For more than thirty years, Deb Paquette has been a fixture in Nashville’s ever-growing food scene. As a trailblazing chef, dedicated mentor and community advocate, her adventurous cuisine and tenacious personality have made their mark on the Music City. Now chef-owner of Etch (downtown) and etc. (Green Hills), Paquette has won countless awards and accolades. From her time at the Culinary Institute of America to her 13-year run at Gourmet magazine “Top 60” winning Zola to today, diners have flocked to her big, bold flavors and return time and again for her next globally-inspired dish.
Nashville has been home to Paquette and her family for many years. After closing Zola and travelling to the beaches of Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and Mexico, she was drawn back to the Music City to create Etch with her with 4-Top Hospitality partners. Designed with her dream kitchen and every creative luxury, Paquette’s Etch opened in 2012 in the heart of downtown and was quickly embraced by locals and destination diners alike. Ranked #1 in the city by Zagat and with a long list of “best of” mentions, Etch endures as one of the essential restaurants of the Southern city.
Success led to a new concept in Nashville’s Green Hills neighborhood with the opening of etc. in 2016. A smaller, more intimate version of Etch, etc. boasted a swanky vibe with the signature bright flavors and layered dishes that made Paquette a household name. The heavily local crowd enjoys the addition of culinary-minded cocktails, a thoughtful wine and beer menu, and an intriguing brunch menu at the fresh suburban venue.