Perfect Dish for The Eclipse
Nashville's total solar eclipse. If these words don't sound familiar, it probably means that you've been living in Plato's cavern for the past weeks. On Monday August 21, the sky over Nashville will turn almost as dark as night for a few minutes. This eye-catching astronomical event is the result of the Moon passing between the Earth and the Sun, all of them ending up perfectly aligned. The Moon and the Sun appear almost the same size in Earth’s sky. As the eclipse progresses, the Sun is more and more covered by the Moon until it gets fully enveloped. Or, in other words, the Moon photobombs the Sun.
The entire event lasts about 3 hours starting at 11:58 a.m and ending at 2:54 p.m. Nashville’s sky will turn dark at 1:28 p.m for less than 2 minutes. Knowing that the last total solar eclipse visible from middle Tennessee was in 1478, being late is no option. If you do miss it though, don’t worry ! You can still catch up the next one in 2566. After all, don’t they say that patience is virtue?
Nashville being the largest American city in the eclipse’s path, many events are organized around town for the occasion. If you're looking for family-friendly venue, parks are a great alternative to watch the eclipse. Most of them organize free viewing fests. For instance, Mount Juliet throws their own Solar Eclipse Viewing Event featuring music, food trucks, vendors and other activities. If you go there, make sure to grab some of Crimson Witch Patisserie's eclipse-themed pastries including The Dark Side of the Moon, their signature brownie with dark chocolate and sea salt.
With darkness falling around noon, it can be a bit confusing as to what to eat. Our pick is this Pasta Carbonara with Farm Eggs. The pasta is garlicky, smokey and salty from plump cloves of garlic, ham and umami-filled Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Then it's topped by 2 over easy eggs to let your body clock know that it might be (momentarily) dark but that it's time to rise and shine ! You can pair this delicious dish with a bottle of 7 Moons Red Blend 2015 to make this day even more special.