Common Table



first gathering of 2016: the menu

this past december, our team sat down for a holiday brunch to dream together and welcome our 4th year of common table. we decided we'd spend the next year focusing on four seasonal dinners, and we're excited to kick off this series as we welcome the arrival of spring.


for each dinner this year, we will be celebrating food from a different region of the world, with our own creative twists. 

in effort to be mindful of the privilege of feeding our own community, we want to pull themes from our global community to create an experience both familiar and transporting.
— chef simoni


our first dinner of 2016 will be hosted on friday, april 15 at 7PM. it will be an ode to the middle east, with spring-inspired, fresh mediterranean flavors, as seen in the menu below:


this dinner also consists of a specialty paired cocktail, wine, and surprise musical guest performance. the plate fee will be $50 a person.

if you'd like to attend this dinner, please submit your name by midnight this monday, april 4th. we will randomly draw and follow up with ten guests on tuesday, april 5th. 

if you're not drawn from the hat or can't make it this time, stay tuned—we'll follow this dinner with a special spring recipe for your own backyard gathering. 

hoping to serve you soon,

team ct

Recipe: Holiday Mimosa

this year for our annual holiday brunch, we decided to gather as a team of six to reflect on and celebrate three years of hosting gatherings together. our family-style brunch featured several festive dishes, including our beloved holiday mimosa. chris, our drinksmith, has made this the last couple years, and we think it tastes like christmas morning.

this year, we wanted to share our recipe so you and your family can make it a tradition of your own. we hope you're able to enjoy it on christmas morning, new year's brunch, and beyond. 


pear nectar
champagne, we prefer brut
rosemary sprigs


pour 3 oz of pear nectar in a flute or wine glass. slap a sprig of rosemary between your hands and drop it into the glass. (this helps release the herb's flavor.) top off the glass with champagne, to taste. if you want to make a large portion for your family or friends, just multiply ingredients into a pitcher.

thanks for following along and being a part of our gatherings these last three years. we can't wait to start sharing more of our favorite recipes and stories with you in 2016.

merry christmas,

team ct

august's gathering: tomato, tomahto.

in august, we gathered ten new guests around the table to celebrate summer's most prized fruit: the tomato. and with no surprise, chef simoni did the occasion justice with five unbelievable courses. you can view the menu here.

our guests arrived as a group of strangers and left as neighbors. watching that natural transformation happen always awes us, and it is exactly why we set the table. thank you to each of our new neighbors for your loud laughter, bright spirits, and kind words.

special thanks to our friend josh gilligan, who opened his home up to us and played a few songs during dessert. 

coming up: our next gathering will be on thursday, october 29, at 7pm and will be a fall roast, featuring the season's best (per usual). full menu coming soon! in the meantime, you can drop your name in the hat here.

photos from august 28, 2015 by the ever-talented mikaela hamilton

announcement: august's gathering

hey, nashville! summer's winding down, and we're determined to fit in one last dinner highlighting the south's most famous, abundant, and varietal vegetable, the tomato. bonus: you can expect several more of our favorite farm-picked summer veggies, herbs, and fruits to pop up in each course, making this meal exceptionally fresh and flavorful. 

we'd love to have you join us for this special summer farewell on friday, august 28 at 7pmthe hat is open for submissions through this coming saturday, then we will draw 10 guests at random come monday.  drop your name in before the week gets away from you (guys, HOW is it almost thursday?)

the dishes and details:


the plate cost for for this meal is $75, which will cover the cost of the ingredients for all five courses, a specialty hand-stirred cocktail, a featured wine, a surprise musical guest, and a take-home treat. as of today, you will be able to drop your name in the hat up until saturday, august 15. don't forget!

may's gathering: water & wine

may's gathering in nashville was inspired by the art of cooking with two of the most important culinary bases: water and wine. we loved tasting the brilliance of what chef simoni created in these five courses, but we loved getting to see our ten guests light up and enjoy themselves around the table even more.

thanks to rebecca roubion for awing us with a few of her new songs during dessert. thanks to our team for being the truest ambassadors of hospitality that I know. and lastly, thanks to our lovely guests for helping us create another memorable evening around the table. we love sharing this city with you. 

- c

our next gathering will be friday, august 28 at 7PM. if you live in nashville, you can drop your name in the hat anytime before august 14.  we'll release the menu by early this next week! join our email list to be notified first.

february's gathering: a midwinter feast

our midwinter gathering menu featured variations of some of our favorite common table ingredients to date, including duck confit, butternut squash, and of course... ice cream. brown butter ice cream, at that. we loved gathering ten of you around our hosts' table (thank you, peaks!) and serving these four warm & savory courses at the end of a nashville's bitter cold ice week. thanks for braving the roads to be with us!

also, shoutout to our featured wine of the evening: the mascot, straight out of napa valley. never have we ever seen a cabernet sauvignon put a sparkle in the eyes of our guests like this one did. this wine was fruit-forward and beautifully approachable on its own, and only taken to the next level when paired with our duck dish. 

lastly, thank you to our musical guest for the evening, matt wright. your songs and jokes added an unforgettable amount of warmth and joy to the table.  

our next gathering will be in may (date TBD), as a couple of our teammates will be traveling in europe this spring. but we hope to come back more inspired than ever, with our experiences abroad sprinkled creatively into both of our coming summer gatherings. 

until then, we hope you find inspiration in these photos to gather around your own tables with loved ones and new friends more often this spring. it'll help life slow down, in the best way. 

a recap of last weekend's midwinter gathering, from the lens of mikaela hamilton:

announcement: midwinter gathering.

happy new year, nashville! we're excited to announce we'll be kicking off the first of our 2015 gatherings on friday, february 20 at 7pm. as of today, the hat is now open for submissions.

february's menu is inspired by some of the most praised dishes we've served over the last two years. chef simoni will be taking our most loved and faithful ingredients and pairing them with new ones to create the extraordinarily tasty courses you see below:

the plate cost for for this meal is $65, which will cover the cost of the ingredients along with hand-stirred cocktails and wine. as of today, you will be able to drop your name in the hat up until saturday, january 18. don't forget!

we're excited to serve ten of you soon!

december's gathering & an ode to 2014.

thanks to every guest who sat at our table and every host that let us into their home in 2014. in 2014, we hosted our first non-table event (ice cream social + concert), had our first ever spontaneous post-dinner dance party with guests, started common table in dallas, tx, hosted a special collaboration dinner with our friends at WELD, were featured in two magazines, and met dozens of new friends at the table. in 2015, we have dreams for a custom made table for 10, to work on an annual publication featuring seasonal food & drink recipes our guests have claimed to love most over the last two years, and even more dance parties.

on a more personal note, we are infinitely grateful for what these small & simple gatherings have continued to teach us about the art of food, the beauty of gathering together and the kindness of perfect strangers. this nashville community is rare and brilliant, and we're reminded of it most when we watch what follows once we've set each common table. we treasure these gatherings and can't wait to introduce new spaces, musical talent and flavors to those of you that pull a chair at our table in 2015. february date coming soon! 

our annual holiday brunch marked two years of common table in nashville. thanks to our lovely hosts, the casciottas, and musical guest molly parden for making december 6, 2014 so merry & memorable.

you can view the food menu here. bottomless coffee was a local Eighth & Roast blend brewed by our friend & barista, rachel. the lovely cocktail you'll see in the photos is a pear & rosemary mimosa by our drink wizard, chris. I prefer to call it "christmas in a cup."

here's the recipe:

3 oz champagne

2 oz pear nectar

1 oz st. germain

rosemary (for garnish)

and lastly, some photos from the afternoon by our lovely mikaela..