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    Take a tour of Nashville food at Tennessee Flavors

    Tennessee Flavors

     

    If you’ve lived in Nashville for a bit, you’re well aware of our restaurant scene’s growth — it’s gone “boom,” Food & Wine magazine said last year. Which is great, but unless you’re going out to eat every other night, it starts to get a little hard to keep up with all the delicious things.

    All the more reason we’re particularly excited to hit an event like Tennessee Flavors, an annual tasting fest that puts a spotlight on local food and drink-makers, while giving local food lovers a chance to sample dozens of those folks’ creations in one night.

    This year’s fifth annual Tennessee Flavors — set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 — brings out more than 75 purveyors from just about every corner of the culinary world, and every corner of Nashville (and Franklin, for good measure). In that sense, you’re not only getting to explore the breadth of flavors here, but the micro-food scene all around our area.

    If you’re looking for a new place to live and you’re, say, really food obsessed, this event may help you narrow down the right place in Middle Tennessee to set roots. (And once you know where you’re looking, we’re always here to help you find the perfect place — just give us a call or drop us an email.)

    To give a sense of what you’ll get to try at Tennessee Flavors, we picked out some of our favorite participants and organized by some of the strongly represented neighborhoods. We think that maybe gives a little insight into some particular areas’ food microcosms.

    If all this inspires you to attend, tickets run $53.49–$174.24 (from standard tasting to VIP), and are on sale now. The event is held on the main campus of Nashville State Community College out in West Nashville (which is definitely experiencing a particular food-scene boost of late).

    Around Nashville and Franklin at Tennessee Flavors

     

     

    Etch

    Downtown Nashville

    Etch 
    303 Demonbreun St., Nashville
    Longtime Nashvillians were waiting excitedly for this place to open, since it’s led by chef/owner Deb Paquette, of one of the city’s most-missed restaurants, Zola. The menu is globally inspired fine dining (tasty dessert pictured above), and it earns accolades in and well beyond Nashville.

    Trattoria Il Mulino 
    144 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville
    Technically chain Italian food (with other locations from New York to Orlando), but definitely not the Olive Garden kind — you can grab grilled octopus, from-scratch black ink fettuccine and wood-fired pizza and the like.

     

     

    Margot Cafe

    East Nashville

    Margot Café & Bar
    1017 Woodland St., Nashville
    One of the pace-setters for East Nashville’s fine dining scene, Margot leans French and Italian, and remarkably delicious (see photographic evidence above).

    Nicoletto’s Pasta Co.
    (Coming soon) 2905A Gallatin Pike, Nashville
    On the opposite end of the spectrum, Nicoletto’s Pasta Co. are newbies, in a sense — their Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen isn’t open yet, but should be soon. Meantime they’ve been selling their fresh pasta at farmers markets around the city and earning a devoted fanbase.

     

     

    Red Pony

    Franklin

    Red Pony 
    408 Main St., Franklin
    Respected local chef Jason McConnell’s (above) flagship, serving sophisticated Southern food.

    55 South 
    403 Main St., Franklin
    Another upscale Southern spot from McConnell, with a focus on bayou flavors.

    Cork & Cow 
    408 Main St., Franklin
    Another (newer) McConnell creation, with a focus on steak, seafood and an extensive wine list. (You may be seeing a McConnell trend here — he’s just about Franklin food royalty, at this point.)

     

     

    Christie Cookie

    Germantown

    Christie Cookie Co.
    1205 3rd Ave N., Nashville
    A sweets classic and a famous Nashville original (pictured above) — you can snag their delicious treats at the Christie HQ in Germantown or any time you check into a Double Tree hotel. Yup, those warm gifts to a weary traveler are Nashville-born.

    Germantown Café 
    1200 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville
    A great place to get refined but unfussy classics, from meatloaf to crab cakes.

    City House
    1222 4th Ave N, Nashville
    All-around incredible pizza, pasta, cocktails and more from a kitchen led by James Beard Award-nominated chef Tandy Wilson.

     

     

    Watermark
    The Gulch

    Watermark 
    507 12th Ave. S., Nashville
    One of the first names in fine dining to join The Gulch (their beautiful work pictured above), and still one of the most consistent choices if you’re looking for seasonal, Southern-inspired food worthy of a celebratory night.

    Moto Cucina + Enoteca
    120 McGavock Street, Nashville
    Moto serves a sophisticatedly modern but still authentically rustic take on Italian cuisine that’s quickly made the place a big hit in the busy Gulch.

    Saint Añejo 
    1120 McGavock St., Nashville
    The spot you might want to beeline to when you’re looking for creative/fresh Mexican food and, especially, tequila and/or mezcal (over 120 labels in the house).
    For the full list of Tennessee Flavors participants (and more info), visit TNFlavors.org.

    If you end up at the event, tag us in your photos — we’re @ACREstate on Instagram and Twitter, and we’d love to see what you try!

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