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Nations in Our Neighborhood’s ethnic food tour is back

Renuka Christoph was looking for a creative way to connect Nashville’s diverse communities when she founded “Nations in Our Neighborhood,” an ethnic food tour in 2018.

The inclusive project paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Christoph decided to revive it in response to popular demand. On Friday, March 25, from 6 pm to 8 pm, it is returning with a kickoff party at popular German dining spot Bavarian Bierhaus.

For $50.00, guests will pick up a “passport” and participate in a self-guided food tour where assorted dishes from highlighted restaurants can be tasted. If attendees are interested, more appetizing add-on items from the restaurants’ menus can be purchased as well.

In addition to Bavarian Bierhaus, the other seven eateries serving sampler plates are Anatolia, Bawarchi Cool Springs, Cafe Coco, Chateau West, Culaccino, McNamara’s Irish Pub and OSH, representing the countries Turkey, India, Italy, France, Ireland and Uzbekistan.

Sampler from Cafe Coco

Some of the aforementioned restaurants have worked with Nations in Our Neighborhood previously and are looking forward to collaborating once again. Huseyin Ustunkaya, owner of Anatolia and Chateau West said the partnership with Nations in Our Neighborhood began after Christoph reached out with an invite to join approximately three years ago. One aspect that is appealing to Ustunkaya about the events is that it brings people together, “It’s good for Nashvillians and for our neighbors. We see some faces that we’ve never seen before.”

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