8 Ways Our 8 Employees Like To Spend Their Nashville Summers

Stones River Greenway

Travis’ Pick

Nashville has some killer greenways in and around the city. Perfect for dog walkers, active families, or introverts who are tired of peopling and need to escape for a time. 

 


Swing Dancing at Centennial Park (or Anywhere Else)

Kelsey’s Pick

You can swing dance anywhere there’s music, but if you prefer not to dance alone for once, we highly recommend the Big Band Dances every Saturday night at Centennial.

 


Car Shows

Hutzel’s Pick

There are car shows across the state of Tennessee throughout the year, including the International Auto Show in November. This summer, there are a few great ones here in Nashville like the 3rd Annual Auto Fair & Swap Meet or Ink N Iron at Bicentennial Mall Park.

Oh, and if you’re into weird old cars, you definitely have to check out this gem: Lane Motor Museum.

 


Live On The Green

Cody’s Pick

Live on the Green

You’ve heard of it, it’s on everyone’s list. But it’s just so good! It kicks off a little later in the summer, but in the meantime, check out the lineup that was just announced!

 


Take A Long Ride On My Motorbike

Colton’s Pick

 

Colton’s trying desperately to be more hipster, so in addition to his new skinny jeans and his mustache pomade, he’s spending warm summer nights downtown on his 1980 Honda CM400T. 

 


Cheekwood Garden Exhibits

Joe’s Pick 

Cheekwood has some amazing programs and exhibits lined up this summer, including a 23-foot cast iron head as part of Jaume Plensa’s Human Landscape exhibit.

 


Full Moon Pickin’ Parties

John’s Pick

This year is the 15th anniversary of the Full Moon Pickin’ Parties in Warner Park! Music lovers and musicians alike get together once a month for some mighty fine bluegrass throughout the park.

 


Waterfalls

Rachel’s Pick

There are 12 incredible waterfalls within two hours of Nashville. You’re welcome.

 

STARS First Annual Meet A Mentor Event

STARS’ first annual Meet a Mentor event put Nashville’s most successful leaders and its brightest young minds in the same room for an evening of connection and philanthropy. FoxFuel played a key role in planning the event from strategy to implementation. Our team built and managed all creative and digital assets for the event, including a fully responsive website with a payment portal for ticketing, logo and promotional material designs, and social media promotion. With two of our team members serving on the organization’s Junior Board and our passion for bettering the Nashville community, this partnership was a natural fit.

Insight From Interns: From Cafeteria Tray to Trendy Gourmet

Tater tots, along with burgers, fries, and hot dogs, became cool during the recession as local eateries pushed to reposition these foods as “gourmet”. Google searches for the phrase “gourmet hot dog” were practically nonexistent until right around 2009 when the trend started to catch on.

Local Nashville burger joints, like Burger Up, The Pharmacy and Burger Republic, have clearly profited from this gourmet trend and fittingly emphasize that their meals are made with care. Healthy, locally made, and ecologically sustainable meals…sounds a lot like the headline for Burger Up’s website, “We foster thoughtful consuming through community.”  This kind of care, illustrated by handmade and home-cooked menu items, has paved the way for a value proposition new to traditional American fare: higher price, higher quality.

For example – tired of ketchup with your tots? Try them fried in duck fat and dipped in your choice of bearnaise sauce or chipotle mayo, courtesy of Merchants of lower Broadway. These tater tots sell for five to seven dollars per order, but the unwritten rules tell us that we get what we pay for. More money, better tots. Prior to the rebranding of the tater tot, paying such a price would have seemed unreasonable. Now, though, Burger Republic lists the extravagant and delicious-sounding “Tator Tot Fondue!” as its best-selling item.

Another good old American favorite, the cupcake, became suddenly gourmet in the early 2000s before recently falling out of favor. With the market saturated and consumers getting bored with cupcakes, big players like Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc. were forced to close. But burger and hotdog restaurants may not be subject to the same market forces as the tumultuous dessert industry. Their variety of menu offerings could stave off consumer burnout, and even McDonald’s is now recognizing the staying power of the conscientious consumer.

The gourmet burger trend on the other hand, has made successes of both local gems and fast-casual chains like Smashburger. Even so, many of Nashville’s iconic local restaurants, like The Pharmacy, are less than five years old. Such newness begs the question: is the gourmet movement only a trend, or is it here to stay? Is endurance in the cards for a burger joint that uses the word “accoutrements” on its website?

In any case, if the trend continues, we may see even more elementary school cafeteria favorites reimagined as posh new dining options. Over here at FoxFuel, we’re rooting for the corndog. Because who wouldn’t want to stroll down 12th Ave. South and grab lunch at the Maize Doggery?