Category Archives: Downtown

Another year, another million calorie cookie event!

It was year 16 for the cookie exchange, and this year we moved it to a bigger venue — our new condo in the J.C. Penney Building on Gay Street downtown. Yep, the one we haven’t moved into yet. We … Continue reading

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Kefi: ‘profound passion’ in the Old City

We lived in Farragut a couple of decades ago, fortunately at the same time that one of my all-time favorite restaurants was open there: Kalamata Kitchen. It was a fabulous Greek restaurant operated by Lori and Jim Klonaris. You may … Continue reading

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Long Table: a bracing, bodacious blowout

Dining al fresco when the temperature is dipping into the 40s might not seem like such a good idea, but the alcohol helped. The occasion was the recent Sunday evening Long Table Dinner set up in the middle of Central … Continue reading

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After 50 years, Urban League lets loose with After 7

The Knoxville Area Urban League is 50 years old this year and, to celebrate, the civil rights organization last week brought in popular R&B group After 7 for its annual awards gala. And it recognized its eight previous Whitney M. … Continue reading

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Alison Krauss tickles Tennessee Theatre fans

So, the historic Tennessee Theatre is right in the middle of celebrating its “90 days for 90 years” anniversary extravaganza! There’s a lot of partying yet to be done. But one of the earliest and most festive events was a sold-out … Continue reading

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90th anniversary cocktail party: the bees’ knees!

“Party Prohibition style!” the invitation said. And a sold-out crowd threw on their pearls and feather boas and shelled out a bunch of clams to do just that! It was not your average night in downtown Knoxville as folks in … Continue reading

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The Pat Summitt Suite: beautiful and beneficial

When the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team comes to Knoxville in February to play the Lady Vols, the Gamecocks’ head coach, Dawn Staley, will stay in the new Pat Summitt Suite at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel downtown. … Continue reading

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Dinner club our way — and thoughts on variations

So, some friends and we have started a dinner club. We have done some research on how to do it “right” and have discovered, thankfully, that there is no “right” way! So, we’ll tell you what we are doing and … Continue reading

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Rebel Kitchen rocks refined rations

Rebel Kitchen opens today at 5:30 at 108 W. Jackson Ave., in Knoxville’s Old City. Our recommendation to you: go as soon as you possibly can! Alan and I attended a soft opening on Saturday night with our friends Bill … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Knoxville artist who loved New York

“Joseph Delaney: On the Move” is a little trip to the hurly-burly street life of New York City — and it’s right here near downtown Knoxville. Delaney, the younger brother of better known artist Beauford Delaney, was born in Knoxville … Continue reading

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