Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles

Dream Tips: Creating a Nashville-Themed Event Menu

People visit Nashville for Southern culture, a big city with a small-town vibe, live music on almost every corner, and world-famous food. Because we live in such an inspiring city, you’ll often find us dreaming up Nashville-themed event menus that showcase local flavors and ingredients. Whether you’re planning a party with downtown honky-tonk vibes, shooting for a more classic meat-and-three approach, or dreaming of harnessing some of those experimental East Nashville vibes, we can help bring your vision to life. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Nashville-inspired dishes below that provide a taste of what our team of locals can create in the kitchen.

Refreshing Cocktails

Here in Nashville, it gets hot. And if you’re wanting to keep guests happy at an outdoor event in the South, you probably want to include refreshing cocktails. Our list of Nashville-inspired cocktails definitely do the trick here. Try The Downtown—an Old Fashioned crafted with Blanton’s Bourbon, a dash of cinnamon, and orange bitters. Or serve up The Gulch—our recreation of the Aperol Spritz, with 2 oz of Prosecco, 1 and 1/4 oz of Aperol and a splash of Topo Chico sparkling water.

Looking for a more personal bar experience? Consider booking our special guided bourbon tasting where we serve up Tennessee & Kentucky favorites along with some hidden gems.

The Downtown Cocktail
The Gulch Cocktail

Signature Hors d’oeuvres

As guests sip on cocktails and mingle, dreamy & delicious hors d’oeuvres are a must-have. And if you’re going with a Nashville theme, there are so many instantly recognizable options that will give your out-of-town guests a true Music City experience. We love taking Southern classics, elevating them, and serving them in adorable passed appetizer-sized dishes. Our Mini Chicken & Waffle Bites, Shrimp & Grits, and Fried Green Tomatoes with Pimento Cheese always receive rave reviews.

Mini Chicken and Waffles
Miniature Shrimp & Grits Appetizer

Music City Main Course

These days, the first thing that usually comes to mind when someone mentions quintessential Nashville food is Nashville Hot Chicken. We serve up our delicious Nashville Hot Chicken on waffles and biscuits, or on its own with the classic white bread and pickle accompaniments. If you’re not sold on the spice, our Jack Daniel’s Chicken also makes a mouth-watering entree and is a fan favorite. For all our vegetarians out there, we’ve got Nashville Hot Cauliflower that even our omnivores love!

Nashville Hot Cauliflower
Jack Daniel's Chicken

Southern Sides

Is it possible to have a party or wedding in Nashville and NOT include something with the words pimento and cheese on the menu? Not in our opinion! Pimento Mac & Cheese is a forever favorite, and some other Southern side dishes are our Country Style Green Beans and Hashbrown Casserole. And don’t worry, we won’t let you forget the biscuits!

Pimento Mac & Cheese

Dreamy Desserts

After a delicious meal and a drink or two, round out the night with something sweet from our variety of miniature desserts.  Give guests a taste of Tennessee with our Moon Pie and Goo Goo Shooters, or serve up some Jack Daniels Pecan Mini Pies.

Moon Pie Dessert Shooter

Looking for help creating a Nashville-inspired menu for a wedding, corporate event or Music City gala? We’d love to put our local spin on things! Send us a message at hello@dreameventsandcatering.com.