Sevierville Commons Art Crawl 2017

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It was a warm, glorious evening at the Sevierville Commons Art Crawl last week. It is the primary fundraising event so we look forward to it all year. With a wood-working art theme, the event was like a relaxing stroll with food and drink. Stroll along here with us to see what we enjoyed during the Art Crawl 2017.

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This was our first sight on Bruce Street. XXX Moonshine has two locations: Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley. They have a great tent and their vendors are fun to talk to. In addition, Tennessee XXX Moonshine has collaborated with Dark Horse comics, creator of the Hellboy character in print and movies, to produce Hell Boy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey. To find out more, click the link below. Amazing things happening with this local distillery.

https://www.send2press.com/wire/hellboy-hell-water-selects-xxx-distillery-llc-of-sevierville-and-pigeon-forge-tennessee/

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Around the corner, we found delights from one of our favorite downtown restaurants: Bistro 109. Owner, Dustin Manning, brought our favorite items on the menu: orange-cranberry chicken salad, hummus with cucumber slices, and sweet potato fries. The table presentation is always beautiful.  We came back for dinner here later. Divine!

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Stefanie Johnson greeted us at the main table and helped us to get acclimated to the event.  We bought our tickets in advance at Citizens National Bank. (I got mine at the Kroger branch because they are open until 7:00 p.m.) After giving her the tickets and showing ID, we received wrist bands and began the evening.

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Next, we ran into Sevierville Commons Arts Council member, Andrea Wilson. I was delighted to see her in this top because we were both wearing Cabi! She knew that and gave me quite a surprise. Fun!

Friday’s restaurant had a nice  treat. I think that it was Jack Daniels chicken. The servings were generous. We also got a coupon for a free appetizer. Good deal!

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Sara serves treats from Courthouse Donuts. Get ready for some new things on the menu there!

Mom’s Vintage Kitchen offered her home-made pumpernickel bread and pimento cheese with a home-made puff. It was probably the best bread and pimento cheese that I have ever had. There were about 5 different kinds of cheeses in that pimento cheese. Oh my!

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Art Crawl attendees enjoying the evening as the sun went down.

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We are always glad to see Healthy Balance at local events because we know that they will bring something good for the body. Skewers with tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese were a great appetizer.

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David Elrod’s friendly smile always attracts attendees to his tent. His presentation and products always contribute to an enjoyable experience.

Old Forge brought several treats. It is apple time!

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Karen and I inspected the beautiful workmanship in the bowls. They were so smooth and lovely. Woodworking artists Roger Jessup, Ralph Obenauf, Otto Preske, and Jackie and Janis Proffitt were available to answer questions about the items and the craft.

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Old Forge Distillery entertains and refreshes.

We were most impressed with the woodworking items from the Sevierville Senior Center.

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Our favorite item was this piece of wood with a photograph transposed on it. I would love to learn to do this technique. What a magnificent keepsake. The sunset is reflected in it.

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The Shantons enjoy sunset on Bruce Street during the Art Crawl.

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Sugarlands Distillery always brings delightful refreshment to local events. Indeed, it is always a crowd pleaser.

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I was delighted to run into my  Dominican Republic travel friends, the Conerly family. They enjoyed the evening as the sun set on Bruce Street. Sophia is a member of the Sevierville Commons Association and always has exciting updates to share about the revitalization of downtown Sevierville. Stay tuned!

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I wanted to linger at Charlotte Wear’s gallery, Charlotte’s Bruce Street Creative,  but time was limited so I grabbed some fliers with info about her October activities. Can’t wait to go there and create something wonderful next month!

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Old Smoky Moonshine brought a nice punch type of drink. They were friendly and ready to help us have a nice evening.

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I always enjoy the music and ‘vibe’ provided by musician Ross Paul Heatherly.  Ask him to play some Hendrix and you won’t be sorry!

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Austin Williams and Stefanie Johnson thanked vendors and attendees for supporting the 2017 Art Crawl. In addition, they drew the name for a winner of the art door prize. It was one of the beautiful bowls that Karen and I had admired earlier in the evening.

