ResoSummit offers on-site meals at Scarritt-Bennett's beautiful Susie Gray Dining Hall, as a convenient option for ResoSummit participants. There are also many restaurants within walking distance (see our restaurant list and map here, or better yet, send us info to help us update our list).
Meals must be ordered in advance. Closer to the event, we sent all confirmed participants in email with a link to a meals survey for your use in ordering meals for yourself and your family/friends.
In our 2014 evaluation survey, on-site meals were rated as follows (with 1=very poor, 2=poor, 3=fair, 4-good, 5-excellent):
Breakfast - 4.3 (compared to 4.3 in 2013, 4.2 in 2012 and 3.9 in 2011)
Lunch - 4.2 (compared to 4.1 in 2013 and 2012 and 3.7 in 2011)
Dinner - 4.3 (compared to 4.4 in 2013, 4.0 in 2012 and 3.6 in 2011)
Overall value of on-site meals: 4.3 (compared to 4.2 in 2013 and4.1 in 2012)
"The food was pretty good this year in both quality and quantity. The convenience is worth a lot."
"I think the food continues to trend towards good. Certainly good enough for me to keep opting for the lunches."
"The choices at each meal were good. Lunches were always good. Dinners always had a different theme (Italian, Asian). Having meals on site was very convenient."
"I like the fact I could have the types of food that make controlling my blood sugar much easier.The Chef was very accommodating. Could not ask for more."
The Scarritt-Bennett (S-B) neighborhood offers many options for meals, snacks, and coffee & tea.
S-B is located between 19th and 18th Ave. South, with Edgehill on the south edge and Grand on the north edge. A short street, Scarritt Place, connects S-B on the western side (19th Ave. S.) to 21st Ave. South, where there are many restaurants. See our Restaurant List at right for information on nearby options.
Also check out the New York Times' "36 Hours in Nashville" feature, with recommendations for restaurants and various diversions.
The "Nashville Originals" website features restaurants "dedicated to the challenge of sustaining the independent restaurant as a feature and a fixture of local culture and community." We haven't tried them all, but we like the ones we've tried. A PDF map of Nashville Originals restaurants is available here. (Bound'ry, #4 on the Nashville Originals map, is the closest to S-B.)
Many of the restaurants listed at right have vegetarian & vegan options; Betty is your go-to person for advice on veggie food options. The Turnip Truck, Nashville's local natural foods market, has a location across the street from The Station Inn, offering lots of prepared food choices, including a hot food buffet table, as well as groceries — highly recommended for omnivores and vegetarians alike!!
Here are some events and diversions you or your accompanying famiy members may enjoy while you are in Nashville. As ResoSummit gets closer, we'll add to this page, and we welcome your suggestions for places or events to add.
In town on Wednesday night?
Check out Music City Roots, Nashville's acclaimed roots and Americana variety show, with doors at 6pm and show at 7pm.
Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Great exhibits, with many music and video clips and fascinating displays presenting the story of country music. Dobro geeks will be particularly interested in seeing Jerry Douglas's fabled R.Q. Jones instrument. During ResoSummit 2014, the museum will feature a special exhibit, "Alan Jackson: 25 Year of Keepin' It Country."D
The Ryman, a National Historic Landmark and the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943—1974, offers daily tours from 9am-4pm. You'll find Hatch Show Print in the Museum's 5th Ave. lobby.
And nearby, you can check out such classic bars as Robert's Western World.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
A vital part of Nashville's visual arts scene, the Frist Center includes art exhibitions, the Martin ArtQuest Gallery with 30 interactive stations for creating your own art, and a Café serving brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings when the Frist Center stays open until 9:00 p.m. 919 Broadway; open daily.
In nearby Centennial Park (at 25th and West End Ave.), this full-scale replica of the Athen's Parthenon and its 42-foot statue of Athena are a must-see for fans of Greece, classical art or film director Robert Altman. Closed on Mondays.
President Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, a National Historic Site, encourages visitors to step back in time and learn more about the rich life of the 7th President of the United States. November hours: Open daily 9:00 am–4:30 pm.
Go take a hike! This 1200-acre wilderness area in the heart of Nashville
offers several trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. Click here for more info.
The labyrinth, located in the International Garden at Scarritt-Bennett Center, is the only outdoor labyrinth in Nashville and is a replica of the 11-circuit Chartres Labyrinth, laid in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral around 1220.
Scarritt-Bennett exhibits art on the 2nd floor of the Laskey Building.
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Rates include all taxes (currently 9.25% for meals).
Restaurants very close to Scarritt-Bennett
Note: this list is outdated - we'll update it closer to the event, and invite your help by sending in your faves or discoveries.
(listed in order of proximity, west and then north of S-B along 21st Ave. S.)
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery (1-2 on map)
422 21st Ave. S.
bagels, sandwiches, salads ($)
Ben & Jerry's (1-2 on map)
416 21st Ave. S.
ice cream, sorbets
San Antonio Taco Company (3-8 on map)
416 21st Ave. S.
tacos, burritos, beer ($)
Panera Bread (3-8 on map)
406 21st Ave. S.
sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast ($)
Starbucks - opens 5:30 am, 6am on Sun. (3-8 on map)
402 21st Avenue S
Subway (3-8 on map)
400 21st Ave S
sandwiches, salads, soups ($)
400 21st Ave. S.
burgers, including veggie options ($)
Mellow Mushroom (9 on map)
212 21st Ave. S.
pizza, salads, hoagies, calzones; incl.
vegetarian options (tofu, tempeh) ($-$$)
Bound'ry (east of 9 on map)
911 20th St. S.
global cuisine (a Nashville Originals member) ($$$)
Nearby, north of S-B:
Noshville (10 on map)
NY-style deli ($-$$)
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery (11 on map)
1918 West End Ave.
upscale pub food, microbrew ($$)
Goten Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar
1719 West End Ave. (corner of 18th)
Lunch M-F only, 11:30-2:30. Dinner nightly.
Nearby, south of S-B:
Provence Breads and Cafe (13 on map)
1705 21st Ave. S.
quiche, sandwiches, pastries ($)
Pancake Pantry (14 on map)
1796 21st Ave. S.
pancakes, breakfast ($$)