Knoxville

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Walking the streets of Knoxville with my husband and two children we discovered we had a difficult decision to make. With so many great options to fulfill our need for something gourmet we finally settled on a place called Knox Mason. It had an interesting selection of farm to table offerings from house made Gnocchi to cured & smoked charcuterie. We ordered the deviled eggs, smoked duck wings and ham croquettes for starters.  The smoked duck wings were a favorite and were gone before I could shoot a photo! IMG_0222

Between the four of us we each ordered something different so we could get a good sample of the menu. Below is the House made Gnocchi with snap peas, arugula and spring pea pesto.IMG_0227

Braised Lamb Shank over polenta.

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Pork blade steak over grits and topped with sauteed kale and house cured pork jowl.

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Cade’s Cove smoked sausage and white bean stew with fennel, carrots and Tennessee chow chow.

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Chef Sean (right) and Josiah

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After dinner we ventured into a back alley to find a back door speakeasy we had heard about. The only way we knew it was the right place was the red light at the back door. IMG_0242

We entered and walked through the long dark hallway to a another door where we were promptly asked for our ID’s. I wasn’t sure what to expect but once inside the door we were pleasantly surprised. It was a small dimly lit room with comfortable pleated leather sofa’s. The room was brimming with people laughing and enjoying mixed cocktails.IMG_0257

Kurt enjoying a Bourbon.

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Amy trying a Vieux Carre.

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We topped the night off with an apertif of Rose’ & Yellow Chartreuse.

 

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