Music City Center Offers Authentic Dining Experience

Industry: Health and Nutrition

Convention Center Receives REAL Recertification

Nashville, TN (PRUnderground) March 1st, 2019

The Music City Center strives to create an authentic dining experience for its visitors. Through its ongoing commitment to using regionally and locally sourced products and recipes, the convention center just received its recertification with Eat REAL. REAL stands for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership and is a nationwide program that helps combat diet-related disease by recognizing foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship. MCC was the first convention center to become Eat REAL Certified in 2014.

“We are proud to showcase fresh, locally sourced ingredients,” said Charles Starks, President/CEO of the Music City Center. “By utilizing these Tennessee products, we strive to create an exceptional dining experience reflecting our region.”

Highlights from the MCC’s recertification also include minimizing of the kitchen’s environmental impact by composting, recycling and utilizing the whole animal, and the abundance of made-in-house menu customization for vegan, vegetarian, and other diets.

“It gives me great pride and joy to be recertified,” said Chef Max Knoepfel, Executive Chef of the Music City Center. “We want only the best culinary experience for our guests and therefore select fresh, nutritional and local ingredients from farms in the area.”

Eat REAL Tennessee is supported by the State of Tennessee Department of Health’s Project Diabetes.

“Eat REAL is pleased to partner with the TN Department of Health and committed foodservice operators like the Music City Center to contribute to reducing diet-related disease within the state while also highlighting local and regional products.” said Nikkole Turner, program manager for Eat REAL, “MCC has been a great example of what can be accomplished with dedicated leadership.”

About the Music City Center

The Music City Center, Nashville’s convention center features a 353,143 square foot exhibit hall, a 57,500 square foot Grand Ballroom, and an 18,000 square foot Davidson Ballroom. The building also includes an art collection featuring local and regional artists and a covered three-level parking garage with 1,800 spaces.

Contact: Renuka Christoph (615) 401-1420 (office)

About Eat REAL

Eat REAL® is a 501(c) (3) Public Health nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. Eat REAL is dedicated to transforming food in K-12 schools, creating a healthier next generation and planet. Launched in 2012, Eat REAL Certified is a nutrition and sustainability best practices certification program working with school district foodservice leaders to raise the bar and make food in schools more nutritious and sustainable. The organization supports over 237 schools across California and the United States to increase real food access and education with financial support from Battery Powered, Raley’s Food for Families Foundation, Walmart Foundation, WeWorkForGood, incredible angel supporters and special support from 96 donors through Eat REAL’s COVID-19 response campaign. More information can be found at

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