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April 2017

 
Everything is blooming most recklessly,
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into
the heart of the night!
-Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke
 
 
April Showers bring May Flowers and all the green that's good. We're excited to welcome back our local growers: Eaton's Creek OrganicsNo 9 FarmsKetts Family Farms and many more. 
Spring comes to Marche menus: Perennial favorites Artichoke Tart, Egg Salad, and Tuscan Chicken are all back! Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Lamb and Pasta Primavera round the rest of the menu out nicely. 
 
 
 
April in Paris!
Every Wednesday this month let us whisk you away in the second season of this dining series at Margot
April 5th We begin our adventure with Italy's greatest gift to France- Caterina de Medici. Her marriage to Prince Henry is said to have contributed a host of Florentine chefs, the fork, a long list of foods, decor, and etiquette to French cuisine. 
April 12th Auguste Escoffier called the King of Chefs France's preeminent chef in the early 20th century. Modernized French cuisine and its techniques in his masterwork Le Guide Culinaire which is still used today as a reference and textbook. Escoffier also developed the organization of the brigade system and elevated cooking as a respected profession. 
April 19th Gertude Stein & Alice B. Toklas, were American ex-patriates living in Paris in the early 1900's. In the home they shared at 27 rue de Fleurus, they hosted gatherings of other writers and artists of the time for raucous dinners and discussions on Saturday evenings. I have always held a certain fascination for the accumulated talent of this "Lost Generation".
April 26th Claude Monet, Impressionist painter, and my favorite artist. My mother gave me a print of his Waterlillies when I was in high school. It has always made me feel quiet and peaceful and I can easily get lost gazing at it. His home at Giverny just outside Paris where he painted the waterlillies developed amazing gardens, cooked delicious foods in his kitchen and entertained friends. 
 
 
 
Nashville Food Waste Initiative
The city of Nashville was chosen by the Natural Resource Defense Council as a pilot city for developing policies to address food waste. In order to slim down, we will be offering smaller portion sizes on our menus and lighter fare just in time for swimsuit season. Please join us in this effort to save natural resources!
 
 
 
Hoppy Easter!
April 15th is just around the corner. Space is limited, so secure your brunch reservation now at Margot.
 
 
 
Dining Out For Life: Tuesday, April 18th 
Join us for this extraordinary effort in the continued fight against AIDS. We will be donating 50% of our revenue to Nashville CARES at both Margot and Marche. Every meal counts!
 
 
 
Cooking with Margot
Next up in our cooking series: BRUNCH- just in time for Mother's Day. All you need to know to make mom happy; Biscuits, Sticky Buns, Eggs, Crepes and more. Monday, May 1st . Please register now at m.a.mccormack3@comcast.net.

March 2017

 
"Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on. "I do," Alice hastily replied; "at least I mean what I say-that's the same thing, you know>"
-Lewis Carroll
 
Get ready for springtime in the kitchen with our next cooking class: vegetable cookery and more! Monday April 3rd at 6:30. Register now by emailing m.a.mccormack3@comcast.net. Cost is $50 per person. Class size is limited! You will receive an email confirming your space in the class and instructions on what to do next.
 
Two worthy events to attend if you aren't having dinner with us at Margot or Marche:
This Friday , March 3 Food For Thought a fundraiser for Benton Hall Academy at the Nashville Farmers Market  from 6-8pm
Tuesday, March 7 at Nashville State Community College TN Flavors a benefit for the Randy Rayburn culinary arts scholarship fund. Tickets are $50. The event is from 5:30-8:30 on the main campus on White Bridge Road.  
 
Looking ahead towards April we'll be bringing back our Wednesday night Springtime in Paris dining series. It was incredibly fun and popular last year so mark your calendars for these delightful evenings!
 
 
March Menus at Marche
The best reuben sandwich in Nashville is back! And we also have shepherd's pie, and chicken and dumplings and mac n' cheese with roasted cauliflower, and shrimp and grits with Tasso Ham gravy. So it might be hard to choose your first time in but not to worry, you've got the whole month to sample your way through. Check out new offering on the beverage list too: Black Abbey The Rose Belgian style blond ale, Matcha lattes, Maison Brotte Rose and Pomegrante margaritas!
 
