Drake White and his wife, artisan chef and event planner Alex White, will open a new event space, Whitewood Hollow, this month. The 2,500 square-foot space is housed in an oak-covered barn on a 6.5-acre patch of rolling Tennessee countryside, located at 6249 Old Hickory Blvd. in Whites Creek, Tennessee.
The picturesque venue was six years in the making and is an ideal spot for weddings, vegan and farm-to-table dinners, photo shoots, and other special events, and was created by Alex with the encouragement and close collaboration of Drake. Alex began her journey as a chef and caterer as the owner of Milk and Honey Food Company, a catering company that was founded not only upon Alex’s love for food, but also upon her dedication to help those in need.
“I’ve always enjoyed preparing meals, entertaining, and cooking for friends and family,” said Alex. “I envisioned a place with my own kitchen space, cozy sitting areas, live music, string lights, fresh flowers, and large farm tables. A place where people could be gathered around those tables to share stories and fellowship, pray, laugh, cry, and maybe even enjoy a nice dinner, glass of wine, or cup of coffee together.”
The Whites were intricately involved with every step of the building process, from helping choose the barn’s red oak exterior to making sure the porch was constructed with maximum sunset-watching potential in mind, and they turned the barn into an extension of their unique personalities, creating a place inspired by community, faith, love, and a whole lot of Appalachian soul.
“Whitewood Hollow came from a question I asked Alex nearly six years ago, while she was struggling with her job as an elementary school teacher,” Drake remembers. “I asked her, ‘What do want to do?! What would make you jump out of bed every day with power and purpose?!” Alex has a servant’s heart with a passion for food and loving people. Thus, the idea of serving great food and hosting magical events in a barn that would leave a lasting impact in people’s lives was born.”
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