Do you ever think about where the food you're served at a restaurant comes from? Do you know where they source their produce and meats? Farm to table restaurants are my favorite and when I find one, I'm a regular. The food is fresher, you're supporting local farms, and it just tastes better!
So I was excited for another chance to visit The Old School restaurant. Their made from scratch menu is seasonal and relies on the availability of fresh ingredients that are procured daily. The restaurant sits on a 9 acre site that is also home to The Old School Farm, a beer garden, an event barn, a music room, and a dance floor and all just a few minutes from downtown Nashville in Bells Bend.
The farm is a "unique non-profit dedicated to producing quality farm-to-table food while providing employment for individuals of all abilities. Old School Farm was founded in 2013 on the belief that creating a sustainable farm can also produce sustainable jobs while giving back to the community at large."
Everything about this place just soothes the soul! Plus, it's an amazing venue for events. My company used their outdoor event center to host our Vision Day for 2018 and it was awesome. I wish I had had my rehearsal dinner here! Everyone is so nice, the cocktails are great and the food...nutritious and delicious.
We took our best friends along for dinner on Friday night and we loved it. One of my favorite things was that we were no sooner seated than they had a tray of light snacks - mini breadsticks, maple pecans, nuts and fruit - available for us. It was perfect to snack on before our cocktails came!
My cocktail was perfect. It was a spin off of an Old Fashioned, just a little sweeter. We also ordered their Cheese Board which was full of, again, local cheeses and meat. The jam (pictured on the left below) was unlike anything I've ever tasted. Again, so light and so fresh, not too sweet, it was just right!
For our entrees, we each tried something different. The guys ordered the burger and the roast, my friend, Rachel (not my sister), ordered the chicken and I ordered the Vegetable Bolognese. Everyone raved about their choice, but I'm convinced mine was the BEST. It tasted just like a bolognese sauce, but even better.
This place is a must if you are in the Middle Tennessee area. We love it and have never been disappointed. The best thing to me will always be how fresh everything is and supporting local businesses and all of the farmers that partner with this company is a bonus. What are your favorite farm to table restaurants?
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