Your event venue and location are crucial to the attendee experience. Not only do attendees love to travel to exciting destinations, but they like to experience the local sights, culture, and, of course, cuisine.
With the launch of our new guide,"The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States,"we're going to share our interviews with premiere chefs and restaurant teams from the country's most popular meeting and event cities. They'll share what makes their restaurant stand out, how their city influences their flavors, and how they can accommodate events.
1210 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203
Chef: Sean McTiernan
Named after chef and co-owner Jonathan Waxman’s late mother, Adele's features an open kitchen with a large fireplace grill, wood-burning oven, white quarter-sawn oak bar, and chef’s counter. The menu at Adele’s focuses on seasonal, accessible comfort food sourced from local farms and purveyors. Head Chef Sean McTiernan answers more questions about Adele's menu, ambiance and more.
Q: How would you describe Adele’s ambiance? What makes it welcoming?
McTiernan: "Adele’s features a welcoming atmosphere with an open kitchen concept, large fireplace grill, wood-burning oven, white quarter-sawn oak bar, and chef’s counter. You get an awesome view of the Nashville skyline, while enjoying amazing American-Californian cuisine. Not to mention you’re greeted by friendly staff who care about the guests. We're providing the service that you would have at a fine dining restaurant without that fine dining feel."
Q: What’s your secret to keeping diners coming back?
McTiernan: "We create memories for our guest and we’re extremely consistent with what we do - people appreciate consistency."
Q: What do you like most about Adele’s?
McTiernan: "Adele’s is an old car garage with an open kitchen concept. So we as a kitchen staff can watch our guests enjoy their experience, and the guests can watch us prepare the food. It’s an interactive experience that allows guests to be immersed in the food in a unique way."
Q: What’s your favorite thing about neighborhood Adele’s is in?
McTiernan: "Adele’s is centrally located in The Gulch in between downtown and Music Row in Nashville; it’s a great spot. We are surrounded by tons of other attractions and places to go, so it’s a really exciting area to come to enjoy a meal and have a great experience in the city at the same time."
Q: How do you accommodate groups? What’s the largest group Adele's has hosted? What made the event a success?
McTiernan: "We have very accommodating spaces for groups large and small at Adele’s. The largest group we’ve ever hosted was 200. We can host a group of up to 150 people and still be open for dinner service as well."
Q: What do you like most about being a chef?
McTiernan: "I love that I'm constantly challenged, in a good way, and it allows me to be creative."
Q: Where do you get inspiration for your food?
McTiernan: "My grandmother really showed me the importance of food, and how important food is for the family. I get inspiration for my cooking style from cookbooks, my team, and what's in season. We are proud to serve a farm to table menu that changes with the seasons."
Q: What do you think the most important quality is to become a great chef?
McTiernan: "I would say the most important quality to becoming a great chef is dedication, and being able to adapt well to change."
Q: Do you have a favorite dish on the menu?
McTiernan: "We recently prepared my favorite meal we’ve ever served for a large group. I slow roasted six pig heads for 12 hours. We brought them all out to the table on beautiful wooden cutting boards, each one was about three feet. On each cutting board, we had a salad, homemade bread and a bunch of accouterments (pickled vegetables). The guests loved the experience - it was unique, and not to mention delicious."
Q: What makes your cooking style unique?
McTiernan: "My cooking style is simple, seasonal, and simply platted with complex flavors."
Q: How is Adele’s unique compared to other restaurants in Nashville?
McTiernan: "Our location, ambiance, and the menu is what make’s us unique. Being in an open car garage concept, it's kind of like old school Nashville. Our menu is constantly evolving and changes with the seasons. We pride ourselves in offering a casual fine-dining experience for everyone."
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