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It is the last evening. And it is time to visit the awesome neighborhood of East Nashville again. Here you will find the just as awesome Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar. Seeing it from outside you feel as if you’ve gone back in time. They’ve reconstructed the storefront to resemble the original 1930s H.G Hills dry goods store. It is rustic and oozes of old Nashville. Tasting their dishes might also bring you back in time as they are all identifiable to the food the house chefs loved when they were growing up. Maybe also some of your favourites from when you grew up. However, the food and each of the dishes are taken to a whole new level crafted into an exquisite and delightful experience.
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I first learned of White Squirrel Farm from Chef Hal Holden-Bache when he asked me to join him in the kitchen last winter to cook our World Food Champ dinner. (Try my Hunka Hunka Goo Goo Love recipe by clicking here.) Holden-Bache uses White Squirrel Farm cilantro in his signature Chimichurri NY Strip, and it certainly seemed to be a favorite among the carnivorous attendees. Be on the look out for the new Lockeland Table book release later this fall.
On September 10, enjoy handcrafted cocktails from Donner-Peltier Distillers and small-bites from Peg Leg Porker while you tour the pop-up art gallery featuring works by Mississippi artist Bradley Gordon. Feast on a four-course dinner created by Chef Hal Holden-Bache from Lockeland Table and his friends from Mason’s Nashville, Slow Hand Coffee Co. and The Farm House. Experience the music city at its finest while Nashville songwriters, Casey Beathard, Wynn Varble and Phil O’Donnell play their biggest hits and share their stories about writing songs for some of country’s biggest names like Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, and Eric Church. The ticket prices start at $297 and takes place at the historic Carnton Plantation.
Los Angeles Times
First-round nominations for the 2013 James Beard Foundation restaurant awards have just been announced, and for Southern California, it’s a mix of trusted old favorites as well as some shiny new stars. (…) BEST NEW RESTAURANT: Balena, Chicago; BierBeisl, Beverly Hills; Bluebeard, Indianapolis; Borgne, New Orleans; Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis; Cardamom Hill, Atlanta; Empellón Cocina, New York City; Forequarter, Madison, Wisc.; Grace, Chicago; Hog & Hominy, Memphis; Khong River House, Miami Beach, Fla.; Lockeland Table, Nashville; Mateo Tapas, Durham, N.C.; Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico; Mintwood Place, Washington, D.C.; the Ordinary, Charleston, S.C.; Ox, Portland, Ore.; Oxheart, Houston; Pabu at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore; Puritan & Co., Cambridge, Mass.; Rich Table, San Francisco; Shanik, Seattle; State Bird Provisions, San Francisco; Tar & Roses, Santa Monica; Thirty Acres, Jersey City, N.J.; Underbelly, Houston; Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia; the Whale Wins, Seattle; Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila, Albuquerque.
Welcome back to “Great Urban Weekend Escapes.” Today we visit Music City, home to some excellent Southern cuisine, surprisingly great hotels and of course, music, music, music. For reasons I will elaborate on, Nashville is an absolutely perfect pick for a weekend getaway (…) Just this week, the James Beard Society announced the Semifinalist Nominees for its 2013 Awards, and Nashville’s Lockeland Table was in for Best New Restaurant.
It’s always nice to see our faves recognized on a national level for all their hard work. And it seems to be happening very quickly to Nashville establishments. The Catbird Seat started getting widespread pub almost as soon as it opened, and places like Porter Road Butcher and The Bloomy Rind saw their names in big-time culinary magazines within their first year.
If you have lived in Nashville for any length of time, chances are good that when you arrive at Lockeland Table, you’ll see someone you know. If you live on the East Side—which adds another locally-owned restaurant to its stuffed dining portfolio with the August opening of this gem—you’ll run into the folks you chat with on the sidewalks, in the park with their kids and dogs or biking through Shelby Bottoms. West Siders who cross the Cumberland might spot their attorney, physician, pastor or yoga instructor. If you have enjoyed a cocktail at F. Scott’s in the past decade you will be happy to see Liz Endicott behind the bar, running the beverage program here.
It’s hard to think of an occupation that would be more fun than writing about restaurants in a city whose culinary scene is exploding, but it might be similarly intriguing to be on the site-selection team for a television show that’s filmed locally. Think about it: You’d scour the city for the most eye-popping and inspiring visuals, the kind of dazzling cinematographic moments worthy of the opening scenes of Nashville. Aerial shots of West End Middle School, panoramic views of downtown, close-ups of the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge. Jeez, when you frame it all like that, it’s almost like we live in a perfectly splendid city.
In Nashville, Tennessee, Music City’s coolest epicurean destination is not downtown with the honky-tonk bars where you might expect, it is across the Cumberland River in a formerly dicey part of town called East Nashville, which encompasses a variety of neighbourhoods including Lockeland Springs, Maxwell Heights, Rolling Hills, East End, Five Points and Greenwood. Once known for high crime rates, drugs and poverty, the historic Victorian side of town often referred to as “East Nasty” has recently been revived by an array of artisanal food purveyors, highbrow coffee shops, hip cocktail bars and thriving restaurants, all of which are breathing new life into the area.
Lockeland Table Community Kitchen and Bar is East Nashville’s new gem. With a lot of new restaurants popping up this season in Nashville, Lockeland Table can definitely compete. Former chef from Eastland Café, Hal Holden-Bache and former GM Cara Graham make Lockeland Table a shoe-in to be one of Nashville’s best this year.