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.

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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. 

 

Put On Your Thai at Thai Basil: One of Our Favorites in Sevierville

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This is probably the best Thai restaurant in East Tennessee. Maybe the whole state. If you haven’t visited yet, it is time to put on your Thai and go to Thai Basil in Sevierville.

I recently met friends for lunch as it seems to be our favorite gathering place for that. Here are some of our best recommendations. Enjoy!

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This is something to be proud of.

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(Overlook the glare.)  Others recommend Thai Basil as well.

First, here is a link to their lunch menu on the website. http://www.thaibasiltn.com/lunch.html

For lunch, you can order your choice of a starter, main dish, protein, and level of spiciness. Go with mild if you can’t stand much ‘heat.’

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Start with the lemongrass or coconut soup. I came last winter when I wasn’t feeling well and it really helped a lot.

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Spring roll bliss.

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I always order Pad Woonsen with tofu. The noodles are bean thread noodles and very low carb. It is always an explosion of flavors.

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My friend ordered pork with garlic black pepper.

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I like the decor and usually sense a nice ‘zen’ feeling while dining here.

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The pictures on the wall make you want to travel to Thailand soon.

The waitstaff are excellent. They will give you a warm greeting and seat you immediately, if a table is available. The staff are quick and efficient. The food always seems fresh and cooked perfectly. I recommend getting a mild degree of hotness. Medium is too much for me!

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I could write more, but it is time for lunch! If you are a tourist visiting the area, Thai Basil is a local secret. Take a look if you like this kind of feel. Thai Basil is an exotic way to get out and about in Sevierville.

 

 

Mom’s Vintage Kitchen in Downtown Sevierville

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(This restaurant has moved to a new location. Check their Facebook page for updates. )

A new restaurant opened downtown on April 1st and I finally made it there. You are going to love this new place for breakfast and lunch. Take a look now at Mom’s Vintage Kitchen.

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The restaurant is located on Bruce Street next to 20/20 Optical.

There will be a special each day. I hear that the chicken and dumplings special is most popular.

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The vintage decor is charming and will take you back to another time. There are many different places to sit, both tables and stools.

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My favorite sitting area may be the stools.

Christie Champ started as a baker at the Bee’s Knees. Then, she began selling bread and pastries at the Sevierville farmers market last year. When the building space became open, Champ began remodeling in March and Mom’s Vintage Kitchen was open by April 1st.

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A menu board filled with wonderful possibilities.

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Mom’s Vintage Kitchen specializes in fresh, home-made ‘in-house,’ gluten free products. They also do not cook with oil. In fact, the restaurant is one of the gluten free stops for the Knoxville and Sevierville areas.

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There is a milk-shake bar and ice cream shop there. We love Mayfield’s brand!

Catering is available and they make custom cakes. I took the two pictures below from her menu. I like the ‘doctor’ cake on the left.

As if it couldn’t get any better…they are soon going to add gourmet coffee, espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos!

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My friends have already had lunch here and share great reviews. For example, one friend, Tad Wynn, ate there today and gave the food two ‘thumbs up.’ He reports, ” My ham and Swiss sandwich was exceptional – fresh, homemade bread and plenty of ham! They have daily specials, also. I can’t wait to try the beef stew and chicken and dumpling.” Another friend, Sheley Rose, was very impressed with the food this week and wants us to go meet for lunch there next week. She said that she tried several cookies and lemon is her favorite.

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We have a new place to go downtown now so don’t hesitate to visit this restaurant for breakfast or dinner. It will be a gluten free option for many. See you out and about in Sevierville. 

 

A Favorite Downtown Sevierville Restaurant: Bistro 109 !

Whatever the occasion, I always enjoy going to Bistro 109! To prove it, this story has pictures from at least three different visits: summer, fall, and winter. It is quite a delightful experience. In addition, it won the Diner’s Choice in 2015. Let me tell you more about my favorite restaurant in downtown Sevierville.

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Bistro 109 is located at 109 Bruce Street in downtown Sevierville. Hence, the name. Here is a link to the Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/bistro109/   . In addition, they have a very nice website at http://bistro109.com . The webpage has additional photos and a copy of the menu. Really nice photos!

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Schools were out for flu on Thursday so that presented a rare opportunity to have lunch downtown. I enjoy looking at the specials of the day posted in the window. Tiramisu! Chocolate! Parking is always easy. Usually a space is located in front of the restaurant or not far up the street.

