When it comes to food, you eat with your eyes before the palate ever gets involved. Artful presentations are love at first sight. They have you at hello. Rather than diving in, it’s more likely you’ll stop to savor the culinary canvas before ever raising a fork.

Barbara Anne Corbett and Lindsey Aeverman are on your foodie page. In fact, they create the page. They speak food. And art. Daily. And they have for a long time now.

The friends and neighbors have combined their love of fine food, hospitality, entertaining and art into a business that speaks to patrons of the arts of the culinary sort.

Their enterprise, NoshBoards of Franklin, creates delicious works of edible art. Built from the finely crafted wooden boards up, each morsel of cheese, fruit, meat, charcuterie, bread, crackers, herbs and spices are carefully designed to create a lovely canvas. A smashing centerpiece.

Suitable for framing, the finished piece is designed to scale, to the customer’s specific wishes, tastes and number of guests.

By definition, “nosh” is a term for food or a snack or a meal. In Yiddish, it refers to a snack or a light meal. Brits and Americans use it as a term for food or a meal. Nosh is universal. And universally loved.

“I come from a long line of food and entertaining lovers,” said Nashville native Corbett. “My grandmother was a legendary hostess, and my mother is a natural. We always had good cheeses, olives, breads and crackers on hand.”

Aeverman, who hails from the Chicago area, is passionate about art. She holds a degree in it from the University of Illinois.

“But I’ve always loved the food business, as well,” she said. “I’ve worked in restaurants, cooked for friends and neighbors and even dabbled in catering.”

Over a good cup of coffee on the porch, these women have shared their passions for the culinary arts and their dreams of having a business together.

Wives and mothers, their focus, of course, has been their husbands and families. Timing is everything; this year their children are of an age that allows the moms time to step up to the plate (or board as it is) and delve into their own small business.

NoshBoards of Franklin was born. There’s no storefront, everything is done to order in their kitchens.

“We’ve been so excited to see our idea come to life, and already be successful,” said Corbett. “In the beginning, our customers were our friends and family, but by word of mouth and through social media, we’re building a strong customer base. We already have repeat customers.”

Thanksgiving was booked by early November.

“If you want holiday boards, it’s best to book immediately,” Aeverman said. “It’s just the two of us shopping, planning, designing and creating the boards. We want each and every one to be perfect.”

Foods are seasonal. Holiday boards include the likes of Cranberry stilton, brie, cranberry chutney, sage and herb aged cheddar, chai spice BellaVitano, rosemary crackers, French bread, London broil roast beef, charcuterie horseradish spread and pomegranate seeds.

They create “Johnny” boards, named for Johnny Cash, for male customers who are hosting gatherings. The boards are loaded with meats and cheeses for heartier appetites. “June Carter Cash” boards are designed for female soirees be they luncheons, book clubs, bridal and baby showers, bridesmaid’s parties and other such occasions, casual or formal.

Corbett says NoshBoards will be perfect for playoff and Super Bowl parties, Valentines for an at home date night, dinner parties, cocktail parties, picnics for two or 22 for summer concerts in Brentwood and Franklin.

“We live in and love Franklin,” Corbett said. “Our focus is here, but we’re certainly not leaving out West Nashville, Belle Meade, Murfreesboro, and communities surrounding us.”

The pair delivers, for free, to areas up to 15 miles from the 37064 zip code. And they come back to fetch, for free, the board and utensils. They will deliver farther out, but there’s a surcharge. And for customers who want to keep the board, they are available for purchase.

The pair of entrepreneurs has even begun conducting classes for folks who want to learn how to craft their own creations. They are by reservation; the price is $60 per person which includes eating the art they create.

Nosh Boards are priced by size, $15 per person.

For more information, check out the website at www.NoshboardsFranklin.com, or call or text (615) 306-6259. Days of business are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bon Appétit.

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