Melody Davis has been cooking for friends, family and acquaintances for nearly 40 years. She has also been blending the traditional southern diet with specialty diets in ways that allow people who have to avoid certain food groups to continue to enjoy the foods they love. And, beginning Feb. 1, Davis will be bringing that special blend of foods to the Tullahoma community at large in her new restaurant Southern Blend.
Davis is opening shop inside the Shoppes of Cokers building, located at 401 Wilson Ave. and will be offering her unique blend of specially-crafted southern food to all those who might not have other dining-out options in the area.
According to Davis, she saw a gap for people with certain dietary restrictions in the area and wanted to help rectify that issue.
“There’s nowhere to go if someone in the family is on a special diet,” she said. “Our objective is to provide food for the whole family.”
Some of the special diet plans her food will cater to include the Daniel Fast, the ketogenic diet, Life Transformation 360 and the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) diet plan, but Davis also plans on offering organic and high-quality foods as well, in order to offer anyone who wants to stop by a chance at eating something wholesome and delicious.
A sampling of the menu includes a litany of breakfast and brunch foods such as quiches and scones, as well as popular lunch favorites like soups, sandwiches and salads. Desserts including cheesecakes will also be offered, according to Davis.
Not only can patrons enjoy food on-site, there are ways to enjoy her food at home as well.
Davis said Southern Blend will also offer a range of ready-to-go casserole dishes that can either be prepared in-house or prepared in a take-and-bake style for cooking at home.
Catering options will also be available, both in-house and off-site after hours, Davis said.
“We want everybody to be able to come and enjoy,” she said. “That’s why we’re blending.”
To start with, Davis said the business will be about a 50/50 split between in-house dining and take-home or catering functions, but she would love to be able to expand the catering later on.
Davis is planning for a Friday, Feb. 1 opening, pending approval from all the various required inspections.
She is also planning to have a special Valentine’s Day menu prepared with extended hours on Feb. 14.
“That afternoon we will be open until 9 o’clock,” Davis said. She’s still tinkering with the menu, but she said something nice and elegant will be ready for couples who want to spend their Valentine’s Day out with good food.
“I’m looking at maybe steak or chicken or something of that sort,” she said.
Once open, Southern Blend will welcome diners from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. More information on the restaurant can be found at mysouthernblend.com.
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