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Shadows are falling as the sun sets on Bruce Street. Jim McGill sits at the table ready to help attendees.

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The Pottery House Cafe is our favorite place in Pigeon Forge. Shrimp and grits, anyone? Oh, yes!

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Karen found water and tea located at the gazebo. Such a pretty place in the evening.

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It was so nice to have more time at the Art Crawl this year. Rather than 8:00, the event ended at 8:30 this year. It was so nice to relax while watching the sun go down on the courthouse bell tower. Kudos to the Sevierville Commons Association and the Sevierville Commons Arts Council for an enjoyable September event. We can’t wait for the next one!

Plan on attending the Art Crawl next year. It is one of my favorite ways to get out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Barbara Tenney Presents Three Cool Summer Salads at KaTom: July 12, 2017

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Barbara Tenney’s ‘Perfect Summertime Salads’ menu was just in time for the hotter temps   in mid-July. A crowd of 28 people gathered to see the preparation, try the dishes, and take home the recipes. I was so happy to see an old friend there. Come with me as I take you through our evening at KaTom.

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I was so happy to see our friends, Shirley and Milford Blair, pictured right. We worked together for years so it was a great pleasure to see her at the event. Shirley told me that it was her first time at a KaTom demonstration and that she had learned about them from this blog. How happy that made me! Pictured left are Shirley and Milford’s friends, Sue and Harold Ownby. They had the best seats in the house!

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I was delighted to sit with my friends pictured from left to right: Harriet Berrier, Sarah Berrier, Debby Smolnyki, Rose Anders, and Cindy Anders. We are becoming regulars.

The Menu

Ripe Peach and Grilled Corn Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

Shrimp Salad

Burst o’Lemon Muffins

Vanilla Ice Cream

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The secret ingredient to the Burst o’Lemon Muffins is a cup of lemon yogurt. They were divine.

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Barbara at work in the KaTom kitchen. Catch more of her classes at Butler and Bailey in Knoxville and cooking segments on WBIR TV. I have followed her for over 20 years. What a great lady and talented cook/teacher.

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This salad is great for a crowd and requires no cooking. I would NOT have thought about combining peaches and avocado, serano peppers and onion…but why not? It was my favorite dish of the evening. Fabulous!

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Voila!

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The Asian salad blended well with the lemon muffin.

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Barbara prefers Hellmans mayo to any other.

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Shrimp salad is a cool entree for hot summer days.

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Homemade vanilla ice cream was made with a special attachment for KitchenAid machines.

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See how it attaches to the machine. Let it run for 30 minutes, then freeze for 14 hours. You can find these at KaTom Chef Supplies store.

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These ladies came from Knoxville for the event. Mimi and Brenda attended the last session  with Chef David Pinckney, Executive Chef from Cherokee Country Club. Teresa, pictured right, said that this was her first cooking demo. They enjoyed it as much as we did.

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I always meet some new people from Morristown and they often have a link to my sister Suzanne. Today was no exception. Janet Johnson is pictured left. Dene Masengill-Jones, pictured right, was my sister Suzanne’s riding instructor in high school when she was learning to jump horses. Dene still owns and runs Walnut Grove Riding Stables. What a small world!

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Always get your picture with the chef at the end of a good meal. Barbara and I holding a peach, an ingredient in my favorite salad. Some of you may notice that we look like we are on the RHOA. (Wink if you know that reference.)

There are more cooking events to come at KaTom. Follow them on Facebook. Here is a link to their events page.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/KaTomRestaurantSupply/events/?ref=page_internal

See more pictures on my Facebook page for blog pictures. Here is a link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1254469567899261/

If you like, follow me on Instagram. I am smokymountainfoodie .

KaTom cooking demos are one of my favorite ways to get out and about in Sevierville. Save a place at the table for me!

