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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

 
THE FARM HOUSE RESTAURANT AT FONTANEL
SUPPORTS LOCAL FARMERS WITH UNIQUE "FARM TO FORK" MENU 
Minutes from Downtown but Miles from Ordinary
NEW Restaurant Features Homemade Creations by Chef Dustin Pritchett
  
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 28, 2010 -- The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel is now open for business providing a unique culinary option for hungry locals and tourists alike.   The restaurant, located at 4217 White’s Creek Pike, is a full-service dining facility specializing in locally-sourced food which seats 140 and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. -9 p.m., breakfast is served all day.  The Farm House provides a unique “farm to fork” menu that not only supports local farmers by serving local produce, dairy and meats but also provides a healthy and sustainable option for food connoisseurs.
 
Lisa Shively, publisher and founder of Local Table, a guide to food and farming in middle Tennessee, has partnered with The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel.  Shively is working with the the restaurant to find local food for the menu and helping to source some of the local craftsmen for the neighboring Stone House Gift Shop. Shively is also assisting with establishing a garden for the Farm House and a composting program.  Future plans include a bee colony, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) training garden, workshops for both the community and chefs for finding and cooking with local food, gardening, wildlife conservation, butterfly habitats and more.
 
"It's been very fulfilling to help connect local producers to the chefs with the Farm House restaurant," said Shively.  "The chefs have been just as excited to learn to use seasonal, locally grown foods as part of their menu. As a publicist my passion was connecting consumers to the music I love and now I get to connect farmers with a quality operation like Fontanel."
 
The menu features specials that reflect the different seasons and locally-raised pastured beef, fresh produce and locally-made cheese.  Virtually every menu item features locally-sourced ingredients transformed into good ole Southern-style vittles by Chef Dustin Pritchett formerly of Sunset Grill in Nashville.  Prices start at $6 and top at around $20 for some entrees. For reservations call 615-724-1600.
 
The Farm House Restaurant is managed by TomKats, Inc., a restaurant and catering company, best known for The Loveless Cafe, Saffire, located in Franklin, Tenn. and on-location movie catering.
 
“People ask about what we are doing as if it were something new,” says Jesse Goldstein, president of TomKats, Inc.  “Having grown up on a farm myself, we prefer to think of this as something old-fashioned.”


Pictured: Members of the Whites Creek community enjoying dinner and some bluegrass music.  One neighbor raved, "You have brought the community together again...thank you!"
 
 
The Farm House is just one of several new attractions located on the property of the Fontanel Mansion and Farm.  While on site, visitors can also take a FREE two-mile hike through The Trails at Fontanel or take advantage Nashville’s FIRST and ONLY country music mansion tour. 
 
The former home to country music legend Barbara Mandrell, The Mansion at Fontanelboasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range on almost 140 acres of pristine land. The home has been filled to the brim with photos, memorabilia and personal items from the period when the Mandrell family lived there. Additionally, the personal collections of current owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald are featured which include one of a kind items, personal photos, and keepsakes of the artists they currently manage, including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and many others. But make no mistake, this is not a museum.  At Fontanel, visitors get to do more than just look; guests can touch, see, feel and relax in this magnificent home.

A tour of the Mansion is guided in small groups room by room, with amazing sights, special stories and maybe even some music around every corner!  Tour guides escort guests from the moment they walk into the front door through the entire 27,000 SF home starting in the Great Room and ending in the glorious sunlit pool atrium.  There guests can grab refreshments and relax as long they wish, discussing the experience of Fontanel with experts and fellow visitors. 
 
For more information about The Fontanel Mansion and Farm visit www.fontanelmansion.com.
 
About Fontanel Attractions:
The property is managed by Fontanel Attractions, made up of entertainment entrepreneurs Dale Morris and Marc Oswald, world-class developer, Alex Marks and Tom Morales, owner of TomKats, Inc., with TomKats, Inc. as the operating partner. Perhaps best known locally for managing the Loveless Cafe and internationally for the 750 movies catered over 20 years, TomKats’ experience ensures Fontanel Mansion’s role as a cherished community asset in the heartbeat of Music City.
 
 

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