NASHVILLE (April 10, 2020) – As the philanthropic partner of Buckingham Companies, Buckingham Foundation has always committed itself to make a positive impact on the communities which it serves. Today, Buckingham Foundation and Kimpton Aertson Hotel announce a double benefit program to support those effected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Nashville. The first benefit of these relief efforts offers complimentary hotel rooms at Midtown’s Kimpton Aertson Hotel, mere steps from the Vanderbilt Medical Campus, for medical workers and first responders. Step two involves a partnership with The Nashville Food Project to turn Henley, the award-winning modern American brasserie, into a satellite kitchen to provide daily meals to local communities experiencing food insecurity.
“We have been so appreciative and thankful for all that our local medical professionals have done for Nashville during these trying times,” said Mark Hayes, general manager of Kimpton Aertson Hotel. “These folks are the true heroes, and it was an easy decision to offer hotel rooms at the Aertson for those who need a place to lay their head after a trying day.”
As such, the Aertson is offering complimentary hotel rooms to medical personnel with proper identification such as doctors, nurses and first responders through the end of April. In order to make a reservation, medical workers should email the hotel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once checked in, these guests will receive light-touch stayover housekeeping services and access to knock and drop room service from Henley. During this time, the in-room dining offer includes many of the restaurant’s favorite menu items at a special discount for these deserving individuals. (Please note that limitations may apply.)
“While we are so happy to support our key medical personnel, we are also incredibly excited to partner with The Nashville Food Project to provide daily meals to the city’s communities facing food insecurities,” shared Theresa Rhodes, executive director of Buckingham Foundation. “Through this partnership, we’ll be able to feed those most impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Adjacent to the Aertson, Henley and its executive chef Daniel Gorman are turning the restaurant into a satellite kitchen to prepare meals distributed through The Nashville Food Projects’ distribution channels every day for the rest of April. With the government mandates for shelter-in-place and social distancing guidelines, Henley has shifted to a take-out and curbside pick-up business model as of late. While still in effect, the impact of not opening its doors to dining room and bar guests has freed up resources within the restaurant to be able to support those in need.
“We’re beyond thrilled to offer up our incredible culinary team and supplies here at Henley to support Buckingham Foundation and The Nashville Food Project in their efforts for social good,” said James Garrido, general manager at Henley. “We have all of the equipment, talent and means to create restaurant-quality meals and The Nashville Food Projects’ partners and channels will allow for us to get these meals into the hands and homes of the food insecure.”
ABOUT KIMPTON AERTSON HOTEL
Located in Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood, the Kimpton Aertson Hotel echoes the creative spirit of Music City. The 180 rooms feature crisp, natural colors with wood accents, marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows and custom art throughout. The property also boasts Southern hospitality-inspired service and amenities including a seasonal rooftop pool and bar, Woodhouse Spa, 8,600 square feet of event and meeting space, 24-hour fitness center and nationally acclaimed bar and restaurant Henley. For more information, visit www.aertsonhotel.com or call 615.340.6376 and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
Henley, a modern American brasserie, is located in the heart of Midtown at 21st Avenue S and Broadway and is a culinary destination at Buckingham Companies’ mixed-use community, Aertson Midtown. Named as an homage to the iconic shirt made popular at the turn of the century, Henley features communal dining and craft cocktails. The culinary menu, under the direction of chef Daniel Gorman, offers seasonally-driven cuisine inspired by the flavors of the South, pairing perfectly alongside inventive cocktails crafted by bar lead Ben Rouse. Henley is open for breakfast and dinner daily and features both outdoor and private dining spaces. For more information please visit, www.henleynashville.com or follow along on Instagram and Facebook.
ABOUT BUCKINGHAM FOUNDATION
Bradley B. Chambers founded Buckingham Companies in 1984 as a developer of multifamily residential housing. In its 30+ years, the modest real estate company has grown to a company that owns and/or manages nearly $1 billion in real estate assets throughout the country.
In 2006, Buckingham Companies formalized its long standing commitment to corporate responsibility and created Buckingham Foundation, Inc. as its philanthropic partner. Together, Buckingham and Buckingham Foundation are dedicated to building enduring charitable partnerships and creating meaningful volunteer experiences for employees and residents. Working side-by-side, Buckingham and Buckingham Foundation are focused on fostering relationships and making a positive impact on communities and causes within the mission areas of affordable housing, community and economic development, arts, culture, and childhood hunger.
ABOUT THE NASHVILLE FOOD PROJECT
The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) connects people to nutritious food and to each other through vibrant urban agriculture projects, made-from-scratch meals cooked in our kitchens, and food shared with local poverty-disrupting partners. TNFP's ongoing work includes a Community Meals program, which prepares and shares over 5,000 scratch-made, nutritious meals in collaboration with community partners, and an urban agriculture program that supports families in growing food for themselves and for market. In the weeks since the March 2020 tornadoes and in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, TNFP has prepared and shared over 20,000 nutritious meals in communities most affected by these devastating events. Learn more at thenashvillefoodproject.org or follow along on Instagram and Facebook at @thenashvillefoodproject