Announcing Cascades American Café

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The modernization of a Nashville and Gaylord Opryland tradition

What our loyal patrons and new guests will see is a fresh, crisp looking Cascades with a new entrance, furnishings and serving dishes. However, the most significant change is what they will have the opportunity to taste

One of the most heavily patronized restaurants in the resort industry and in Nashville is newly opened with a new name, a fresh look and an enticing, forward-thinking array of new menus. Today Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. announced the transformation of the 22-year-old Cascades Seafood Restaurant into the new Cascades American Café.

“What our loyal patrons and new guests will see is a fresh, crisp looking Cascades with a new entrance, furnishings and serving dishes. However, the most significant change is what they will have the opportunity to taste,” said David Sacco, vice president of food and beverage, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. “Our new menus at Cascades American Café are inventive and still include the freshest seafood that is available in Nashville, but also present an equal emphasis on farm and garden entrees.”

Cascades American Café is one of Gaylord Opryland’s four signature restaurants. It is a combination of sparkling waters and sumptuous gardens complimented by the smiles of unobtrusive but attentive professionals surpassed only by one thing: the menus. Executive Chef Forrest Parker created a new culinary concept for the restaurant, which is the only outlet in the resort serving three meals daily.

Displayed on the dinner menu is a generous array of “seasonal suggestions from American waters” such as the Oyster Sampler from “three American coasts” and Crispy Fried Calamari with Sunchoke Tartar Sauce. Examples of “farm and garden” entrees are Braised Pot Roast Bolognese accompanied by House Made Spaghetti Chitarra and Pecorino Sardo, followed by Harris Ranch Bistro Steak with Pepper - Gravy Elvis Fries. Parker will change the Cascades American Café menus seasonally.

Parker brings his southern training and commitment to local and sustainable ingredients plus more than 16 years of restaurant experience, knowledge and leadership to this famous Gaylord Opryland establishment. His leadership drives his passion for providing an environment of learning for his chefs, combined with a flawless dining experience for his guests.

“We wanted to invite the guests into our restaurant the way we would our home. In the process we opened up sightlines for diners who are curious about how we do what we do best – cooking seasonally and locally to provide unforgettable meals,” said Forrest Parker, executive chef, Cascades American Café. “Increasingly, guests want to learn about our products and techniques and we wanted to include them, so we look forward to offering our upcoming chef’s table where we will debut our seasonal selections in a hands-on fashion.”

The Cascades American Café menu is also designed to assist guests with wine pairings, according to Parker. “The wine list was dramatically expanded with 60 plus pours by the glass. That provides our guests with a tremendous opportunity to customize their experience. “

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Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center – the largest non-gaming in-hotel facility in the continental United States – is known for providing superior products and services to the meetings and convention industry as well as unsurpassed entertainment, vacation packages and dining for leisure travelers. Winner of numerous prestigious awards including the coveted Gold Key Elite Award in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 and Gold Platter Elite in 2004, 2005 and 2006, as well as a nine-time winner of Southern Living’s “Reader’s Choice Awards.” Gaylord Opryland Nashville is the flagship property of the Gaylord Hotels brand owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit or

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