Cherokee Country Club Executive Chef David Pinckney Returns to KaTom With the Best Menu Yet

Always a crowd pleaser, Cherokee Country Club Executive Chef David Pinckney brought it again to the KaTom cooking demonstration Monday evening. His relaxed manner and elegant recipes make for an effortless, gourmet evening. Here is what we experienced during the cooking lesson on Monday, June 26th.

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The first reason that people sign up for this class is chef name recognition. The second thing may be where he works, Cherokee Country Club, because we imagine the food is so good there! The third reason is the menu planned for the evening—and it didn’t disappoint. (Oops…I forgot to get a picture of just the chef so I’ll use the one above.)

The Menu

Gala apple salad with English Claret cheddar, mixed baby greens, apple cider vinaigrette, toasted walnuts and Benton’s 2 year country ham

Boursin chicken with herbed panko bread crumbs

Yukon gold potatoes and mushroom stock sauce

Chocolate Ganache with pecan crust and salted caramel sauce

 

Executive Chef David Pinckney leads the kitchen at Cherokee Country Club after working 25 years at the Orangery. (He started there in high school.) With that kind of professional pedigree, you can bet that he is one of the best chefs in East Tenneessee. When he comes to KaTom, always make sure you reserve a spot!

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This time, I made some new friends at my table. Pictured right is Faye Andrews. I have met her several times and enjoy her perspectives on cooking, restuarants, and travel. She is a delight at these events. New friends, Vickie (pictured left) and Dan Lynch are from Morristown—and, coincedentally, live almost across the street from my sister Suzanne. They also enjoy these events. This is the second time that I have seen them so it was fun to meet them and share their table. Vickie’s sister, Janet Benett, sat beside me. She drove from Greeneville for the event and was a very nice table companion.

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Benton’s two year country ham is ready for the salads.

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These attendees are from Knoxville, Dandridge, and from out of state. They had great seats!

Preparations for the chocolate ganache.

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I was so happy to see my colleague, Nancy Hayes (pictured left), and her daughter, Charlotte Tatum.

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We had a great view from our table as well. Sound and screen technology are excellent so you see and hear everything with no problem.

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There was a moment of excitement when the brandy was ignited. It made quite the impression!

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Mushroom stock sauce.

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More colleagues from Catlettsburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge Primary Schools. Pictured are Denise Barnes, Sami Moore, Sherry Moore, and Rebecca Smock. It was their first demonstration at KaTom and they enjoyed it thoroughly.

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This is an effective way to make salad dressing. I am going to try to make the apple cider vinaigrette tomorrow with my Cuisinart.

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Preparing salads for service.

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The Gala apple salad with English Claret cheddar, mixed baby greens, apple cider vinaigrette, toasted walnuts and Benton’s 2 year country ham. The perfect summer salad.

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Boursin chicken with herbed panko bread crumbs served on top of Yukon gold potatoes and mushroom stock sauce. Divine!

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Preparing the chocolate ganache for service. These were, by far, the largest blackberries that I have ever seen. They came from North Carolina.

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You can probably tell by looking at the picture how rich, satisfying, and decadent this dessert was in each bite. One could never have a better dessert than this chocolate ganache with pecan crust and salted caramel sauce. We could have stopped with two bites…but no one did. It was one of the best desserts that I have ever had at a KaTom cooking event. We applauded the chef.

I enjoy the presentations by David Pinckney for several reasons. First, no matter what preconceived notions you may have about him because of where he works, Pinckney is very friendly and approachable. He is happy to answer any questions and stopped several times so I could take a picture. The executive chef is very comfortable in the kitchen and doesn’t worry if everything is perfect. He works in a ‘flow’ and it is relaxed, laid back, and well timed. Finally, his selections for KaTom demonstrations are rather elegant, but anyone who has some cooking experience could attempt these recipes. It is a nice combination of things and we hope that he returns soon.

If you are interested in KaTom cooking events then look them up on their Facebook page and click under the ‘events’ category. Here is a link. https://www.facebook.com/KaTomRestaurantSupply/

Or, just call them (865) 225-1559.

It is an enjoyable way to get out and about in Sevierville. Save me a seat at the table!

