Category Archives: Journalism

Biscuits, soul food and ‘coming out’

When you get a bunch of food writers, cookbook editors, chefs and other foodies together for a couple of days, the subject matter is going to be very diverse. The opinions are going to be strong. And there’s going to … Continue reading

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Food writing: A sneaky way to serve up big issues

That’s what John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, told 85 or so food writers and others gathered in Knoxville this month for the Southern Food Writing Conference. Continue reading

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On turkey hunting and classical music (Yep!)

What do turkey hunting and classical music have in common? The Venables and their friends! It was more than a sellout at the lakefront home of Frank and Lisha Venable a few weeks ago when News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable … Continue reading

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Southern Food Writing Conference: an amazing gift

There is a treasure in Knoxville that is hidden in plain view. It is the Southern Food Writing Conference, in its second year of being held downtown in conjunction with the decidedly un-secret International Biscuit Festival. If you care anything … Continue reading

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Knoxville takes Manhattan! (And it takes us.)

Sometimes for a control freak like me, it’s hard to just let go and allow someone else to plan something — especially something with as many options as a weekend in New York. But, take my advice. If you want … Continue reading

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30 years of “Straight from the Heart”

I was invited to WBIR‘s celebration earlier this week of the 30th anniversary of its iconic slogan, “Straight from the Heart.” Most of the so-called “Dream Team” from the anchor desk 30 years ago came for the occasion. So did … Continue reading

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In Knoxville, Scripps employees “live the brand”

In the early ’90s, Ken Lowe, a hot-shot young radio and TV executive with the E.W. Scripps Company, looked around the television landscape and did not like what he saw. “I became disenchanted with TV programming,” Lowe told a group … Continue reading

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Feuding editor and mayor bring down the house at 34th annual Front Page Follies show

Lord knows the 34th annual Front Page Follies show had plenty of raw material this year. The annual spoof of news makers produced and performed by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (and friends) is a series … Continue reading

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Southern Food Writing Conference attracts its own kind of stars to Knoxville — and they like!

Everybody knows how much fun we all had last month at the International Biscuit Festival, also known as Biscuit Fest. But, to me, something that was even more exciting and fun was the Southern Food Writing Conference that preceded it. … Continue reading

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Southern food under a super moon

I think I breathed an audible sigh of relief the other night when, after a bounteous dinner on the porch of a historic farmhouse, I heard author John Egerton talking about Southern food. “Take the warnings of the food police … Continue reading

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