Umphrey’s McGee

If you’re strolling along Gay Street on a hot August Knoxville Sunday and get the jones to jam out to some live music, Chicago’s Umphrey’s McGee is your ticket. Known for their funky rhythms and vibrant light shows, and performing a wide…
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Rules of the Road

Dear Knoxonomist: In Washington, DC, my hometown, the drivers are aggressive and awful. You have to sink to their level and act like a crazed maniac just to merge onto the beltway. When I moved to Knoxville, I thought things would be…
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Danny Wilhoit

Entrée: Pork Two Ways, with gumbo and traditional potato salad. Dessert: Guava Turnover, with cream cheese ice cream and guava sorbet. Danny Wilhoit grew up on a farm in Campbell County, where at an early age family members were required…
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Frank Aloise

Entrée: Braciolini di Manzo, con Couscous di Cavolfiore: Braised stuff beef rolls, with roasted cauliflower couscous. Dessert: Orange and White Cassata Cake, with blood orange gastrique and cardamom-dusted pistachios. For Frank Aloise, it…
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Matt Gallaher

Entrée: Cavatelli alla Bolognese: “little hollows” pasta with Ragú Bolognese of Mitchell Farm beef, Strauss veal, and Heritage Farm pork, with San Marzano tomatoes and pecorino Romano. Tie-3rd Place Dessert: Butterscotch Budino: creamy…
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Mark Davis

Entrée: Milk Braised Pork over sage parmesan polenta, with sautéed romaine and a pine nut gremolata. Tie-3rd Place Dessert: English Sticky Toffee Pudding. Mark Davis got his start in the field while at college in North Carolina: serving,…
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Curtis Bates

3rd Place Entrée: Farm-raised Rabbit wrapped in Applewood bacon over parmesan risotto, with caramelized fennel root infused in fennel oil. Dessert: Bacardi Rum Baba, with vanilla bean whipped cream and fresh, mint-infused syrup. Curtis…
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Carol Scott

2nd Place Entrée: Crispy Asian Pork Belly, with vanilla-scented celeriac, parsnip purée and Asian slaw. 2nd Place Dessert: Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, with vanilla crème anglaise and a spiced rum sauce. For Carol Scott, the performative…
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Kyle Russell

1st Place Entrée: Lavender Seared Yellowfin Tuna with fire-roasted brussels, edamame aioli, and hemp seed. 1st Place Dessert: Reeve honey pistachio and pomegranate Panna Cotta with bee pollen and milk crumbles. Kyle Russell’s background in…
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