Jessica Jones’ love of cooking began in the kitchen with her family. “I learned to cook from my mother and my grandmother, and that is something you carry with you throughout your life,” she shares. Jessica grew up in New York and lived in the country of Lebanon before moving to Nashville. She met her husband, who is in the army, in Beirut and five months later, he asked her to move back to Nashville with him. She said yes. Today, she fulfills her love of cooking through her business, The Kitchen, a kitchen supply store in Belle Meade that Jessica opened with the help of her father.
For nearly a year since the store opened, The Kitchen has drawn shoppers eager to stock their personal and professional kitchens with everything from cookware and bakeware to cutlery and small appliances. The shelves are stocked with well-known names, such as All-Clad, Vitamix, Smeg, Wusthof, Staub, Epicurean, Riedel, Le Creuset, Hammer Stahl, Shun Knives and Corkcicles. “As a small business, I can take the time to see what shoppers want and give the attention to inventory that you don’t get at a bigger store,” Jessica explains. “This also lets me bring in smaller boutique brands.”
On the shelves next to the familiar brands, you’re likely to discover something new, such as Australian resin pieces meant to resemble waves or locally made boards from Ferrell & Co. that are crafted with wood from fallen trees. Not only will you find gadgets and appliances, but you can also purchase gifts that range from teas and candles to oils, spices marinades and vinaigrettes. The beautifully curated shop, located on Highway 100 in the Westgate Center shopping plaza (at the Highway 100 split), caters to the home chef and the most discerning of shoppers.
In addition to the goods, The Kitchen also offers culinary experiences in the way of cooking classes and custom menu private events hosted in the store’s in-store kitchen. The hands-on classes explore cuisines from places like Thailand and India to more traditional Southern fare, drawing on the expertise of local chefs. Past classes include Home Cooking Techniques with Vivek Surti of VEA Supper Club and Authentic Korean Cooking with Laura Rodriguez of Crème Catering.. This holiday season, learn how to cook a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner and how to make shrimp marsala, baked clams and spaghetti with mussels during Feast of the Seven Fishes.
“Classes give you the opportunity to feel and try the products,” Jessica explains. “It is an interactive experience that lets you try the knives and gadgets in the store.”
The Kitchen is a one-stop shop for all your kitchen needs. Plus, Jessica and her team will help you find exactly what you need — just in time for holiday entertaining. Shop the wide selection and take home high-end items that will elevate your kitchen (and cooking). The stylish homewares will impress your holiday guests and will give you all the help you need in creating a delicious and photo-worthy holiday feast. Don’t forget to sharpen your knives before you carve the turkey. The kitchen is happy to handle this task for you. Also, stop by to shop hostess gifts to thank those in your life who open their doors and invite you in during the holidays. The host and hostess will be more than grateful to receive a locally made wooden serving board, a salt cellar with artisanal salts, a tasty selection of oils and vinegar, or seasonal tea and a festive mug.
If you are heading to (or hosting) a holiday wedding, shop The Kitchen’s personalized wedding registry. Jessica will be available during appointments for the bride and groom to answer any questions and provide recommendations. Also, all of their customers now have the opportunity to create a wish list that they will keep on file for future gift ideas.
You can find The Kitchen in Belle Meade’s Westgate Center, 6035 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37205. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. (during the months of November and December). Learn more about The Kitchen’s cooking classes and stay up-to-date on upcoming events here.
Happy shopping and happy cooking!
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