Archive for September, 2010

Pesto Festo

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Another great local food event! Check it out:

Join Slow Food Knoxville and friends for the 3rd Annual PESTO FESTO! This year we will head south to Organicism Farms in Seymour, TN where Jessica and Ryan have friendly chickens, mountain views, and an abundant garden to share with us. Arrive early on September 18th, around 4PM, for Farm Tours, Bocce and Bluegrass on the lawn, and to enter the Pesto Contest*! Bring your dancing shoes because the Bearded will be our rollickin’ entertainment for the evening!

A locally-sourced, Italian-inspired dinner prepared by the UT Culinary Arts Program and Slow Food Volunteers will be served family style at 6:30, with music and a bonfire under the stars to follow. Please bring your own adult beverages and a blanket to sit on before the meal begins if you wish; the meal will be served at tablecloth adorned tables with chairs provided.

Tickets for this year’s event are $15 for each child under 12 years old, and $40 per adult ticket, with a $10 discount for Slow Food Members. Bring your ticket to Downtown Wine + Spirits for a 15% discount on your purchase for the event! Purchase tickets: or at the Market Square Farmer’s Market on September 4th, 2010 at the Slow Food Knoxville booth and September 11th, 2010 at the Organicism booth.

*Pesto Contest notes: Entries must be submitted by 5pm, categories are Best All Around, Most Creative Ingredients, and the new People’s Choice! One entry per person per category; please bring one pint minimum of homemade pesto in a container that you do not need returned. There is no entry fee.

Contact if you are interested in carpool arrangements.

Tuesday Field Trip: Korea House

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I’ve wanted to try one of the Korean restaurants for a while now but, in classic me fashion, was too nervous to pick one because what if I didn’t pick the best place? I finally broke down and picked the Korea House located in the shopping center across from Downtown West.

We showed up about 45 minutes before closing and while there was no one else in the place and there was some interesting late 80s early 90s music going, had a great meal. The woman working there was awesome.

We started with a pancake with pork. I couldn’t taste the pork and it seemed a little like they used powdered potatoes. It was the least good part of the meal but not bad. Also in traditional fashion a handful of pickles came out. Anyone who knows me this summer knows I’m a little obsessed with pickles. I was more than happy to see 5 different kinds of pickled things arrive at the table:

From left going clockwise, daikon, kimchee bean sprouts, potato, something I don’t know and zucchini. After we ate most of these she brought us out one other bean sprout one. I wonder if we just kept eating, how many different ones they have in the kitchen?

For our main dishes I got Bi Bim Bap in a hot stone bowl. Carlos got some kind of beef. It was just a big skillet of beef and white rice. Delicious. My Bi Bim Bap was incredible:

The bowl stayed hot throughout dinner while the rice sizzled on the bottom and became like paella, with the crisp rice pieces ate the bottom of the dish. As I started to figure out how to dive into my dinner the woman waiting on us came over and said ‘you’ve never eaten this before?’ this was a combination of statement and question. She then took the spoon and mixed it all together. She cut up the egg as she mixed it so everything was coated in the yoke. The rice was soft and the flavor sweet and salty. It was so good. I can imagine it being my winter comfort food!

I think I chose right! Although now I want to try the other place to have a point of comparison.


Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Of a Labor Day weekend that includes lobster and/or an old south crawfish boil. Of being somewhere cool-ish, walking on the beach with my pants rolled up. Or maybe sitting on a western river where the water is almost too cold to swim and the osprey circle for fish. Or just a few days where the sky is clear enough to see the blue and there’s time to get that fall garden in. All would be nice but the latter will be my weekend.

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone.

Knoxville’s Getting a New Brewery!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

In an effort to research beer and the likes team Public House visited Marble City Brewery. Construction is underway and they’ve got an amazing system of vats and all those things to make beer. As most of you know I leave the beer up to others so my knowledge is really
limited on such things as equipment and process. I know enough to know they will have beer!

Besides the rad name, they have a female brewmaster, Jennifer Muckerman, will have a great tasting room, and it’s going to be a new Knoxville beer! All in all very exciting. They’ll unveil their first batch at Brewers Jam! We can’t wait.

Check them out at

Public House Food Pictures

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Today’s inspiration, finalizing Public House menu. Here are some mock dish pictures I took for the ABC (don’t ask).

Mmmm charcuterie.

And lovely olives.