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When Nashville-based stylist and creative Ruthie Lindsey gets together with her girlfriends, you can expect the gathering to be outdoors (for sure) and the meal to be as beautiful as it tastes. 

Last month, our friend and former employee Emily Dorio brought our own Chef Peter Dale along for just such a gathering. Today, Emily is a talented photographer based in Nashville with an eye for food–both through her lens and with a fork. But she started out as a cook at The National when we opened in 2007. 

Together, Emily and Peter cooked and styled all the dishes enjoyed by the ladies that day. It was a blast, to say the least! 

Get the August edition of Better Homes and Gardens to check out the full spread and get inspired for your next Girls Night Outside! 

Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to know the secret to our Grilled Romaine Salad with Piquillo Pepper Dressing, that recipe can be found among the spread of summer-perfect dishes. As Better Homes and Gardens says, “introducing romaine to the grill brings out its natural sweetness – making it a perfect match for our bold pepper dressing.”


Get to know creatives Ruthie Lindsey,  Emily Dorio, and Jessie Pickren through their stunning portfolios online.