Category Archives: Food

Looking for a weekend trip? Hop over to Highlands

For the 26th year, we took our annual girls’ trip on MLK weekend. But, in our case, MLK stands for “Madly Leaving Knoxville.” We choose this weekend because, over the years, several of us have worked for government agencies and … Continue reading

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If you missed this Peruvian feast, ¡muy mal!

Thanks to the shrewd bidding by a couple of friends, eight of us last weekend took a culinary trip to Peru. Fortunately, the trek was only about 30 miles — to Tellico Village and the home of Tom and Lucia … Continue reading

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Who lost their thong at the cookie exchange?

It was almost time to exchange the cookies at the annual cookie swap and I had two important announcements to make. 1. We found a black thong beneath the dining room table. If you’d like to claim it, it will … Continue reading

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‘Nobody invites a chef to dinner.’

Hats off to my friend Gay Lyons. Sometime this summer when Gay and her friend Laura Cole were having dinner at the chef’s counter at the downtown eatery J.C. Holdway, chef owner Joseph Lenn came over to chat with them. … Continue reading

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Reservations about reservations

One of our favorite restaurants, the Bistro at the Bijou, does not take reservations. Another of our favorites, Citico’s, ONLY takes customers by reservations. And a third, Knox Mason, used to not take reservations, but now they do! Same with … Continue reading

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Iron skillet evangelist: ‘The only pan you’ll ever need.’

A 12-inch Lodge cast-iron skillet was one of the most popular wedding gifts in the United States last year, according to Zola, a wedding planning and registry service. In fact, it was THE most requested wedding gift in seven states … Continue reading

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Leadership Knox Class of ’93: still going strong

Every Leadership Knoxville class is special. But to all of you classes who think you are “the best class ever,” I have one thing to say to you: Call me in 26 years! That’s how long my Leadership Knoxville class, … Continue reading

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Hallelujah! The new Knox Mason opens Thursday!

Finally! One of our favorite Knoxville eateries is reopening in a fabulous new location. As all Knoxville foodies know, chef-owner Matt Gallaher closed his tiny — but awesome — restaurant called Knox Mason located on the 100 block of Gay … Continue reading

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Melding of music and nature nets perfect Sunday

Among the top five best events in Knoxville every year is Symphony in the Park. Held this past Sunday at Ijams Nature Center, it features a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful setting that is Ijams. Funds … Continue reading

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Culinary community coalesces for Chef Cunningham

The Knoxville restaurant and hospitality community came together this past Sunday for an over-the-top fundraising dinner to assist the family of Chef Joe Cunningham. The popular 43-year-old executive chef at Northshore Brasserie died in July from complications after a car … Continue reading

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