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Foodies are taking note of Music City's 'vibrant food culture'


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee’s culinary scene is getting a lot of attention from foodies. 

Just one example, Stephanie Burt, host of the Southern Fork podcast says she’s recorded more episodes in Tennessee than any other spot outside her home base in South Carolina. She says Nashville is one of her favorite places to eat.

“It definitely has that Southern vibe, but it also has this really cool city thing, and food is following on that. So you have really traditional ingredients like okra, or cornbread, or biscuits being interpreted in new ways.”

When she’s in town Burt says she loves to stop by Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery just north of Music Row. She confesses to a weakness for Bellmead Bourbon developed by brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson

The Nelson's had no experience with creating spirits, but Andy says they were inspired to give the business a try after learning that their family had been in the distillery business for generations.

"We've been working on the whole thing for about eleven years, selling Belle Meade Bourbon for about five years, and operating from withing this facility for two-and-half to three years."

Stephanie Burt says mid-state residents are missing out if the extent of their food adventures consists of simply making reservations.

“Especially in Nashville you have all kinds of special food events, and chef nights, and testing venues, and pop ups. That’s a great way to get involved in this vibrant food culture."

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