Conexión Américas announces a monthly International Cooking Club at Casa Azafrán’s Mesa Komal, a new commercial kitchen serving the community cooking classes and entrepreneurs rental space. The first chef to move in, Carlos Davis of Riffs Catering and Relish Epicurea Supper Club, will provide a Father’s Day Grill-Out Benefit Sunday, June 16 with 30% of the proceeds returning to the community center.
Kitchen Manager Jenny Harrison told supporters gathered yesterday at Common Grounds that Conexión Américas is excited about offering world cuisine. Tuesday, June 18 Raul Garcia and his mother will teach a course in Costa Rican food. The cost is $50 which includes instruction, food and wine. Chefs booked in coming months will feature foods from Haiti, Cuba, Mexico and Peru.
She also introduced Davis, a native of Barbados, who gave a brief description of his journey to Music City. Parked behind Casa Azafrán was his “bright green truck” which he smiled and said was not currently bright or green since it was contracted as the GAC (Great American Country) Food Truck for the CMA Music Festival. In 2012 Riffs Catering was named the winner of the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Awards for Best Pop-Up Restaurant and Nashville’s Battle of the Food Trucks. Though he had worked 117 hours during the CMA Fest, is opening Riffs Café in 4-6 weeks, and had to prepare for gigs such as Nashville Dancin’ he was excited about serving dads tomorrow.
“The type of food we do is really eclectic—everything from Asian to Caribbean. The focus is to on doing street food from all around the world. It is well researched and we don’t do it unless it’s right.
I was born and raised in Tennessee, can’t you tell by this accent? (laughs) I’m actually from Barbados. A lot of what is experienced there-- street food-- is part of our culture. so it wasn’t hard to take the leap to create that environment for what we do... Nashville is very community oriented.”
Father's Day Menu
Drinks: Watermelon Lemonade, Tarragon Spiked Black Tea
Cash Cocktails: Retro Highball, Blackberry Mojitos, Sangria $5.00 (not included in buffet)
Breads: Sweet and Spicy Cornbread, Maple and Benton’s Bacon Biscuits- peach/chipotle butter
Salads and Sides: Grilled Summer Vegetables- Pomegranate Balsamic oil
Roasted Cob Corn- Lime Cilantro, Ancho Butter
Exotic Fresh Fruit Display- Mint Yogurt
Asian- Jicama Slaw – Sweet Chili Drizzle
Fingerling Potato Salad- Celery Leaf, Pickled Onion, Baby Sweet Peppers
Main Dishes: Hot Smoked Salmon- apples, nuts, wilted greens.
Double Dipped Buttermilk Fried Chicken- Orange Molasses BBQ
Texas Style Smoked Brisket- Coffee Glaze
Desserts : Peach-Pear Crumble- Ginger Anglaise, Berry-Buttermilk Pies
Pre-purchase your tickets to reserve your table. No reservations are required, but are encouraged.
$26.50 adults / $12.50 children10 and under / Free for children under 5
30% of your ticket price goes to support the work of Conexión Américas
(gratuity not included)