If losing weight is on your list of New Year's resolutions (again.), add slurping soup to your to-do list.

Chefs and other culinary enthusiasts are always looking for new ways to please diners with the latest foods and spirits. So it's no wonder that food marketing experts spend time studying the latest trends in the food world.

It's easy to find good Southern food in Chattanooga, but Mount Vernon Restaurant, 3535 Broad St., brings it to a new level, adding a twist to tradition.

We've had requests from an Atlanta visitor for gingersnaps made with fresh ginger and cocoa; for a hot apricot casserole and for a sausage-and-artichoke heart stew or casserole.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is gearing up for a great evening of fun for its largest annual fundraiser, HullaBowloo, to be held 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. It's an evening filled with dancing, dining and a bowlful of creativity.

While some may celebrate the new year with a full dinner, many hosts will be offering nibbles that can last through the night -- from the start of the evening to the wee hours of the morning.

Good morning on this the last Wednesday of 2010. We have three requests today, all from Goldie Washington: restaurant-style hot wings and homemade hot sauce to serve with them, and for oven-fried sweet potato sticks.

  • Dec. 29th, 2010  |
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Pancakes, dripping with butter and warm syrup, are a year-round favorite at The Blue Plate, 191 Chestnut St. "People go crazy over them," said owner Rob Gentry.

New Year's Eve is a time for celebration, whether it's a party with friends or an evening of a more intimate nature.

If all goes according to plan, Christmas Day brunch at the Broad Street Grille at The Chattanoogan will be a feast beyond measure.

Today's requests are for Ol' South house-made 1,000 Island dressing and for chocolate-covered espresso coffee beans, potato salad made with red potatoes and recipes using maple syrup.

Red Lobster's new menu is a seafood lover's delight. Among several dishes to debut are Lobster Rolls, which come two to a plate for a more-than-filling meal. Sweet Maine lobster meat is lightly tossed with mayonnaise, celery and onion and served on two buttery toasted rolls.

There certainly aren't many restaurants scheduled to open on Christmas Day. Other than the Broad Street Grille at The Chattanoogan and brunch in the Bluff View Art District, the only other one I've found of an upscale nature is The Palms at Hamilton Place, 6925 Shallowford Road.

There's a go-round of requests today before you can dig into the recipes. I recently celebrated my birthday at Murphy's in Virginia Highlands and loved the biscuits.

  • Dec. 15th, 2010  |
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Serendipity Delights, 3510 Dayton Blvd. in Red Bank, is known for all its homemade goodies, such as a delicious pimento cheese and chicken salad.

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