Local Flavor: The Unexpected

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Beloved chef and owner Deb Paquette is known for adding extra unexpected ingredients to create unique dishes, so it’s funny that Etc. (pronounced et cetera) gets its name from omitting something. Her confident pairing of complexity and playfulness is on display at Etc. in brunch, lunch and dinner menus dotted with Korean pulled pork sloppy Joes with daikon kimchi and fermented black bean mayo, Vietnamese short rib with spun lemongrass noodles and candied peanuts, and chicken breast with honey black bean butter and candied garlic broccoli. Take away the final letter from Deb’s sleek downtown establishment, Etch, and you get an intimate eatery tucked away on a quiet Green Hills side street. And the neighborhood is so delighted that guests can hardly sit down before stopping to chat between tables on their way to the bar.

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THIS NASHVILLE CHEF THINKS GRAPEFRUIT GOES WITH EVERY POSSIBLE SPIRIT

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Before Nashville was filled with cocktail bars, award-winning restaurants and hipster-friendly coffee shops, Deb Paquette was on the culinary scene as the first woman in Tennessee to qualify as a certified executive chef. Three decades later, she’s still there, helming the kitchen at her restaurants, Etch and etc., and mentoring a cadre of chefs along the way.

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ETC. IN GREEN HILLS

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Chef Deb Paquette has built a loyal legion of fans from her years cooking at local favorites, such as Cakewalk Cafe, Zola, and her current home, Etch. Though the city was all atwitter at the announcement that she had plans to open a second restaurant in Sylvan Park, that project, named Truss, unfortunately never came to fruition thanks to a series of zoning and codes disputes. It turns out that Sylvan Park’s loss is Green Hills’ gain, as Paquette and her restaurant partners decided to focus their attention on a new opportunity in a mixed-use development tucked behind The Mall at Green Hills, where Crestmoor and Bedford Avenue come together.

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