Savor the Fall Season

Growing up, fall meant soccer games and collecting acorns. Starting out in the restaurant business, fall smelled like the burning hickory of the oven at Bottega and working football weekends in Birmingham AL. Professionally, fall was the memorable season when my first restaurant opened. During the fall of 2000, a perfect mix of quality culinary training and joyful disorganization pushed local, seasonal fall vegetables into the market. Well ahead of the national curve, long before there were “locavores” or “foodies,” Chattanooga became a place where it was OK to serve asparagus in October, but ...

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Nathan's Picks for Dining Around the Southeast

The Southeast is filled with a wide array of dining options. From "mom and pop" meat and threes to international cuisine and five star dining- there is no shortage of award winning restaurants to choose from. Here are owner Nathan Lindley's top picks for dining in the South: Bottega in Birmingham, Alabama Bottega has a multi-faceted personality. There is slightly dressy main dining room that is balanced by the slightly raucous café in the other half of the building, with its Pompeii red walls, huge brick wood-fired oven, long bar, and communal table, it is hard not to feel festive here. The c...

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The Best Fried Chicken in the Scenic City

Few Southern dishes have the place of pride at the table as fried chicken. It’s enjoyed throughout Dixie, even in a geographically and culinary diverse region that celebrates shrimp & grits on the Coast, gumbo by the Delta and barbecue in the Carolinas. It has a place of honor on the menus of humble meat ’n’threes throughout the South, as well as gourmet restaurants in the United States’biggest cities who recently discovered trendy Southern cooking thanks to the national farm-to-table movement. Whether prepared by a third-generation cook who is Southern born and bred or by a five star chef who...

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Tasty Accents Add a Worldly Twist to Classic Dishes

The South has always been richly influenced by a variety of cultures. In even the most classic dishes that seem deeply rooted to the region and its cities, there are the flavors of Senegalese kitchens and French pantries, intermingled ingredients and techniques from Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Today it has an even richer set of influences from all over the world. Atlanta’s airport is the busiest on the planet, and its suburbs are now bustling with immigrant communities from all over the globe. There are h’alal shops from Middle Easterners and North Africans, carnicerias from the burgeo...

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Fall Flavors Are Back at Public House!

We think of summer as the season for harvest, but here in Tennessee farmers have their ways of growing fresh vegetables all season long. The flavors and specifics change with the weather, but fall is still a time of bounty, of the last summer produce, sturdy vegetables, and the first winter greens. Few places is this more evident than at Southland Farms, where we source much of our produce. These days our baskets are full of dark green broccoli, sweet sunchokes, soft collard and kale leaves, earthy, rich beets, and golden butternut squash. These are the tastes of autumn in The South, flavors ...

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TasteBuds Tour Teaches Chattanooga Farm-to-Table

We were pleased to sponsor the 2nd Annual TasteBuds Farm Tour along with Lupi's and Community Pie. We really think it's important for people, especially kids, to learn more about how and where our food is grown locally. Farm-to-table matters because fresh food tastes better and is better for you. On some of the farms, the kids got to see cows, goats, rabbits, and bees up close, doing their part to sustain the food supply. Farmers offered up samples of their products and encouraged folks to bring coolers so they could take home artisanal honey, organic produce and meat, ornamental wildflowers, ...

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Chattanooga TN Farmers' Markets Listing

Chattanooga TN Farmers' Markets Listing

Public House is proud to serve fresh ingredients acquired from Chattanooga area farmers like Danny Roller of Barton Creek Farms, Chris of Southland Farms, Pickett’s Ranch, Lee & Gordon Greens, Signal Mountain Farms, and Sequatchie Cove Creamery. We’re fortunate to have several local farmers' markets offering locally grown produce, seasonal fruits, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, preserves, grass-fed beef, honey, and more. Below is a listing of Chattanooga TN farmers' markets in Chattanooga, TN and our surrounding area.  Find a market near you and source local and healthy food options for your ho...

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Fried Chicken: The Ultimate Southern Classic

Of all traditional Southern dishes, fried chicken might be the most iconic. Although fried chicken can be found in other culinary traditions such as Korean and Chinese cooking, when you say “fried chicken” you can’t help but think of the South. Even so, fried chicken is a wonderful example of how many different culinary histories met and blended here to create a new style of cooking. The dish has roots in both Scottish and West African kitchens, and was transformed with new ingredients like bacon fat and lard as it became a true part of the South. Like pimento cheese, fried chicken has enjoye...

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Public House of Chattanooga is Proud To Serve Local Ingredients from Area Farms

A truly local restaurant is about more than where it sources its products—it's also about its involvement in and creation of community, and local entrepreneurship. Yet that's not to say that the ingredients don't matter. After all, local ingredients themselves create stronger communities. Like Catie Cummings Morris wrote for the Main Street Farmers Market blog, "Farming methods have a heavy impact on the quality of the air we breathe, and in turn the health of our community." Foods grown locally, sustainably, and as organically as possible make for better local environments and healthier prod...

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What Does Local Really Mean? Local is Public House, and Public House is Chattanooga

The local food movement has definitely gone main stream, with more restaurants, markets, and groceries than you can count referring to their "fresh and local" fare. You can trace the local food movement's start back to the West Coast in the 1970s, but in reality it's always been around if you know where to look. Local food and emphasizing local business used to be how things were. In America, our parents and grandparents shopped at the local market, bought food from local farmers, and even grew some of their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and more. The businesses in town were run by your neig...

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