Etch chef opens new restaurant amid ‘glowing’ dining scene

Name: Deb Paquette

Current occupation: Chef/Owner of restaurants Etch and etc.

How long there: Etch: 4 years. etc. just opened last week!

What’s the last meal you ate?

An unidentifiable quesadilla or it could’ve been arugula with pulled pork and lots of red onions!

What’s your favorite recipe to cook at home?

No recipe, just roasted chicken with lots of fresh herbs, a big-ass salad with all the garden goodies and my husbands incredible red wine vinegar.

What’s your favorite dish at a local restaurant?

Japchae at Korea House

What’s the one ingredient you can’t live without? 


Cooking tool you can’t live without? 

A wooden spoon…it does everything!

What 3 things are always in your fridge? 


Heinz ketchup


Who’s your chef hero? 

Those Volt brothers are incredible!

What’s your favorite food city (to visit) and why? 

Miami – for all the different types of Latin cuisine that is not a taco!

What 3 words would you use to describe the current dining scene in Nashville? 

Glowing, tempting, confederated!!!

Name one place you think is a hidden gem in our city?  

I love an old-school patty melt at the Filling Station in Kingston Springs, and the music is great!

Is there a food-related business/type of restaurant that you think Nashville is missing and hope to see in the future? 

A real New York Deli…with lots of noise and orders being screamed out and a badass pastrami sandwich!!!

Favorite thing to do in Nashville on your day off?

Spend time with my loved ones, clean the house, garden and drink!

What drink starts your day? Ends your night?

To begin: intravenous coffee

To end: grapefruit juice with vodka or tequila

In your three decades of cooking, you’ve seen a lot of restaurants come and go – any one you particularly miss?


Roasted Beets with Caraway Cream & Smoked Apple Sauce

Recipe yields enough for 6 salads

Roasted Beets:

Enough beets to give each person 3 slices

1-2 tsp. salt, to taste

1 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. salad oil

2 Tbsp. water 

Peel beets and be sure to trim the root end well. (It gives you that dirt taste!)

Slice about 3/8″ thick.  

Place beets in 11″ x 8″ roasting pan and season.  Cover with foil and roast in a 400-degree oven until tender.

Let cool before placing in fridge.

Caraway cream

2Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup sour cream  

1/2 cup strained yogurt  

pinch of celery salt

pinch of granulated onion

Pulse-grind seeds in spice grinder. Stop before it’s a dusty consistency!

Put all ingredients n a bowl and mix well.

Smoked Apple Puree

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup smoked cider vinegar

¼ lb. butter

Pinch of salt

Smoke apples at 86 degrees for one hour.

Place sugar in small pot on medium heat until sugar browns. Do no stir until the next step – do not leave alone! 

Add vinegar carefully, for it may sputter.

Now stir and keep on low heat until sugar re-melts.

Add apples and butter.

Cover and simmer until apples are slightly cooked (remove from heat before they get mushy).

Add salt and puree in blender till incredibly smooth!

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The Hottest Restaurants in Nashville Right Now, September 2016

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the newest and hottest restaurants? For that very reason, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change periodically to highlight where the food and drink-crazed masses are flocking to at the moment. This month Butcher & Bee and Vui’s Kitchen come off the list, and we welcomeDose Cafe & Dram Bar, Deb Paquette’s latest venture Etc.and Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint’s epic new SoBro location.

Did we miss your favorite? Is there an egregious omission? Take to the comments and make your opinion known!


Deb Paquette’s Etc. is a much needed addition to the Green Hills dining landscape. Open for lunch and dinner, the food is classic Paquette, drawing on influences from around the world. And it’s easily the best dining space in the neighborhood.

Full List here

Eat Drink Nashville: Back to school

If you’re a family with kids, you’re trying to hide that smile as they board the big yellow bus of joy.

If you’re in college, you’re back on campus with old friends and new as you navigate life away from your parents.

In other words, it’s time to celebrate with a great meal.

If you’ve been away or were just sleeping all summer, you’ll find a lot of new dining options. And guess what? There are more on the way.

So let’s dig in. There’s a whisper of cooler temperatures and football’s around the corner.