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As you walk in the door, you will see a beautiful Baby Grand (?) piano. Come on Friday and Saturday evenings to hear American standards and other songs played by Brian Whitcomb and Bobby Aiken.

Can you name that tune? This is from last May.

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My favorite part of the restaurant, by far, is the long copper bar. I always find my eyes drifting in that direction. So beautiful.

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Unfortunately, I am a failed blogger as I forgot to take pictures of our lunch yesterday. I ordered the Orange Cranberry Chicken Salad sandwich. It was gone by the time I remembered my camera. I had seen Andrea Wilson at the bar waiting for her lunch order. She recommended the fried okra and told that they serve it year round. I got it for a side with my sandwich and was not disappointed.

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My friends and I enjoyed our December dinner at Bistro 109. One of us ordered a vegetable plate and we all wished that we had ordered it too.

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Breaded fried goat cheese was a delectable appetizer with tomato jam. Will order again and again.

 

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I often order a Cobb salad. The presentation is so nice!

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Karen ordered a pesto pasta dish and some extra cheese. She loved it!

Bread and dipping oil with Italian seasonings. Wonderful.

Bistro 109 offers on and off-site catering. We noticed that  the room was set up and apparently something special was scheduled  for after our visit. Maybe a wedding reception? I’ll bet it was grand.

Here is the back dining room in holiday festive decoration.

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This is one of my favorite places to frequent in Sevierville due to several factors. First, I love the decor and the ambiance because I feel that I have entered a special place. The building is in a historic area of downtown and has great character. Second, the menu offers ‘small plates,’ where you can order some items in a large or a smaller quantity. I rarely see small plates offered on menus so this quite special. Third, the piano music on weekends! Oh my, what a nice touch. Make a request and the talented musicians will surely know the tune you want to hear. Leave a small gratuity to show your appreciation for such artistry. Fourth, it feels like such a special place; yet, you can dress casually if you like. Fifth, the general manager and wait staff are the most professional that I have seen in Sevierville. You won’t find better food and beverage service in the county. Zach is observant, friendly, and has a good sense of humor. He keeps things flowing well. Finally, the owner, Dustin Manning, has kept downtown Sevierville alive in the evenings for years with his restaurant. Dustin is friendly and wants to make sure all customers are happy with their experience. His many talents are evident throughout the restaurant. It is a pleasure to all the senses. You can also see Dustin at his other business, D Garden, in downtown Sevierville. That must be a future blog post this spring!

Here is a link to that business. https://www.facebook.com/DGardenfloratique/

The webpage can be found here for D Garden. Nice!   http://www.mydgarden.com

If you are out and about in Sevierville then follow the sound of piano music and walk into one of the best experiences downtown. You will enjoy your experience at Bistro 109.

Dairy Queen Week 2 Promotion: Free Combo Meals for a Year, November 22, 2016

At the first Dairy Queen promotion last week (for free Blizzards for a year) we learned of another one for this week: free combo meals for a year. The requirement was to be one of the first 100 people to buy a cake at 6:00 a.m. Were there many people in line? Here is what I saw when I arrived at 5:58 a.m.

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The first people in line appeared to be a family and were in great spirits having had little sleep during the evening. I barely got there in time to ask their arrival time in line because the door would open in two minutes. They said that they arrived at 3:15 a.m. to be first at the door. In addition, each one bought a cake; thus each member receives two combo meals per month for a year. This was a good way to maximize waiting time together. I asked if they had a big freezer to which the father responded that he had organized it the night before and there was plenty of room for 4 cakes. Well done!

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I looked at the line and decided that I may make the first 100 cut so I jumped in and was soon this far by 6:05 a.m.

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No one was behind me for several minutes.

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The line movement forward slowed down after a while because they had to bring more cakes from the kitchen. I noticed that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cakes were very popular.

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I chose a cake for my work colleagues called Chocolate Extreme.

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Cake in the break room ready for lunch! (Sorry 10:00 -11:00 friends. I couldn’t get in there in time. Owe you one!)

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However, next time I’ll have to remember to bring little bowls for serving.

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If you want to know what the ticket looks like then here is a picture of it. Who will be my friend in January? I’ll be ready to go!

It wasn’t a bad way to spend 38 minutes out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Small Business Saturday

This Saturday is a good time to shop locally and with small businesses. They are the backbone of our economy. Although I have some appointments on Saturday, here are places I want to visit this week, and through the holidays. I’ll use screenshots here from their Facebook posts. Excellent pics and info.


