How I Know Kori
Although I had heard her name lots and lots, I had never met Kori Langford until a few weeks ago at the Preservation Foundation’s BarnRaising event. She was catering the VIP tent there, and I chatted with her briefly because she has been recommended for A Good Pour by Tammy Hayes and Sarah Pasco, so I needed to get her coffee on the books. And I’m so glad I did because, during our conversation, I felt like I had known Kori for years. It was so comfortable from the get-go, and it wasn’t just because we were sitting outside in the warm sunshine.
Kori’s Sumner Story
Kori was born and raised in Middle Tennessee and has lived in Sumner County most of her life. If you’ve been here a while, you probably know her or know of her. She went to Goodpasture for high school and Vanderbilt for undergraduate and graduate school. She has a master’s in organizational leadership and is simply one smart cookie.
Until four years ago, she spent days traveling the country to consult with restaurants, turning around struggling businesses. Our community got lucky four years ago when she created Myers’ Front Porch, a restaurant designed to have locally-sourced, healthy options that are nitrate-free and as fresh as possible, plus incredibly yummy treats. Like I wrote after my coffee with Tammy Hayes, it can feel like holy ground in that place, and I have no doubt that is due to Kori’s leadership. Others agree because she has customers that visit daily for food and fellowship. It is now on my list of places people can choose from to meet me for A Good Pour or a consulting meeting.
Kori is intentional. Myers’ is covered in turquoise because it is the color of friendship and refreshment. If you eat there, you’ll hear music about Jesus and some of Jimmy Buffet’s greatest, and that is on purpose. 517 Group is named after 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which says to pray without ceasing. She prioritizes time with family – shopping with her mom, golfing with her dad, and loving on her nephews. She knows her restaurant’s purpose, and she leads looking to fulfill that purpose. She’s fully living this life, and I loved hearing about it.
Kori is also is the founder of the 517 Group, a hospitality and entertainment consulting firm, and an adjunct professor at Union University. (Like I said before – smart cookie.) She’s all about hospitality, and we talked about how being welcoming and comforting is Biblical. Kori says, “The world would be a lot better if we sat on front porches and got to know our neighbors.” This business is all about people – serving people well and giving people an environment to love others. She and her employees are on the mission field right here in Sumner County, and we are all the better for it.
In case you want to know …. here are the most raved about menu items at Myers’ Front Porch:
- Brisket Nachos
- Whipped Feta
- Tropical Grilled Salad
- Turkey Cubano
- Cranberry Turkey Sandwich
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Salted Caramel Cookies
- Fruit Tea
What is helping her right now?
A newly cleaned and organized closet
What is an organization or cause near and dear to her heart?
Young Life and Full Count Ministries; she has a heart for helping youth
What is a movie, television show, podcast, writer, song, etc., to add The Good List?
- The Inifinite Game by Simon Sinek; she even brought me a copy!
(Read more from The Good List.)
In honor of Thanksgiving month, I’m asking two different questions:
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Her grandma’s cornbread dressing
What’s something on your gratitude list this year that wasn’t on it last year?
The loyalty of friends, family, employees, and customers over the last year