We want to know what chefs eat! So, we asked pastry chef, Megan Williams of Nashville’s Etch and sister restaurant etc. what she enjoys making when she’s not at work. Read our interview below on her favorite foods, where she finds inspiration, how she got her start, her culinary idols, and what she’s looking forward to.
Ask foodies across America about Nashville’s most famous chefs, and Deb Paquette’s might not be the first name you hear. But for more than 30 years, Paquette has trained and mentored countless chefs — and helped women succeed in a notoriously male-dominated industry.
Chef Deb Paquette, chef-owner of Etch and etc. restaurants in Nashville, has received the highest honor bestowed by Georgia-based poultry producer Springer Mountain Farms, the Celebrate the Chef Award. The award is presented to a select handful of chefs that demonstrate culinary excellence, consistency in the dining experience and a commitment to the use of fresh and local ingredients.
On an unseasonably warm day in late January, two dozen of the city’s top chefs sat inside the barn at Miel, an event space behind the West Side restaurant, discussing a very unsexy side of their businesses: trash.
The conventional wisdom is that Nashville is the new Charleston, but there are differences. In Nashville, the frenzied pace of high-rise construction is obliterating what’s left of the historic downtown. Like Charleston, though, restaurants exist on one end of a continuum: either rustic, down-home BBQ joints or temples of new-wave fusion.
Throwing away food that can be used or composted is a real problem in Nashville.
Consider these facts: It is estimated that 25% of the contents of our landfill is food waste. In fact, 40% of all food produced in this country ends up at the dump.
Nashville is a unique community that lives up to its nickname of Music City. The Tennessee capital is a center for the nation’s music industry and helped bring the country genre to the world. It attracts nearly 14 million visitors each year, with most coming to enjoy its many festivals, concerts and live-music venues. Still, this growing city exudes the same small-town Southern charm that has made it such a special place to live, work and visit.