The full-length feature version of Teaching Nashville How to Eat by Anna Watson Carl appears in the current issue of Gourmet Live. Download the free Gourmet Live app for this story and more.
Makeup free, with a gardener’s tan and a tumble of short–cropped curly hair, dressed in baggy chef pants, clogs, and an apron, McCormack (a 2009 James Beard Award semifinalist) is a fixture in the restaurant five nights a week, either cooking on the line or out visiting with guests. She has spent the past ten years as a sort of agricultural ambassador to her fellow Nashvillians. “I like to tell people that I’m not trying to reinvent food,” she explains. “I’m looking to reintroduce it to people.”
Gourmet Live guest columnist Anna Watson Carl takes us on a journey to the south to Margot Café & Bar, the cozy eatery that launched a culinary revolution in Nashville. Owner Margot McCormack is a true pioneer in food, serving up the freshest of flavors in the form of pillowy, round homemade pizzas with a pureé of fava beans and garlic grown on her own farm. She’s made food simple again while putting East Nashville at the epicenter of cutting edge cuisine.
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