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Farmers Market + Celebrity Canine Visit+ New Art Opening + Visit to United Way Office= A Lively Day Downtown: Friday, June 17, 2017

IMG_3688You may remember my previous story about a visit last Friday from Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and his brother Oakley. I was just walking to the famers market and there they were! Mayor Waters came out to welcome them to the city. I texted Anita that I would be a few minutes late.

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The dogs and their owners spent the week in Sevier County and then did a book signing in Knoxville on Saturday. Such cute pups and well behaved!

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Next, I met Anita at Courthouse Donuts for coffee, but there was there was not much time to chat. By 11:30, time was passing quickly for the market closes at 1:00. We were off to the market.

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First stop, the ‘make-it-and take-it’ booth, sponsored by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council.

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I tried my hand at screen printing a t-shirt. I chose hot pink animal paws on a white T-shirt. There was also a jewelry making table and more. It was free and very busy. IMG_3753

People created a design on their shirt then let it dry while they shopped. This was the last “make-it-and-take-it” opportunity for the year. Council members obtained grants to provide the sessions this summer. If you are a business and would like to help them provide more sessions this summer, just contact the Sevierville Commons Art Council. Here is a link to their website and contact info: https://www.seviervillecommonsartscouncil.org

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These kids loved the ‘make-it-and-take-it’ booths at the farmers market. Look at the necklaces that they made! I admired them and wished that I had time to make one too. Their mother and I do HIIT classes together at NFC.

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We saw our friend, Gina Davis. She had bought a basil plant because some kind of wildlife has been eating the basil at her home.

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A downtown worker taking a break and walking through the market.

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I like this vendor from Grainger County. Always friendly.

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Sophia Conerly, member of the Sevierville Commons Association talking with Jim McGill, Membership Co-Ordinator for the Chamber of Commerce.

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More shoppers enjoying the market.

No music in the gazebo last week. Only the sound of a chain saw working it’s magic.

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I missed the chain saw artist at work, but hope to catch him again in the future. These bears are adorable!

There is a new creative space on Bruce Street and it is good! Stay tuned to my next blog story for more about Charlotte’s Creative Space, by local artist, Charlotte Wear.

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Jim McGill, Chamber of Commerce Membership Co-Ordinator, is happy to see busy vendors and shoppers downtown.

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The plants downtown have never been more beautiful!

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A new restaurant is going into the Fox Building and it is going to be exciting. There will be a back patio, as seen in the drawing posted in this window. This is one of the best restaurants in Market Square in Knoxville, but there is a usually a long wait for a table. It is coming to our town soon. Stay tuned for more info!

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I noticed a new corporate office downtown.

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On the way to another store, Melinda and I ran into Amy Harper, Executive Director of the United Way of Sevier County. Amy asked if we wanted to come up to see their office. And what a nice space it is!

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Amy Harper and Emily Whaley in the United Way office. Emily just chaired the Night at the Derby fundraiser last April. Make sure you go next year!

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In the meantime, get ready for Drums on Dam, part 2 !

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I barely had time to do everything on my agenda so next week I will plan on arriving much earlier to the downtown Sevierville farmers market. It was a busy Friday while we were out and about in Sevierville. See you there!

Barbara Tenney and Randall Jolley Cooking Demonstration at KaTom

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I have been so busy that I am just now finding time to write this story about the cooking class by Barbara Tenney, my culinary hero. She was joined in the KaTom kitchen by Randall Jolley for a meal to remember. Look at what we enjoyed that evening.

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Randall Jolley’s expertise is clearly strong in the grilling department. He showed us how to use one of KaTom’s best outdoor grills. I was amazed that it only uses charcoal; yet, Randall can get the temperature within 5 degrees of where he needs it.

I had never seen a Primo grill and was quite impressed.

Even better, this grill is made in America.

Voila!

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Not sure how I missed getting a picture of the Twice Baked Potato Casserole, but it was unbelievably good.

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The Settlers Beans were actually a complete meal. I’ll make this recipe in the coming weeks.

