East Nashville’s banh mi cravings were satiated last summer when husband-and-wife duo Gracie Nguyen and Chad Newton opened up aptly-named East Side Banh Mi on Gallatin. Since then, the industry veteran chefs sandwiches, curries, and more have worked their way into many other industry bellies, on repeat. Now the team. at ESBM are launching a new Nashville Banh Mi Project — signing on many of the chefs who regular the Vietnamese sandwich shop to debut some limited-time guest chef creations for a good cause. One dollar from each sandwich sold goes to benefit the Nashville Food Project, which has a mission of alleviating hunger in Nashville.
The series kicks off on Tuesday, January 12 with the banh mi brainchild of Lou’s chef Mailea Weger. Weger’s creation is a smoked kabocha squash banh mi. It’s, of course, East Side’s chef Gracie’s beloved freshly baked baguette, layered with lentil “patè”, fermented chili vinaigrette, fried shallot mayo, pickled vegetables, cucumber, and cilantro.
Future chefs debuting limited-edition banh mi include Sean Brock (Audrey), Julia Sullivan (Henrietta Red), Sarah Gavigan (Otaku), Philip Krajeck (Folk), and Bryan Lee Weaver (Redheaded Stranger), among others.
Follow along with East Side Banh Mi on Instagram to see future feature offerings for the Nashville Banh Mi Project.
Chef Weger’s custom banh mi is available today and for a limited time on all of East Side’s regular ordering platforms: online on their website, in-person, or delivery via Postmates.