Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Corner Market Catering Brings Back Beloved Nashville Flavors

Posted By on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Longtime Nashvillians will fondly remember The Corner Market, the friendly place with outstanding takeout and dine-in that operated for 15 years on Highway 100 near the split and was sort of Nashville's version of Silver Palate.

It eventually expanded to a Green Hills location, but then both locations abruptly closed in 2004 under a new owner. The closure left a big gap — everyone was sad to lose this great place to meet for lunch or pick up dinner. Proprietor and chef Emily Frith continued to cater from a private kitchen and continued to make and sell her famous sesame salad dressing. Devotees could find it at markets here and there.

I ran into Jim Frith at The Produce Place — standing around and chatting with him and Produce Place owner Barry Burnette was a journey back to happy food times in 1996. Anyway, Corner Market entrees and salads have been available for purchase at The Produce Place for some time, thank goodness, because picking up a chicken casserole is a quick, reliable dinner.

And happily, the Friths have reopened a little retail business out west on Hillwood Boulevard.

Corner Market Catering is at 850 Hillwood Blvd., Suite 6, in the strip with Baskin Robbins and legendary cake creator Leland Riggan.

Each day, Emily makes fresh food for lunch and dinner. Their Facebook page (Corner Market Catering Company) lists the offerings. Get lunch of Emily's pimento cheese, chicken salad, hummus, shrimp remoulade salad and more.

Dinner's there too, and it's all as good as it sounds. It's salmon season, so cedar-planked salmon with sweet red-pepper glaze is a good bet. Not a salmon person? There's usually a chicken offering, such as chicken croquets with mushroom sauce, chicken piccata, chicken tetrazzini or smoked chicken barbecue.

Sesame dressing on the shelves at Corner Market Caterings retail shop on Hillwood Boulevard.
  • Sesame dressing on the shelves at Corner Market Catering's retail shop on Hillwood Boulevard.
Count on a casserole (black bean tortilla, for instance) and usually a meatless option (ratatouille).

The Friths make at least four soups each week, including the curried squash soup they sampled at Iron Fork this year and their superb gumbo, a fantastic lemon artichoke soup, and for most of the summer, refreshing gazpacho.

Add sides of grilled asparagus, roasted vegetables and steamed artichokes, and pick dessert from offerings like cream-cheese brownies, blackberry cobbler or chess pie, and you've got a homemade meal. Just not homemade by you.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

And hallelujah, you can buy the sesame-soy-ginger dressing that never really went away.

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