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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.

Local band Oweda has been playing music together for less than a year, but you'd never know it based on their talent and stage presence. Band members Tyler, Sam, and Casey join me for this week's episode, leading up to their performance on the opening night of Nightfall on Friday, May 3rd. We chat about all things Chattanooga music, their favorite spots to play, Road to Nightfall, and more... and there may or may not be a heated discussion about a popular rapper.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Oweda on Facebook and Instagram, and check them out at Nightfall on Friday, May 3rd, and at Wanderlinger Brewing Co. on Saturday, May 11, with Aaron Carney Band!

They say #ihateher and #shestheworst, but Lynn Tweedie and Melo Russell are two of the most delightful ladies you'll meet in Chattanooga. Lynn owns Neighborhood Barre, located on Tremont Street, and Melo is the fitness director at Kyle House Fitness. We chat about the two different workout methods and styles, and the benefits of having different types of workouts in your fitness routine. Of course there's Enneagram talk, Melo teaches me about macros, and we hear how Lynn handled her Lent challenge.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Check out Neighborhood Barre on Instagram @neighborhoodbarrechatt, and KHF @kylehousefitness. Download the NB and KHF apps to see the class schedule and sign up.

Campbell Station (Seth, Elaina, and Campbell) is a three-piece country band out of Nashville, but their sound is unlike any other country band you've heard. They're driven by unique guitar rhythms and instrumentation, powerful female vocals, and lyrics anyone can relate to. They came back to Chattanooga earlier this month for a show at Puckett's, and joined me for an episode before their show. Seth, Elaina, and Campbell talked to me about their beginnings in music, how they met and started playing together, what the Nashville music scene is really like, their new EP, and some fun upcoming shows.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Campbell Station on Facebook and Instagram, check out their website, and listen on them on Spotify.

This episode was recorded at Frothy Monkey in Chattanooga, TN.

In this week's episode, I reconnected with my friend D.J. Cherry, after stumbling upon her incredible music videos on Facebook. She tells me all about what got her into music in the beginning, which instruments she started with, her goals for 2019, her inspirations, and more. We also discuss guilty pleasures and our favorite Girl Scout cookies... because of course.

Follow D.J. on Facebook @djcherrymusic for new videos, open-mic appearances, and more updates.

What do you want to know about hemp and CBD? Holly Hackler started using CBD several years ago, and is now passionate about educating people about its uses and benefits. She joins me on the podcast to teach me all the things about hemp and CBD: what it is, where it comes from, what makes it different from the not-so-legal stuff, why it's going to be the future of medicine, and much more. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Check out the Scenic City Hemp Co. website to learn more, find new resources, and shop CBD Bio Care products. Follow Holly on Instagram @sceniccityhempco and @cbd.bio.care, too.

Brendan Patrick took one sip of drinking chocolate in California several years ago, and that was all it took. He's now the owner and operator of Belle Chocolates, Chattanooga's first bean-to-bar chocolate company. He joined me to talk about his love of food (and chocolate, of course), what brought him to Chattanooga, his startup process, why white chocolate is the worst, and plenty more. 

If you're craving chocolate after listening, you can find Belle Chocolates around town at Bleu Fox Cheese Shop, Four Bridges Outfitters, Locals Only, Common General, and more. 

Follow Belle Chocolates on Facebook and Instagram @bellechocolates, and check out the website for product information and more places to find it.

Tara Viland has been around music since she was a teenager. She started as a volunteer at Bonaroo; now she's the venue manager for The Signal, Chattanooga's newest music venue. We chat about what her job entails, the importance of local music, some cool upcoming shows at The Signal, our favorite local organizations, and more. 

Stay up to date on what's happening at The Signal on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! 

My guest this week is Rebecca Barron, executive chef of St. John's Restaurant and the Meeting Place, and recently nominated as a James Beard Award semifinalist for the Southeast. We cover lots of bases in our conversation—from the food she grew up eating, her first jobs in the food industry, her travels to India and Thailand, where Chattanooga's culinary scene is going next, and much more. 

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Rebecca on Instagram @chefrebeccabarron, check out St. John's on Facebook and Instagram, and find the menus for St. John's and The Meeting Place on the website.

It all started in a catering business with his brother, Ryan. Now Luther Cutchins is making Chattanooga's favorite (and best) granola. In this week's episode, Luther tells the story behind Nokes Granola, and we chat about their most popular blends and what's coming down the pipeline later this year. And of course, we throw some love at our local friends Bleu Fox Cheese Shop, Belle Chocolates, Mayfly Coffee, and the Chattanooga and Collegedale Markets.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Nokes on Facebook and Instagram for news, updates, and new flavors.

Kaleena Goldsworthy was an OG Flying Squirrel-er and helped mold their cocktail program. Now she's a small-business owner and is changing the game with her homemade bitters, tinctures, and cocktails. She launched The Bitter Bottle two years ago, secured manufacturing space in 2018, and is ready to start sharing her products with Chattanooga and beyond. In this episode, Kaleena shares her story coming from upstate New York down to Chattanooga to open a bar, how she learned bartending on the job, what inspired her to work with bitters, her love for classic cocktail and apothecary culture, and much more.

Thanks so much for listening, y'all! Follow Kaleena on Instagram @thebittersgirl, and stay up to date on her business at @thebitterbottle.

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