Two hopeful restauranteurs, who cut their teeth at Chicago establishments before moving to Nashville in July, are giving locals a preview of their own restaurant concept, Sycamore, with a series of “pop-up dinners” beginning this month.
Tony and Caroline Galzin, the couple behind Sycamore, will host a four-course dinner with beer pairings November 11 at the Jackalope Brewery taproom. Proceeds will benefit Hands on Nashville’s Urban Farm, a working and teaching farm on five acres of rehabilitated floodway in South Nashville that donates its produce to local nonprofits that serve communities in need.
Sycamore can trace its roots to Caroline and Tony’s first vacation together – to Nashville – after meeting in Chicago restaurants.
“We just really fell in love with Nashville and decided we wanted to open a restaurant here,” said Caroline, currently the beverage manager at Cafe Fundamental in East Nashville. “People can come and hopefully have an experience that’s similar to one they would have in our restaurant once it’s open. We feel like there are a lot of exciting things going on here, food-wise. We want to be a part of that.”
Caroline said the couple’s first pop-up dinner will underscore several themes they want to embrace with their permanent restaurant. Tony, currently the pastry chef at Flyte, is influenced by his half-Italian, half-Lithuanian ethnic background, and the menu reflects it with items including pappardelle and brined/smoked pork loin.
Sycamore’s commitment to supporting local farmers also will be on display – the menu centers on a local and organically raised hog from Phillips Farm. Caroline said support of organizations like Hands on Nashville will also be integral to Sycamore.
“The farm-to-table movement is so wonderful, and we’re glad it’s big now because we really believe in it,” she said. “At the same time, we don’t live on a farm. We live in a city. In addition to supporting farms, we want to make sure we support the surrounding community.”
Tickets ($50) are available here.