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 Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This time, I sit down with Christine "Crunk" Nguyen, the lady behind Mama Crunk's Pies bakery, based here in Chattanooga. She tells us about her background in culinary school and the restaurant industry, how she ended up with a pie-baking business, her favorite flavor combos and more. She even dishes on her first store front location, the Common General, coming later this year! And most importantly, she teaches me what pho is—and I'll be trying it ASAP.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Let's get social:

Follow Mama Crunk's Pies on Facebook and Instagram @mamacrunkspies. Be sure to follow Common General on Facebook and Instagram, too, for updates on opening and events.

Follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson. The Nooga Belle is also on Facebook and Instagram. Check out Kate's blog, A Thought and a Half, too!


It's (almost) one of my favorite weeks of the year — Chattanooga Restaurant Week (July 9-15)! My friend Shawanda of Eat Drink Frolic has joined me again to discuss this year's Restaurant Week lineup and why we're so excited for Restaurant Week. We also talk about why Chattanooga Restaurant Week is a big deal and why you shouldn't miss it.

Thanks a bunch to Chattanooga Magazine for putting on Restaurant Week each year and giving us a reason to eat out. Y'all can check out the full lineup of participating restaurants here, and get a sneak peek at some of the special menus. Restaurant Week runs July 9-15, 2018.

Don't forget to follow Shawanda on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @eatdrinkfrolic.

Follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson and @thenoogabelle, and check out her blog, A Thought and a Half!


On this episode, local bartender and self-proclaimed "alcohol enthusiast" Toby Darling, aka The Gypsy Tippler, joins me to talk about all things craft cocktails, bartending and beverages. He tells us about his history in the food & beverage industry, in Chattanooga and beyond. He shares some of his best wisdom from bartending, why he loves what he does, and gives us some insight into DIY infusions and bitters. 

Thanks so much for listening! Now let's get social:

Follow Toby's adventures on Instagram @thedarlinglife and @thegypsytippler. Be sure to check out his website for recipes, travel stories, events and more.  

Follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson and Twitter @kate3robertson. The podcast is on Facebook and Instagram @thenoogalbelle, too! 


In this episode, my dear friend Shelly Ayers—who y'all met in episode 02—is back with me and talking about all things baking! She's been working on some really sweet stuff since her last appearance on the show, including Simply Southern Confections cake-baking business and a cookbook. 

Shelly peppers in some of her best baking tips and tricks, shares some of her favorite treats to bake, and explains why cakes are such special gifts for friends and family. And lastly, she tells us about the wildest thing she's ever created... and it was as crazy as it sounds. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Now let's get social:

Check out Simply Southern Confections on Facebook and Instagram. Stay tuned for the website launch later this summer! Follow Shelly on Instagram at @shellybelle9.

Follow Kate on Twitter @kate3robertson and Instagram @hellokaterobertson. The Nooga Belle is on Facebook and Instagram @thenoogabelle. Lastly, check out Kate's blog, A Thought and a Half.


In this episode, I'm joined by Tim Hinck: classically-trained musician, composer and wine enthusiast.

Tim takes us on his journey with music, from his very first piano teacher, to his graduate degree in The Netherlands and back to Chattanooga. He also tells us how his passion for wine led him to starting the Chattanooga Tasting Club and sharing his passion and knowledge with those around him. It's all in the name of making wine more approachable and opening up to new tastes.

And of course, Tim pours a couple of his favorite sips: a smooth Vermouth and a crisp Italian white wine. Check out pictures of these on Instagram @thenoogabelle!

Thanks so much for listening! Now let's get social:

Follow Tim on Facebook and Instagram @timhinck for updates on his concerts and events. Check out the Chattanooga Tasting Club on Facebook and Instagram @chatastingclub for more information on upcoming tastings, dinners and special events. 

Check out Kate's blog A Thought and a Half, and follow her on Instagram @hellokaterobertson.


I'm back at Chattanooga Brewing Company and joined by Tom Halsall, Chattanooga Football Club goalkeeper and fan favorite, better known as Tommy Salsa to many. 

Tom takes us back to his childhood playing football in England, through his college career and all the way up to his CFC days. He gives us a real honest glimpse at what it's like to be a goalkeeper and throws some serious love at the Chattahooligans. 

