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The Nooga Belle Podcast

A podcast all about stories of the South, straight from the sources. Hosted by Kate Robertson, the Southern food & lifestyle blogger at athoughtandahalf.com. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This week I sit down with Craig Mobley, pitmaster and kitchen manager of Edley's BBQ. He joined the Edley's team in 2017 and has loved every minute of it. Craig gives us an inside look at what being a pitmaster is like and what makes working with the Edley's family so special. 

Thanks so much for listening! Here's where to follow us online:

Edley's BBQ: Facebook // Instagram // Website

Craig's Instagram: @nooga_pit_master

Kate: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Blog

Podcast: Facebook // Instagram

 

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I chronicled the excitement of my Wine Over Water weekend for all y'all to listen and enjoy! While on the bridge, I chatted with reps from some of the wineries, a couple friends, and even made some new friends. Then on Sunday, it's all about the yoga, brunch and bubbly.

Thanks to everyone who talked with me, and thanks to y'all for listening! If you're already looking forward to Wine Over Water 2019, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and their website to stay up to date on information for next year. 

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Chattanooga's getting a speakeasy, and we have London native James Heeley to thank for it! This week, James joins me to talk about all things pubs, speakeasies, cocktails, football and Earl Grey tea—and that's just the half of it. Most importantly, James share shis vision for his soon-to-open speakeasy, London Calling, and how he hopes to blend his background with Chattanooga's culture. 

Thanks for listening! Here's where to follow us on the Internet:

London Calling: Facebook // Instagram // Website // James on Instagram

Kate: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Blog

Podcast: Facebook // Instagram

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What happens when my friends and I go out to eat—or just go out in public? I capture our shenanigans for all y'all to listen and enjoy. Say hello to "Pinkies Up, B*tches," a new bonus series featuring me and my wonderfully weird friends eating and drinking around Chattanooga.

First up, we hit The 405 Bistro, a new Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown Chattanooga. Since my friends are significantly more cultured than I am, they introduce me to shawarma, baba ganouj, and all sorts of other deliciousness. The rest of the conversation? Well... we're "wonderfully weird" for a reason. 

Thanks so much for listening! Follow The 405 Bistro on Facebook and Instagram, and visit them at 405 Market Street. 

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This week, I've got cold-brew coffee connoisseur Justin Carner, aka Nooga Foodie, with me. He talks about what brought him to Chattanooga from the Chicago suburbs, how his family drew him into the food and beverage industry at a young age, and how he's pursuing a childhood dream of operating a coffee business. Most importantly, we talk about the community that a coffee shop can create and his visions for Velvet Robot Cold Brew and the upcoming Lab. 

Thanks so much for listening! Follow us online here:

Velvet Robot Cold Brew: Facebook // Instagram // Website

Nooga Foodie: Facebook // Instagram

Kate: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Blog

Nooga Belle: Facebook // Instagram

Don't forget to visit Justin at the Chattanooga Market on Sundays!

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Chattanooga's getting another awesome brewery, and this week I sit down with Jake, Nate, Trey and Joe from The Naked River Brewing Company. Jake and Nate tell the story of how NRBC came to life and talk about the types of beer to expect. Joe talks about the food he's bringing to the table alongside the beer. And of course, we throw some love at the ever-growing beer scene and community in Chattanooga and how NRBC will fit in to that. 

Thanks so much for listening!

Follow Naked River Brewing Company for updates on official opening date and more: Facebook // Instagram // Website

Follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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If you're local to the Chattanooga area, you know that one of the biggest and best events of the year is coming up—Wine Over Water! Board member (and fellow food blogger) Jodi Lawrence joins me to chat about this year's weekend of WOW festivities, including the "off the bridge" events, the main event, where your money is going, what to expect and more. We also share our best tips for first-time attendees so you can make the most of your time on (and off) the bridge.

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Check out the Wine Over Water website for more information and to get your tickets. Learn more about historic preservation in Chattanooga on the Cornerstones, Inc. website. 

Follow Wine Over Water on Facebook and Instagram, and don't forget to tag them at the event(s)!

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For my 20th episode, I'm all kinds of excited to sit down with Chef Erik and Amanda Niel—restauranteurs, owners and operators of Easy Bistro & Bar, Main Street Meats and the Scenic City Supper Club. They share the origin stories of all three endeavors, and we talk about the importance of seasonality and the "local" phenomenon of the last 10 years. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Connect with us online, and don't forget to subscribe!

Easy Bistro: Facebook // Instagram // Website

Main Street Meats: Facebook // Instagram // Website

Scenic City Supper Club: Facebook // Instagram // Website

Erik on Instagram // Amanda on Instagram

Kate: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Blog

The Nooga Belle: Facebook // Instagram 

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My guest this week is Jesse Watlington, certified cheese professional and owner of the Bleu Fox Cheese Shop. He tells us how he landed in the world of specialty cheese and what led him to open his specialty cheese shop on Main Street in Chattanooga. We talk about the business of cheese, how he and his colleagues source their products, our favorite pairings, and football... because it's September in Tennessee, after all. 

Thanks so much for listening! Learn more and follow us here:

Bleu Fox: Facebook // Instagram // Website

Kate: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Blog

The Nooga Belle: Facebook // Instagram

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This week, I'm joined by Felipe Oliveira, striker for the Chattanooga Football Club. He talks about his beginnings playing futsal and soccer in his hometown in Brazil, how he first came to the Scenic City and why he decided to become a full-time Chattanoogan this summer. He shares what makes Chattanooga so special and why the 2018 CFC squad will be remembered as one of the best.

Thanks so much for listening! Connect with us on social:

Felipe: Instagram // Twitter

Chattanooga FC: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Website

Kate: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Blog

The Nooga Belle: Facebook // Instagram

This episode was recorded at Cadence Coffee Co. - thanks for letting us hang out and record!

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