In August, Local Corn Is Right Here, Right Now

Monday, August 5, 2013

Starting Monday, and running through the month of August, Gaining Ground will host an online recipe contest, aimed at encouraging cooks to share their recipes using local corn and provide tools for cooking with local food from the Chattanooga community. Gaining Ground Facebook fans will be able to vote for their favorite recipe, with the most voted recipe winning a gift certificate to the Brainerd Farmers Market. This contest is part of the Right Here, Right Now campaign, which focuses on seasonality and celebrates Chattanooga's best flavors.

"We are seeing a busier Farmers Market this summer with new customers seeking out seasonal produce," said Chris Casanova, manager of the Brainerd Farmers Market. "When customers come to our market, they see what's in season, and start to eat according to availability. Accompanied by cooking demos, samples, and farmer inspired recipe cards, the market is not only where one can get to know their farmer and shop for local groceries, but also a place where customers can be supported with educational opportunities."

Along with a recipe contest and farmer inspired recipe cards (available at participating farmers markets), other events around Chattanooga will also celebrate local food:

  • Aug. 9: Farm to Table Cooking Demo at Dish T' Pass, 6:30 p.m.; 302 W. 6th Street, dishtpass.com
  • Aug. 11: Five Star Food Fight at the Chattanooga Market; Sundays, 11 - 4 p.m.; TN Pavilion, Facebook.com/chattamarket
  • Aug. 15:  "Experiencing Slow Food" with Slow Food Chattanooga, 6 p.m., Hunter Museum, huntermuseum.org
  • Aug. 23: Foodstory Dinner with Chef Nathan Flynt of Famous Nater's at Dish T' Pass, 6:30 p.m.; 302 W. 6th Street, dishtpass.com
  • Aug. 31: Local Food Cooking Class with Gaining Ground at Mia Cucina, 6 p.m., 345 Frazier Avenue, theplaceforcooks.com

Visit the provided websites for more information and how to RSVP: Facebook.com/growchattanooga, Twitter: @GainGroundCHA, Instagram: @gainingground;  #CHAlocalfood.


Talus – Feeling A Little Jammed

Well, I got to Chattanooga again so Lois and I took off on another jaunt – this time on the other mountain since I know how Lois just LOVES to go up the mountains. We went up Lookout on Scenic Highway to a place called Talus Bar and Grill. Lois doesn’t think the drive up Lookout is as scary as Signal so she kept her eyes open. When we walked in, we noticed art from local ... (click for more)

Melting Pot Offers Financing To Re-Open Chattanooga Restaurant

The Melting Pot fondue restaurant announced that it is seeking qualified restaurant operators to re-open restaurants in Memphis and Chattanooga. To fuel development, interested candidates can take advantage of The Melting Pot’s new “Path to Grow” program, which provides financing to those who sign a franchise agreement to purchase an existing Melting Pot location in select ... (click for more)

Tennessee Broadband Expansion Bill Sought By EPB Put On Hold For Now

Advocates for broadband expansion in Tennessee, including Chattanooga's EPB, announced Tuesday that efforts to extend community-based fiber optic networks are being placed on hold for now "because there is not enough support among state lawmakers to change a state regulation that prevents the expansion of municipal fiber optic systems." EPB earlier won a ruling from the Federal ... (click for more)

Haslam Adds K-12 Funds In Budget Amendment

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Tuesday unveiled additions to the FY 2015-2016 budget that will be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks, including added funding for K-12. The governor last week met with school superintendents from the largest systems in the state over the issue of state funding for K-12. The next day, the Hamilton County Schools joined ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Look At My April Garden

On this April Fool’s Day, as I take my monthly stroll through my virtual garden, there are gorgeous flowers and there are weeds, which appear to be trying harder than the flowers. So let’s see what we find before searching for “The Prize Egg” on Sunday. A FLOWER to the New York cab driver who told a young writer, “Always remember that everyone you meet knows something that you ... (click for more)