Nashville Cuisine: "Tomato - The Uniter, Not Divider"

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Directly across the Cumberland River from Downtown Nashville is a relaxed enclave of local bars, fresh restaurants, coffeehouses and funky boutiques. This is East Nashville, our Little Brookyln, where there's immediate access to Interstate 24, Ellington Parkway and Briley Parkway. Locals take special delight in a highly rendered walkability strip known as Five Points. Neighborhood parks are all over and tasty eateries align Eastland Avenue. Many properties, dating back to the early 1900s, are being preserved and renovated by young families attracted to the area. It's a community notoriously known as being culturally diverse and socially involved, notably for minority groups, regional merchants and environmental projects.

And for an active, creative and ecologically-minded group of people, something unique was bound to spring up: The Tomato Arts Festival. It's an annual event during August when the majority of Tennessee tomatoes are reaching the peak of their harvest. Here's just a snapsnot of what you might see there...

Now I'm craving salsa. 


Written by Stephanie Brake

Comments (3)

Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

I have never heard of this area just east of Downtown Nashville.  East Nashville sounds like a great place.  Back in the sixties in Cleveland we have a kinda/sorta hippie area called Coventry... and this sounds and looks a lot like it.

What a fun place to visit... and, after getting a handle on things... it might even be a great place for an old hippie like me to live.  Thanks for the video.

ps... I totally love tomatoes!

Sep 25, 2012 04:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is a wonderful time for home buyers to take advantage of the record low mortgage interest rates.

Have an outstanding week and be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the changing colors of the season.

Sep 25, 2012 11:32 PM
Web Agent
Real Prop Finders - Nashville, TN

Hi, Carolyn! I love tomatoes as well, and East Nashville is quite obsessed. Many have not yet heard of it because of it is still slowly emerging from the shadows. In 10-20 years, it will be one of our most affluent areas. And from your description, yes, this community is most likely Conventry's offspring. Take a peek when you're back in Music City!

Thanks, Roy! I will have a camera ready and aimed as the trees change, as I'm sure you will as well! Maryland is just as beautiful this time of year.

Sep 26, 2012 02:27 AM