etch is a globally-inspired restaurant by award-winning chef Deb Paquette. Located in lively downtown Nashville, the modern restaurant houses two private dining rooms, a full bar, and a chef’s bar where guests are encouraged to interact with Chef Deb. etch’s eclectic menu incorporates innovative dishes inspired by her favorite regions of the world to leave a lasting impression, or etch, on every diner. A wine list with over 80 choices is available, along with high-gravity local beers and hand-crafted signature cocktails. The restaurant’s minimalistic décor is grounded with the basic elements of metal, wood, and concrete. The open kitchen gives guests a look into Chef Deb’s culinary prowess and provides entertainment as diners savor her cuisine.
Desserts are prepared in-house by Pastry Chef Megan Williams, whose creations top the list for the city’s sweet confections. House-made ice creams and artfully plated desserts change seasonally, providing a revolving array of treats that will keep you coming back for more.
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Deb Paquette is well known in Nashville where she’s lived and worked for the last thirty plus years. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she became the first woman in Tennessee to qualify as a certified executive chef. She’s been a trailblazer for chefs in the area, a mentor, and consultant to some of Nashville’s best talent. She’s won countless awards and accolades and was the chef/owner of Zola – named in Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Sixty Restaurants in the United States – where diners flocked to her big, bold flavors for thirteen years.
In 2010, she and her husband, Ernie, closed Zola and headed for the ocean. After stops in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cape Cod, the Bahamas, and Mexico, the two returned to Nashville. That’s when the owners of Amerigo restaurants made Deb an offer she couldn’t refuse and etch was born in the summer of 2012.
etch was designed to be everything Deb has ever wanted in a restaurant, allowing her to be at her creative best. She says that being just a little bit older and wiser gives her the advantage of perspective, and having the equipment she’s always wanted gives her the opportunity to explore all the changes going on in the food industry.
In August of 2016, Deb and the owners of Amerigo & etch opened her newest concept – etc.– in the Green Hills neighborhood. This smaller, more intimate version of etch boasts a swanky vibe with a menu that 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. etc. serves lunch & dinner to a heavily local crowd that has been dining at Deb’s eateries for many years.
She has no regrets about coming back to Nashville. “This town has supported and appreciated me, and I want to give back,” she says. She loves being downtown in the heart of the city where she can reach locals and destination-hunters alike. “This is what I do, and I will always do this. I just want to make good food that everyone can enjoy.”
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Paquette said etch leadership had searched for the “perfect spot to grow the etch footprint” and believes The Factory is the “right place, the right time, and the right community for us to expand.” Read more here.
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“Chef Deb Paquette has run some of the best kitchens in Nashville over her long career. The result is the globally-inspired etch, the standout SoBro restaurant that was the first (and is still the best) dining destination on the south side of Broadway.” Read more here.
Photo: Eric England “If all you know about nonalcoholic beverages is the term “mocktail,” it may be time to level up on your zero-proof knowledge and expect more from sans-booze specialty drinks.” Featuring etch’s Cucumber Mint Fizz, read more here.
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The roasted cauliflower at etch is just one of Chef Deb Paquette’s many mouthwatering culinary creations. The popular appetizer features beautifully charred cauliflower served with three flavorful sauces — truffled pea pesto, feta cream, and red bell pepper essence. Order it as a precursor to your meal, or try it during happy hour. Read more […]
etch has turned regular cauliflower into what it was always meant to be — at least in our minds. Served with truffled pea butter, salted almonds and feta crema, with a red pepper sauce, this Roasted Cauliflower dish will almost make you forget you’re eating something healthy. Almost. Read more here.
Chef Deb Paquette is beloved by local diners for her deeply layered and flavorful international cuisine. Her roasted cauliflower with pea puree and feta crema is a must-order appetizer. Read more here.
Deb Paquette’s etch has been around since 2012, yet it remains one of the most revered restaurants in the city, serving unexpected items like duck tart, octopus and shrimp bruschetta, and carrot enchilada. Read more here.
Chef Deb Paquette is known for being full of surprises. Reading one of her menus at etch is like taking a master course in international cuisine, with unexpected global flavors layered on top of each other to create taste sensations that are delightfully unfamiliar to most palates. The fun of the experience is discovering upscale […]
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After decades running kitchens in some of Nashville’s most beloved restaurants, chef Deb Paquette shows little sign of slowing down. She continues to tantalize the taste buds of local diners with multiple layers of exotic international flavors as part of a tight menu at lunch and dinner. Read more here.
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Etch owner Deb Paquette will be partnering with the Titans at this year’s Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose on Feb. 1 in Miami, marking the seventh time she will represent the franchise at the Super Bowl. Read more here.
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Nashville is a culinary treasure, known for meat-and-three diners, fiery fried chicken and fluffy biscuits as well as a strong farm-to-table community. Eat like a local with this guide to some of the best places to eat and drink in Music City. Click here to view the gallery.