Monday, March 19, 2012

Food Trucks and Night Market

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I think there is no better way to support your local community than to support local artist, farmers, and small businesses so it is my goal to do that to the best of my ability.  I try to only eat at locally owned restaurants, I support local groceries and produce stands whenever possible and I love to see the amazing work that comes from so many of our local artists.  Such exhibits like The Harding Art Show and the Harpeth Hall Alumnae Exhibit are amung some of my favorites but one I was not aware of, which proved to be superb, was the gathering of artists and food trucks at the downtown Nashville Farmer's Market I attended a week ago.

I have long been a proponent of the food trucks who have busted onto the scene over the past few years so when I heard they had started having an event at the Farmer's Market on the first Friday night of every month I knew it was something I would enjoy.  Since we are always looking for fun, new things to do around town, it was no trouble at all finding a group of friends who wanted to go with me.  What surprised me the most was the amazing art that was also on display.

There was handmade jewelry, fire blazed pottery, photography, a gentleman painting his original piece in the middle of all the hustle and bustle and just about some of the most amazing works I have ever seen.  My personal favorites were these amazing photos taken in and around Nashville mounted on wood all created by the incredibly talented Amanda Bennett (check out more of her pieces here).
After chatting with our local artists and hearing about their incredible works it was time to move on to the food!  Ohhhhhh the food I love this wonderful new craze!  It is truly some of the most tasty gourmet food you will find anywhere in town.  Some of the most amazing dishes I have had over the past year have come out of the side of a truck.  

My two favorites are the Grilled Cheeserie and Riff's.  Just imagine, a grilled cheese with marinated mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes on sourdough bread or shrimp and grits that make this southern girl question every other version of the dish I have ever tried!  Check them all out on Facebook and Twitter so you can keep up with where they will be next.  It doesn't matter what you are in the mood for, one of these amazing trucks is going to satisfy any craving!  Here are some of the ones who frequent the night market....
The Grilled Cheeserie always has a long line so just be ready!
Riff's is absolutely the most amazing street fare in the city, in my personal opinion!
Riff's Mac 'N Cheese with Buffalo Chicken
Riff's Paella
Live Music is another hit of the night market
Tater tots from the Grilled Cheeserie are always a favorite
Check out the night market events here and support your local artists, grocers, restaurants and farmers!!
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