Archive for October, 2010


Friday, October 29th, 2010

Please support this upcoming Beardsley Community Farm fundraiser. We are extremely fortunate to have Beardsley in Knoxville. The fundraiser will present the rare opportunity to enjoy food from both Mahasti Vafaie and Robert Birkholz at the Knoxville Tomato Head. It’s going to be special!

Raise the Roots: A dinner to celebrate and support CAC Beardsley Community Farm.
Monday, November 22nd, 6-9 pm at the Tomato Head, 12 Market Square

Join us for a unique dinner at the Tomato Head on Monday evening, November 22nd, from 6 – 9 pm. Food will be prepared by owner Mahasti Vafaie and chef Robert Birkholz.  Guests will have an opportunity to learn about Beardsley Farm, meet farm volunteers, and share their experiences gardening and cooking in Knoxville and East Tennessee. All are welcome. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase here or by visiting the Beardsley Farm site.

Bar Break

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I’m going to try to post as I can but, I’m in full Public House mode for the next couple weeks. We open November 5, be sure to come down and see us!!

Morning Made Right

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

My boyfriend and cat did not want me to sleep last night. I was so tired after being down at the Public House all week working my butt off. But between the snoring and the cat deciding to attack a ball of paper on the floor, there was little sleep.

So when I got up this morn I decided to make a real breakfast instead of just grabbing something. Tennessee eggs scrambled on a whole wheat tortilla with Benton’s Bacon and Drunken Goat Cheese from Three Rivers Market. It was delicious even though I had to scarf it down so I can now get on 3 Bonnaroo calls!

Jungle Jim’s

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Guest post from Lark McMillan! I am so jealous. Anyone want to go to Ohio???


This past weekend my husband and I made a trip to the Cincinnati area to visit Ikea (the world’s best furniture store amusument park) and Jungle Jim’s International Market (the world’s best grocery store amusement park). I had done some research online about Jungle Jim’s(, but no amount of research could have prepared me for the reality of what we found.

It’s hard to imagine what 6.5 acres of grocery store property looks like (as described on the website). The store is 300,000 square feet. There’s a monorail at the front entrance. I don’t know where it goes, but it looked fully operational. There’s also a large fountain and waterfall at the entrance, complete with life size replicas of giraffes and other wild animals, reminiscent of a miniature golf course.

When you enter the store, you are greeted by a large animatronic corn cob and stick of butter. They wave at you as you come in the door. It’s hard to grasp the enormity of the story, as it is all sectioned off, and almost like a maze, but there are maps at the front, which give you a sense of scale and comfort.

We couldn’t actually do too much shopping in the store because the furniture we bought at Ikea that was taking up most of the car space. However, we did wander the store for almost two hours, and managed to buy some ingredients we would never find in our neck of the woods.

Here are some highlights:

– Thousands – literally thousands – of types of beer from all over the world! We came home with 38 beers, including Schlitz in glass bottles, Lone Star, some Sierra Nevada I’d never seen, Brooklyn Lager, a bunch of different IPAs, pumpkin beer and much more. You are allowed to mix and match six packs of almost every beer they stock.

– A wine section that boasts 12,000 different types from all corners of the globe! My favorite wine is Vino Verdhe, and they had seven diffrent varieties.

– Grippo’s – a Cincinnati chip that is very delicious. We can only get plain, BBQ, and pork rinds here, but we always are jealous of people who could find “Bermuda Onion,” “Hot Dill Pickle,” or “Jalapeno Cheddar.” You can get all those flavors and more at Jungle Jim’s.

– Cheese! From 40 countries! Goat cheese! Sheep cheese! Cow cheese! The cheese section is seriously larger than I could describe.

– The Olive Bar. There were 50 kinds of fresh olives featured. They had more varieties in the back. Who even knew that many olive types existed?!

– The candy section has a giant moving, dancing bear dressed like Elvis that sings. There are also all you candy favorites like Pez, chewing gum cigars, Zotz, and plenty of other childhood memories wrapped in bright colored paper.

– The International Section. This might actually be larger than our grocery store in Whitesburg. The produce section is so varied – dragonfruit, black garlic, kaffir limes, papayas, plantains, herbs, and more. Then there are aisles for different countries – Korea, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Spain, Greece, England, Germany, Scandanavia, and many others. We bought some Indian spices, Korean kimchee, fresh lemongrass (at only $1.49/lb!), and a giant tub of grape leaves.

By this point, we hadn’t even looked at the frozen food, American produce, meat department, natural and organic foods, juice/drinks, cigars, and I’m sure I’m leaving out sections, but we had to go. The dog was in the car (we did buy him some treats from the giant pet section) and we were anxious to assemble our new furniture.

My only recommendations are:
1. Go to Jungle Jim’s. I don’t care if it’s in Ohio and you aren’t. It’s not a grocery store. It’s a destination.
2. Don’t rush.
3. Make sure your trunk is empty.
4. Bring a cooler for refrigerated and frozen items.

Jungle Jim’s is in Fairfield, OH, just north of downtown Cincinnati. Look it up at

Table Setting

Monday, October 25th, 2010

This is a teaser from Bruce Cole. Can’t wait to see the rest!

Full Moon Thank You

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Thanks to everyone who made the Riverplains Full Moon Farm to Table happen. It was an amazing evening. I will have good pictures towards the middle of November, we were lucky enough to have Bruce Cole shooting for us before the sun went down. Until now, thanks to all the businesses below and to everyone who came out and ate the amazing food!

Riverplains Farm (Be sure to check out Rachel Niceley’s great slide show!)
Blooming Earth Flowers
Burning Fork Studio
Bruce Cole
Legit Brew

My Day

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Today at Riverplains was pretty great. I saw horses rounded up and moved with a Jeep Cherokee, a golf cart, and 2 harnesses; I worked outside all day on this beautiful day; I had a gaggle of turkeys follow me around; I saw a BALD EAGLE, seriously a bald eagle; and heard a story about hard times while standing around a functioning wood burning cook stove made in Knoxville but bought in Nebraska. I can’t wait for tomorrow!