Here’s the thing about downtown dwellers: we are on a mission to get all our friends to move downtown, too! Our latest targets are Monique and Bruce Anderson and Judith and Michael Foltz. Monique and Bruce are temporarily living downtown since their Sequoyah Hills home was destroyed by a tree falling on it during a storm earlier this year. (Click here for the News Sentinel coverage of that.) Alan and I know from experience that a temporary move downtown can easily turn into a permanent one. (Click here for the story of what happened to us.)
Judith and Michael Foltz are good targets because, although they live in Westmoreland Hills, Judith’s job as director of special events for the city of Knoxville requires her to be downtown at all hours during evenings and weekends. Having a little condo downtown would make her life so much easier — even if they didn’t move downtown full time.
So, as part of our recruitment effort, the group of us downtowners who have periodic progressive dinners invited those two couples to join us this past weekend. (Unfortunately, Michael had to be out of town and couldn’t come. So we’ll have to do it again, I guess!)
The theme this time: French. Come along! Maybe you’ll be recruited, too!
Alan and I started in the morning at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, seeking ingredients for our appetizer courses.
Next stop was Downtown Wine + Spirits where manager Shane Pack helped us select two French wines to accompany the first course. We got a 2009 Pinot Noir from Provence and this 2009 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie.
The party started at 6 p.m. at our condo in Cherokee Lofts.
Our appetizers were something we call Tuna Le Dauphin (because we first had it at Le Dauphin restaurant in Paris), caviar dip from a Barefoot Contessa recipe (click here for that great recipe), and baked brie topped with strawberry-rhubarb jelly from the Market Square Farmers’ Market and sliced almonds.
Then it was time to move on to our next stop: Mickey Mallonee’s condo at The Emporium.
Mickey has the most fantastic flair for decorating! Her condo totally reflects her outgoing personality.
After an hour or so, it was on to Kendrick Place over by Chesapeake’s restaurant to the home of Bill and Gay Lyons.
As Judith, Monique and Bruce walked with Alan and me after the party, I decided to “take their temperature” about possibly moving to downtown. Believe it or not, I think we are making headway with all of them! Stand by for progress reports.