October Loving Spoonful Fundraisers for Childhelp Tennessee

Loving Spoonful fundraisers raise awareness of child abuse in East Tennessee

Join us each Tuesday in October as we host fundraisers to support victims of child abuse.  A portion of the proceeds from all food and drink sales generated during lunch and dinner at both Tomato Head locations goes directly to Childhelp Tennessee.

“Childhelp is thrilled to be partnering with our Friends the Tomato Head this October, said Hugh Nystrom, Director of Childhelp Tennessee. “I know Mahasti and Scott are committed to making Knoxville a safer place for children and we are grateful for their support.”

In 2013, Childhelp Tennessee investigated 1370 allegations of child abuse. By providing all services necessary to investigate abuse under one roof, they reduce secondary trauma to the child producing more reliable cases against the perpetrator so the child never has to experience abuse again.

“One of our target areas for Loving Spoonful partnerships is groups that work with children. Childhelp Tennessee provides crucial services to children who desperately need those services,” said Scott Partin, co-owner of The Tomato Head. “Because of the professionalism, thoughtfulness and thoroughness of the Childhelp program many kids have the chance to recover from terrible situations. We are honored to help on that process in any way we can.”

For more information or interviews, please contact Hugh Nystrom, Childhelp Tennessee Director, at 865-637-1753 and hnystrom@childhelp.org, or Michael Kuczmarski, The Tomato Head’s Marketing Director, at marketing@thetomatohead.com and 865-850-2318.

About Childhelp Tennessee

Since 1995, Childhelp’s East Tennessee Chapter, with the help of several community members and organizations, has served as an advocate for frightened and fragile victims of child abuse and neglect through two primary programs – the Children’s Center of East Tennessee and the Childhelp Foster Family Agency of East Tennessee. The Children’s Center provides all the services necessary to treat and investigate child abuse under one roof – medical personnel, law enforcement, child protection investigators and mental health professionals. The Childhelp Foster Family Agency of East Tennessee provides case management, foster homes and foster-to-adoption placements for children who are in the state foster care system. The program has been recognized as having one of the highest adoption percentages of any agency in the state of Tennessee.

100 Reasons to Stay in Knoxville. Or, 11 really, really good ones.

Travis Gray’s good-natured goodbye to KnoxVegas in this week’s Metro Pulse story “100 Reasons to Leave Knoxville” got us thinking about all of the reasons why we stick around.

Is it the kudzu? Traffic on Kingston Pike? The views from House Mountain?

It’s hard to pick just one so here are a few close to our heart. What are a few of yours?

  1. Tomato Head redecorated.
  2. We still have 3/4 of the Urban Wilderness Trails to bike.
  3. We’re still waiting on the dome for Market Square.
  4. Man, Vestal, you know?
  5. We’ve got Hooters AND Twin Peaks.
  6. The only place where the interstate bypass comes right back downtown.
  7. All of the kudzu south of the river.
  8. Your boss has a nervous breakdown when it “snows.”
  9. Where else are so many children named Peyton?
  10. We’re not sure of the legalities with quarry swimming but we do know you can keep any roadkill you find.
  11. Gay Street has, like…Pioneer House.

If you missed Travis’ article, click the photo for his list of reasons for leaving. We wish him good luck and we’ll always save a place for him on The Couch.

Tomato Head’s Tex Mex Featherbed Eggs

6 cups cooked cornbread from your favorite cornbread recipe

4 Green Onions, sliced

1 Poblano Pepper, cored and diced

1 ½ cups Andouille Sausage, sliced

2 cups Shredded Cheddar

2.25 cups Milk

3 Large Eggs

1 tsp Salt

And additional 1.5 cups of shredded Cheddar for topping

Dice or tear the cornbread into 1 inch pieces and place in a large bowl.  In another small bowl mix the milk with the eggs and salt.

Add sliced green onions, diced poblano, Andouille sausage and cheddar to the cornbread and toss well to mix. Pour the milk mixture over the cornbread mixture and toss until all the cornbread is covered and absorbing some of the milk.

