Let's Eat! Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food
(August 9, 2019- February 2, 2020)
Explore the rich and diverse history of Tennessee’s food through Let’s Eat! Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food. Whether barbecued, fried, roasted, pickled, or chilled, the food of Tennessee, and the southern United States, is a meeting of Southeastern Indian, West European, and West African cultural groups. Many cooks, who were primarily women, took the proteins, vegetables, and cooking traditions of each group, then experimented, taste-tested, and created delicious meals. The evolution of Tennessee food continues as foreign-born recent arrivals inspire new flavors. The exhibition is presented through eight sections that trace the state’s food from its Southeastern Indian origins to contemporary food festival celebrations. All are complemented by artifacts from the Museum’s collection, digital storytelling, graphics, and location photography. *Please Note: There is NO edible food in the exhibition. But since you will walk away hungry, we recommend visiting our friends at the Nashville Farmers' Market and throughout the neighborhood, and then taking off on a road trip throughout the state.
Recipes featured in the videos in the exhibition can be found at this link in our Stories section.
Highlight video for Exhibition:
Map of Restaurants/Locations featured in exhibition (click for larger clickable image with links to locations)