The best way to become a Nashville foodie is to familiarize yourself with the many restaurants that are defining the culinary scene in Music City. But once you have checked those off your list, these 14 classes, tastings and tours will make you the master foodie you’ve always dreamed of being! Explore Nashville’s neighborhoods to learn about their history and culinary offerings, learn to cook like the masters, understand how wine pairs with food and watch the chefs at work. In no time at all, you will become a legit Nashville foodie.
The Catbird Seat
The Catbird Seat is designed for diners to watch the chefs at work. Chef Ryan Poli and his team develop a tasting menu of creative dishes and prepare each dish in the open kitchen. Twenty-two seats surround the cookspace, and you can come with a group of no more than four people. Dinners take place Wednesday through Saturday and are priced at $115 per person with an optional beverage pairing. Sit down and experience a multi-course menu unlike any other.
A true foodie has knowledge that covers the savory and the sweet. Master the latter during chocolate classes at The Goo Goo Shop and Dessert Bar. These hands-on classes combine chocolate making and dessert sampling. You will leave class as a veritable Goo Goo and chocolate master. The Taste of Goo Goo class, which includes a history of the Goo Goo brand, a hands-on experience, learning a secret recipe, sampling desserts and a pack of Goo Goo Clusters to go, is $40 per person. Learn more here.
Cooking and Culinary Experiences
Each year, University School Nashville hosts classes that cover topics from gardening to technology. This year, in the category of cooking and culinary experiences, classes will help you release your inner foodie. Join the waitlist for popular classes, such as Cajun Cooking at Home and Landlocked: Oyster Tasting, or register now for The Classic Brunch with chef and caterer Tracie Thurmond, Entertaining with Small Bites with Chef Daryl Dinning, and Southern Supper and Stories with Charles Hunter of The Salted Table. Classes start at $35, plus the cost of materials. A full schedule of classes is here.
Cooking Classes with Maneet Chauhan
The celebrity chef behind Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tánsuŏ and The Mockingbird, Maneet Chauhan teaches cooking classes where you can learn from the master herself. During the class, participants are split into small groups, and each group prepares one of the five courses. After getting your hands dirty, sit down to enjoy the meal with beverage pairings and leave with a stack of recipes to try on your own. Upcoming classes take place on March 10, March 24 and April 14. Check the Chauhan Ale & Masala House Facebook page for more information. Each class costs $129.
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Nashville Farmers’ Market offers educational experiences of all kinds. Merely speaking to the farmers will open you to a wealth of knowledge about local and regional produce. For a more cooking-focused lesson, visit the Grow Local Kitchen. Workshops and classes are held in the kitchen by local chefs and entrepreneurs ready to educate you on all things food-related. See the calendar of events here.
Conversations by the Glass
at Marsh House
A true foodie has extensive knowledge of wine. Start your journey to becoming a wino by spending an evening with Marsh House Sommelier and General Manager Tim Rawding. During this Wednesday night event, he pulls his favorite wines from the cellar. Taste and learn about a selection you may not typically try. Classes are held each Wednesday, with the next taking place on January 24. Click here for the list of events and dates.
Local Tastes of Nashville
Through a tour of two of Nashville’s most popular neighborhoods, you can experience a taste of Nashville. A tour through Historic Germantown will start at Nashville Farmers’ Market and take you to five or six neighborhood eateries, such as B&C BBQ, The Cupcake Collection, Tempered Cafe and Chocolates, Butchertown Hall, Steadfast Coffee and Christie Cookie Co. You will also see Bicentennial Park and learn about the history and architecture of Historic Germantown. Another option is to tour The Gulch, starting at Union Station Hotel. After visiting Carter’s at Union Station, you will cross the bridge and make your way to Biscuit Love, Peg Leg Porker, Colts’ Chocolates, Fin & Pearl and LA Jackson Rooftop Bar. Both tours at $49.
Nashville Food Adventures
in various locations
Through Dabble Studio, you can book driving tours, walking tours and specialty tours that showcase Nashville’s culinary scene. Upcoming tours include Downtown Bites and Sites Tour, a three-hour walking tour of the historic district of Downtown; Taste of Nashville Food Tours, a three-hour driving tour that will give you a taste of Southern staples; and Discover Nashville Food Tours, a three-hour tour with barbecue and hot chicken as only the beginning. The tours start at $65. Check the Dabble Studio calendar for more information.
Raising the Glass
Robin Riddell Jones combines wine tasting and storytelling. If you are lucky enough to hear a bit of your wine knowledge, you are just that: lucky. On January, 21 she will host a Raise the Glass class in the Barn at Miel Restaurant. The focus is on Syrah, which is an ideal wine for the cooler weather. She will return to Miel for a Valentine’s Day wine and chocolate pairing. How romantic! Click here for more classes and information.
at City House
Each Sunday, Tandy Wilson hosts Sunday Supper. During these suppers, he serves a menu with which he can have fun. Recently, he served smoked trout corn cake with acorn squash and sorghum glaze; bologna with potato, olives, escarole and mustard dressing; pizzas with toppings such as puntarelle, alici, stracciatella and red onion; and sock sausage, kale, tomato and buttermilk cheddar, pork meatballs and cornmeal-crust catfish. Each week has something different to offer, whether it be a collaboration with a guest chef or a specialty menu item you would have never dreamed of.
Henley encourages you to take a look at just what the cooks can do in the kitchen. Each night, they offer a tasting menu that showcases the restaurant’s offerings. Currently, on the menu, you will find cured fluke, horse mushrooms, lacquered duck bread, shoat porchetta and Olive & Sinclair Chocolate. Enjoy these five courses for $65 per person.
VEA Supper Club
at various locations
Vivek Surti is one of the ultimate Nashville foodies, and through VEA Supper Club, he shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Recently, Vivek collaborated with Le Sel’s Chef Brian Lea, served Indian fried chicken at Hattie B’s and hosted Sunday Supper with Tandy Wilson at City House. This month, he has a four-night residency at Dabble Studio. From January 22-25, he will offer five-course meals to lucky diners ($70, or $95 with beverage pairing). Visit his website to see more information on the Dabble Studio residence and keep an eye on what he does next.
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Walk Eat Nashville
in East Nashville, Midtown/Vanderbilt and SoBro/Downtown
Each neighborhood in Nashville has a culinary character of its own. Walk Eat Nashville takes you through three of Nashville’s neighborhoods to offer a look at the eateries within each and to teach you about the history of each area. Tours last three hours with visits to five or six spots, including local favorites Edley’s Bar-b-que, Marché Artisan Foods, Margot Café & Bar, Union Common, Acme Feed & Seed, Husk, Etch and Southernaire Market. Check the tour calendar and book your tour!
at Salt & Vine
Expand your knowledge of wine at Salt & Vine’s wine tastings. Upcoming events include Cabernet Around the World (January 25, $95) and Champagne & Oysters: The Classic Couple (February 21, $115). This hotspot for wine and small plates hosts regular tastings that cover a variety of topics. Let the experts educate you on wines that span the globe.
Wine Tastings and Pairings
at City Winery
In addition to making wine of their own, City Winery has a spectacular selection of wines from around the world — and they provide the opportunity to learn more about these wines. In the coming weeks, explore the wines of the Pacific Northwest or take a tour of Italy with some tasty Italian wines. The City Winery calendar always has something to offer, whether it focuses on food, music or wine; keep an eye out to see if something strikes your fancy. Find the calendar and all upcoming event information here.
Good luck on your journey to becoming a Nashville foodie!
Learn more about Nashville’s food scene here.