A Special Valentine Dinner by Barbara Tenney at KaTom


When I saw that the dinner was by Barbara Tenney,  I called and reserved a spot immediately. What better way to experience a gourmet Valentine dinner than with local celebrity chef, Barbara Tenney. It was a fabulous dinner with a surprise at the end. Here is how it went…


I found my place at a front table with some people from Dandridge and Knoxville. I saw the bag and got rather excited because I had seen Barbara’s Facebook post from the day before and hoped that it would be for our dinner that evening.


Barbara Tenney, pictured left, is introduced by Laura, a manager at KaTom. Notice the TV projection overhead from which to see the stovetop action.

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Tenderloin is prepared for the oven. It was sear- roasted beef tenderloin with cognac-peppercorn cream sauce. Yes, it was as good as that sounds!


Table settings are always a delight at KaTom events.


Prepping the smashed potatoes. A view from above.


The first course: green salad with roasted pears and blue cheese. Divine!


Smashed potatoes with horseradish crème fraîche. You can’t overdo horseradish, in my opinion.


The meal was served with a sign of the holiday. What a nice touch!


Barbara displays the raspberry chocolate puffs before putting them into the oven at 425°  for 18-20 minutes.


Warm from the oven and served with raspberry sauce.


Or, add a drizzle of Ghirardelli chocolate. Bon appetit!


My wish came true because the gift bags held a home-made chocolate covered marshmallow. A special Valentine to take home from Barbara Tenney’s kitchen. What a great gift!


For dessert, we got to create a coffee from the best machine in Sevier County. It made the best latte!

KaTom has more cooking demos planned for the spring so go onto their Facebook page and click ‘events’ on the left menu to see upcoming sessions. It is always a pleasure to anything by my favorite celebrity cook, Barbara Tenney.  I wait expectantly for more. It is, as always, a fabulous way to get out and about in Sevierville. 


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