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Chattanooga Magazine - Grains & Grits Festival Plans to Elevate Culinary Experience

Posted in Activities, All News, Bistro, Events on Oct 26, 2018

“The chefs participating in this year’s festival are passionate about the whiskey, our region and the culture and their cuisine will be representative of this,” said Cooper. “Whiskey is great for drinking, but the chefs will show how whiskey has broader applications and can also be used for cooking.” Shelley Cooper, Executive Chef of the Appalachian Bistro, is featured in an article titled "Grains & Grits Festival Plans to Elevate Culinary Experience" for Chattanooga Magazine. Here is an excerpt from the Oct. 2018 article sharing the festival's new additions and culinary elevation: Executive Chef Shelley Cooper, a participant in the Grains & Grits Festival since its inception, is leading this year’s culinary component of the event. She finds that showcasing the ability of chefs in the region provides a new perspective.

The Wall Street Journal - Food & Drink: 'America’s Most Satisfying Salad'

Posted in All News, Bistro, Recipes on Oct 18, 2018

Chef Shelley Cooper is quoted by The Wall Street Journal's Food & Drink section for an article titled "America's Most Satisfying Salad." Here is an excerpt from the Sept. 2018 article by Louisa Shafia about Kilt greens, the Appalachian salad doused with delicious bacon fat: "Also known as killed lettuce, this unabashedly indulgent sort of salad hails from Appalachia. 'It’s a warm bacon salad, or wilted greens,' said Shelley Cooper, the chef at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in East Tennessee. 'It’s just we call it kilt.'"

5 Great Reasons to Plan Your Knoxville Holiday Party at Dancing Bear Lodge

Posted in All News on Sep 27, 2018

Holiday Party Venue

It’s never too early to start planning your group’s Knoxville Holiday Party or Maryville Office Holiday Party. Now that fall has arrived, Dancing Bear Lodge wants to encourage you to book your event now so you stand a greater chance of getting our facilities and accommodations on the choice of dates you really want.

Five Reasons to Book Your Knoxville Holiday Party at Dancing Bear Lodge Right Now

1: Our Smoky Mountain Luxury Resort

Maryville holiday party venues No party is too small or too large for choosing Dancing Bear Lodge as your Maryville TN holiday party venue. Parties ranging from 12 to 60 peopl...

6 Fun Activities for Your Next Tennessee Corporate Retreat

Posted in All News on Sep 26, 2018

Planning Fun Activities for Your Offsite Tennessee Corporate Retreat

The famous William Holbrook Beard painting “The Dancing Bear” — the inspiration for our resort’s name, serves as a nod to the New York Stock Exchange after a successful day of business. This is our rallying cry for the advancement of timeless business principles. By serving as a location for corporate retreats in Tennessee, we are helping companies achieve greater prosperity.

Tennessee Corporate Retreat Ideas: How to Plan a Corporate Retreat

Dancing Bear Lodge is known as a leisurely getaway, but we set the tone for busines...

Try the Blackberry Farm Private Selection at Dancing Bear Lodge Bar at the Bear

Posted in All News, Bistro on Sep 24, 2018

The next time you join us for dinner at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro or drinks at Townsend’s only full bar, Bar at the Bear, consider asking your bartender to sample one of the delicious beverages brewed and bottled by our friends at the East Tennessee Brewery for Blackberry Farm, eight miles away from us in Walland TN.

Blackberry FarmThe Bar at the Bear currently carries a BlackBerry Farms Private Selection that includes the BlackBerry Farms Belgium Abby Quad, the BlackBerry Farms Brett 18 Sasion, and the light golden BlackBerry Farms Tennessee Cream Ale.

BeerAdvocate described the Blackberry Farms Belgi...

Book Your Midweek Knoxville Romantic Getaway to the Smokies in September and Save

Posted in Activities, All News on Aug 29, 2018

With school starting back across the region, it’s no secret that the pace of things slows down here in Townsend and the Smokies during the weekdays. That includes activity here at Dancing Bear Lodge and other Tennessee resorts. It’s also one of the reasons why it may be exactly the perfect time for couples from Knoxville and afar to come and stay with us!

When you take advantage of the “Stay and Save Deal”* for a limited time, you can book a 3-night getaway to Dancing Bear and stay Sunday night for only $99*! This is the perfect opportunity to plan an adventure to The Smokies and create memori...

Watermelon and Charred Okra Salad with Warm Sorghum Vinaigrette (Yields 4 Salads)

Posted in All News, Bistro, Recipes on Aug 14, 2018


8 small okra cut in half length ways
1.5 cup deseeded and cubed (bite sized) watermelon
2 cups cleaned mixed greens ( spinach, arugula, chard, frisee)
1 small red onion sliced very thin
1 tbs feta cheese crumbled
2 tbs sorghum
2 tbs red wine vinegar
4 tbs virgin olive oil


Divide greens among 4 plates.
In a dry hot cast iron skillet char okra cut side down.

Remove okra from skillet, remove skillet from heat and add oil, onions, sorghum and vinegar and wilt.

Place watermelon, okra, feta over greens then drizzle warm dressing from the skillet.

Season with flaky sea salt and black...

Cooking Channel Features The Bistro on Southern and Hungry

Posted in All News, Bistro on Aug 07, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the official air date of Cooking Channel’s Southern and Hungry featuring Smoky Mountain cuisine, including creations from Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro. Season 2, episode 3 continues Damaris Philips’ and Rutledge Wood’s tour of great cuisine in and around Knoxville, Tennessee.

The episode is set to premiere Monday, August 20, 2018, at 9 pm Eastern (8 Central). It features three top Knoxville, TN restaurants, including our very own Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, located just a short drive from the city in picturesque Townsend, TN.

“(Knoxville is) a city t...

3 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Getaway for Nashville Couples

Posted in Activities, All News on Jul 17, 2018

Have you ever wanted to surprise your significant other with a spontaneous trip to a romantic destination? Maybe leave a note to greet them when they wake, starting their day with a message like, “Pack a bag and be ready to leave when I get home…”? Hinting that you’re going to take someone special on a mysterious journey definitely gets their mind racing anticipating possibilities. It’s even more exciting when you don’t wait until the weekend to surprise them. 

There are lots of last-minute getaway ideas for Nashville couples. Here are a few suggestions for what to do:

great last-minute getaways for Nashville couplesLeave the City Behind an...

Dancing Bear Exploring Vegan Cuisine at a Special July 21st Wine Dinner

Posted in All News, Bistro, Events on Jul 05, 2018

Vegan Cuisine the focus of a Special Wine Dinner on July 21

Vegan Wine Dinner Townsend TN“Going Vegan” did not come easily to Rachel Oldham and Dana Sorenson, featured Chefs for the Vegan Wine Dinner set for Saturday, July 21st at Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro. Klinker Brick Vegan Winery out of Lodi, California will complement their cooking with wines notably absent of any animal byproduct. The cost is $75 pp. 

“As much as I wish I could say Dana and I have been vegan our whole lives, this is not the case,” Oldham said. “I initially went pescatarian (no chicken or red meat, just fish) when I was 17, and over th...

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