As usual, the Chattahooligans bring their A-games with some fan-submitted questions for Tommy Salsa. And anything goes: from penalty shootouts to World Cup predictions and karaoke songs. 

We've also got a special giveaway to a lucky listener! Stay tuned to The Nooga Belle on Facebook and Instagram for more info on that.

Thanks so much for listening! Now let's get social:

Follow Chattanooga Football Club on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for match updates and information, and to get to know the players. Check the website for the season schedule and tickets.

Give Tommy Salsa a follow on Twitter and Instagram and show him some love there!

And lastly, follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram, and give the podcast a follow on Instagram. 


Double digits, y'all! For the 10th episode, my good friend William Glass is back, and he brought along his friend, local comedian Donnie Marsh. Donnie fills us in on the fast-growing comedy scene in Chattanooga, including all the regular shows AND gives us an inside scoop on the Lookout Comedy Festival, coming in October!

In between all the comedy talk (and plenty of laughs), we talk about reaching out to people on LinkedIn, the best burger in Chattanooga, and I educate Donnie about the different varieties of barbecue. 

And most importantly, Donnie shares the best pieces of advice he's gotten throughout his comedy career, that could really be applied to any career in any industry. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Now let's get social:

Like/follow Comedy 423 on Facebook to stay up to date on all things comedy in Chattanooga. Follow Lookout Comedy Festival on Facebook, too, and hit up their website for more information and updates.

Follow Donnie on Instagram @donniethemarsh, and check out Chatt Talk Tonight on Facebook and Instagram @chatttalk.

Follow William on Twitter and Instagram: @williamlglass on both!

And lastly, follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson and Twitter @kate3robertson. Check out her blog A Thought and a Half, and don't forget to follow the podcast on Facebook and Instagram @thenoogabelle!


On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by local food blogger and social media specialist Jodi Lawrence. By day, Jodi creates beautiful content for a well-known local brand. By night and weekend, she’s crafting up equally beautiful eats, outfits and travel inspiration for her blog, The Fashionable Foodie. We chat about blogging, staying loyal to your passion but also knowing when to pivot (insert FRIENDS joke here), our favorite eating spots in Chattanooga, pasta and a festival you will only find in Tennessee.

Thanks so much for listening! Now let’s get social:

Follow Jodi on Instagram @the_fashionablefoodie. Don’t forget to check out her blog, too!  

Follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson and Twitter @kate3robertson. Check out her blog A Thought and a Half, and give the podcast a follow on Instagram @thenoogabelle!


Welcome back to The Nooga Belle Podcast, y'all! In episode 8, I'm joined by Shawanda Mason-Moore of the Eat Drink Frolic food and lifestyle blog and co-founder of The Chattery, a local non-profit geared toward fun, accessible and affordable adult education.

In our conversation, Shawanda and I discover that our blogging journeys are quite similar—creative outlets that evolved into passion projects. We also discover that we actually met two years ago and had completely forgotten until this episode. #ThatsSoChattanooga. Most importantly, we talk about making life easy and fun, the value of accessible and affordable adult education, keeping your intention, and just living your best life. 

And of course, there's lots of food talk. Shawanda even divulges how to judge a food competition when you don't like the subject, and tells us her favorite food to write about. 

Thanks so much for listening! Now let's get social:

Follow Eat Drink Frolic on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stay up to date on The Chattery's happenings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check out their class schedule on the website.

Follow Kate on Instagram and Twitter, and check out her blog. You can follow The Nooga Belle Podcast on Instagram now, too!


It’s lucky episode 07 and y’all, it’s a good one. I’m joined by Chattanooga music sensation Nick Lutsko—a.k.a., the guy with the puppet band. Nick takes us through his career, from day one in middle school to his latest single “Grinning Like a Barracuda.” We also discuss the Chattanooga music scene’s bright future, and Nick gives us the inside scoop on his upcoming album, Swords. Oh, and of course we talk about puppets.

Thanks for listening to The Nooga Belle Podcast! Now let’s get social:

Follow Nick everywhere on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. He’s also on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and pretty much anywhere you listen to music. Be sure to check out his collection of songs for SuperDeluxe, too!

Follow Kate on Instagram @hellokaterobertson and Twitter @kate3robertson. Check out her blog at You can now follow The Nooga Belle Podcast on Instagram @thenoogabelle, too!


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