Mothers Woodshop

We'd like to shine a spotlight (or marquee light!) on another local business that played a part in making our restaurants so beautiful. You may or may not have noticed the tables, water stations and register counters in our Hillsboro Village and Franklin locations with their lovely wood grain and rich, gorgeous tones that really tie the rooms together!

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Like almost everything at Biscuit Love, these were hand made and made with love here in Nashville by Mothers Woodshop, run by Bill and Mary Ellen Peden. We recently asked Bill a few questions so you can get to know them a little more! 

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Tell us about Mothers Wood Shop!

Bill: Mothers Woodshop is a local, family run business designing and creating unique, hand-made furniture. What started as a labor of love has grown into an opportunity for Mary Ellen and I to collaborate in creating beautiful objects that serve people. We love working together, and, at the end of the day, want to create useful, meaningful pieces of furniture that enrich lives. Like your grandfather’s pen knife or your mother’s cast iron skillets, we work hard to create lasting furniture that can contribute to the lives of others.

What inspired you to pursue building furniture and working with wood?

Bill: My inspiration for building furniture came from our children. Our boys were sprouting like weeds, and it became apparent that their bedroom could use a bit more space in which to move around. I connected with a friend who is a carpenter, and he helped me design and construct a pair of simple lofted beds to turn our children's bedroom into a veritable treehouse. Soon after my mother mentioned wanting a farmhouse table, and I offered to build it. Her table was Mary Ellen and I's first piece of furniture to build together, and the experience was incredible. We quickly became infatuated with the process of taking raw materials and creating something beautiful. Needless to say, we've been hooked ever since.

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Where do you source for your materials?

All of our materials are sourced from local hardwood mills and independent sawyers. We try and support local businesses as much as possible, and strive to find the finest materials available to Middle Tennessee.

Tell us about the tables at Biscuit Love!

The tables at Biscuit Love are all constructed from Tennessee Walnut. When initially speaking with Sarah and Karl about the table designs, they were adament about letting the depth and beauty of the wood sit center stage. This can be seen in the contrasting heart and sap wood throughout the tables, as well as the various wood figures that are on display. As a furniture maker I'm always thrilled when the natural beauty of wood is allowed to shine, and I believe this is particularly true with the tables at Biscuit Love.

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What are you working on next?

We have a pair of Walnut and Maple Bedside Tables currently on our workbench, and have a few custom tables sitting on deck. We are also creating a few signature pieces of furniture we hope to offer on our website this year.

Favorite dish at Biscuit Love?

Bill: French Omelette - it's perfect every time!
Mary Ellen: Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, with a side of grits because DUH!

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EVENT: Biscuit Love & Italics Winegrowers

For one night only, Biscuit Love is throwing a special dinner with Italics Winegrowers at our Hillsboro Village location.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Napa & Sonoma Relief Fund to help residents and businesses affected by the recent fires. 

We have dear friends who were also affected by the fires, and when chef Thomas Keller and the Napa & Sonoma Relief team put out a call to rally, we knew this would be the best chance for us to lend a hand sending much needed funds.

Please join us next Saturday for this great cause.

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EVENT DETAILS

4 Course Dinner with wine pairing

$150 per person
Limited to 50 seats
Saturday 12/2 at 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a four course dinner prepared by Karl and some of his friends. Each dish will be paired with wines from Italics Winegrowers.

OPTION: Dinner patrons will have a chance to purchase tickets to a private wine tasting of Italics Winegrowers' exclusive reserve wines prior to the dinner for an additional $25. Limit: 25 people.

CHEFS

MENU COMING SOON

 

A Special Dinner Celebrating the Appalachian Foodways

Karl Worley Biscuit King
Sheri Castle author

Join us for a special dinner with Karl Worley and our friend, food writer and author Sheri Castle to celebrate the Appalachian foodways, and benefit the Appalachian Food Summit, a program of which Karl and Sheri are huge supporters.

This very intimate family-style meal will feature the classic dishes of the Appalachia with beverages by Blackberry Farm and Reedy Creek Wine. The evening will include conversation about preserving the rich history and the unique ingredients of Appalachian foodways.

WHEN:
Saturday July 15, 2017
6:30 pm

WHERE:
Biscuit Love Hillsboro Village
2001 Belcourt Ave. Nashville, TN 37212

$45 per person

Tickets are limited and are sold on a first-come first-served basis.

Muletown Coffee - Extraordinary coffee for ordinary people

Muletown Coffee started small by roasting out of a garage back in 2013. Their presence in and support of the local community - and in turn, having the support of the community - helped lay the groundwork for what is now a thriving roastery and retail spot.

Their story is much like ours. More importantly, founders Chris Weninegar and Matt Johnson also share our mission and values putting our employees first, as well as being an active part of our local community. It's for these reasons that the decision to partner with them on our coffee program was easy. Plus it helps that their coffee is some of the best we've ever tasted!

Read on to get to know Muletown and Chris a little better!

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What is Muletown Coffee’s philosophy when it comes to coffee?

People first coffee second. Thats probably how i would put it.  Coffee brings people together, those people not only make our business possible but they also shape our culture.  The French and American revolutions were planned in coffee shops. I could go on and on with why we are a people focused company and would love to anytime, but it comes down to this…we spend a lot of time focusing on people (families, employees, importers, producers, customers). So where does quality come in…simple…I drink our coffee and I love great coffee!  Besides that nothing kills a great conversation like a bad cup of coffee.

What’s your perfect cup of coffee?

My perfect cup of coffee is any great cup (probably our natural processed Colombia San Pascual grown by our friend Pedro Echavarria), brewed perfectly, staring out over a lake somewhere, while laughing and having a great conversation with a friend or any interesting person really.

Or

A cup of crappy coffee, with my dad, made in a mr. coffee :)

If you could only tell our customers one thing about Muletown Coffee, what would you like them to know?

That we are a company that is all about treating people right, and a big part of that for us is working hard to source and roast noticeably better cups of coffee for our customers.

It’s now going on four years since you started, what’s next on the horizon for Muletown Coffee?

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I don’t even know how we have gotten this far.  So much of this whole journey has been providential, and just sort of a supernatural thing.  So a while back Matt and I rewrote our Personal/founder mission statement which goes something like this…”live life well, stay humble, and be a good stewart of the things God has trusted us with”.  But, If i must give an entrepreneur answer ;)…We are investing in our customers and our people for now.  Next week we are beginning to build out a training center in our roasting facility.  We want to be famous for being the nicest and most knowledgable people in coffee, and we want to create a better, stronger Muletown Coffee

What’s your favorite dish from Biscuit Love?

Shrimp and grits…I didn’t have to think about that one.  I also love the Brussel sprout salad whenever I’m feeling healthy.