KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – From frontier taverns and saloons to upscale dining and continental cuisine and a return to its roots of local eating experiences, Knoxville dining has come full circle over the past 225 years. In a Brown Bag Lecture noon Thursday, July 19, author and historian Paula Johnson will share stories of Knoxville’s dining scene at East Tennessee History Center. The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a “brown bag” lunch. Soft drinks will be available.
Johnson’s tellings will range from the early country music stars in the city frequenting Harold’s Deli while in the city to perform on radio shows; to the 90-year history of fine dining at Regas Restaurant; to guests from around the world dining 266 feet in the air at the Sunsphere Restaurant.
Paula Johnson is the author of “Lost Restaurants of Knoxville” and the founder of Knoxville Food Tours. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
The lecture is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel.
For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit www.EastTNHistory.org.
Cherel Henderson, Director
865-215-8823 | 865-335-0888
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