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March 7, 2017

Conexion Americas Forms Partnership with Nashville Farmers’ Market

In February 2017, the Nashville Farmers’ Market and Conexion Americas kicked off a partnership that brings the two organizations together over a shared mission: supporting and growing entrepreneurs in Nashville’s exploding food industry. The Mesa Komal, located within the Casa Azafran community center, and the Nashville Farmers’ Market’s Grow Local kitchen both serve as community kitchens that offer space and incubation for small food-based businesses. This new partnerships gives the Mesa Komal producers a downtown venue to operate as a pop-up restaurant inside the Grow Local Kitchen, while simultaneously debuting new food businesses and flavors to customers of the Nashville Farmers’ Market.

Mesa Komal is a flourishing program of Conexion Americas, providing shared commercial kitchen space to catering companies, food truck operators, farmers’ market vendors, and retail/wholesale manufacturers. Conversely, The Grow Local Kitchen is a commercial kitchen rented on a daily basis by aspiring restaurateurs who cook and sell food (typically during lunch). Through this partnership, makers and manufacturers can gain more customer service skills, and aspiring restaurant-owners are provided with invaluable experience of running a restaurants. .

The new agreement  is a four-day-per-month residency in the Grow Local Kitchen, Thursday through Sunday, typically the second Thursday through second Sunday of each month with some exceptions due to calendar fluctuations. In March, City Kitchen which uses Mesa Komal as a prep kitchen for their very popular food truck will be in the GLK March 9-11 cooking up their hearty biscuit meals, breakfast tacos, huevos tacos and ultimate breakfast burgers.

Delicias Columbianas, a long-time member of Mesa Komal and favorite face in the Grow Local Kitchen, will be in residence April 6-9.