Pour the cornbread mixture into a 2 quart greased baking dish or cast iron skillet. Top with another 1.5 cups of shredded cheddar. Place a piece of Saran wrap directly on top of the cheese and then place a pan the same size as the one you used on top of the saran wrap, and weight it down ( you can place a few cans or some items from your fridge on top). Leave the eggs refrigerated overnight.

The next morning, remove the weights and the Saran wrap. Place the eggs in a 350 degree oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until top is browning and an instant read thermometer register 160 degrees.

Let the eggs cool down for about 5 minutes before serving.

Flour Head Bakery’s Appalachian Trail Mix Cookies

Each week in Metro Pulse, contributor Benjamin Pounds explores often overlooked trails located outside of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Quite a few are around an hour’s drive from Knoxville making sure you spend more time on foot exploring abandoned farmlands or admiring mountain views than being trapped in the gridlock that sometimes overwhelms a trip to the Smokies.

Whether headed west to the Black Mountain section of the Cumberland Trail or north on I-75 to Cove Lake State Park in Cumberland County, it’s important to bring food that travels well and doesn’t add too much weight to your pack.

While out on the trail, Mahasti’s Appalachian Trail Mix Cookies are the added sweetness (white chocolate chips!) and crunchiness (Flour Head Bakery Honey Almond Granola!) your hike needs.

Take these cookies on your next outdoor adventure and share photos of your gang on Instagram with us. We’d love to see the satisfied faces after a few hours in the woods.

FHB Honey Almond Granola is available at both Tomato Head locations as well as Butler and Bailey Market, Kroger Bearden, and Three Rivers Market.

1 stick unsalted butter

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 ¼ cup all purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

2  cups Flour Head Bakery Honey Almond Granola *

1 cup dried cranberries

½ cup white chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.

In another bowl mix together the flour with cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and mix well until everything is well combined.

Add the granola, dried cranberries and the white chocolate chips. Mix the batter until the ingredients are mixed in well.

Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving 1-½ inches between each ball.

Bake the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 12 – 14 minutes or until they are golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool.

The Moore Family Folk Art – Catch! – A Three State Junk Art Tour

Alan and his daughters Isabella (age 13) and Emma (age 11) have been creating their iconic bottle cap fish for their junk art tour they call “Catch!” – inspired by their two home states of Florida and Colorado.

Recently the Moore’s went “paintless” in their folk art bringing all the color to their work through the medium of vintage soda/beer cans and bottle caps.  The Moore’s new palette includes over 4000 soda and beer cans to choose from, all dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.

Their studio also boasts of having over 60,000 neatly organized bottle caps-vintage and modern, domestic and international.  It is not rare for Alan or one of the girls to make a fish with caps and cans from Germany, Russia, Canada, Thailand, S. Korea, the US and several other countries.

Alan, who began making upcycled art as a child, began involving his children in his art world five years ago.  Isabella and Emma have gone from helpers at art festivals and in the studio to budding artists selling their own art across the country.  The girls also teach recycled art classes to kids their own age.  Isabella and Emma are now fully engaged in what the Moores call “The Moore Family Folk Art.”  Alan’s boys, Aidan (8), Liam (6), and Kian (3), are great helpers and are starting to dabble in the folk art world.

The tour’s final stop will be at The Tomato Head in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The Tomato Head owner Mahasti Vafaie found the Moore’s folk art bottle cap fish online and reached out last year about the fall 2014 exhibit.  The Moore’s art will be on display in Market Square until October 4, then it will move to 7240 Kingston Pike  from October 7 to November 3.

You can find all about the Moore’s art at:  www.floridafolkart.com and www.coloradofolkart.com

Find Us on Facebook

One way to keep up with all things Tomato Head and Flour Head Bakery is to find us on Facebook. We’ll let you know about upcoming events in Market Square, where you can purchase Flour Head breads, bagels and buns as well as participate in ticket giveaways to music events like Tennessee Shines Radio Show and Scruffy City Roots. For all things food and entertainment in Knoxville, turn to us on Facebook.

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