The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is in the midst of their eighth year of the InterNASHional Food Crawl, and this year, they’re extending the festivities across three months.

The nonprofit opened the series last month with their gorgeous new headquarters' Grand Opening and Welcome Home party. The celebration took place outside the 7,000-square-foot community hub, and the rainy day didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as the community enjoyed food trucks, family-friendly activities and a special appearance by Nashville SC mascot Tempo.

On Friday, Sept. 24, from 6-9 p.m., the series continues at the Eloisa Salazar Event Center with the InterNASHional Night Market, “celebrating Nashville’s diverse communities, cultures and food.” Featuring more than 15 immigrant- and refugee-owned restaurants, the Night Market will be the perfect opportunity to taste dishes important to our neighbors who have come here from all over the world. There will also be musical performances, artists and plenty of opportunities to support TIRRC’s mission.

Next month, the series concludes with A Feast With Louisa Shafa: Private Dinner. The renowned Persian chef and author of The New Persian Kitchen will prepare a delightful five-course meal, and yes, drinks are on the menu, particularly, her signature cocktail that will, in itself, be an exploration of traditional and new Persian flavors. The dinner will take place inside the TIRRC’s new headquarters from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.

There are plenty of opportunities to support the TIRRC by volunteering for the Night Market, or if you can’t make it to the events, you can also check out the InterNASHional Dining Guide for a comprehensive list of international restaurants in the Nashville area.

For the full lineup and to purchase tickets for the InterNASHional Food Series, visit And for more information on the good work the people of the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition are doing, visit

Photographs by Cesar Virto