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Dumplings Debut at Proper Sake’s Taproom This Weekend

Former Husk chef Nate Leonard offers five distinct dumpling options at the sake taproom in Pie Town

Two small, square white plates with sauce-topped steamed dumplings. There is a gold beer can in the background and there are chopsticks in the foreground.
Nate Leonard
Proper Sake / Official Photo

Proper Saké tasting room visitors in Nashville’s sliver of a Pie Town neighborhood can chase their sake flights with steamed dumplings very soon. Nashville’s first sake taproom’s new dumpling program debuts on Friday, November 1.

Chef Nate Leonard, formerly of Nashville’s Husk and McGrady’s in Charleston, is running the dumpling program at Nashville’s first sake taproom.

Chef Nate Leonard heads up the dumpling program
Proper Sake / Official Photo

There will be five distinct dumpling options — including one vegetarian-friendly variety. A preview party in late September gave partygoers a taste of four distinct meat-filled dumplings: an obligatory hot chicken dumpling with chili oil and pickle and a dumpling stuffed with gulf shrimp served in sake butter and lemon juice. A huevos con chorizo dumpling came with a salsa verde, and the fourth option was a pork and chive blossom dumpling in black vinegar for dipping.

Proper Saké, Nashville’s first saké brewery and tasting room, opened in late 2017 at 628 Ewing Avenue. It’s the passion project of owner Byron Stithem, who previously spent time working at Husk Nashville and Clover Club cocktail bar in Brooklyn, before branching out into the saké business. They serve flights and individual glasses of unpasteurized special release sakes and a new Japanese style dry lager.

Proper Saké’s tasting room is currently open on Fridays, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 9 p.m., but expanded hours including Thursdays and Sundays are coming soon.

Proper Sake Co.

628 Ewing Avenue, , TN 37203 (913) 209-2355 Visit Website

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