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first taste: homegrown taproom & marketplace in donelson

Friday!homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0630My 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!homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville_DSC0604Inside it’s warm and cozy. Full of golden light and Nashville pride!homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0606And full of beer. Don’t worry, we didn’t try them all. But we did try a lot of them.homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0623I invited my friend Allison to be my date. Girls’ night!_DSC0636And at the table beside us: Brita! Snapping the night away.__DSC0626The 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! homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0617The 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).homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0620Raw butternut squash salad + lamb rillete. English-style pale ale on the side!homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0628
Gnocchi! With creamy shiitake mushrooms and more lamb.homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0632There 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…
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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!homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0611Final 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.homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0641I 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. homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0646Smoked cinnamon biscuits with poached apples, oatmeal streusal, and a whiskey parfait. So basically: the best flavors of autumn, on a plate.homegrown_taproom_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0648Thanks 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_restaurant_bar_donelson_nashville__DSC0607Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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3 thoughts on “first taste: homegrown taproom & marketplace in donelson

  1. I am excited to run this 10k tomorrow. I am not a fan of lamb. I think it is so nice that you shared your experience at the restaurant. I love to see other peoples food~weird. Have a great weekend
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  2. Thai with my parents tonight and seeing “Everest” in 3D (I want to feel like the snow coming towards my face!) with my friend who I went to Nepal with. Running 20 miles this weekend. Kinda excited about that. Makes MCM a bit real.

  3. I have never tried lamb………….I did try duck on our cruise last spring and it was the best thing I have ever tried!

    This weekend is working, packing clothes for a move (new apartment, 2 blocks away!) and running!