Chef Helton Joins Provence Team

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Next time the person serving your artichoke pesto has a matching artichoke tattoo on her forearm, say hello to chef Julia Helton, who recently took up residence at Provence Breads & Cafe, as executive chef for the locally owned five-store bakery chain.

A former co-owner of Family Wash, whose résumé includes Whole Foods' Grill at Green Hills and Mitchell Deli in East Nashville, Helton will work predominantly at the Hillsboro Village location, where she will oversee the production of the savory side of Provence's European-inspired menu.

A self-professed "cheese whore" who lived in France for a year, Helton will work with owner Terry Carr-Hall and director of operations Kim Totzke to develop a repertoire that is "more old school French and less sandwich shop," with features such as polenta pizzas and crustless quiches. She is beefing up the cheese case, adding local chèvre--as well as 2 oz. packs of foie gras ($9)--and expects to collaborate with pastry chef Megan Williams to create a line of savory tarts.

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