Category Archives: Food

KSO conductor makes Knox debut on cello during magical evening (Plus: a little scoop!)

From the Better Late than Never Department is a wonderful item to which Alan and I purchased tickets at the Knoxville Symphony Ball — in 2019! It was Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Aram Demirjian’s Knoxville debut playing the cello … Continue reading

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COVID respite allows for downtown progressive dinner

It was a couple of weeks ago and it seemed that the COVID numbers had leveled off. All of our regular progressive dinner club members had been vaccinated and so had our friends, Mark and Cathy Hill, who recently joined … Continue reading

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Osteria Stella: Northern Italy in the Old City

I’ve noticed that many of our favorite restaurants these days have a sleek, spare feel to their decor. Minimalist, almost. Think Emilia or J.C. Holdway. Well, Osteria Stella, the new Northern Italian eatery in Knoxville’s Old City, is not like … Continue reading

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Sweet P’s Uptown Corner fills niche in North Knox

It has been a pet peeve of mine and my husband for years. There’s a dearth of full-service eateries in North Knoxville. And even fewer if you are seeking one with a full bar. As much as we like it, … Continue reading

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K-town cuisine greets city newcomers

As a sure sign that we have turned the corner on the pandemic, our downtown progressive dinners have returned! With everyone fully vaccinated, we were for the first time in over a year able to safely visit three downtown homes, … Continue reading

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Nestful of Knoxvillians help The Swag open 40th season

The Swag over near Waynesville, North Carolina, opened for its 40th season last weekend with a lot of familiar faces — including ours! Owned by Knoxville residents Annie and David Colquitt, the mountain resort which consistently ranks in Conde Nast … Continue reading

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Debating the staff of life: free bread with dinner?

My husband is a bread lover. Raised in North Knoxville, Alan Carmichael says his family had bread at every meal: biscuits, cornbread, dinner rolls — or just sliced store-bought white bread stacked on a plate in the center of the … Continue reading

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Warm memories of last dinner at Blackberry Farm

When news came yesterday that Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain will reopen on May 14, it made me wistful for the last dinner we had there. It was for the sponsors of the Knoxville Museum of Art’s annual L’Amour du … Continue reading

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Girl Scout cookies: an important excuse for a party. (And you still can nab some!)

The sale of Girl Scout cookies provides 70 percent of the entire budget of the local Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians every year. So, you can imagine what a blow it was when the coronavirus forced the organization to … Continue reading

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L’Amour du Vin 2020: Back when we could have fun!

It hasn’t been that long — it actually was just earlier this month — but it seems like an eternity ago. The Knoxville Museum of Art hosted what was one of the last big social occasions many Knoxvillians would attend: … Continue reading

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