Our Culinary Arts Center (CAC), a state-of-the-art food preparation facility, is used for food safety education, culinary demonstrations and classes, and catering for Second Harvest’s Partner Agencies, supporters and clients. It’s also home to our Culinary Arts programs, which include First Harvest Café lunches each Wednesday and Friday, and Catering Services.

First Harvest Café

Executive Chef Mark Rubin prepares a buffet meal every Wednesday and Friday at our First Harvest Café, located in the Culinary Arts Center at Second Harvest. Join us on Wednesdays for an express lunch for $8 or on Fridays for a more robust menu for $12. Wednesday and Friday lunches are open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

You can find menu listings on our event calendar or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. If you are interested in receiving an email on Tuesdays with the weekly menu, you can opt-in to the First Harvest Café email distribution list. You can enjoy your lunch knowing you are supporting our mission to feed hungry people and solve hunger issues in the greater Nashville community.

First Harvest Cafe lunches are located in our Culinary Arts Center, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228.

Catering Services

Second Harvest’s Culinary Arts Center can cater your next event! Our experienced chefs offer extensive fresh and flavorful breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, or collaborate with our chefs to create a custom menu for your event.  View our Catering Guide for menus and pricing. Please contact our Catering and Banquet Planner at 615-585-6909, or cac@secondharvestmidtn.org, to begin planning your catered event today!

Catering Guide

Facility Rental

Second Harvest offers the ideal environment for meetings and events throughout the year. Our facility and catering services are meant to better serve our community and donors by providing rental space and catering. Proceeds from our facility and catering services provide funding for the programs and services of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. With several meeting rooms and layouts available, our facility can accommodate groups less than 10 or up to 200. For additional details, view our Facility Rental Guide and our Policies and Procedures. Interested in reserving our space? Please fill out the Facility Rental Form to begin planning your event. For more information, please contact our Catering and Banquet Planner at 615-585-6909, or cac@secondharvestmidtn.org.

All facilities available for rent are located at 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228.

Facility Rental Guide
Policies and Procedures

Cooks Rule! Cooking Camps

Cooks Rule (pms)Second Harvest’s Cooks Rule! Cooking Camps are a unique opportunity to get hands-on training in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen under the guidance of professional chefs. Classes focus on teaching basic knife skills, measuring and weighing, and a variety of cooking techniques, such as sauté, caramelize, blanche, poach, oven bake and roast.

Our Culinary Arts Center hosts cooking camps for children ages 9-17* during the summer months. 2017 Cooks Rule! camp dates are below.

Session 1: Fundamentals
June 5th – 9th  9am – 12pm, ages 9 – 12
FUNdamentals is fully booked. Please join us for another session.

Session 2: Global Cuisine
June 19th – 23rd, 10am – 2pm, ages 13 – 17
Global Cuisine is fully booked. Please join us for another session.

Session 3: Farmers’ Market
July 10th – 14th; 10am – 2pm; ages 13 – 17
Register for Farmers’ Market

*Ages as of June 1, 2017

Scholarship opportunities are available for each session. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a panel, then decisions and notifications will be made within two weeks. After April 7, 2017, scholarship applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on the number of scholarships still available, and those decisions and notifications will be made on a rolling basis.

To apply, please download and complete the application and return it to Lauren Young via email, Lauren.Young@secondharvestmidtn.org, or fax, 615-329-3988. You may also drop off a completed application at the front desk at Second Harvest, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37228

Download the 2017 Cooks Rule! Scholarship Application

Cooking Classes

Periodically, the Culinary Arts Center hosts adult cooking classes. Classes teach knife skills as well as a variety of the following techniques, roasting, pan-searing, sauce making, meringue making, sautéing, caramelizing, blanching, poaching and oven baking. At the end of the class, participants will take home their complete cooked dinner for four. Please see below for current cooking class offerings.

There are no Cooking Classes scheduled at this time.

Cooking class testimonial: “I participated in the adult Mardi Gras cooking class in February 2014.  It was wonderful!  Thank you to Chefs Mark and Nancy for explaining each step, encouraging and guiding us through a fabulous dinner!  My guests enjoyed the dinner I brought home, as did I.” – Vickie

If you are interested in receiving an email when new classes are announced, please fill out the Cooking Class Interest Form.



Chef Mark Rubin featured on One Pan Nan!

Watch the video below to see how he makes Rice Noodles Sichuan with Shrimp.

One Pan Nan and Chef Mark Rubin prepared the meal in celebration of Hunger Action Month during September 2014.  Click here to learn more and get the recipe for his Rice Noodles Sichuan with Shrimp dish!

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