— Jim Myers, Food & Drink columnist

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera

The godmother of Nashville’s chef scene, Deb Paquette, has opened up her latest venture, calling it Etc. as a play on the name of her downtown spot, Etch. Get it? Etc. gives you a new excuse, besides shopping of course, and our love of traffic, to head to Green Hills. Read more about it here.

Sisters with a twist

Alexis and Britt, the fabulous Soler sisters who brought us No. 308 in East Nashville and then Old Glory near Vanderbilt just got on an impressive list. Great. Now everyone’s going to want to come here. Check it out.

Barbershop bar

It’s a bar. It’s a barbershop. It’s a bar in a barbershop. Okay, it’s not a turducken, so don’t act like it’s that crazy. And before you even ask, yes it’s in Wedgewood Houston. Find your shot and shave here.

Hut one, hut two, hike

We love it when they call restaurants “huts,” like the old China Hut in Brentwood. Now we have an Indian version serving dosas, the wonderful thin, rolled pancakes stuffed with all kinds of spicy goodness. And you’ll never guess what they’re calling it.

What’s the word? Not Thunderbird.

Ms. Cheap got her moniker because Ms. Booze was already taken, but that doesn’t stop her from sussing out some good wine bargains. Bask in the fermented fruit of her labors and you might find a tasty deal or three. Get the scoop here.

Mellow Mushroom

It’s almost patio weather again, at least the kind where you’re clothes don’t stick. One restaurant is adding a rooftop dining area downtown, where you can mellow out and enjoy the view. Find out where it’s going here.

Farm to burger

Charlotte Pike’s getting another gourmet beef patty place to join Flip Burger along the rapidly evolving corridor. It’s called Farm Burger because the name Feed Lot Burger just doesn’t sit well with a lot of folks. Look for it to open next month.


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People like to bitch about Green Hills and its traffic. Yes, it’s congested a lot of the time but truth be told I love living in this area and since I’ve lived here for 12 years the traffic doesn’t really bug me. What I do think is a flaw to this area is a serious lack of good, local fine dining restaurants. Emphasis on good.

However that’s all changed – well-known and respected local chef Deb Paquette (etch) has opened a new restaurant in Green Hills. Called etc., It’s a lot like etch but cozier and, most importantly, right around the corner from me.

The food is signature Deb with lots of texture, color and flavor to each dish. etc. serves different menus for lunch and dinner. If you’re a fan of the desserts at etch, you’ll be happy to know that Megan Williams is still heading up pastries at etc. so you know you won’t be disappointed.

Lunch highlights: the Tuna & Watermelon salad was probably my favorite. I shared it with my lunch date but its plenty if you want to order it for yourself for lunch. I hope this stays on the menu for a while because it’s delicious. The New Orleans flatbread shrimp sammie, in spite of it being called a sammie, was also delicious and my Patty Melt (not pictured. Made with a Bear Creek Farm burger, bacon, cheese, secret sauce, mushrooms, onions, pickles on white bread) was a substantial main. We bumped into friends while there and they recommend the Indian Chicken Tacos. Take a look at their lunch menu here.

Dinner highlights: The Husband and I ordered the Vietnamese shortribs and the bread & butter duo appetizer to start. The Husband ordered the steak which was massive and so delicious. Because I rarely skip a good seafood dish, I ordered the Portuguese Ravioli Ensopado. That one was shrimp, scallops, mussels and fish piled atop a giant pulled pork ravioli. It was almost like a bouillabaisse, the shellfish were super fresh and plump and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it again the next time I go. Other items that come highly recommended are the grilled tuna and the Fowl Trio. View etc’s dinner menu here.

Cucumber truffle butter on the left, smoked vinegar on the right. I wanted to eat both with a spoon.

etc. is now open Monday – Friday 11am – 2pm, Monday – Thursday 5pm – 10pm for dinner and Friday – Saturday 5pm – 10:30pm for dinner. They provide valet parking if you can’t find any parking either on the street or in the lot at the rear of the building. If you’re concerned about traffic, it’s accessible from the back roads so open up a map and make life easier for yourself.

For a closer look inside etc. visit Nashville Guru or just go ahead and make your reservations online and go see for yourself. Be sure to check out the really sexy tile on the walls too while you’re there! Happy eating!

etc.  |  3790 Bedford Ave., Nashville 37215|

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