Friday!My weekend seems to have started a little early, thanks to the team at Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace. I was invited to this new Donelson restaurant last night for a special “farm-to-pint” dinner. With this cool weather setting in, a hearty dinner + beer sounded pretty perfect.
Homegrown is located in a shopping center. Don’t let its simple exterior fool you!Inside it’s warm and cozy. Full of golden light and Nashville pride!And full of beer. Don’t worry, we didn’t try them all. But we did try a lot of them.I invited my friend Allison to be my date. Girls’ night!And at the table beside us: Brita! Snapping the night away.The menu for the night was designed by Homegrown’s Chef Mike Moranski, who made each course to pair perfectly with a selection of beers from Tennessee Brew Works. Dishes included local produce from Delvin Farms and lamb from Tavalin Tails Farm. Local producers & restaurateurs, unite! The first dish ended up being my favorite dish of the night: an autumn tomato salad. A creamy whipped Harpeth Fleur cheese was hiding beneath the bread (which was baked with a bit of lamb fat instead of butter… yes, please).Raw butternut squash salad + lamb rillete. English-style pale ale on the side!
Gnocchi! With creamy shiitake mushrooms and more lamb.There was a fair amount of time between dishes, which gave us time to chit chat and savor each bite. And take photo shoots with our beers…
The Homegrown and Tennessee Brew Works teams walked us through the flavors and pairings, too! You could tell that they were excited for this event and are eager to become a new hangout for Nashvillians (and Donelson..ians?). Great group!Final dish: rare-cooked lamb loin with braised kale and golden potatoes. Plus a crazy whipped sweet potato concoction on the side — it tasted like dessert! This wasn’t my favorite dish of the night, but I applaud chef Moranski for living on the culinary edge.I was expecting a dark, porter-style beer at the end of the evening, but was pleasantly surprised when this Belgian white came out! It was light, citrus-y, and almost sour — Allison and I were both big fans. Smoked cinnamon biscuits with poached apples, oatmeal streusal, and a whiskey parfait. So basically: the best flavors of autumn, on a plate.Thanks for having us, Homegrown Taproom! This new restaurant has a handful of special events lined up for this weekend, so be sure to check them out. Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
- Locals: Other Donelson recommendations?
- Lamb: Yay or nay?
- Tell me what you’re most excited about for this weekend!