 - Food and Beverage

by Leah Wright |  photos courtesy of Wild Cow Turn down Eastland Avenue from Gallatin Road and about three-quarters of a mile down the street, you’ll see it — the snarky sign that makes Rosepepper Cantina a social media sensation. This weekend, the quip is…

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Steph McKay

Steph McKay: ‘There’s no greater feeling than loving what you do’

January 26, 2018 - Food and Beverage, Q&A with Chef Jay

by Chef Jay Kill, photo by H.N. James This month, Chef Jay Kill sits down with fellow chef Steph McKay of Sunflower Café. Have questions related to anything and everything Food+Drink? Email them to QAChefJay@focusmidtenn.com. Has being gay affected your choice to be in the hospitality…

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Chef Jay

Q&A with Chef Jay: Go-to dish for potlucks

November 3, 2017 - Food and Beverage, Q&A with Chef Jay

by Chef Jay Kill photo courtesy of The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville What is your go-to for a fairly easy but very appetizing dish to take to potlucks? What I love to take to potlucks is a fresh, cold broccoli salad. Here is…

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RECAP: Pilgrimage Festival doesn’t disappoint

September 27, 2017 - Articles, Entertainment, Events, Food and Beverage, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Pilgrimage Festival, Recap, Tennessee

FRANKLIN, TN – SEPTEMBER 23: Musician Justin Timberlake performs at the 2017 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on September 23, 2017 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for M2M Construction) The Pilgrimage Festival was held Sept. 23 – 24 in Franklin, TN. at…

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Q&A with Chef Jay Kill

Introducing Chef Jay Kill

September 5, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Food and Beverage, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Q&A with Chef Jay, Tennessee

Focus welcomes our new food+beverage columnist, Chef Jay Kill. He will be answering your most burning questions. Before Chef Jay begins, we thought it would be nice for our readers to learn about him. Do you remember when you realized you were gay? I knew…

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Bianca Page Day

Bianca Page Day 2017, Set for Aug. 26

August 17, 2017 - Articles, Bianca Page Day, Drag Queens, Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Health + Wellness, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, LGBT Youth, Music, Trax

Saturday, Aug. 26, will mark the 7th Annual Bianca Page Day (BPD) in Nashville, TN. Friends, loved ones and community members will gather at TRAX Bar beginning at 3pm to celebrate and remember the life and legacy of Nashville’s most beloved force of drag. “This…

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Q+A with Chef Jay

Meet Chef Jay Kill

July 19, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Food and Beverage, LGBT Advocate, Question and Answer

Focus welcomes our new food+beverage columnist, Chef Jay Kill. He will be answering your most burning questions. Before he begins, we thought it would be nice for our readers to learn about him. Do you remember when you realized you were gay? Interesting question… I knew…

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Half Hill Farm owners Vince Oropesa, left, and Christian Grantham

Two men on a mission at Half Hill Farm

July 18, 2017 - Articles, Food and Beverage, Health + Wellness

When Christian Grantham returned to Middle Tennessee from Washington D.C. with his husband Vince Oropesa, he wasn’t sure what to expect. It only took a year for his home state to tell him how it viewed his marriage when voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on…

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