We’ll gather at 11am for a walking tour of the Gulch, a once-abandoned industrial area just south of downtown that's undergone an urban revitalization and now teeming with boutique hotels, high-rise condos, instagrammable murals, shops, live music venues, breweries, and diverse culinary offerings.
Biscuit Love is one, serving breakfast and biscuits (US style that is) - a business that’s grown from food truck to multiple sites, with original owners Karl and Sarah Worley still running operations. But Biscuit Love is now one of the multiple brands under the wing of Nashville-based Fresh Hospitality whose portfolio also includes Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Big Bad Breakfast and I Love Juice Bar. We’ll be learning more about Fresh too.
We’ll also be hitting Peg Leg Porker, famous for having some of the best BBQ in Tennessee. Chef and owner Carey Bringle has also launched his own bourbon range (it’s never too early!).
Also on the route, we’ll be dropping by Milk and Honey, a popular brunch spot, with an Aussie cafe vibe, before visiting M Street Entertainment Group, with four restaurants in one destination, including Kayne’s Steak, Virago seafood and sushi, and Saint Anejo, a bar restaurant with a mix of rock’n’roll and Mexican decor and over 120 tequilas, where we’ll be resting up with a margarita.
The evening of Day 1 will take us to the Assembly Food Hall, an entertainment experience that operates from over 100,000 sq ft of space, right in the middle of Downtown Nashville - and one of the ambitious projects developed under the wing of top-notch restaurant entrepreneur (and star of last year’s Peach 20/20 summit) Jack Gibbons, who’ll be hosting us.
We will be meeting up with many of the local operators trading from the hall, including the team behind Prince’s Hot Chicken, said to be the originator of the Nashville specific style of fried chicken drenched in hot sauces - as well as sampling the wines at FB Society’s Sixty Vines.
Then it’s up to the roof for live music!