Top Chefs

Nearly 300 guests braved a chilly, rainy evening in late March to arrive for the 11th annual Top Chefs event. The wine was flowing, the food was prepared to perfection, and silky jazz from the Larry Vincent Trio filled the venue. For the…

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…

Gordon Fowler

For every artist, there is a defining moment when a hobby moves to a passion—for Gordon Fowler that moment has continued to resonate with him. Starting as a stay-at-home dad who put together birdhouses in his free time, Fowler has grown his…

Food Safety

In 1906, Upton Sinclair published The Jungle, a book that showed the dirty underbelly of the meatpacking industry in Chicago at the turn of the 20th Century.  The book catalogs in gory detail the deplorable and unsanitary conditions of the…

East Tennessee Whitewater

Some of the best whitewater in the country is right here in East Tennessee. Indeed, four great rivers for whitewater adventures are easy day trips from Knoxville. The Pigeon River near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge; The Ocoee River east of…

Trust Me

Have you ever noticed that the most trusting people are often the most trustworthy, and that the most untrustworthy people often don’t trust others?  One of the more shocking realizations my clients make is when they realize that they may…

Cellphone Celia

Dear Knoxonomist: Are smartphones smart? — Celia Powell, TN Dear Cellphone Celia: Much as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the smartness of smartphones is in the mind of the user. “Smart” implies some decision-making…

The Post-Election Walking Dead

The crowd is gathered as The Walking Politically Dead conducts his funeral march across the room. When TWPD mounts the scaffold - or rather, stage - there are a few calls from the crowd, but the mood is mostly somber.  At times, there is…

Concerts on the Square

The City of Knoxville’s Concerts on the Square runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 8 through June 28, and Tuesdays from July 3 thought August 28 in Market Square. The series was designed to provide a lower-key replacement for the…

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…