As you read this, the fall/winter issue of Local Table is heating the racks at farmers' markets, grocery stores, coffeehouses and bookstores across Middle Tennessee. Targeted to those who think globally and eat locally, the Nashville-produced magazine surveys the area's foodscape, spotlighting local growers and producers as well as chefs who put their money where their house is.
The new issue is particularly sweet for publisher Lisa Shively, as it represents the start-up magazine's first year in print—no small feat in the current media climate. The food mag's first anniversary issue is appropriately celebratory, starting with toasts to Middle Tennessee's growing wine industry and the area's artisan bakers. There's also a guide to local pumpkin patches, along with recipes, profiles, resource listings, and an article on Nashville moms who are leading a charge for healthier public-school lunches.
I usually pick up my copy at the Nashville Farmers' Market, but you can also find them at Whole Foods, DrinkHaus and other discerning foodie hangouts.