Andy Statman @ Ironwood

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Don’t miss this chance:

Mandolin/clarinet virtuoso Andy Statman brings his unique blend of klezmer, bluegrass and jazz to Ironwood Studios on Monday, February 15th. It has been more than two years since Andy last played in Knoxville. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a master at work.

“There are those who know Andy Statman as the virtuos…o klezmer clarinetist — violinist Itzhak Perlman, for instance, who chose Statman to lead his klezmer album. There are those who know Andy Statman as the down-home mandolin player with a stack of straight-up bluegrass albums to his credit. In Statman’s versatile hands is a music that’s full of surprises, sophisticated and completely accessible at once.” – The New York Daily News

Ironwood Studios is located at 119 Jennings Ave. in North Knoxville. Doors open at 7:00, showtime 7:30. Tickets are $20 and include hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by The Parlor and Mockingbird Events. Tickets:

More about Andy Statman:

Sunspot Beer Dinner

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Last night I went to the Sunspot Beer Dinner. The Terrapin brewery out of Athens, GA was the featured beer. They are apparently brand new to the market. The dinner was creative and well executed,  the beer was fine. I’m not a beer drinker at all, but I liked some of the beers.

The most creative and outstanding dish was tuna nigiri wrapped in a sesame crepe (the dish would have been perfect without the crepe), chile and ginger spiced carrots, tempura anchovies (amazing), and a quail egg. If you can ignore the shitty iPhone picture…

The beer, look for it at Food City and other grocery stores:

Love Fest

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Check out Lovefest at Gypsy Hands. Will be a great way to spend Valentine’s Day.

Lovefest 2010

Sunday, February 14th 2010 – 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Join us for a relaxing musical evening for Valentine’s Day

Performances by:
William & Jennifer
Joseph & His Brothers
Jill Christmas

Champagne donated by Mockingbird Events
Chocolate Covered Strawberries donated by the Parlor

BYOW! Bring your own bottle of wine. Show your ticket to Downtown Wine & Liquor Store and GET 10% OFF your purchase for this event.

Pillows and candle light provided!

Everyone Welcome! Singles and Couples

Tickets may be purchased at Gypsy Hands.
$10 in advance, $12 day of event

For ticket purchasing and event information
please call us at 865-522-5829 or email us at

Slow Foods Knoxville Fundraiser

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The Appalachian Pantry Dinner
Saturday, January 23rd, 7pm until 10pm
Ironwood Studios
119 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville
$75 per guest, $60 for Slow Food members
To purchase tickets visit:

In keeping with the Slow Food ideal of good, clean and fair food, Chef Matt Gallaher will prepare this dinner with ingredients nearly exclusively sourced from the surrounding counties. Even in the dead of winter, while the garden slumbers, the Appalachian Pantry allows us to eat locally.  And eat well at that! The Meal will feature some of the area’s most celebrated farms and producers. Allan Benton’s amazing Tennessee Bacon, Laurel Creek Farm Pastured Meats and Cruze Farm Buttermilk will be paired with Southern wines and Shady Grove Mead. Music for this special evening will be provided by Mitch Rutman.

For more info:


Friday, January 15th, 2010

Putting the Dickens into the Christmas Pudding: Renewing Holiday Culinary Traditions

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Join Slow Food Knoxville:

Putting the Dickens into the Christmas Pudding: Renewing Holiday Culinary Traditions
Saturday, December 19th, 3pm until 6pm
The Glowing Body
711 Irwin Street, Knoxville 37917

Does Plum Pudding really have plums in it — what exactly is mince-meat — is Turkish Delight legal in the US? Join Slow Food Knoxville for an afternoon of culinary history and holiday cheer as we learn to make the chef d’oeuvre of the holiday feast: the grand dame of the Christmas table. . . Christmas Pudding!  We will create and taste steamed puddings of all sorts and explore the merits of different fats: suet, shortening, butter and duck/goose fat in recipes as well as both sweet and savory applications of the steaming-in-a-mold technique. In addition guests will learn to make a hard whiskey sauce and master the technique of lighting your pudding ablaze before serving — while doing minimal damage to your home and guests.

The class will be led by Haesel Charlesworth, culinary adviser for Gourmet Foodservice Group and former director of the preservation kitchen at Blackberry Farm. While we wait for our puddings to steam we will sample homemade egg nog, made with local cream and eggs and regionally produced whiskey and rum. Cheers and see you there!
To purchase tickets please visit :

Street Food!

Monday, December 14th, 2009


Pictures below from Street Food fun!! Thank you to everyone who was there and all the people behind the scenes who made it happen. From light epiphanies to fuses blowing to frying genius, it was a true team effort. The evening was great and only fell apart a bit at the end when someone asked if there was a skateboard and instead we busted out the super tall bike…

P1000920Planning on Friday. Laying out the tables and space on paper.

The quiet before people arrived.

The quiet before people arrived.

Bitter awesomeness at the bar.

Bitter awesomeness at the bar.

Souvlaki and Arepa table.

Souvlaki and Arepa table.

Turns out funnels provide endless options for food, lights, and general fun.

Turns out funnels provide endless options for food, lights, and general fun.

Salami Sno Kones.

Salami Sno Kones.

The space from outside.

The space from outside.Action.

And we are officially falling apart. Or falling off, the bike.

And we are officially falling apart. Or falling off, the bike.