Tennessee Flavors is an annual tasting event that brings together Nashville’s top restaurants and food and beverage artisans for a delicious evening in support of the Nashville State Community College Foundation. Our focus is on Tennessee-sourced products and the culinary talents and local flavors that help make our growing community so special.
Each year, Nashville State hosts Tennessee Flavors at the College’s main campus on White Bridge Road, right in the heart of West Nashville. Now in its 7th year, this annual tasting event has become a beloved tradition for both friends of the Foundation and the wider food-loving community. In 2018, Tennessee Flavors will once again be held in the College’s beautiful Health & Humanities Building on the north end of campus.
Check out some of the “Flavors”
DEACON’S NEW SOUTH- Roast Beef sandwich
Deacon’s New South is a modern steakhouse featuring dry-aged steaks, robust vegetable dishes and a sommelier-led beverage program. The menu includes authentic Southern favorites with global inspiration, sourcing its protein and produce from local farms whenever possible. This is Deacon’s New South’s 1st year at Tennessee Flavors.
GERMANTOWN CAFÉ- De-constructed French Onion Soup- Parmesan cheese crouton with caramelized onions in a beef jus topped with bruleed gruyere cheese
Germantown Café has become a reliable fixture on Nashville’s dining scene by offering fresh, creative cuisine at reasonable prices, as well as a fully-stocked bar and an amazing view of the Nashville skyline. This is Germantown Café’s 7th year at Tennessee Flavors.
UNION COMMON- BBQ Shrimp
Union Common, located at the corner of Broadway and Division in Midtown, channels the warmth of your family table to make any night away feel like a night at home. Our playful menu offers shared plates designed for group dining and family fun. This is Union Common’s 2nd year at Tennessee Flavors.
NOMZILLA- Poke Bowl
CAFFE NONNA- Nonna’s Sweet/Spicy Cocktail Meatballs
Our dishes are prepared from scratch with the freshest ingredients from recipies inspired by chef Daniel Maggipinto’s grandmother, Nonna.
This is Caffe Nonna’s 1st year at Tennessee Flavors.
PUCKETT’S GROCERY- Peach Cobbler
Puckett’s roots stretch way back to the ‘50s and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Ever since then, we’ve been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality — and five restaurants later, that aim still rings true.
This is Puckett’s 7th year at Tennessee Flavors.
Mandie Cakes ™ are made from scratch with quality ingredients. The star of our cake is the cake. That is why it’s layered with cake, icing, and more cake. We believe that icing should be an accessory to the cake and not the main show. All but one of our cakes (the Lemon Drop) is made with Liquor. That is why we say, “Have your Cake and Drink it too! Liquor, Cream, and Cake” Its about having all the things that bring you happiness, in a jar.
This is Mandie Cakes’ 1st year at Tennessee Flavors.
FROTHY MONKEY- Caramilia Chocolate Mousse with Moldon Salt
Frothy Monkey has been a staple in the Nashville community since 2004. They were one of the first coffeehouse concepts in Nashville and one of the cornerstone businesses to open in the transformed 12th South Nashville neighborhood.
This is Frothy Monkey’s 4th year at Tennessee Flavors.
Stonehaus Winery is Tennessee’s only winery with statewide distribution. Stonehaus wines can be found at the winery, in liquor stores, and in grocery stores across the state. We are very proud or our wines, heritage, and family we have created here in the beautiful Cumberland Plateau. We invite you to come and share our wine and experience the best in southern wines!This is Stonehaus Winery’s 5th year at Tennessee Flavors.
THE HERMITAGE HOTEL- Double H Farms Meatballs with local milk ricotta and smoked paprika vinaigrette
8TH & ROAST- Pimento Toast with bread & butter pickles, crispy country ham
8th & Roast currently operates in Nashville’s Eighth South neighborhood as a coffeehouse with custom, cutting-edge espresso and coffee programs, as well as a craft coffee roaster with more than 70,000 lbs. of coffee roasted in-house per year. The coffee is hand-selected and acquired directly from farmers. 8th & Roast helps local restaurants and cafes improve their overall coffee programs with training, equipment maintenance, and constant quality control.This is 8th & Roast’s 1st year at Tennessee Flavors.
PEG LEG PORKER- Smoked chicken salad on toast
Peg Leg Porker opened in 2013 to offer Peg Leg Porker sauces and rubs, a new line of professional-grade home smokers, and Peg Leg Porker Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey. And of course, Carey still offers his award-winning BBQ at his restaurant located in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood at 903 Gleaves Street. In 2013, Peg Leg Porker was named one of the “16 Hottest BBQ Joints” in the country by Eater National. This is Peg Leg Porker’s 2nd year at Tennessee Flavors.
NATCHEZ HILLS VINEYARD & WINERY
At Natchez Hills making wine is more then the process of converting grapes into wine it is a passion and expression of the “Bud to Bottle” cycle of life. We utilize Old World techniques with innovative fermentation and processing that combine the precision of winemaking with a creative artistic expression. This is Natchez Hills Vineyard & Winery’s 2nd year at Tennessee Flavors. http://www.natchezhills.com/
ETC.- peruvian causa- amarillo lime potatoes, avocado mousse, truffled chicken salad, quinoa olive caviar, cured egg yolks
Chef Deb Paquette brings a smaller, more intimate version of sister restaurant Etch to Green Hills; etc. (pronounced et cetera) opened its doors on August 15th, 2016. The menus at etc. incorporates all of Deb’s favorite spices, produce and global recipes. A succinct wine and cocktail menu includes wines from around the world, select craft beer and a handful of culinary-minded cocktails. This is etc.’s 6th year at Tennessee Flavors.
Former DNA laboratory director Bruce Boeko is putting his science background to work in a new setting, opening Nashville Craft with a focus on local and regional ingredients and resources. The distillery has been in operation since March 2016 in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood near downtown Nashville. Opened to the public on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Nashville Craft is producing whiskey and other craft spirits, and features a tasting room and tours. Nashville Craft is a proud member of the Tennessee Distillers Guild. We are also the proud home of Fugitives Spirits. This is Nashville Craft’s 2nd year at Tennessee Flavors. http://www.nashvillecraft.com/
MARGOT CAFE & BAR
Margot café & bar is a French inspired restaurant with southern influence located at the Five Points in the heart of East Nashville. The menu changes daily, features locally sourced products and hinges upon seasonality, freshness and simplicity. It is owned and operated by chef Margot McCormack.
This is Margot Cafe & Bar’s 4th year at Tennessee Flavors.
The Nashville State Community College Foundation’s work — to provide quality education, remove financial barriers, and empower students at Nashville State to achieve their dreams for a brighter future — is in service of the College’s mission to provide comprehensive educational programs and partnerships, exemplary services, an accessible, progressive learning environment, and responsible leadership to improve the quality of life for the community we serve.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every student who enrolls at Nashville State has access to a comprehensive system of supportive resources that removes all potential barrier (financial and otherwise) to the completion of a degree or certificate program. By making the dream of attending and completing college a reality for Nashville State students, we provide those students a means of increasing their career potential, household income, and quality of life while also producing a skilled and talented workforce to meet Middle Tennessee’s economic needs.
For more information about the Foundation, visit nsccf.org