Executive Chef Hrant Arakelian of Holland House Bar and Refuge will be featured at the East Nashville Farmers Market’s Tomato Throwdown on August 5, 2015. Chef Arakelian will be demonstrating two dishes prepared with tomatoes grown by our local farmers — a fresh salad of mixed heirloom tomatoes and a saucy spiced shakshuka with Roma tomatoes and poached farmers’ market eggs. Chef Arakelian’s passion for utilizing seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients is ever-present on the menus at Holland House Bar and Refuge, and the East Nashville Farmers Market is delighted to have them as a top-tier sponsor for 2015.
If you have ever enjoyed a meal at East Nashville’s Holland House Bar and Refuge, you have experienced the influence of Chef Arakelian’s Lebanese heritage. Seasonality, freshness, local , and made-in-house ingredients are standard components to his finely-tuned craft. The Executive Chef’s success at the Holland House eventually led to the owner Tery Raley’s other culinary venture, Germantown’s rustic Butchertown Hall. Chef Arakelians currently serves as executive chef of both. Dishes such as the ones Arakelian will be serving at the East Nashville Tomato Throwdown 2015 can be found on the menus of both highly-acclaimed restaurants.
When asked why he and Holland House Bar and Refuge sponsor the East Nashville Farmers market, Chef Arakelian’s response is simple: “As a local East Nashville restaurant, it’s important to support the East Nashville food scene. We use lots of local produce grown by local farmers at both Holland House and Butchertown Hall, so we support a venue for them to sell what they produce.”
When asked why he chooses local, Chef Arakelian is honest and direct: “Food grown locally tastes better and is fresher. It’s not an easy thing to do — growing food. So we enjoy forming relationships with farmers instead of buying from a local supply company.”
Come chat with Executive Chef Hrant Arakelian at the Chef Demo Tent this Wednesday at the East Nashville Farmers Market’s Tomato Throwdown 2015.