Chattanooga Market-goers will get an opportunity to support the United Way by bringing in school supplies for their annual Stuff The Bus drive on Sunday. Last year, approximately $16,000 in school supplies was collected at the Market.
All supplies and proceeds donated benefit the Hamilton County PTA's Teacher Supply Depot. This year's goal is to increase Market donations to $20,000 in supplies. The Stuff the Bus Drive ends Oct. 31 and the collection goal for 2013 is $50,000 in supplies.
The day will be a kid-friendly event for the entire family. Approximately 14 United Way partners will have booths set up throughout the Market with children's games, arts, crafts and healthy activities for children and their families to enjoy. Parents can also sign their toddlers up for free books and learning check-ups. Every child who completes a learning check up at the market that day will receive a free family pass for six to the Creative Discovery Museum.
Live music featured on the EPB Stage will be Jacob Johnson at 12:30 p.m. and Roxie Randall at 2 p.m.
Sunday's Five Star Food Fight event had crowds gathered around five local chefs competing for this year's bragging rights. Each chef was challenged to prepare a judge-wooing entree of fresh bison (provided by the Market's Eagles Rest Farms) using only the fresh ingredients from Chattanooga Market. Emcee, Kelley McCoy of KZ106, kept the audience up-to-speed on the preparations as chefs worked diligently within the one hour time limit.
In the end, Blacky Smith of Blacksmiths Bar & Grill was declared the first place winner with a garlic oregano-marinated ribeye bison served with fresh goat cheese, black pepper, fresh basil and olive oil, a side of butter and coffee sautéed ruby queen corn along with black pepper grilled peaches.
Other participating chefs preparing gourmet entrees were Charlie Loomis of Elemental, Nathan Flynt of Famous Nater's World Famous, Brad Grafton of Enzo's Market and Buck Olgelsby of Back Inn Cafe.