Cafe Rakka

Rob Wilds discovers food that is good for you and tastes good, too, at Cafe Rakka in Hendersonville, TN.


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Tennessee attracts people for many reasons. They come from around the world to see our state, and perhaps make it their home. As a young man Riyad Alkem (re-yahd al-kim) decided he would leave his native Syria and make American his home and brining part of his culture with him. Riyad, who everyone calls Rokka (rock-uh), is an excellent chef and while his recipes are from his home country, he likes to say that he doesn't serve Syrian food...he serves good food. Rob Wilds agrees with that after making a trip to Cafe' Rakka in Hendersonville....

Rob Wilds has been a part of the Tennessee Crossroads family since 1993. As one of our most frequent producers, and the recipient of several journalism awards throughout his various careers, Rob finds that the best reward for his work is meeting the fascinating people and visiting the interesting places he encounters in his travels. A presence in television, radio and print reporter for more than 20 years, Rob is a teacher, writer, producer and director as well as an actor (with appearances in feature films, television shows and on stage).

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