 

November 2016

 

NOVEMBER 2016
 
 

 

 

 

Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of 

maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can

stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?”

-Hal Borland

The span of my world seems both small and large all at same time. 
Nearly another year has come to pass. It’s been full and busy and isn’t over yet! 
 

 

 
 

 

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Eat Fish Stew / Help North Carolina

 

Many of you may realize the devastation our neighbors in Kinston, NC have suffered with Hurricane Matthew. Our friend, NC chef Vivian Howard, has reached out to us and asked that our food community help her community with this weeks Eastern North Carolina Fish Stew rescue. How does it work? Easy enough- come in for dinner any night this week and order the fish stew. All proceeds benefit those affected by Hurricane Matthew. It's a win / win! You can also make donations at www.lenoirgreeneunitedway.org with the tag #fishstew.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Marche Turns 10!

Happy 10 year Anniversary Marche: winner of Best Brunch in Nashville Scene's Best of Nashville for the entire decade. Come celebrate with us Tuesday November 8th.  Thank you to all of you who work to make us the best and to those of you who regularly stand in line for what we have to offer. You make us better and we couldn’t do it without your love and support.  

 

 

 
 

 

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The Holidays at Margot & Marche

Already on this first day of November, I have seen Christmas tree preparations meaning that Santa will be here soon. So there’s no time like now to start thinking about the holidays- Place your Thanksgiving orders now for Marche Pastry chef Tom Huber’s famous pies. Both Margot and Marche are available for your entertainment needs. Book your parties with us. Be it a table for two or a group of 80, you’ll have the best time ever. 


Holiday Hours

Both Margot and Marche will be closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. This year Marche will be open for brunch Christmas Eve day and for brunch New Year’s day but will not be open for NY Eve dinner. Make your reservations at Margot. 


 

 

 
 

 

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Reveillon at Margot Friday, Dec.23

Our last special dinner of the year is Reveillon. Friday, December 23. Join us for a truly unique celebration as we celebrate the holidays in decidedly French style. This is a favorite every year and is sure to be a delicious evening. Make your reservations today! 

 

 

 
 

 

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Bon Voyage Brian Jackson

And as many of you are aware, we’ve said a sad but hearty goodbye to long time employee, bartender Brian Jackson. The coming and going of staff is perhaps the hardest part of my job. I am happy for Brian to pursue a day job so he can keep being the most awesome father and husband that he is to his family, but we sure are going to miss his awesomeness at the restaurant. Thank you Brian for all that you brought to our family. 

 

 

 

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AUGUST 2016

AUGUST 2016
 
 
“The smell of manure, of sun on foliage, of evaporating water, rose to my head:
two steps farther, and I could look down into the vegetable garden enclosed
within its tall pale of reeds- rich chocolate earth studded with emerald green, 
frothed with the white of cauliflowers, jeweled with the purple globes
of eggplant and the scarlet wealth of tomatoes.” 
-Doris Lessing, The Habit of Learning
 

Tomato Art Fest August 12th & 13th

The tomato is definitely the star of East Nashville come August. Celebrate the 10th annual Tomato Arts Festival Friday & Saturday, August 12th &13th.  The festival grows bigger by the year and has a lot of fun to offer for everyone. Parades, contests, a kid zone, shopping, and of course Art and the Tomato! Marche is a great respite from the heat and crowds serving brunch from 8-4.  We will be serving our traditional Tomato Dinner during the evening at Margot. Bar opens at 5:00 and dinner begins at 5:30. 
 
 

Julia Child Birthday Dinner

Tuesday, August 16.

Join us in tribute to the Grand Dame of Cuisine. The menu will be certain to include vichyssoise, steak tartare, coq au vin, flounder meuniere, tarte tatin & other treats.
 
 

Chez Panisse Anniversary Dinner Saturday, August 27

Celebrate the 45th birthday of this Berkley institution.  Alice Water’s food revolution led us to where we are today.  
 
