Catbird's Max Goldberg and Porter Road Butcher's James Peisker Make Forbes '30 Under 30' List

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Two Nashville restaurateurs are honored on Forbes magazine's list of "30 Under 30" — young people who "represent the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation" — in the Food & Wine category.

The magazine said the "young talent in the world of edibles and potables" in America is so dynamic that the panel (Forbes editors and experts from the business scene) retired last year's list of honorees and came up with a completely new list of notables in the restaurant industry.

The Nashvillians who made the list are (in alphabetical order) entrepreneur Max Goldberg of Strategic Hospitality and chef James Peisker of Porter Road Butcher.

Goldberg, who runs Strategic Hospitality (including the nationally celebrated restaurant The Catbird Seat) with his brother Benjamin, is 29. Here's what Forbes says:

The Nashville native is slowly transforming his hometown into a dining destination with the multi-award winning chef's tasting room, The Catbird Seat, and a kitschy honky-tonk on Broadway called Paradise Park. He and co-owner Benjamin Goldberg currently own five businesses with a combined revenue of $10 million.

Peisker is 27 and opened Porter Road Butcher with his business partner Chris Carter. (They are both classically trained chefs who met working in the kitchen at Capitol Grille.)

Forbes says:

Trained at Hyde Park's Culinary Institute of America, Peisker discovered his love for butchering as a sous chef at Niche in St. Louis. Before opening Porter Road, he did a stage at Chicago's The Butcher and Larder to further his education in whole animal butchering.

Congratulations, gentlemen! Glad the national media continues to notice Nashville and its thriving culinary scene.

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