When Sarah Gavigan, a Los Angeles transplant working in the music industry, started her manic project to create the perfect bowl of ramen, she didn’t know it would lead her not just to launching a pop-up restaurant and stirring up buzz on Twitter, but a gig cooking at one of the hottest fine-dining restaurants in America — The Catbird Seat.
“It could really only happen in Nashville,” Gavigan said.
Over the summer, Gavigan, who was already pretty busy with her day job, placing songs in TV ads, along with being a mom, found herself compelled to try to re-create the halcyon bowls of ramen she used to slurp and savor in Los Angeles. “It’s comfort food,” she said.
Before long, the zealous ramen cook was buying fresh local soup bones from Porter Road Butcher — up to 100 pounds at a time — and cooking her broth in bubbling pots for 48 hours.
She took equal care in the ingredients she collected and combined for her soup bowls — one of her specialties is miso ramen with fresh sweet corn grown by local farmers.
Word of her amazing noodle bowls started to spread, attracting the attention of Erik Anderson, co-chef (with Josh Habiger) at The Catbird Seat.
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