Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 56
City to Go
An amped-up fashion and restaurant scene proves music
isn't the only reason to put Nashville on your radar.
BY ELAINE GLUSAC PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUIS GARCÍA
GO FOR Music City U.S.A. stands
Clockwise from top left: Henrietta Red, Broadway Street, Nicky's Coal
Fired pizza, whiskey tasting at Corsair Distillery, and Steadfast Coffee.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
on the twangy traditions of
its iconic Ryman Auditorium,
Country Music Hall of Fame
and Museum, and legendary
Bluebird Cafe, where aspiring
and established songwriters frequently test out new material.
But Nashville long ago smashed
the bumpkin mold, attracting
a range of artistic talent, from
rock innovators to fashion
designers, wider than a country
mile. Local and relocated chefs
have made the city a Northmeets-South culinary nexus,
equally enamored of charcuterie
and hot chicken. On November 8,
Nashville glams up for the Country Music Awards, during which
the hustle of the Grammys
meets the Oscars' style.
EAT Chef Julia Sullivan, lately
of New York's Per Se and Blue
Hill at Stone Barns, returned
home to open Henrietta Red
(1200 Fourth Avenue N.), which
specializes in oysters, crudos,
and vegetable-focused dishes -
many hot from the wood oven -
in dining-centric Germantown.
In the trendy Gulch district
between Music Row and downtown, sleek newcomer Little
Octopus (505 12th Avenue S.)
reveals its affection for Jamaica and Latin America in
dishes such as spicy ceviche,
goat curry, grilled meats, and
creative vegetable options that
include a cold dish of curried
mango, watermelon, chickpeas,
and goat cheese.