Thanks to a generous food community and your support, we’ve hosted two sold-out Simmer dinners in our community dining room recently. We’re grateful as funds raised at these pop-ups go directly back to our work, and we’ve been thrilled to see community cultivated over these special meals.
Last Thursday, we celebrated the construction of our new headquarters and officially launched our capital campaign - A Longer Table - with a community-wide preview party of the site! Slated to officially open in December, the building will include a large, open concept space for TNFP’s food prep, meal support, food recovery and garden programs.
Earlier this month, The Nashville Food Project was invited to participate in an exciting event with state and local partners, including the Nashville Farmers’ Market, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Metro Nashville Public Works, among others.
Nourish 2016 did not disappoint! In its fifth year, the event raised more than $135,000 in support of The Nashville Food Project’s mission to grow, cook and share nourishing food.
This year’s event, held on July 28th at the Hutton Hotel, brought together 275 friends of The Nashville Food Project to celebrate recent accomplishments and enjoy an exquisite meal prepared by six of the Southeast’s most notable chefs.
The evening kicked off with margaritas prepared by Chipotle Mexican Grill, served alongside several delicious Mexican-inspired hors d’ouevres from Chef Nick Hertel of Merchants. Attendees ate and mingled while perusing the silent auction, which featured nearly 80 packages thanks to the generosity of our Nashville community.
Guests then gathered at the table to enjoy a five-course meal paired with wines from Lipman Brothers. Local food writer and friend of the Food Project Chris Chamberlain elicited many laughs from the stage as emcee of this year's event. The dinner included watermelon salad by Chef Bill Smith of Chapel Hill’s Crook’s Corner, curried catfish and grits by Chef Asha Gomez of Atlanta’s Spice to Table, Bear Creek Farms pork belly by Chef Matt Bell of Little Rock’s South on Main, and beef by Chef Cole Ellis of Cleveland, MS’s Delta Meat Market. After a rousing live auction, guests enjoyed a blueberry posset by Butcher & Bee’s Cynthia Wong as well as take-home cookies from Christie Cookie Co. on their way out.
Huge thanks to all in attendance at Nourish this year. A special thanks to our sponsors for making this year’s Nourish possible: First Tennessee Foundation, Chipotle Mexican Grill, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation and Whole Foods Market. We also want to thank our patrons, live and silent auction donors and in-kind sponsors for supporting this annual fundraising event. We are grateful to you for believing in and supporting the important work of The Nashville Food Project. Click through the photos below to see the night's highlights.
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Everyone was so grateful for the food that Nashville Food Project provided to our first ever Defend Your Rights workshop in Cayce public housing. With kids, 18 people participated, so it was the perfect amount of food. The greens were the biggest hit. Here's a couple photos from the workshop. One is of some of the participants and the other is of a skit on organizing against workplace abuse.
Thanks. You rock.
We are partnering with the Frist Center and the Oasis Center’s International Teen Outreach Program (ITOP) to create a unique art installation in celebration of the United Nations' World Refugee Day. Join us at our Wedgewood Urban Garden from noon until 2pm on Saturday, June 20th, when teaching artist Daniel Furbish and the teens will unveil their artwork. The Wedgewood garden is located at 613 Wedgewood Avenue. Additional street parking is available along Benton Avenue. Hope to see you there!
Come visit with us this Saturday, May 16, from 9am-4pm at The Urban Gardening Festival on the campus of Ellington Agricultural Center, 5201 Marchand Dr, Nashville, TN 37211. We'll be there demonstrating our soil block technique for starting seeds. This free event is designed to educate and engage visitors with local artisans, exhibitors, gardeners and vendors from throughout the Greater Nashville area. There's so much to learn and experience - plan to spend a fun day!