Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Bloody Sunday for the Tennessee Theatre

Scarecrow Foundation's Downtown Derby Week starts this week. As a kick-off to the fun-filled schedule of events, guests gathered at Sapphire today for Sunday Bloody Sunday which featured waffles; biscuits; Americana music by three great acts, Scott McMahan, Josh Stack, and Jessica Watson; and, of course, bloody marys--with a portion of the proceeds going to the Tennessee Theatre.

Sapphire's brunch menu includes all kinds of clever waffles, biscuits, and bloody marys.

Some of the waffles include the Robusto with Spanish chorizo, parmesan cheese, and tomatoes; the Berry Patch with fresh berries and whipped cream; and the Campfire--a S'mores-inspired concoction of chocolate syrup, peanut butter, marshmallow, and graham cracker--which was Brooke Buckner's favorite Here's Brooke with her dad, Jimmy.

Here are a couple of other waffles I spotted:

The Tennessean, made with boursin mac & cheese, pulled pork BBQ, and red onion.

And the Presley, made with house-made peanut butter, bananas, and Benton's bacon.

The biscuits include a strawberry shortcake biscuit and a capicola ham and horseradish biscuit. Here are a couple of popular ones:

Here's Blake Valentine's pimento cheese and jalapeno biscuit.

And Amy Gibson's bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit.

And, of course, there were some creative Bloody Marys developed by Sapphire's mixologist, Amie Snyder.

I was intrigued by one called Spring Fever, which consists of vodka, muddled strawberry and orange, splash of simple syrup, Zing Zang mix, sugar & cayenne pepper rim, with a fresh strawberry, and another called Tree Hugger, which consists of Pinnacle Citrus vodka, muddled cucumber, splash of olive & fresh lime juice, Zing Zang mix, kosher salt rim, with pickled vegetables from Phickle Pickles. If spicy’s what you like, I recommend the Flamethrower, which is made with tequila, 3 different hot sauces, horseradish, muddled jalapenos, and Zing Zang mix, with a red onion garnish.

The Shark Bait (vodka, horseradish, ketchup, worcestershire, Zing Zang mix, Old Bay rim, with a jumbo shrimp garnish) was popular.

One guest swore by his own creation: Stevie G's Bloody Mary, which is Sapphire's classic Bloody Mary with black pepper, additional hot sauce, and bacon bits.

Kelly Absher posed with the Rock Star Guitar, which will be sold at the Party in the Park Thursday night.

However you stirred it, it was a fun way to start Scarecrow Foundation's Downtown Derby Week.

A bloody good time. That's what we're having.


  1. Wow, that looks like fun! We didn't know a thing about it so had our brunch at home Sunday. My big problem with Sapphire's "brunch" is that it starts too late. They might as well just call it "lunch" in my opinion.

  2. Sapphire definitely doesn't serve breakfast--or brunch for early risers. But they serve some exotic bloody Marys for sure along with those decadent waffles.