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We enjoy watching the action from the overhead screen. You won’t miss a thing.

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That was really a lot of food! I was glad that my friend brought 2 to-go boxes.

The piece-de-resistance was the banana pudding. Divine!

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The crowd was mainly from Morristown and Dandridge that evening. As it turns out, Randall Jolley is from Mo’town himself. And his wife, Lisa. In a ‘it is a small world’ moment, I met Lisa Jolley at the end of the event. Turns out that she was my younger sister Diane’s best friend in high school. Currently, the Jolley’s live in the same neighborhood as my other sister, Suzanne. It is certainly a small world at KaTom classes!

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Randall and Lisa Jolley after dinner.

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Always get a picture with your hero!

Barbara is busy cooking in Knoxville at the Butler and Bailey market and does cooking segments on WBIR TV. She caters and does more things than I can list here. When she comes back to KaTom Chef Supplies for a cooking demo in the future then don’t miss it. It will be the best thing about your week. It is one of my favorite ways to get out and about in Sevierville. 

Farmers Market and Downtown Visit: June 2, 2017

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It was a warm June day—perfect for a summer farmers market in downtown Sevierville. My first stop was the booth you see above. The Sevierville Commons Arts Council was conducting two ‘make-it-and-take-it’ sessions, one painting and the other for making old fashioned ‘church’ dolls.

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Crystal Lynn Sharp coaches some young painters at one ‘make-it-and-take-it’ booth.

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Everything is set out and ready to use. So convenient, so step right up!

I took an empty seat at the doll-making session and decide to try my hand at it.  Susan Thacker, doll-maker, explained that they were called ‘church dolls.’

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A long time ago, parents would make toys by hand. A hard, heavy toy could fall on the floor during church and make a loud noise; thus, it was necessary to make something that was quieter. The church doll was made of cloth so it made no noise at all.

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I liked the doll that I made so much that I asked to make one for my niece. I remembered a lot of the steps and made it quickly.

The lady who makes the beautiful bars of soap is back. My friends will be glad to see her!

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Excited to see these!

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Sevierville Commons Arts Council members and artists: Crystal Lynn Sharp, Andrea Wilson, Jill Green, and Bobbi Lovell.

These flowers were amazing. Take some home on a Friday!

IMG_1282The city is doing an outstanding job with the flowers and greenery downtown. The one below is exceptional.

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I stopped by Courthouse Donuts to find them extremely busy for the Free Doughnut Day nationwide. They were hard at work.

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If you go to the downtown farmers market then it is a good idea to stop by other businesses to see what is new. They are open after the market closes at 1:00 and waiting to serve you. With this, I walked just a few doors farther to visit another artist, Bev Gwinn Jones and Two Coyotes Studio.

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It is next to D Garden. I could hear the music next door at D Garden and wished that I had more time to go in. Next time!

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Go up the stairs and you will find yourself in the studio.

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There is so much to see. It is a feast for the eyes and the soul.

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Bev is a well known artist in town. I love the earrings and jewelry. The prices are very affordable too! Look around and find the picture of her with a famous rock star. I won’t tell who it is, but you will have some questions when you find it. So fun!

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This is the store where you can buy the necklace pictured above. I love mine.

As I exited the store, I took a moment and saw no tourists taking pictures with the Dolly statue. The courthouse was looking good in the bright light so I leave you with this picture.

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There will be two more Sevierville Commons Arts Council ‘make-it-and-take-it’ sessions left. Bring the kids and enjoy!

See you out and about in Sevierville at the downtown farmers market.

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Chef Frank Downs From the Buckhorn Inn Astounds Us at KaTom: A Very Special Menu!

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I have heard many people tell of staying, and dining, at the Buckhorn Inn in Gatlinburg and know it must be grand. On Tuesday evening, the fine dining at the Buckhorn Inn was on display in the KaTom demonstration kitchen. What a nice evening with some great people from the Sevierville and Morristown areas. Here is what we experienced.

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I quickly found my place with some good people that I know and work with at SPS.

