Slow Food brings the farmer & chef together for a "Meet The Market Happy Hour"

Phrases like "farm-to-fresh" and "locally-sourced" are buzz words...until you've eaten the real thing. One of Nashville's nonprofit organizations invited the community to experience the "honest to goodness" culture of Butcher & Bee with local farms to witness the slow food method in action.

Slow Food Middle Tennessee hosted "Meet The Market Happy Hour" in collaboration with local farms and the restaurants that value honest, fair and clean preparation of seasonal dishes. A limited menu of small plates including a light cocktail were offered to restaurant goers the entire evening. Chef Bryan Lee Weaver prepared the selection with produce from Rocky Glade Farm and inspiration from the B&B New American cuisine. The series of food & drink showcased pairings of rhubarb, summer blossoms, fruit and spices. On a personal note, I could've ordered a second or third helping of the Papas Bravas easy!! 

A portion of "Meet The Market Happy Hour" proceeds went to support the work of Slow Food Middle Tennessee. 

Click here to read the Local Lady feature on Butcher & Bee. 

All photography by Libby Oellerich


Butcher & Bee Nashville herb garden

Papas Bravas: pickled garlic aioli, bourbon smoke paprika

Papas Bravas: pickled garlic aioli, bourbon smoke paprika

Grilled Caesar Salad: red butter head lettuce, creamy rhubarb vin, early summer blossoms

ABOUT SLOW FOOD USA: Slow Food is a grassroots movement to change the food system through a network of volunteer chapters all over the world. Slow Food International consists of tens of thousands of people who seek to marry pleasure with responsibility in our work towards a sustainable system of good, clean, and fair food for all. LEARN ABOUT THE MIDDLE TN CHAPTER

ABOUT BUTCHER & BEEButcher & Bee opened in King Street in 2011 with the simple mission of serving honest-to-goodness sandwiches made with flavor combinations and food quality usually reserved for fine dining. That mission has grown beyond sandwiches to include The Daily, a modern bodega and coffee spot, a second, full-service Butcher & Bee in East Nashville and a bigger Charleston location on Morrison Drive featuring a diverse menu of locally sourced mezze, vegetables and proteins, beer, wine and cocktails.

ABOUT ROCKY GLADE FARMGrowing Really Good Food through year round local vegetable production, farm fresh eggs and grass-fed beef. Serving Middle Tennessee through seasonal CSA, Franklin Farmer's Market and other online produce markets.