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On a recent Monday afternoon, we were surrounded by culinary celebrities. Our guests of honor for the roundtable discussion on Nashville’s thriving food scene included executive chefs, chefs de cuisine, restaurant owners and a CEO. The women are the faces behind Nashville’s top culinary spots: Husk, Barcelona Wine Bar, Otaku Ramen, Little Octopus, POP and Pop TOGO, Fresh HospitalityThe Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop + Food Trucks, Thai Esane, Greater Nashville Hospitality AssociationMargot Cafe and Marché Artisan Foods, Fin & Pearl, Etch and etc.

This event, designed to honor Nashville female culinary talent while giving them a platform to express their challenges, victories and concerns, was moderated by StyleBlueprint Cofounder Elizabeth Fox. The women covered topics ranging from the difference between travelers and tourists to staffing challenges to what it means to be a woman in the kitchen. The outspoken bunch shared their unfiltered thoughts, and we took note.

The lunch was held at Barcelona Wine Bar and hosted by Barcelona’s General Manager Drew McConnell and Chef Margaret LaVetty. As the women engaged in a lively discussion, they also enjoyed a lunch menu crafted by Chef Margaret. Take a look at what we ate, then click here to see what these women had to say.

What a stellar set-up!


Pan Con Tomate
Chopped Ensalada Mixta
Traditional Potato Tortilla
Harissa & Kalamata Deviled Eggs
Gigante Beans & Tuna
Grilled Chicken Smoked Tomato & Basil
Confit Piquillo Peppers
Olive Oil Cake, Sea Salt Flakes
Hibiscus Tea
Iced Cardamom Coffee

Take a look …

Chopped ensalada mixta with olives, onions, tomatoes and cider vinegar.

The traditional potato tortilla was served with chive sour cream.

The harissa and kalamata deviled eggs were a crowd pleaser.

Grilled chicken with smoked tomato and basil

Confit piquillo peppers with oregano, garlic and chili flake

Olive oil cake with sea salt flakes for dessert!

Digging in!

Read more about the lunch here!

A tremendous thanks to Barcelona’s Drew McConnell, Executive Chef Margaret LaVetty and the entire Barcelona Wine Bar team who created an amazing feast in a delightfully intimate setting for this very special event. And thank you to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for the beautiful photos of the event.


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