April 9, 2010 - Hendersonville Star News
Food Network's Guy Fieri Spotted at Hendersonville Restaurant
Diners who stopped by to pick up lunch at Cafe Rakka on Wednesday found themselves at a filming of an upcoming episode of Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The show's host Guy Fieri and the Oak Ridge Boys were on scene to check out the restaurant's cuisine, known locally for its authentic Mediterranean fare. Read more....
April 12, 2010 - Nashville Post
Nashville's Fieri Encounter
Several Nashville restaurants can look forward to some priceless publicity after one of America's most popular celebrity chefs, Guy Fieri, visited them to film an installment of his Food Network show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Read more...
August 19, 2009 - The Tennessean
Chef Bring Syrian Flavors to New Home
They call him Chef Rakka after the name of his Syrian hometown. "It's my culinary name," he said. And indeed, everything about Riyad Al-Kasem's restaurant is a reflection of his homeland — the house-made yogurt, the 600-year-old recipes and all that healthy olive oil. Read more....
December 28, 2008 - Nashville Restaurant Blog
You hit the door and immediately get a vibe that Café Rakka is going to be different. It looks and feels like an upscale coffee house. In reality the tiny Hendersonville restaurant is turning out top notch, home style Mediterranean cuisine with crisp, engaging flavors in a laid back atmosphere. More...
December 19, 2008 - The Tennessean
At Cafe Rakka, different is so delicous (Fresh is the main ingredient at Mediterranean grill) More...
March 28, 2008 - Hendersonville Star News
Hendersonville's Guide to Unique Restaurants - There is a new restaurant in town with a new approach to healthy eating. Cafe Rakka Mediterranean Grill offers food that is exceptional, trendy and tastes exquisite. More....
September 13, 2007 - The Tennessean
A new cafe moves in - The restaurant scene in Hendersonville isn't huge, so neighbors are sure to be curious about the new restaurant repalcing September's Cafe. More...
Events and Appearances
Chef Rakka's Demonstration at the Nashville Farmer's Market
on Saturday, May 23rd a Big Success!
Chef Rakka was the featured chef at the Nashville Farmer's Market on Memorial Day Weekend, and demonstrated spinach dishes with a Mediterranean flair! Fresh spinach is now available at the Farmer's Market from local growers and farmers, along with other wonderful items such as strawberries, sweet potatoes and much, much more!
Chef Rakka Featured on Talk of the Town Wednesday, April 8, 2009!
Chef Rakka appeared on News Channel 5's Talk of the Town on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 11 am CDT. Talk of the Town is Nashville's top rated weekday talk show with Meryll Rose and Lelan Statom. For more info, visit Talk of the Town's website.
Chef Rakka prepared his very special Shrimp Entabi dish! This flavorful dish marries citrus, garlic and banana peppers (among other yummy ingredients!) to create a beautiful fresh seafood dish! Ask for it when you visit Cafe Rakka! Other menu items featured on the show were the Grilled Lamp Chops, Hummus and homemade Pistachio Baklava. Click here to watch the video!
Our Valentine Sweetheart Dinner February 2009 was a big success!
Thanks to all of you who came to Cafe Rakka for the special Valentine Sweetheart dinner! The Himalayan pink salt blocks were a big hit! This four course dinner featured Chef Rakka's homemade farmer's cheese, a mixed salad with exotic fruits and a pomegranate dressing, grilled salmon, chicken, beef and lobster tails cooked and served on a Himalayan salt block and a fabulous dessert of homemade baklava topped with rose petal jelly.