Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles

Dream Catering Tips: Creating a Nashville-themed Event Menu

People visit Nashville for many reasons. Southern culture, a big city with a small-town vibe, music, and food are definitely some of the most popular reasons. Because we live in such an inspiring city, you’ll often find us dreaming up Nashville-themed event menus. The food in Music City is like the town – full of soul, flavor, and surprises. Whether you’re planning a party with downtown vibes, shooting for a more East Nashville approach, or going full-on honky-tonk, the perfect Nashville inspired event menu is right around the corner.

Refreshing Cocktails

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 aptly named 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. Guests also love trying our bourbon tasting, full of Tennessee & Kentucky favorites, for an interactive activity.

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 creating a Nashville-themed event menu, there are so many options that will have guests feeling all kinds of Music City vibes. For these, we love taking Southern classics, elevating them, and serving them in adorable passed appetizer-sized dishes. Our Chicken & Waffles and Shrimp & Grits are the perfect examples.

Mini Chicken and Waffles
Miniature Shrimp & Grits Appetizer

Music City Main Course

The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Nashville food is Nashville Hot Chicken. Our Nashville Hot Cauliflower is a fresh and creative take on the hometown favorite. Don’t worry, we serve up our delicious Nashville Hot Chicken too. Our Jack Daniel’s Chicken also makes a mouth-watering entree and is a fan favorite.

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? Nope. Pimento mac & cheese is a client favorite. Some other Southern favorites are our country style green beans and hashbrown casserole. Don’t forget the biscuits!

Pimento Mac & Cheese

Dreamy Desserts

Round out the night with something sweet. At Dream, we love to serve guests a variety of miniature desserts. After a delicious meal and a drink or two, attendees will be thankful for a smaller sweet treat. Plus, there’s something for everyone. Give guests a taste of Tennessee with our Moon Pie shooters and Goo Goo shooters.

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