It all started with a calzone. It was lunchtime. I was hungry. But I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to eat, it was as if I was bored with all the options that surrounded me. I remembered there was a new little restaurant that I'd been passing on Ocoee Street on my way to campus every day. I hadn’t remembered seeing it last semester—it was as tho...

It's exciting to see Knoxville's culinary scene continue to grow. The city is bustling with places to dine, and this week three more restaurants opened. Not far behind are a few eateries still in the construction stage. Simon Hall of Simon Hall Private Chef opened his restaurant Monday. The professional chef is known for his healthy cuisine, someth...

Easing along a one-lane road deep into Smith County's Hackett Valley between Gordonsville and Lancaster, one of the last things a traveler would expect to find perched part way up a steep, verdant knoll would be a marvelous little Italian inn. Yet, with a 20-year vision come to fruition, that's just what retired Florida schoolteachers Tamara Hassel...

The Nashville Metro Council approved a resolution Tuesday requesting that the second Monday of October, often known as Columbus Day, be recognized as Indigenous Peoples' Day. It came after Mayor Megan Barry earlier this week signed a proclamation declaring the day Indigenous Peoples' Day. The council resolution, adopted by a 26-5 vote, carries no b...

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) today announced Stefano Mezzabotta has been named Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Bridgestone Americas. Stefano will be based in Nashville and will report to Bill Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Bridgestone Americas.  In this role, Mezzabotta will be responsible for leading and overseeing the vision,...

The Order Sons of Italy in America, Quattro Eroi Lodge No. 1414, will celebrate Italian Heritage Month with a pasta dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1034 Pond St. The dinner will include all-you-can-eat pasta, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, coffee and dessert. A cash bar and take-out will also be...

The University of Tennessee at Martin will host Luca Bonomi, president of the Societa Dante Alighieri in Siena, Italy on October 2-5. The Societa Dante Alighieri or the Dante Alighieri Society is a society that promotes Italian culture and language around the world. Today this society is present in more than 60 countries. Bonomi became associated w...

Local restaurateurs Danny and Brittany Alcala are aiming to fill a niche with their new North Chattanooga Italian restaurant called Red Sauce. The duo said they aren’t looking to compete with other local Italian restaurants, such as Boccaccia Ristorante Italiano or Il Primo. Instead, they are looking to bring a new style to town. “This is going to...

Sole Mio's closing and the planned local debut of Gino’s East would be the latest shift on Nashville's dining scene. "Food and beverage operators continue to have very strong interest in Nashville and SoBro is the bullseye for many of these operators," said Austin Benedict, a retail broker at CBRE in Nashville. "I think that Gino's would do great t...

Maryville High School tenth grade students set a record for participation in the DAR Christopher Columbus essay contest with more than 60 students submitting an essay, according to Belva Dawson, contest chairman. Participation certificates were presented to 20 students with the top-rated essays. The winning essay was written by Mason Walk, who rece...