I want this from Loralei’s!

Jewelry!

A trip to Treasures From the Heart to look for holiday finery.


Then a dinner at Bistro 109.



Have a great weekend! Get out and about in Sevierville.

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Big Kickoff for New Sevierville Dairy Queen, November 2016

There has been much anticipation for the new Sevierville Dairy Queen and the wait is over. It opened this morning at 6:00 a.m. with a big promotion: free Blizzards all year (2 per month) to the first 100 people in line to buy a breakfast platter. Did I make the cut? Read on to see what happened this morning.

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If there is another promotion like this then you may have to park in the Walmart Marketplace parking lot and walk over some curbs, dirt, and grass.

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I could see the line wrap around the back of the building. I didn’t feel good about my chances to be in the first 100 people.

I walked up to the first guy in line (after assuring everyone that I wasn’t cutting line) and asked him what time he arrived to maintain first place. He replied that he arrived  at 8:00 the night before and set up camp, which you can see above. He said that he had camped out once before for a Krispy Kreme promotion and won doughnuts for a year. The next guy in line arrived at 3:15 a.m. to take second place.

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Since I was already there, I counted people in line and found myself to be in the 70s, which made me eligible for free Blizzards for a year. So I thought, “why not?” I jumped in line at 6:00 a.m. and was in the door by 6:35a.m. img_8547

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Will Connell, marketing manager from Murfreesboro, greeted customers and handed out a flyer for a new promotion next week. I’ll show you at the end of this blog. He said they have opened Dairy Queens in Seymour, Sevierville, and White House, Tennessee. There are 10% discounts for military, seniors, and students.

The counter was fast and efficient. They make breakfast to order so I got a number and it was brought out to me within two minutes.

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The coffee is excellent!!! Make sure you get a refillable ‘to go’ cup. You will want one.

Now here is the promotion for next Tuesday…but be aware that this one is different. It could be a little tricky for some people; therefore, I don’t expect the long line that I saw this morning.

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The first 100 customers must buy a DQ cake. Let me repeat…they must buy a cake. See the sizes in the small print above.

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Cake prices vary from $20-30. (I Googled the prices.) However, do the math and you will see that it is worth it. A combo meal varies from $4 to $6.50. You get two per month. For two people, it will be $8 to $13 multiplied by 12 months. That is certainly worth a cake and Thanksgiving is just two days away.

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I think that I will go back next Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m. and predict that the primary school break room will have a DQ cake for lunch! It is a little early in the morning, but a fun way to invite a friend and get out and about in Sevierville all year.

See you at the new DQ!

For more pictures, go to the Facebook page for  blog pictures. Here is the link.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1254469567899261/

 

Not your usual hamburger: BURGERFI

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It was later in the evening and we needed to stop somewhere before the movie. After hearing Christie and Katie describing it at lunch, I knew that we had to go to BURGERFI for a quick bite. Just on the left past Tanger Mall, you can get to Governors Crossing Theater in just 5 minutes—even with traffic. It was the first visit for Lisa, Melinda, and I to the restaurant. Here is what we saw..img_8112

I knew that the prices would be more than a typical fast food place, but was glad to see the sign above and so I didn’t mind it so much.

If you like the drink machine at Fire House Subs then BURGERFI drink machines will suit your fancy. I have avoided soft drinks and diet drinks for a while, but had one here in the name of research. If you choose Diet Sprite then you will have at least 8 possible flavors to add to your drink. Caramba!

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Order in the back, get a ‘buzzer,’ then pick up on the left.

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I ordered a simple cheeseburger, but next time will try the CEO if someone will split it with me.  The ladies at lunch today insisted that this one is the best.  In my opinion, the prices are no higher than places in downtown Knoxville.

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The cheeseburger with a brand on the bun!

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There are several kinds of fries. These are the Parmesan kind. You have to share with someone! Trust me.

Wine and beer on tap.

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The biggest ceiling fan in town.

Now, I will try to clear up one point of confusion for some of us. I thought that the ‘FI‘ in the restaurant name indicated Wi-Fi, but it does not. You won’t get a WI-Fi password here. The menu has a slogan like ‘ the burgerfication of the country, one burger at a time;” to wit, the term ‘FI.’

Frank Allen’s Market is voted the Best Burger in Sevier County and I’ll stand by that. However,  if you want one later in the evening, then this is a good one to try.

Go to the Out and About in Sevierville page on Facebook to see more pictures and the menu.

Click here for the link.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1254469567899261/