Eating. Elevated.


My Story …

GARNISH was created to cultivate community and provide elevated dining experiences.

I moved to Nashville with a healthcare career while simultaneously working as a sous chef to exercise my passion for cooking & serving. Nashville provided the perfect stage for me to create Garnish. With GARNISH (formerly New2Nash), my mission is to provide an unrivaled level of service, focusing on personalized culinary components to suit your specific needs. With a background in healthcare, I am well-versed in specialized food regimens, nutritional needs & dietary restrictions. I will work with you to create the perfect menus & meals to elevate your events and lifestyle. I consider it a success when fine-dining feels approachable. I do this by adding a new flair to an old favorite, working on small details making simple dishes more spectacular, and introducing you to “fancy foods” in ways that are fun and familiar. I am dedicated to helping you create that elevated experience that makes meal-time and your milestone moments relaxed, memorable, and fun! Most of all, I want make your life just a little bit easier by taking the food (and the clean-up, too!) off your plate … see what I did there …

I can help you with special occasions, entertaining guests, a group of colleagues or just an educational experience. Or, if all you need is a little extra help making sure meals are planned & prepped, I would be delighted to assist.

I truly look forward to serving you.

— Jessi Rae Waltz, Chef / Owner


Services —



My passion is creating bite-sized options with packages of lux hors d’oeuvres that dazzle your tablescapes or can be passed at parties ... Developed especially for your event theme, we are able to shrink your favorite meals and traditional tiny-bites into re-imagined formats that are sure to please your guests’ appetites and eyes at once! 

Private Dining

The private dining offering is an in-home (or event space) 5-star restaurant experience. We consult with you on the menu, theme, & purpose for the event in order to create a memorable experience, not just a great meal.


Private cooking classes for your next girls’ night or custom educational experiences for corporate activities. Reach out to me and allow me to help you dream up your event, feature a memorable demonstration & taste some delicious bites.

Grazing Tables

Designed with an array of small bites & charcuterie, our oversized boards can feature self-serve options of whatever you might want to dream up — ie: tacos, pancakes, burgers … the sky’s the limit! — artfully displayed to create a visual experience as tantalizing as it is tasty! Great way to throw parties that are no-fuss and keep the conversations going at your event!


Studio Meals

My Green Room Grub and Studio Meals are created to keep artists functioning through shows & sessions. Our high-protein, healthy carb, low/no diary & calorie conscious meals are custom designed to suit even the most complex needs, dietary restrictions, and allergies.

Meal Prep

Customized service for busy individuals and families with specific dietary needs. Or maybe you just need some helping hands in the kitchen to ensure healthful and delicious meals are available during the week! Breakfast, lunch, snack & dinner packages available. 

Menu Plans

Curated menus are planned with accompanying grocery lists & recipes. Great for families or singles looking to add a little variety into your monthly meals! All menus are customized to specifically meet even the most restrictive diets and/or nutritional needs. Grocery shopping service available as an add-on to this service to ensure the utmost freshness and quality produce & protein offerings provided in partnership with local farms and food vendors.

… More!

Have a special request? Reach out to consult with me about how I can serve you with designing a custom service, or off-the-wall question. I love working with clients on your unique ideas & can even help you source rare accoutrements through our vendor partnerships when possible!


What people are saying… —

Jessi is a true pleasure to work with and a fine master of her craft. With her attention to detail in every dish and extensive knowledge of ingredients, she is quickly proving to become one of Nashville’s most talented chefs. She puts her spin on basic dishes and turns them into culinary masterpieces. You won’t find a finer dish anywhere in town, or a more passionate entrepreneur behind their business.
— Brian Fuente, Aerobar (CEO/OWNER)
GARNISH enhances events for guests and hosts alike! While the setup is stunning and the food is delicious, their passion and personas truly elevate events with an engaging experience. They are professional, creative, and adaptable, meeting each new request from our team with a thoughtful approach and thorough solution. I trust Jessi and her team with any client or friend!
— Amanda Stone, A&M Events (Partner/Events + Operations)
In collaboration with Chef Jessi, we shot one of her exclusive Supper Club experiences. We were able to see not only the end product, but all the behind the scenes leading up to the event ... She is so knowledgeable about the food she is serving and conscientious of the nutrition her guests are offered. She accommodates different diets and nutrition plans .... and her ability to inform her guests about the preparation, nutrition, and culture behind her dishes was appreciated. She carefully curated the dinner and the experience was sublime. Her attention to detail did not go unnoticed & we look forward to collaborating again in the future!
— Scouse House Photography
GARNISH fills a much needed niche in Nashville’s catering choices. Beautifully displayed & incredibly delicious, the small bites menu provides the perfect solution to any party. In addition, they go above and beyond to provide gracious service & a smooth experience ... Jessi worked with me to create not just a delicious spread, but one that had a stunning visual presentation that really wow’d my guests!
— J. SCHEU, Private Client (Associate Broker, Parks realty)


Nashville, TN