What's A Kolache?
A Bohemian (or traditional) kolache is comprised of a sweet, yeast-based dough with with a fruit, poppy seed, or cheese filling. At Yeast Nashville, we make the Czech/Slovak variety which is similar to a Danish, the difference being the consistency of the dough. Where a Danish is light and flaky, kolache dough tends to be a little more dense and sweet; similar to a Brioche bread.
So why did Yeast Nashville decide on making the Czech version? Well, Bill and Sara moved to Nashville from Texas, where kolaches are a way of life and a breakfast staple throughout the Lone Star State due to the state's Bohemian roots dating back to its time as an independent republic.
In the mid-1800s, Texas became the new home to many Czech and Bohemian immigrants staking their claims throughout central Texas in towns such as New Ulm, West, Shiner, Schulenburg, and Caldwell. While establishing roots in these new towns they continued many of the customs and traditions of their homeland , kolaches being one of them (thankfully!).
Over the years a new twist to the kolache recipe evolved, taking the dough and wrapping it around meat (sausage is most common) or stuffing it with a savory filling such as eggs or vegetables, or cheese. While traditionalists will say these aren’t “true” kolaches they're pretty much the standard in Texas these days so at Yeast Nashville, we call them “Tex-Czech” kolaches.
Visitors to these small Texas towns couldn’t get enough of these tasty treats and kolache shops began popping up all over the state. Today, kolaches are a breakfast/snack mainstay throughout Texas, with Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin all staking claims to be "Kolache Capitals."
Whether it’s a Bohemian or Tex-Czech, kolaches are a tasty way to start your day and a nice little snack anytime! Below are some links to articles about the history and popularity of kolaches.
Friday, May 22
Kolache O' The Day
The All American Breakfast
with Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar
Egg dish o' the day
Spinach & Mushroom
with Mozzarella and Parmesan
Tucker's Favorite Mixed Fruit
Savory Sausage Breakfast Muffin
with Pepper Jack
Lemon Blossom Cookies
Bike Brunches will return in spring 2015!
Plan on joining us for a leisurely ride through East Nashville and beyond! All ages and skill levels are invited to ride with us.
The art of Macon St. Hilaire returns to Yeast Nashville with
"Icons of the 27 Club"
From the artist...
I am searching for my own place and how the work that I do and the person I am will fit into the wider world. The restless urge I have to travel is combated by my strong desire to understand where I have come from and what traits I have inherited. My artistic practice explores the connections between ancestry, traditions, legacy, and place.
This series of work, icons of the 27 club, came about when I realized after turning 28 that I was now older than Jim Morrison when he died. This realization spawned personal reflection in to my own successes, failures, and legacy. I found a connection in the way that we revere pop cultural figures and skew their lives while living or in death, and the use of Icon paintings of martyrs and saints in medieval and byzantine ecclesiastic settings, this led me to research the art historical tradition of icon paintings and look for a way that I could translates them to reflect contemporary subjects and materials.
As an artist with a strong connection to the past, Marcel Duchamp’s concept of ready-made art reflects the modern availability of artist materials. I am interested in understanding how the material components of an artwork are created. I have conducted and continue to research art historical practices used to manufacture art materials such as pigments, binders, and painting supports. There is an artistic tradition in making all aspects of an artwork that is lost when using manufactured art supplies. I am interested in preserving the inherent traditions of artists and being closer to my work through all steps of art production. I have worked to manipulate the techniques of art tradition with contemporary suburban materials and found objects; this was most successful in my work utilizing Kool-aid drink mix as a pigment for egg tempera paint.
For more information how I made these paintings, please visit: www.maconststudio.com
About The Bakery
Nashville's Home of Kolaches & More!
Yeast Nashville features authentic Czech-style kolaches and other baked goods out of their world headquarters in East Nashville - the coolest neighborhood on the planet!
Whether it's a Bohemian or Tex-Czech, kolaches are a tasty way to start your day and a nice little snack anytime! In addition to kolaches, Yeast Nashville offers other savory and sweet baked goodies, Drew's Brews Coffee, High Garden Tea, free wi-fi all in a cozy, casual setting. You never know what specials Sara and the Kolache Posse might be baking for the day so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and the Twitters.
Meet Bill & Sara
In 2008, Bill and Sara had about all they could handle with Houston, Texas so they packed up their house, two dogs, three cats and decided to start the next chapter of their life in Nashville. Upon arriving in their new city they noticed something was missing - the Czech-style kolaches that are prevalent throughout the Lone Star State. Faced with only one option they started baking them for themselves, sharing the extras with their friends, and all was good in the world.
Fast forward to the fall of 2012... Sara was laid-off and Bill had spent the last four years working out of the house. With neither one excited about the possibility of having to work in an office again they realized the only practical option available was to open a bakery. (Because that's what sane people do, right?)
So with little more than a passion for baking, some spare change, and the uncanny ability to throw caution to the wind, they decided to embark on the journey that's become Yeast Nashville. Opened in July 2013, this growth of this little bakery has been more than the two of them could have ever hoped for. Since that time, Sara and Bill have made new friends and experienced things they never thought possible just by making breakfast for folks - and they're just getting started! Come by and say, "hi"! They, and the entire Yeast Nashville Kolache Crew, look forward to feeding you soon!
7AM - 1PM
Seven Days A Week
805 Woodland Street, Suite 300 East Nashville, TN 37206