How does one decide between Lavender Shortbread with Lemon, Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Red Velvet Whoopie Pie? When all three of these confections of perfection from The Nashville Cookie Bar are right in front of you at The Richland Park Farmer's Market, one does not decide- all three are a must!
For TaRee Avery, the woman behind The Nashville Cookie Bar, the magic that comes with the experience of biting into her creations is a craft that has been honed since the age of eight. Since the first initiation of baking chocolate chip cookies under the evaluative eye of her grandmother as a child, TaRee has been the one in the family to take on the cookie baker role. TaRee is the one that the coveted family recipes are passed down to, the one expected to present the perfect cookies at every holiday celebration, and now, thanks to her starting The Nashville Cookie Bar, we can expect and anticipate her sweet indulgences for our families as well.
One year ago this week, TaRee sold cookies at her first event after years of family, friends, and friends of friends continuously suggesting her selling her cookies. Almost selling out at the Hot Air Balloon Festival that day, TaRee received constructive feedback from the general public for the first time, and boy did that set her on fire! From then out, there would only be perfection, and TaRee would work relentlessly on her family recipe and Southern-inspired cookies until perfection was reached, and let's be real here, PERFECTION HAS BEEN REACHED. Fine-tuning The Nashville Cookie Bar's recipes is TaRee's favorite part. Her second favorite part is my favorite to participate in: watching people eat her creations- the eye rolls, the sounds, the face lighting up- it's addictive to TaRee, and will only result in fueling her to make more magic for us to experience.
TaRee's favorite color, flavor and scent is Lavender, and this is the inspiration behind the colors of her booth and the unique Lavender Shortbread with Lemon. She tried it in different cookie variations, and in the end shortbread suited it best. The Red Velvet Whoopie Pie has the dark color that you only get when red velvet is truly made from scratch. Chocolate-covered bacon on a stick at a fair was the motivator for the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie. My first thought is, "Why haven't I thought of that?" until I listen to TaRee tell the tales of trial and error in conquering the process that results in the small piece heaven. After hearing the roller coaster ride the chocolate chip cookie with bacon took a pro on, I'm glad i didn't think of it. I'm grateful that The Nashville Cookie Bar has done all it has so I can walk up to the booth at The Richland Park Farmer's Market and only experience the perfect results.
TaRee already has the vision of a storefront, and from experiencing the results of her creativity and determination in cookie form, I believe we all have something special to look forward to with what The Nashville Cookie Bar does Next. This season The Nashville Cookie Bar will be at The Richland Park Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and is available for cookie catering and delivery orders. Come try a sample, and see if you can stop thinking about the amazingness for the week before the next market...