New NPT documentary to feature Caracasville owners

“Taste of Home” is all about food and how members of Nashville’s Ethiopian, Palestinian and Venezuelan communities use culinary traditions to maintain a sense of connection with their native countries and form bonds in their new homes.

“Taste of Home” is all about food and how members of Nashville’s Ethiopian, Palestinian and Venezuelan communities use culinary traditions to maintain a sense of connection with their native countries and form bonds in their new homes.

“Next Door Neighbors: Taste of Home,” the 12th installment in Nashville Public Television’s ongoing series about Middle Tennessee’s immigrant and refugee communities, will feature Fidel Vasquez and Ivon Reyes, owners of weekly Nashville Farmers’ Market purveyor Caracasville.

The program will premiere Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m. on NPT, rebroadcast on May 29 at 1 a.m. and will be available for online viewing.

“Taste of Home” looks at how members of Nashville’s Ethiopian, Palestinian and Venezuelan communities use culinary traditions to maintain a sense of connection with their native countries and form bonds in their new homes.

“The aroma of the kitchen, this is something that brings home to you,” Venezuelan native Ramón Cisneros says during the program. “It is something that you probably want to put in your suitcase when you leave your country and you can’t.” As Ramón, Fidel and Ivon tell their stories, viewers see them prepare such traditional Venezuelan dishes as pabellón criollo and arepas (sandwiches made with a warm, chewy cornbread).

Producer Shawn Anfinson says the idea to use food as an entrée (so to speak) to exploring cultures came up in a conversation of possible documentary topics. “Food is always there. Wherever we’d go to meet someone or attend an event, they’d be eager to feed us,” he says. “That gave us an opportunity to show gratitude, not just for their hospitality, but also for their stories.” Anfinson’s previous Next Door Neighbors documentary was 2018’s Between Two Worlds, about Middle Tennessee’s Indian, Chinese and Filipino communities.

Watch the trailer.

David Gonnerman