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I love to sit with these ladies. All love to cook, learn new techniques, and enjoy fine cuisine.

Featured from left to right, Fay Andrews, Teresa Lee, Donna Jones, Harriet Berrier, and Sarah Berrier. What a fun table! I always learn something new from these ladies.

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Enjoying the time before the demonstration are Debbie Smolnyki, Rose Anders, and Cindy Anders.

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Excited to try the menu are Teresa Lee, Karen McNabb, Sharon Huskey, Harriet Berrier, and Donna Jones.

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The pamphlet from the Buckhorn Inn revealed to me that room prices are affordable. In fact, I was shocked to see how much better the room rates are than a room in Nashville, for example. Take advantage of this some day! Here is a link to the inn website. http://www.buckhorninn.com

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Appetizers were a fancy ‘pigs in a blanket.’ It was Andouille sausage, roasted jalapeño and Manchego cheese in pastry. Spicy and delightful. The mustard sauce, pictured at the top of the plate, was divine:  Dijon mustard and heavy cream. You could just eat it by itself.

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Pepper steak and Frisee parfait. You can serve it in martini glasses for panache!

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Voila! Shrimp and chorizo over Three Cheese Grits. Too good to be believed.

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The presentation of the croquette potatoes. I, in fact, have never had a croquette and must have another soon. The sprig of rosemary in the top makes it look like a pear. Wonderful!

We were excited to see a dessert—and that it was chocolate. A Double Diablo Chocolate Ganache cake was awaited with great excitement.

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Out of the oven to cool. Chef Downs showed us how to invert it, thus showing a smooth and beautiful top. What you see here goes on the bottom…as if we cared!

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The decoration technique was fun to watch. Don’t stare at this picture more than a few seconds or the design will seem to move on its own. I think that it is just the light in the photo that causes that effect.

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Raspberry sauce and strawberries to garnish the cake. Unbelievable!

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The final product—a dream on a plate!  The cake was incredibly moist and probably the best that I have ever had. Bravo! We all stood and applauded the meal and expertise of Chef Frank Downs. I can’t wait to go to the Inn some day for dinner. It gets our highest recommendation!

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We enjoyed the evening and got a final picture with Chef Frank Downs before our departures. Karen McNabb, Chef Downs, ‘yours truly’, and Teresa Lee.

Go to the KaTom website or Facebook page to see upcoming events. Here is a link that will take you directly to their event /cooking demonstration bookings. https://www.facebook.com/pg/KaTomRestaurantSupply/events/?ref=page_internal

It is one of our favorite things to do when out and about in Sevierville. Save me a seat at the table!

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Amazing Art Studio in the Smokies!

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Lately, there is fun trend: painting with friends for a relaxing hour or two. As a blogger, I need to learn Photoshop and digital photography skills. Amazingly, there are some studios in our county where you can do these activities. In fact, I found a studio where you can do both, and more! This is the first art studio that I have visited and it impressed me. Here is what I found at the Art Studio of the Smokies. 
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I took the back roads to the Glades, where it intersects with Highway 321 in Gatlinburg. At the traffic light, you barely turn right then you will see Buie’s Landing on the left, location of the Art Studio of the Smokies. This studio is owned by Camille Barton Spires, an artist from Augusta, Georgia. Camille has 20 years of teaching experience and is a certified art and graphics instructor. She relocated to Gatlinburg to realize her dream to open her own art studio one and a half years ago.   
The address for the studio is
 1360 East Parkway, Suite 6, Buies’ Landing,
 Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738. 

Here is a link to her website.

http://www.artstudioofthesmokies.com

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It is quite an attractive doorway, as you would imagine. So pretty!

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I admired the comfortable sunroom like waiting area by the front door.

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This is the view from one of the sofas. I can imagine that parents would be happy here waiting for children to finish their classes/projects.

Camille is pictured below on the right. I took this photo at a  Sevierville Commons Arts Council Art Happening last summer. You can make some helpful contacts at those Art Happenings gatherings and learn some helpful skills! Plus, the people are really super nice.