 

Labor day weekend. September 2-4 

Come join us as we celebrate the last hurrah of summer with holiday weekend favorites.
 
 

Coming in September:

Thursdays in Tuscany

Join us every Thursday for our September menu series Thursday’s in Tuscany. If you remember we visited Paris in our April series. This time we go explore the cuisine of the Italian countryside. You don't want to miss this very special tour of food & wine.
 
 

Goo Goo Cluster's Summer Chef Series:

The Margoo

Get your Margoo! Goo- Goo Cluster Summer Chef’s series. Margot’s creation of dark chocolate, candied hazelnuts, shortbread and salted caramel. Goo La La! Sold at both Margot and Marche. 
 
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June 2016


“Love means eating with people you count on…

It means cooking in a kitchen with people who care…

It’s feeling like you belong in a community of food…”

-Hugh Acheson


Sunday, June 5th Margot Café and Bar celebrates 15 years!

Sometimes that Tuesday night 15 years ago feels like it was just yesterday. Looking through my collection of pictures we will share with you in a nightly slide show this week, the photographic evidence is clear that time has passed. And my what a good time we’ve had. Look at all the people we’ve met.  The memories we’ve made. It’s been an overwhelmingly incredible ride. Looking out onto 5 Points now it’s hard to imagine that 15 years ago we were just one of a very few vibrant businesses here. On most nights there was nothing you would call traffic. Some things have remained constant- the harsh glare from the gas station; the chiming of bells on the door from Cumberland Hardware; the aroma of roasting coffee beans from Bongo Java.  I’ve always been able to chart the years by how many neighbors we had but I’ve honestly lost track. Our community, our city is growing so rapidly. Some days I am impressed by our big city feel and success but there are others when I don’t recognize the town I grew up in. 

The chefs have all been amazing and the folks I spend the most time with but the rest of my staff has been no less important. I owe a great debt of gratitude to anyone who has ever worked at Margot even for one hour or one day. Everyone from the dishwashers to the management. Great thanks to the front of house led by the incomparable Destin Weishaar and very special server Greg White. My wife Heather Parsons. My son Jacob. My former partner Jay Frein. My parents. March Egerton. Kay West. My mentors Jody Faision, Danny Saltiel. Our family of growers and producers.  You have all enriched my life and made Margot Café and Bar possible. 
 I want to say a HUGE Thank You! to all of you who have remained constant with us over the years.  We have so enjoyed the many meals and many memories we’ve made with you along the way. You all are awesome! 

We’ve planned an entire week of festivities leading up to Sunday. We’ve invited all of our chefs back to cook with us. Each one of these talented chefs made significant contributions to the menus and the success of the restaurant over the years. 

Tuesday, May 31 Tandy Wilson City House, James Beard Award winner (2003-2006)
Wednesday, June 1 Ryan Bernhardt soon to open TKO (2012-2016)
Thursday, June 2 Matt Davidson Mas Tacos (2006-2012)
Friday, June 3 Betsy Johnston Acme (2003-
Saturday, June 4 Etienne Janco (2001-2003)
Sunday, June 5 Hadley Long (2016- 


Each chef will collaborate on the menu to include many of the favorites that became their signatures. There will be trivia questions on the back of each night’s menu. Prizes will be awarded. Chefs will help choose the music and there will be a slide show every night. These dates are filling up rapidly so please make your reservations now.  

 

 

 

 

March 2016

MARCH 2016
 
 
 
The last fling of winter is over… The earth, the soil itself, 
has a dreaming quality about it.  It is warm now to the touch; 
it has come alive; it hides secrets that in a moment, in a little while, it will tell.” – Donald Cultross Peattie 
 
In the last week, I’ve seen hints of the magic. Trees have begun to bud, there’s a patch of phlox poking out over a wall on Woodland St. and a single daffodil blooms in my own back yard. We can’t wait for the rest. The artichokes and asparagus and peas. But first we finish out the next two weeks of what is technically still winter. Marche is featuring its delicious reuben sandwich, lamb burger and mushroom lentil shepherds pie. We say goodbye to winter and march towards spring.
 
