Christened “Mod Squad Martha” by a musician smitten with her many talents, her effortless style embodies timeless with a twist of hip.
Her first gig was for 300 people for a Music City executive. She had “no staff, only a boyfriend and a daddy with a truck” - she had no company, she had no fancy brand. A jack of all trades in the kitchen and beyond, she was soon known as Mod Squad Martha the must-have under the radar chef of Music City’s insider affairs. Melissa Ann’s story couldn’t have been told better in a country music song.
These recipes are the greatest hits from years of serving Nashville’s music community and most importantly feeding her family and friends.
Melissa Ann Barton and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris’ bond formed over years of meals lovingly prepared and served to Emmylou’s family, close friends and her momma. “Emmy and I share the love of family, friends, dogs and empathy for those in need. Emmy motivates me to be just a little bit better.”
With each purchase, a portion of sales contributes to the efforts of Crossroads Campus + Bonaparte’s Retreat two 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations founded by Emmylou. Both focus the transformative power of healing through strengthening the human/animal bond - offering second chances and promoting the powerful life lessons learned from loving and caring for one another. Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue is dedicated to providing nurturing care for adoptable dogs when their allotted time at the shelter has elapsed. Crossroads Campus brings the neglected animals and at risk youth and foster kids together to learn from each other and heal together. Join Mod Squad Martha in supporting and growing this compassionate community effort.