Almond Flour Paleo Donuts from Five DaughtersNashville boasts a food scene that stands out as load as the music, where chefs and product developers are combining local traditions with haute techniques to redefine “Southern fare”.

In February, the Almond Board of California hosted a food trends tour of Nashville to explore some of the most inspirational and unique ways chefs and product developers are using California almonds to make their creations stand out. The tour itinerary featured stops at downtown coffeehouses, full-service restaurants, markets, multi-purpose café spaces, production facilities, and more.

Throughout Nashville, almonds were partnered with edgy flavors and unexpected ingredients to create unique dishes, snacks, beverages, and products within the following categories:  

Savory Sauces – Almonds have long being a popular base in savory sauces. In Nashville, almonds are often the starring ingredient, adding richness, complexity and texture –

  • Chauhan Ale & Masala House’s Kashmiri Spice Braised Lamb Shank with Almond Sauce. Recipe here
  • The Mockingbird’s; Almond Milk Poached Chicken, Almond Mole, Almond Quinoa Crunchies; and Duck Breast, Almond Hummus, Almond Green Bean Granola. Recipe here
  • Butcher & Bee’s Turnips with Almond Pesto, Charred Broccoli, Gifford's Bacon and Jammy Egg

Lifestyle Preference – Paired with nutrient-rich ingredients, almonds suit a wide range of trending dietary preferences, including Paleo, which is a popular choice in Nashville -

Almond Flour Paleo Donuts from Five DaughtersChocolate and Almonds – Always a perfect pairing, chocolate and almonds are popular on menus and in locally-made products in Nashville –

Nutty Beverages – Plant-based beverages continue to grow in popularity and in Nashville, almonds are taking centre stage in lattes, juices and even cocktails –

Tranforming Textures – Known for their signature crunch, almonds are a go-to for adding texture to dishes and products. In Nashville, things are being taken one step further, with almonds acting as texture transformers –

  • Le Bar’s The Original (almonds, walnuts, dates, raisins,
    gluten-free oats, maple syrup, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt)
  • The Mockingbird’s Almond Semolina Cookies
  • Pinewood Social’s  Shaved Brussels, Almonds, Pecorino, Lemon Mustard, Vinaigrette. Recipe here
  • Hathorne’s Acorn Squash with Almonds. Recipe here

From new spins on classic Southern recipes, like Almond Flour Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, to innovative inclusions of plant-based ingredients like Duck Breast, Almond Hummus and Almond Green Bean Granola,

culinary trendsetters in Nashville are working with almonds in ways that incorporate fresh and local produce and embrace unexpected applications for a result that is as varied as the city’s famous music scene.

For application highlights and images that are sure to inspire, please see below.

Kashmiri Spice Braised Lamb Shank with Almond Sauce at Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Kashmiri Spice Braised Lamb Shank with Almond Sauce

Almond Bear Claw at Killebrew Coffee


 Almond Bear Claw at Killebrew Coffee

Almond Milk Poached Chicken, Almond Mole, Almond Quinoa Crunchies at The Mockingbird

Almond Milk Poached Chicken, Almond Mole, Almond Quinoa Crunchies

Rocky Road Sundae with Toasted Almonds at Pinewood Social

Rocky Road Sundae with Toasted Almonds at Pinewood Social

Flavored Almond Mylks at The Fountain of Juice

Flavored Almond Mylks at The Fountain of Juice

Almond Muhammara with a Yogurt Roti and Fermented Honey at Butcher & Bee

Almond Muhammara with a Yogurt Roti and Fermented Honey at Butcher & Bee

Mardi Gras Almond Milk Latte and Almond Biscotti at Killebrew Coffee. Recipe here.

Mardi Gras Almond Milk Latte and Almond Biscotti