Chef and Teacher John Alunni

One of the basic truths of cooking in the early 21st century is that folks don’t learn it at home as much as they used to. This is foremost in Chef John Alunni’s mind as he guides The Cutting Edge Classroom cooking school in its goal to…

The Joy of Cooking Together

One November in the early 90s, on a generally miserable day when I was hosting a dinner party, I made something fairly intricate for my skills at the time: a Middle Eastern stew full of ingredients unfamiliar to me. The whole meal was…

Downtown

Nearly 29 years ago,  when I arrived in Knoxville in pursuit of a graduate degree, there was a certain celebrated, gritty quality about downtown. A wig shop sometimes seemed the only thing open on a boarded-up Gay Street, and the Old City…

Big Ears Festival

The 2018 Big Ears Festival promises to be the most adventuresome yet. AC Entertainment founder Ashley Capps answered a few questions from Cityview editor Keith Norris on the beginnings of the festival, this year’s lineup, and its place in…

Magical Thinking

When something seems too good to be true, as the saying goes, it often is. But we humans are given to wishful thinking and taking long shots. The odds for winning the lottery are so infinitesimal as to be statistically indistinguishable…

Dont Be Dumb

Tis the season for resolutions. The most prevalent is a self-promise to get in shape. Both Dr. Mark McColl, a physician with Trinity Medical Associates, and Katie Ellis, wellness nurse at VitalSigns, a gym and wellness center associated…

Unity

On the cover of our September/October issue, we featured Phillip Fulmer in his new role as Special Advisor to University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro. We were glad to have him back in an official role at UT. In our…

The Language of Love

Love. It feels like a troublesome topic to tackle—even in February. So let’s begin simpler, with a chair. If I were to set a chair in front of you and ask you to write a definition of it without using the word itself, you might describe…

Happy Holidays

I love Christmas—the music, the mood, the holiday celebrated by Americans in unique and individual ways different from my own. I mean, I don’t hang lights from the gutters, but I’ve seen it done well; I don’t put a crèche out front, but…