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Venezuelan Cuisine @ Farmers' Market: For those in town between the holidays...

There's no limit since there's plenty of seating in the market. 

You have your choice of restaurants: Caracasville (Venezuelan cuisine) will be servicing the "Grow Local Kitchen" in the front of the house. There is also AM@FM, Green Asia, Swagruha Indian, Chicago Gyro, B&C Market BBQ, El Burrito Mexican, Bella Nashville (wood fired pizza), The Original Nooley's (Cajun) and now Wild & Local serves a few lunch items including lobster rolls, ceviche, prime rib panini and duck leg Caesar salad. JamaicaWay is closed on Saturdays but I think we can find something to satisfy your appetite...

Caracasville's FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/caracasville?ref=stream

Save room for dessert and coffee, there's also Buttercake Babe's and Randy's Famous Cheesecake. And if you're not in a hurry, lots of great conversation. And walk it off through the market, pick up some veggies and shop Shreeji's International Market.

Rose, Organizer

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  • Craig P

    Sorry I missed today's Meetup. Spent a nice day with my son instead. I see that they will be back to NFM next Saturday. I will get a few empanada's next weekend after all. :) http://growlocalkitchen.org/Calendar.html

    1 · December 28, 2013

    • Rose L.

      We missed you. Definitely worth the trip. The empanadas are HUGE! They will have arepas next weekend now that Christmas is over and they aren't serving the Navidad Platter.

      December 28, 2013

    • Vida

      I adore arepas!

      1 · December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well I did not eat Venezuelan to stay vegan. But the day was fantastic. The market had stff I needed. The conversation was fun and the people were great.

    2 · December 28, 2013

  • sherrie

    Loved the food and all the conversations with everybody! Thanks Rose!

    1 · December 28, 2013

    • Rose L.

      Sherrie, I totally spazzed and realized about 4pm that I forgot to make and bring you a loaf of bread. I still have plenty of ingredients so I promise soon.

      December 28, 2013

  • Jodi M.

    It was delicious.

    2 · December 28, 2013

  • Beth 3.

    Thanks Rose! Great lunch crowd:)

    2 · December 28, 2013

  • Rose L.

    Here!!#

    December 28, 2013

  • Rose L.

    Here's a description of the Navidad Platter being offered tomorrow:

    HALLACA: In Venezuelan cuisine, an Hallaca (pronounced "ah-ya-ka") typically involves a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, raisins, capers, and olives wrapped in cornmeal dough, folded within plantain leaves, tied with strings, and boiled or steamed afterwards. It is typically served during the Christmas holiday.

    Hallacas is the oldest food tradition in Venezuela and it is the most popular Christmas meal served during the holidays. It is still prepared in a similar fashion to colonial times with some modern refinements. The Hallaca is also considered one of the most representative icons of Venezuelan multicultural heritage, as its preparation includes European ingredients (such as raisins, nuts and olives), indigenous ingredients (corn meal colored with annatto seeds), and African ingredients (smoked plantain leaves used for wrapping). "No hallaca tastes the same as another".

    December 27, 2013

    • Rose L.

      Almost sounds like a tamale & Cuban picadillo combined. I'm already sold...

      December 27, 2013

  • Rose L.

    I have been in touch with Caracasville to remind them we are coming. They are looking forward to having us. The menu is still the same as above. And you can choose to eat from anywhere in the market or even do a sampling from different vendors. I should be there about 10:30-10:45 in the center of the main market house near the Grow Local Kitchen. If you are unfamiliar, go to the enclosed market house in the center where the massive amount of tables are assembled. The Grow Local Kitchen is on the side opposite the Rosa Parks Blvd entrance. You can miss the open kitchen setup (between AM@FM and The Sweet Stash). I plan to wear my pink fleece pullover (should be easy to spot). If not, call (or text) me[masked]-6684. Or just look for the big crowd of people who make up the most "eclectic family reunion" in the market house. We'll probably have 2-3 tables of 8-10, depending on how many show up.

    December 27, 2013

    • Rose L.

      Caracasville just replied back again and said they are ready for us.

      December 27, 2013

  • Rose L.

    I have updated the picture on the Meetup to show Caracasville's menu items for the 28th.

    Remember: There are other restaurant choices in the market. It's all about coming together for food and AWESOME conversation. JamaicaWay will be closed. Bella Nashville will be closed from Christmas Eve day (12/24) through New Years Day--returning January 2nd. These are the only two that will be closed to my knowledge.

    December 17, 2013

  • Rosa

    Do you know what kind of venezuelan dishes they'll be serving? Thanks!

    1 · December 8, 2013

    • Rose L.

      I have no idea but have already emailed them. I will see if I can find out what they will be serving as we get closer. I imagine 3-4 different options.

      1 · December 8, 2013

  • Rose L.

    I'll keep a close eye on the Grow Local Kitchen's schedule. I also love the Tamale Pot but they're not coming in December. There is also a sushi chef (Leo Sushi) who works here, so hopefully we can catch him here soon.

    December 8, 2013

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