Another Birthday Present! Finally A Grocery Store (and a great one 2!) in the N’hood!/Thinking Back 2 the Start of It All!!


From their website (

Grand Opening Celebration October 30th!

Our much-anticipated second location, The Turnip Truck Urban Fare, is set to open its doors Friday, October 29. The Gulch grocery, almost 3 times the size of our original location in east Nashville, will offer a full 9200 square feet and feature a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, a hot and cold food bar with items prepared in-house, sandwiches made to order, a full seafood and meat department, juice bar, and a large selection of prepared take-out food. In addition to The Turnip Truck’s traditional mix of local and organic foods, there will also be a large health and beauty section featuring cruelty-free cosmetic and body care products and a selection of environmentally friendly cleaning and paper products. Another addition to the mix will be an import and local micro-brewed beer section.

While the doors open to the public on Friday morning, the party starts on Saturday with the Grand Opening Celebration running 9-5 pm. Festivities will include a Turnip Toss game, with the opportunity to win great prizes (including a $50 Turnip Truck gift card!) and for the kids, we will have great healthy treat bags. Many of our farmers and vendors will be on hand passing out fantastic samples and coupons and our executive chef, Laura Wilson, (from Ombi, Wild Iris, and Watermark), will be whipping up some of the most unique, healthy and tasty dishes Nashville has ever seen. The first 200 guests shopping with us that morning (with a minimum $40 purchase) will receive a free grocery tote. We cannot wait to see you there!

The Turnip Truck Urban Fare is located at 311 12th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203.

Especially excited that Laura will be there! I have known Laura since moving back to Chattanooga to be the sous chef @ Perry’s from being in Atlanta with the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. At the time, Laura was the sous chef @ Vine Street Market. She & I basically swapped jobs after the first couple of days (I had worked with VSM Exec Chef Chip Mercer prior to Atlanta and she was friends with the owner/chef of Perry’s). Chip was a great friend and I def credit him with getting me interested in cooking & food and teaching me a great deal!! Chip passed away quite suddenly in 2008 and shocked all of us who knew him. Here’s a link to a story of his passing (

Came across this article on Laura while looking back @ stories on Chip’s passing ( in which she also credits Chip on inspiring her as well in the beginning.

“Under the direction of Vine Street Market’s Executive Chef and mentor, Chip Mercer, Laura fell in love with the creative aspect of cooking. Mercer challenged and inspired Laura to learn about the process. “It is not as simple as turning on a burner and mixing ingredients together,” Laura says. “It is about the entire process.”




~ by elevatedsouthern on 2010/10/25.

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