We believe the best memories are made around the dinner table.

Thank you to our families and friends for helping us make this dream a reality.  Eader House is many things to us as owners:  a beautiful historic property, a pop-up and private dining space, an event venue, a restaurant in progress, and our home.  Our ultimate goal for the coming months and years is that Eader House would simply become an extension of our dinner table and the way that we celebrate with our family, friends, and loved ones.



We’re the Ellingtons.

Evan is the man in the kitchen.  He’s obsessed with simplicity and nostalgia - the stuff that transports you to a different time and place.  Evan views his role as a chef as being a curator more so than an artist, searching out delicious things, and sharing them with all of you.  You can learn a lot about a man by his Amazon Christmas list. Last year, Evan’s included Nduja (spreadable salami) variety packs, a 3.5 pound tub of maldon sea salt, heirloom grits, and a variety of cookbooks and kitchen tools.  If he’s not cooking or playing with our son, he’s probably researching, talking about, or consuming food.

I’m Rachel, Texan turned Tennessean, wife to the chef, mom to Hunt, CPA by day, and assistant at Eader House by night.  My death row meal would be a simple prosciutto and cheese sandwich on a perfect French baguette, paired with a glass of Sancerre.   In my free time (if there is such a thing with a toddler), I dabble in modern calligraphy and the occasional overly-ambitious craft.

Hunt is our blonde-haired, green(ish)-eyed toddler.  He’s a professional taste-tester, stick collector, vacuumer extraordinaire (who needs toys when you can play with the Dyson?), and the light of our lives.

So what about your resume:

Evan has always loved cooking and dining out, but he made the decision to pursue cooking as a career after working for under Chef Vishwesh Bhatt in the kitchen at Snackbar, of John Currence's City Grocery Restaurant Group. After moving from Oxford to Nashville, Evan worked for Chef Dan Herget in the POP Nashville restaurant group, owned by Brad and Sarah Gavigan, and helped open Otaku Ramen.

After a couple of years in Nashville, the opportunity arose to purchase Eader House, and Evan knew it was time to come home.   

This is us. We’d love to get to know you, too.

just for fun…


What three dishes from your childhood will show up on the menu?
Gumbo, brisket, my grandma's chicken fried steak

Top three books on food?
Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin
Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless

What food/meal could you not live without?

Where could we find your three favorite tacos?
Lengua Tacos at Taqueria El Si Hay - Dallas, TX
Duck Carnitas Tacos at Hugo's - Houston, TX
Berkshire Pork Tacos at Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana - Memphis, TN

Name three of your most memorable dining experiences.
Asador Etxebarri - Atxondo, Spain
Frasca Food and Wine - Boulder, CO
Restaurant Iris - Memphis, TN

Top three classic cocktails?
French 75, Whiskey Sour, Missionary's Downfall


Who do you consider your three most influential chefs?
Edna Lewis, Vishwesh Bhatt, Thomas Keller

Top three books on food?
The French Laundry Cookbook
Kitchen Confidential
Hot & Hot Fish Club

What food/meal could you not live without?

Where could we find your three favorite pizzas?
TriBecca Allie Café - Sardis, MS
City House - Nashville, TN
Pizzeria Locale - Boulder, CO

Name three of your most memorable dining experiences.
Town House - Chilhowie, VA
Rhubarb - Asheville, NC
The Catbird Seat - Nashville, TN

Top three classic cocktails?
Chatham Artillery Punch, Daiquiri, Gin & Tonic


Words to live by?

“Make it nice or make it twice”