In 2013, we got an introductory chance to celebrate East Nashville’s culinary treasures with an evening-long graze called the Yum!East festival. At that first event, East Side eateries offered small bites and big sips, from breakfast-y kolaches by Yeast Nashville to Pharmacy wurstchen, upscale flavors from Lockeland Table, almost too-pretty-to-eat desserts from Nashville Sweets and pints from Fat Bottom Brewing. A lot of food; a lot of fun.
On Thursday, June 5, Yum!East returns for a sequel, again offering tastes from dozens of East Side favorites at Pavilion East. Returning players (including all those previously mentioned eateries) will join newcomers like Five Points Cocina Mexicana, The Local Taco and Chocolate F/X for a three-hour tour of all that’s delicious in East Nashville. And the best part might be that the celebrating and snacking does real good for the neighborhood — proceeds from Yum!East go to support Fannie Battle Day Home for Children’s praise-worthy work with young folks in our community.
Ahead of the second fest, we reached out to Fannie Battle development director Melanie Shinbaum to dig a little into the event’s beginnings and what’s in store for this year. (If you’d like to attend, tickets are on sale now via the Yum! East website.)
The East Nashvillian: Can you talk about the initial inspiration for the Yum!East festival?
Melanie Shinbaum: “Yum!East grew out of Fannie Battle Day Home's interest in creating an event that would further anchor us into the East Nashville community, combined with our interest in highlighting our neighborhood's amazing culinary expertise, which is gaining such wonderful national recognition.”
If you had to describe the East Nashville food scene to an out-of-towner, how would you categorize it?
“Lots of variety based on what you're in the mood for, (all of it) full of heart. Each of our partner East Nashville restaurants cares about their business, their clients as well as the community around them. That's why we feel so fortunate to have them supporting our cause at Fannie Battle.”
Last year was the inaugural festival — coming out of it, how did you feel year one went?
“We couldn't have been happier with last year's inaugural event. As soon as it was over, we — along with many of our partner restaurants — were already thinking about this year's event!
“The atmosphere was perfect — superb food and drink, ideal springtime weather, lively music and the best crowd of fine-dining party-goers we could have asked for.”
Should we expect any changes from last year’s event on June 5?
"We're planning on providing the same great event as last year — tasty East Nashville eats in the heart of East Nashville with Nashville's best folks!"
Attendees and potential attendees might see the fact that this fest benefits Fannie Battle and not understand what that means, specifically. What kind of work does this event help fund?
“Fannie Battle Day Home for Children has been providing services to our community in East Nashville for 122 years. We provide affordable, high-quality child care in a nurturing environment, while empowering families to reach their full potential.
“The needs of our families are significant as services for young children are often expensive and may not provide the high quality programming needed in order for children to be successful in life. Fannie Battle offers a haven that parents can feel confident in while going to work to make a better life for their children.”
General Admission tickets to the Yum! East festival are $45 and include unlimited food samples, beer and wine and a custom festival glass. All proceeds from the event go to Fannie Battle. Buy Yum! East tickets online here.