M Restaurant reported simply: "Dear friends — on Sunday, Feb 10th at 6:00 pm Toby Willis passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and loved ones. Thank you for your prayers, thoughts, visits and most of all thank you for loving Toby — our Chef and dear friend."
Other reports, not yet confirmed, said he suffered a brain hemorrhage Thursday and never recovered.
Willis was a popular member of Nashville's restaurant community, and his blog, Elevated Southern, was well-read by chefs, restaurant fans and many other people who enjoyed his entertaining observations about kitchen life and his keen interest in the nexus of Southern folkways and fine cuisine.
Bites will share more details as we get them.