The Grow Local Kitchen offers a residency program for food entrepreneurs and organizations offering a low-cost commercial kitchen in a high-traffic urban market, as well as promotion and incubation support for their business. The residency is ideal for food entrepreneurs, including restaurant concepts, food trucks, caterers and food artisans in the start-up phase of their business. 

The Market is currently accepting applications for food artisan residents seeking evening or overnight production shifts.

Our 2019 residents are:

  • Caracasville: “For some the taste and smell of our food brings back memories, for others we are the starting point of new memories. We are thankful for being part of Nashville’s rapidly growing food diversity, and we are proud to inform people about our culture and for everything we have accomplished with the help of y’all.”

  • Citizen Kitchens (rotating vendors): Citizen Kitchens members pool their resources at this Nashville food business incubator, “choosing inspiration over competition for a stronger community and a healthier way to do business.”

  • Delicias Colombianas RR: “When it comes to authentic Colombian cuisine, our menu is top-notch. From our empanadas to our arepas, all of our dishes are packed with bold flavors and spices.”

  • Laovin’ It: Nokie Bayluangrath has parlayed her culinary passion into her own expression of Lao food. ‘Laovin It’ offers traditional Lao favorites from sticky rice and papaya salad to other signature dishes like pho noodle soup to pad Thai — showcasing the bold delicious flavors of Laos, Nokie’s home country.

  • Legumes: Nashville's finest vegetarian Ethiopian cuisine, where Saba Berhanu prepares dishes that are freshly cooked from scratch, well-seasoned and generously-portioned. They use no MSG, artificial flavorings or colors. Their food is naturally vegetarian and vegan, plus they offer gluten-free injera upon request.

  • Succulent Vegan Tacos: Nashville’s first plant-based taqueria, offering authentic Mexican food and enhancing environmental and health awareness without compromising flavor or harming animals.

  • Thai Ni Yom: “I am lucky that I’ve already had a lifetime of experience from my homeland, and I just want to keep my food traditional while offering another opportunity for Nashvillians to try authentic Thai food.” Read more …

  • Two Peruvian Chefs: “Cooking has always been our passion, and bringing Peruvian food to Nashville has been a big achievement for us.”

View our master calendar to see who’s cooking in the Grow Local Kitchen.