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Capitol Grille Named “Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant that Actually has a Farm”

At Capitol Grille, farm-to-table is more than just catchphrase—it is a way of life. It’s a commitment made by our chefs, farmers and staff to provide culturally sustainable food to the Nashville community, grown and raised on our own farms or sourced from our friends at other local farms.A Harvest Basket

The Nashville Scene recently recognized this commitment to farm-fresh dining by naming Capitol Grille the “Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant that actually has a Farm” for 2013. This honor, a part of The Nashville Scene’s annual “Best of Nashville” issue, belongs to Executive Chef and Farmer Tyler Brown and the team that creates our impeccable Southern cuisine from the ground up.

It all begins in the gardens of our Glen Leven Farm. Chef Tyler tends to crops of heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs and handpicks the perfect ingredients for our seasonally inspired menus. He then couples the fresh produce with our tender heritage breed beef, raised on our Double H Farm in Dickson County. The result is a menu of homegrown, home cooked favorites that have Nashville diners returning season after season.

This fall, Chef Tyler and his team focus on a harvest full of crisp apples, fresh farm lettuces, juicy tomatoes and ripe radishes, all complements to the hearty tastes of the season. For lunch, the Double H Farms Meatloaf Sandwich is a Nashville favorite with Double H Farm beef, grilled onion, farm-fresh arugula and a special sauce from Chef Tyler. Our dinner menu features rich, filling entrees like our Sweet Potato Ravioli and Duo of Border Springs Lamb.

Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner as we toast our fabulous Chefs and their commitment to sustainable Southern cuisine. We look forward to seeing you at the table.


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A&M Meetings and Incentives Names The Hermitage Hotel to Sustainable Events Program

The Hermitage Hotel is one of five hotels in the nation selected for A&M Meetings and Incentives’ new sustainable events program.

From growing our own vegetables and raising our own beef to restoring and maintaining our historic building and supporting the Land Trust for Tennessee, sustainability is infused in The Hermitage Hotel. We are deeply committed to preserving what is best about the South and Southern Hospitality, including the lush environment that makes our region so inviting. We are honored to be among the handful of hotels selected for this sustainable events program.

A&M Meetings and Incentives’ seeks to meet three goals in inaugurating its sustainable events program: 1) to introduce clients to unique, socially responsible properties, 2) to plan amazing events that create positive social and environmental impacts in the community and 3) to develop a lasting relationship with the client, hotel and community that creates awareness for sustainability in the meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) industry.

A&M’s sustainable events program offers off-the-shelf, green meeting packages for each of the hotels in the program. The packages are designed to fit groups of various sizes in locations along the East Coast — from advisory boards and executive retreats to small meetings and incentive trips.

At The Hermitage Hotel, which is more than 100 years old, is committed to running as sustainably as possible and preserving the region’s heritage by protecting the state’s historic and scenic landscapes through a relationship with The Land Trust for Tennessee. It’s through this partnership that we were able to create our garden at Glen Leven, where we grow our own vegetables using sustainable practices. We also raised our own cattle at Glen Leven until last year when the demand grew too high. The increasing demand led us to purchase a second farm, Double H Farms, in 2012 with the goal to develop and increase the herd of grass-fed cattle in Nashville.

We’re honored A&M Meetings and Incentives selected us for this partnership that complements our efforts. It’s our goal to focus the future of the hotel and restaurant on preserving the land through continuing to use sustainable farming practices as well as sourcing local products and amenities.

Of the five hotels selected to participate in the A&M sustainable events program, The Hermitage Hotel is one of only two members of the Preferred Hotels GroupTM, the other of which is The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, sister property of The Hermitage Hotel.

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The Capitol Grille’s Oak Bar Named Among America’s 55 Best Bourbon Bars

We’re honored and excited to announce that, in August, the Oak Bar was named to The Bourbon Review’s list of the 55 best bourbon bars in the country.

The Oak Bar was selected for its proud display and knowledge of bourbon and providing patrons with a superior selection of bourbon. Five regions were selected for representation: Bourbon Country, the Northeast, South, Midwest and West. The Oak Bar was one of 10 bars represented in the Southern region and one of only four Tennessee bars named to the list.

To celebrate each of the 55 establishments selected, we joined The Bourbon Review by participating in a nationwide toast on Aug. 28 as part of Four Roses Distillery’s Year of the Toast campaign.

We invited fans to celebrate with us Wednesday evening at the Oak Bar with special pricing on select bourbon, and encouraged guests to share their celebration on social media using the hashtag #55Toast. Click here to see what folks are saying on Twitter.


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It’s an honor to be recognized for our knowledge and selection of bourbon. We had a blast sipping and sampling some of our favorite bourbons during the toast celebration and look forward to continuing the celebration.

Visit us at the Oak Bar and sample our fine selection of bourbons. Justin Thompson, founder of The Bourbon Review, noted our barrel of Jefferson’s Presidential Select 18-Year Bourbon in his write up of the bar — come give it a try today.


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The Hermitage Hotel Named Charter Member Of Exclusive Southern Living Hotel Collection

We’re honored to announce that The Hermitage Hotel has been named a charter member of the new Southern Living Hotel Collection—a carefully selected group of hotels, independent resorts and inns hand-picked by Southern Living editors as epitomizing the gracious hospitality and culture of the South.

The Southern Living Hotel Collection officially launched this month and includes 15 properties throughout the South, but will continue to select additional properties throughout the coming years until the list reaches up to 100 locations across the South.logo

One of only three properties in Tennessee invited to join the Collection, The Hermitage Hotel was selected for its excellence in staff and service, facility design and décor, culinary concept, amenities and services and for its community alliance, involvement and integration.

Few organizations speak with more authority or authenticity about the South than Southern Living magazine. Travelers seeking to experience the best the South has to offer will find this new collection to be an invaluable guide. We are certainly honored to be included as a charter member with so many other truly iconic properties.

“Our Collection of unique and special resorts, hotels and inns will bring to life what the writers of Southern Living have been sharing with the readers for generations,” said Scott Tigchelaar, president of the Southern Living Hotel Collection. “This ‘missing piece’ will complete the collage of providing our loyal readers with the best of undiscovered experiences, breathtaking destinations and the assurance that Southern Living has hand-picked each and every chosen property.”

This isn’t the first time Southern Living has turned to Nashville for an example of gracious living recently. The 2013 Southern Living Idea House opened on June 29 in Nashville at Fontenel, former home of country legend Barbara Mandrell. Inspired by a 2012 automobile tour of Lieper’s Fork, the $1.6 million Southern showcase farmhouse is expected to attract thousands of visitors from throughout the country.

We look forward to welcoming many visitors who come to Nashville to tour the Idea House. After all, after seeing the Southern Living Idea House, what better place to stay the night than with a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection? Add a glass of single barrel bourbon from the Oak Bar and a dinner of locally grown Southern cuisine from Capitol Grille, and you may just have the ultimate Southern experience.

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