Mayor's Food Saver Challenge

The Nashville Mayor’s Office, Metro Nashville Department of Public Works’ Solid Waste Division, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)'s Nashville Food Waste Initiative partnered in January 2017 to challenge area restaurants to work to reduce their food waste over a 30-day time frame by taking five steps from a menu of options.

In November 2018, the same organizations - as well as the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association and Nashville Originals - partnered to relaunch the Challenge on a continuing basis. Today, the Challenge continues under Mayor John Cooper’s leadership.

By participating in the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge, hospitality and food service businesses can reduce the amount of food sent to Middle Tennessee landfills while helping to relieve hunger by donating wholesome, edible food to local nonprofits serving almost 100,000 food-insecure residents in Davidson County.

More than 50 restaurants signed on to participate, and now the group is working to bring more organizations into the fold and continuing to drive results through collaboration, education and inspiration.

Past Participants

Thanks to the following local hospitality and food service businesses for participating in the Mayor's Food Saver Challenge in the effort to make Nashville a model for sustainability in the hospitality industry.

4th & Peabody

Acme Feed & Seed

Alexander’s Catering (closed)

Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering


Bridgestone Arena

Butcher & Bee


Café 29 at Cheekwood

Care Kitchen Outreach

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

Country Music Hall of Fame

Deacon’s New South

Dozen Bakery

Edgehill Bike Club



Green Door Gourmet

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites—Nashville Downtown Convention Center

Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace

Las Paletas (closed)

Las Palmas

Legend’s Hospitality at Ascend Amphitheater and Nissan Stadium

Lockeland Table

Marche Artisan Foods (closed)

Margot Café and Bar

Midtown Café

Miel Restaurant

Music City Center

Nashville Farmers’ Market

Puckett’s 5th & Church

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Silo (temporarily closed)

The Hilton — Nashville Airport

The Old School Farm to Table (temporarily closed)

The Southern Steak & Oyster

The Urban Juicer

The Wild Cow


Vanderbilt University

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