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When I arrived, Camille told me that WBIR Channel 10 had just contacted her to ask permission to film her studio for a segment on Live At Five At Four. I was alternately excited for her and chagrined that I had worn an older sweater in case I was to be filmed. Lesson learned—always dress nicer than you think. It was exciting to know that the station was sending a reporter nonetheless!

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The painting room set-up is excellent. You can see the natural lighting from the big windows and the aisle from which the instructor can stroll and coach students with their creations.

Camille says, “I love teaching art lessons so that people grow confident and develop their own approach and love of art….both locals as well as vacations and school breaks when people can relax and explore new ways to get creative and have some ‘me time’.” She says that the ratio seems to be about 80% locals who visit her studio.

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Look at all the art fun that you can have with friends!
Art parties, art camps, ‘paint and sip’ get-togethers. theme parties, birthday parties, showers, etc.
Art classes work especially well  in groups. Individual instruction may also be scheduled.

 

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An art teacher’s dream setup for materials!

Camille says, “Couples painting is a big hit with dual canvases that go together…for anniversaries and honeymoon memories….and Valentine’s is coming up! Also, personalized paint parties with friends or family painting is a great indoor activity for the winter months. In addition, birthday parties and painting certificates as birthday gifts are growing in popularity.” It is the perfect winter activity.

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Here is a student project in progress. I like the projection on the screen to enhance instruction.

Here are a few student projects.

 

 

The computer lab is upstairs. I was amazed at what I found.

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I was expecting 2 or 3 computers, but this lab can accommodate 8-12 people at a time. This is quite impressive!

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The desktops have a perfect view of the screen which was projecting a slideshow of student projects. We sat down for about an hour comparing Photoshop to Lightroom and which may best suit my needs. Camille guided me through some basic Photoshop points, creating messages and watermarks on pictures. I can’t wait to go back and learn more.

The reporter from WBIR-TV 10 arrived on time and taped quietly in the back of the room during my lesson. It was warm enough upstairs that I changed from the old sweater to my long sleeve black T-shirt. You can only see part of my face in the last seconds of the video shown today so all was well! Click this link to see the WBIR TV segment today on Camille Barton Spires and her Art Studio in the Smokies. The segment is only a couple of minutes, but gives you a good overview of her studio. It is fabulous!

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/five-at-four/studio-appeals-to-artists-of-any-age-and-skill-level/384510680

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Here are some things that you can learn in the computer lab.

  • Digital and computer based instruction in photography and Photoshop
  • Illustration and graphics
  • Compositions and layout techniques
  • Portfolio development

These are listed on the brochure for live sound and digital recording

  • basics for running live sound
  • beginning classes for digital recording
  • instruction on analog and digital consoles

This is an outstanding studio in which to learn, create, and enjoy your time. Call to find an open appointment with Camille. I highly recommend a visit soon.

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Get out and about 

Barbara Tenney Christmas Appetizer Demo Tomorrow at KaTom (It is free!)

Barbara Tenney will be creating Christmas appetizers in the KaTom kitchen tomorrow from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. She will show you how to create a few special appetizers, give you a copy of the recipe, and probably let you sample them. This is all free tomorrow at KaTom. Just walk in and sit at the kitchen counter to see some holiday goodies. I went to her presentation two weeks ago. This is what it was like…

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Barbara Tenney is a well known cook/caterer/instructor in East Tennessee, especially the Knoxville area. She has done cooking demonstrations for years at Williams Sonoma at West Town Mall, and more recently, Butler and Bailey in the Rocky Hill area of West Knoxville. She is frequently featured on WBIR cooking segments and did the Thanksgiving Day turkey demo last year. She has quite a following and we love to attend her classes when we can.

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Two weeks ago, I walked into the KaTom Chef Supplies store and was thrilled to find an open area at the counter. Barbara has a distinct fashion sense and fun to chat with. She told me that she was very busy Thanksgiving Day catering a special dinner in Knoxville. Wish that I could have been there!

