Meet Our Publishers: Jill Melton of edible Nashville

June 22, 2016
Jill Melton, publisher of edible Nashville

We talked to Jill Melton, the publisher of edible Nashville, about the food scene, her favorite edible Nashville story, and more. 

Jill Melton, publisher of edible Nashville

Before you started edible Nashville, what were you doing professionally?
I had moved to Nashville to launch Relish magazine, which was a food magazine distributed in newspapers (similar to the Parade model). Loved it for 7 years. Before that, I was at Cooking Light magazine for 15 years. 

What inspired you to start edible Nashville? 
Well honestly, the magazine biz had really sold out. Advertisers rule, and I was ordered to do stories that were strictly for the advertisers -- for instance, a story on hot dog toppings to accompany the Oscar Meyer hot dog ad. When this happened at my company, it was time to go. Readers deserve top-quality, unbiased content. I needed an exit strategy and a friend suggested edible Nashville. When I found out no one had it, not only was I astounded and thrilled, I also knew immediately that it was my next calling. I took it immediately! It is the perfect culmination of my experience, education, and love. 

Jill Melton, publisher of edible Nashville

What has surprised you the most about Nashville's food culture?
That it has exploded so quickly. I mean, when I moved here 10 years ago, there were very few places to eat. Birmingham actually had a better food scene. But!

Is there a food trend that you wish would just go away? 
I’m not wild about juice bars, or the celebrity chef culture. 

Tell us one of your all-time favorite stories you've published in edible Nashville. 
I love the story “We Are Family,” about the back of the house at Prima restaurant, published in our July/August 2015 issue. It’s a story about family and what happens in the kitchen and how they eat together. To me, food is love, and that is a perfect example.