Ricky Turk & Mike Quinones: Rico Ricky Y El Gordito

Photo: The Tennessean, (L-R) Mike Quinones, Cristina Gonzalez and Ricardo Turk Ricky Turk was a mechanical engineer in his native Colombia, where he had a company repairing aircraft engines. The need to export parts from the U.S. allowed him to join his wife and three step-children living in Miami in the 1990s, and he later worked with the Colombian coffee industry, including the Juan Valdez brand. … Continue reading Ricky Turk & Mike Quinones: Rico Ricky Y El Gordito

Councilman Fabian Bedne

Photo: The Tennessean Fabian Bedne remembers watching books burn in the 1980s on his college campus in his native Argentina. While the country was still under a dictatorship then, these weren’t the materials of the opposition… they were architecture textbooks.  That experience, however, was one of many – his own brother disappeared — that led him and others to protest, and the regime was eventually … Continue reading Councilman Fabian Bedne

Juan Reyes: Salsa

Juan Reyes was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, just outside of San Juan, and found his passion as a restaurateur there in the nearby Condado community. Surrounded by friends and family on the paradise island, Reyes had built a wonderful life. But a chance visit to Nashville seven years ago changed his vision for the future. In August, a trip to see his … Continue reading Juan Reyes: Salsa

Military Appreciation Month: Jordan Gothard

Jordan Gothard was born a Nashville native, but it was his father’s work that took him to Texas. In a roundabout way, it was the same thing that brought him back to Tennessee. His family moved to Round Rock, Texas, when Jordan was 12, just weeks before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It was at that moment that sparked his interest in serving … Continue reading Military Appreciation Month: Jordan Gothard

Military Appreciation Month: Greg Adkins

Folks across the state know Greg Adkins – as a familiar face for many years in the restaurant industry, as a former Metro Councilman, from his work at the Tennessee General Assembly or for his leadership as President and CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association. What few know is that Greg joined the United States Army Reserve after graduating from high school, serving … Continue reading Military Appreciation Month: Greg Adkins

Military Appreciation Month: Morgan Young

Morgan Young grew up in Cumberland County, Kentucky, earning a degree in philosophy and English before joining the United States Air Force in 2005, where he spent six years as a linguist. He was deployed to the combat zone near Baghdad, Iraq, at Joint Operations Base Anaconda, and also spent tours in Qatar and Germany. “Our unit was airborne, which meant the planes would fly … Continue reading Military Appreciation Month: Morgan Young

Women’s History Month: McCabe Pub

Photo by: Amanda Scott (L-R Jo Dean, Katie Dean & Stefanie Brown) McCabe Pub was opened in 1982 by John and Josephine (Jo) Dean, and it has held a special place in the hearts of the community ever since. Today, the Sylvan Park eatery is run by two of John and Jo’s four daughters, Katie Dean and Stefanie Brown. The sisters recall growing up in … Continue reading Women’s History Month: McCabe Pub