She offered two holiday treats a couple of weeks ago: Mexican Mocha mix and Mexican Snack Mix. I include the recipes below because they were wonderful!

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I ended up buying a canister of this in preparation for snow days ahead.

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I got to go behind the counter and get a closer view. May I point out the beautiful countertops with a shiny silver component.

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Here is a better view of the countertops. So nice!

Let me say that the Mexican Mocha was fabulous, with just a little spice. It will be my preferred chocolate drink this winter. Barbara poured a sample into a Christmas gift bag to take home. It would be easy to make as a homemade gift to friends and family as well. Loved the packaging!

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The Mexican Snack Mix was a perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Loved it, but will have to keep my distance. Like Chex Mix, you could really eat a lot of it before you know it.

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Here is view from the inside of the bag. Jump in!

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And the gift bag was ready to go home. Voila!

If you click this link to the KaTom Facebook page then you can see their video of Barbara Tenney making spiced pecans for their Twelve Days of Christmas ideas.

https://www.facebook.com/KaTomRestaurantSupply/

I am not sure which appetizers that Barbara Tenney will be making tomorrow at KaTom, but I don’t care—it is Barbara Tenny! She is amazing and we are lucky to have her visiting us so close to home so we don’t have to fight the Knoxville traffic. She is quite the treasure. It is a great way to get out and about in Sevierville tomorrow. Plus, a way to get some new ideas for Christmas treats.

Save me a space at the counter!

Chef Jeff Ross of Blackberry Farm Cooks Christmas Dinner at KaTom: A Meal to Remember!

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It was the best cooking class of the year! All my friends agreed. We were so thrilled to attend the last class of the year at KaTom, instructed by Jeff Ross of the famous Blackberry Farm. Read on and I will share the delights!

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A cool, damp evening was considerably cheered up by festive lights and regalia at the KaTom Chef Supplies store. I couldn’t wait to get inside!

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Our favorite table was decorated and ready to go. We loved the centerpiece. Here is another view. We certainly missed Harriet and Sarah, but look forward to seeing them next month.

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Little ramekins held good things ready to spread. KaTom sells jars of these: pumpkin butter, strawberry butter, and rhubarb marmalade. So good! One of my friends may have bought some.

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Jeff Ross is a chef at the Blackberry Farm luxury hotel and resort. He was very friendly and glad to answer any questions during the evening. His delivery is comfortable, informative, and humorous. In his introduction, we learned that Jeff started in the garden at Blackberry Farm and now creates wonderful meals in the kitchen as well. “Horticulture to kitchen.” We are glad! He also gave us a lot of tips about cooking that I had never heard before. Also, good restaurants and stores that he, himself, likes to visit. That says a lot.

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We received full recipes at our tables to take home. Here is the special Christmas Dinner menu:

Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Benton’s Sausage and Pepper Jam

Fig Simmered Benton’s Holiday Ham with Fig Mostarda

Steamed Puddings with Tennessee Hard Sauce

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The KaTom cooking demonstration experience is very comfortable and fun. Notice the large screen TV over the kitchen area so every seat has a great view.

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Getting ready.

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Benton’s Holiday Ham.

A good tip for me to remember: slowly simmer the ham in water for a couple of hours to reduce the salt.

A good view from the overhead screen. Preparing the steamed puddings, which he explained would be more like moist cake. Oh my!

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A view from the back of the room during class.

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We were getting excited at this point. Below are the ingredients for the Tennessee Hard Sauce. Divine!

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Brussel sprouts will roast in the oven soon.

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Dinner is served! Barley is on the upper left of the plate to give a winter crunch and balance out the flavors.

The piece de resistance!

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Serve the steamed puddings like this…

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Or this!

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In summary, my friends were delighted with this class and the dinner. In fact, we believe it was one of the best that we have ever had anywhere. When Jeff Ross comes back to KaTom for a demonstration/class then we will be there. This was the best of the year!

It was an extraordinary gastronomic adventure while we were out and about in Sevierville.

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