Jenn Welsh, a friendly face behind the bar, offering delicious chips for dipping in guacamole, which is made to order tableside.
Looking for an eatery that’s a little different and a lot of fun? Head to 412 S. Gay St., and the historic J.C. Penney Building. Opening today is Babalu — and it is a delicious blast!
Although it is known for its tapas and tacos, there’s a lot more than that on its extensive and creative menu. Some of us got to have a sneak peek recently as the staff “practiced” on us prior to opening.
Babalu is a small chain based in Jackson, Miss. The Knoxville location is its fourth, after Jackson, Memphis and Birmingham. Coming soon: a Babalu in Charlotte, N.C. All of us at Moxley Carmichael have had a great time working with the energetic Babalu team leading up to the opening. We were pleased to hear the marketing manager report that the media coverage for the Babalu opening in Knoxville has been the best of any so far. (Special kudos to our Lauren Miller, who was point person on this account.) Continue reading →
I was feeling pretty good about how the bidding was going until Bear made it known that my main opponent for this item was Jim Clayton. Right. THAT Jim Clayton. Multi-millionaire manufactured home magnate and banker. Oh, Lord, I thought.
Much to my surprise, Jim threw in the towel — a total act of kindness on his part — and Alan and I walked away with the prize.
To show our gratitude, when it came time to redeem the item recently, we invited Jim and some of his Follies table guests — Michell Witt and Jay and Marga McBride — to join us. Marga and Jim have been singing together recently, which is Jim’s avid avocation. Continue reading →
Thank you to Lauren Miller of Moxley Carmichael for writing this guest post for the Blue Streak. –Cynthia Moxley
Covenant Health CEO Tony Spezia, right, with wife Sharon Spezia, left, and News Sentinel Publisher Patrick Birmingham.
Saturday is starting out with dreary rain, but this morning’s post offers a suggestion for an opportunity that’s dry, indoors and very colorful. Today is the annual Artsclamation! art sale benefiting Peninsula’s behavioral health services.
Now in its 14th year, the event features 34 local and regional artists who are on hand through 5 p.m. today to discuss, showcase and sell their work. It’s important to note, after always being held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral School gym, the 2015 event has moved to a new location – Lighthouse Knoxville at 6800 Baum Drive in Bearden.
The concert, for about 100 people, was held at the Jackson Terminal, a new event space on Jackson Avenue in the Old City. James A. Haslam II is the chair of the Tocqueville Society. United Way Campaign co-chairs this year are Dr. Jack Lacey and Robin Wilhoit of WBIR-TV, Channel 10.
This was an entertaining and unusual way to thank the big givers. The deep-voiced Turner was affable and relaxed and chatted with the crowd between his songs, which included his hits, “Long Black Train,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Time is Love,” and “Would You Go with Me?” among others. Turner also generously donated half of his appearance fee back to United Way. Continue reading →
Iron artist Preston Farabow demonstrates how to make a very cool soup spoon.
There are so many silent and live auctions to attend in Knoxville every year that most of us have reached the capacity of what our homes and offices will hold. That’s why Alan and I now almost always purchase “experiences” at these events. Apparently, City Councilman Duane Grieve and his wife, Marsha, feel the same way.
At a recent auction benefiting the University of Tennessee Gardens, the Grieves purchased a delightful package that included packing a bunch of friends onto the Big Love Bus and heading over to iron artist Preston Farabow‘s Ironwood Studios to watch him make soup spoons. Then, armed with those spoons, the group would take a short walk to Holly’s Corner in Happy Holler and actually eat soup with those spoons. And everyone would get a cool spoon to take home.
The Grieves cashed in their prize last Sunday and invited us along. What a fun way to end the weekend! Continue reading →
James “JT” Taylor, former lead singer of Kool & The Gang, at the Knoxville Convention Center last week.
The annual Knoxville Area Urban League Equal Opportunity Awards Gala is a jam-packed night. You have a general reception, a VIP reception for sponsors, the awards ceremony itself, dinner and then dancing. This year, entertainment was by James “JT” Taylor, the former lead singer of the 1970s and ’80s R&B/funk band Kool & The Gang.
Yep. Kool & The Gang of “Ladies’ Night,” “Celebration,” “Get Down on It” and “Joanna” fame.
The event last week was a rollicking success with about 800 folks moving to the groove at the Knoxville Convention Center. It is the Urban League’s biggest fundraiser each year.
The most important thing about the gala, in addition to the funds raised, is the awards. And the most important of those awards is the Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, which went this year to Theotis Robinson Jr., one of the first students to desegregate the University of Tennessee. He later became a UT vice president. Continue reading →
Sherri Lee, right, here with her friend Sarah Stowers, generously hosts “Evening Under the Stars” every year.
Sometimes you just want to go to a great gathering that has swinging music, convivial friends and delicious food in a breathtaking setting. No silent auction. No live auction. No awards or long speeches.
That’s why we go every year to an event called “Evening Under the Stars,” a benefit for the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, at Sherri Lee’s stunning home on a quiet cove of the Tennessee River.
This year was one of the best ever. (If only they had had pinot grigio, the evening would have been perfect!)
Founded in 1999 by trumpeter, arranger and composer Vance Thompson, the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is one of our city’s treasures. Since that time, the band has appeared at jazz festivals in the United States and Europe, released four critically acclaimed CD recordings and presented scores of concerts, many featuring world-renowned guest artists. Continue reading →
Alan Carmichael, left, with Angie Campbell and Jim Richards, the new executive director of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.
The good folks at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum used their annual Green Thumb Gala earlier this month to officially introduce their new executive director, Jim Richards. Downtowners will know Richards as the longtime general manager of Mast General Store on Gay Street. He is a great guy and a great match for the garden.
We loved, loved, loved our time in Prague last month. It is a beautiful, historic city. But our friends and I immediately noticed on our visit that many of the fantastic buildings are defaced by ugly graffiti.
That got me to thinking about Knoxville and our graffiti issues. Several months ago, Alan and I were about to have dinner in our downtown condo, when Alan spotted two young guys spray-painting a “tag” on the empty Pryor Brown Parking Garage at the corner of Church Avenue and Market Street. I grabbed my cellphone and photographed the guys. Then, we consulted with two friends who work for the city. They urged us to call the Knoxville Police Department, which we did. We emailed them the pictures of the vandalism and the guys.
In less than 30 minutes, the police had apprehended them on bicycles on Jackson Avenue. They brought them back to our place and had Alan identify them, and they were taken to the police station and charged. Although they denied they had done it, a can of spray paint matching the color of the tags on the garage was found in one of their backpacks. And some paint on one of their pants also matched the color. Continue reading →