Eat to live or live to eat?
That's a question you may have heard. The question speaks to a philosophy of life. "Eat to live" is the preferred motto of the rugged type-A who doesn't have time for anything that seems to be a nonessential frivolity. "Live to eat" on the other hand is the foodie philosophy that food is far from frivolous; it's more than essential and it should be enjoyed.
But who says that these need to be mutually exclusive attitudes? That you can have both is the innovative beauty of chef-driven fast/casual restaurants like Nalley Fresh.
There's no reason for anyone to have to make a distinction between eat to live and live to eat. Not anymore. Busy people and foodies alike can enjoy a fresh and healthy experience in the same amount of time it takes to throw down that pile of who-knows-what at the local drive-thru.
Variety is the spice of life and the beauty of Nalley is that you can go 7 days a week and never exhaust the endless flavor experiences available.
One of Chef Greg Nalley's favorite words is "layers." He uses the term for flavor building and it's steeped in his experience as a kid growing up in a deep-south Sunday-supper environment where they would pile on. He recalls one Sunday when he was a kid. His grandma had a handyman-friend named Herman who always came over for Sunday supper in his overalls. And when Herman got to helping himself, he would pile every food category on top of the other, no matter what it was. According to Greg, "It was three pounds of food, layered on." And while everyone else laughed about it, Greg thought to himself, "That looks damn good." So Chef Greg began layering dishes like Herman. Albeit in a much more calculated and strategic way. That became the prelude to what he's doing now at Nalley.
But for Greg, it's not just about volume, it's about variety. It's about calculated flavor combinations.
There are a lot of reasons that Greg Nalley got The Daily Record's "Innovator of the Year" award for 2015. Innovation is about newness. And that adds an extra dimension to the word fresh. Fresh food is also about fresh flavors and fresh ideas.
So no matter how busy you are, you can live to eat every bit as much as you eat to live. And since you gotta eat to live anyway, why not eat to really live?