 
 

Thursday, March 17th St Patrick’s Day at Margot

Get your green on with our nod to the Irish! Look for all of your St. Paddy's Day favorites on our specially themed menu (sans the green beer)..
 
 

Sunday, March 27th Easter Brunch

Easter comes early this year. Make your reservations now for Easter brunch at Margot, or go on a hunt for a table at Marche. Either way, we have your holiday covered.
 
 
 

Easter Baskets at Marche

Need an Easter basket? We’ve hand crafted these whimsical boxes that are sure to surprise your Easter Bunny.. Pick one up at Marche today.
Sweets from Here to France $32 
The Brunch Box $61 
Orange you Glad it’s almost Spring $46 
Lovely Lavender $42 
Honey Bunny Box $43 
Easter Morning $31 
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Upcoming Events  

Come sample tasty treats from Nashville restaurants at the Nashville Farmers Market in support of this wonderful school 

A wonderful annual event benefitting the Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts at Nashville State Community College 

Area chefs prepare delicious pairings for Belgian Beer 

 
 

Marche Madness

Show your colors and support your team this March. Get your Marche Madness Limited edition T- shirts now on sale in the market. Shirts are $18 
 

Wednesdays Next Month: April in Paris

Usher in springtime every Wednesday in April with a Parisian treat! Join us at Margot Café and bar for a specially designed Parisian menu with wine pairings featuring the gardens, museums, markets and streets of the City of Lights!.
 

September 2015

"But now in September the garden has cooled,
and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms
my back instead of beating on my head...The harvest
has dwindled, and I may have grown apart from the intense
midsummer relationship that brought it on.”
-Robert Finch
 
Our summer is nearly over. A few hot days left to remind us of the preceeding months. Sun Ripened tomatoes and melons mostly gone with just a few weeks left for corn and peppers. I see my garden now from the kitchen window quiet, played out for the season. I consider a fall planting but so many other chores and projects vie for my attention. I am pleased with my efforts in the spring so I think I will let it rest now underth falling leaves.  
 
 

New Menus at Marche 

Look for new breakfast, lunch and dinner menus out next week. What goodness awaits? Come find out. Look for new sandwiches like roast beef on ciabatta, returning favorites like gnocchi and eggplant parmesan, & new additions like roasted chicken & watercress salad or autumn panzanella.Also keep an eye on the pastry case as pastry chef Tom Huber rolls out some delicious new cakes, pies & cookies.
 
 
 
 
 

Marche Market News

Back to school is the perfect time to discover the Peanut butters from Nut Butter Nation: Non- gmo, all natural, gluten free, small batch roasted Virginia Peanuts ground locally in Franklin. Bring an all new level to you or your kids lunch. Choose from traditional, honey vanilla, rain forest dark chocolate or brown sugar cinnamon. They pair perfectly with Nashville Jam Co. Jams, also in the market.www.nutbutternation.com
 
 

Music City

Food and Wine Festival

Visit chef de cuisine Ryan Bernhardt and Kat Britt Sunday September 20th from 11am-4 pm at the Grand Taste on the Bicentennial Mall.Click here for tickets & details.
 
 

Thomas's Hometown

Breakfast Battle

We're excited to be part of the Hometown Breakfast Battle for Thomas English Muffins. Chefs from across the country will create breakfast sandwich inspired by their region. Nationwide vote begins in September
Look for this amazing breakfast sandwich created by sous chef Hadley Long and vote it to win!  "Hot Chicken" fried green tomato, bacon, egg, arugula & buttermilk aioli on a toasted Thomas’ English Muffin…
 
 

Nashville Scene

"Best of Nashville"

Speaking of voting, the Nashville Scene's "Best of Nashville" voting is going on now and closes Friday night.Remember to vote for Margot & Marche in your favorite categories like best restaurant, best chef, most romantic,best breakfast, best service, best brunch...Click here for this year's ballot.
 
 

Marche will be CLOSED on Saturday, September 26th for a private event.

Please visit us at Margot Cafe!

 
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Marche Artisan Foods 615-262-1111 marcheartisanfoods.com

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