Meeting planners experience Southern “Hospitali-tea”

Meeting planners experience Southern “Hospitali-tea”

0 Comments 📅June 6th, 2013, 14:57

Everyone loves a friendly cooking competition – especially when Knoxville’s “Biscuit Boss” and Governor Bill Haslam’s former chef are the judges!

We partnered with Visit Knoxville this week to give a group of more than 20 out-of-town meeting planners the real Knoxville experience and show them a little “Hospitali-tea.” When the visitors came to our facility, we gave them a true taste of what the Convention Center has to offer with some Southern home-style cooking and special recipe sweet tea.

To show our guests how fun being a Southerner can be, we hosted a team competition to see who could make the best old-fashioned biscuits. The competition was held in our large, state-of-the-art kitchen, which houses our amazing in-house catering department, SAVOR, led by expert Executive Chef Chris Moore.

Judges John Craig and Matt Gallaher intently sample the contestants’ finished products.

Judges John Craig and Matt Gallaher intently sample the contestants’ finished products.

Sous Chef John Morris and culinary staffer Cynthia Hartzog demonstrated the Convention Center’s famous buttermilk biscuit recipe to the guests. An assortment of fresh ingredients on hand, the visitors created biscuits with everything from parsley to bacon. While we waited for the biscuits to bake, our in-house bartender, Antoinette Fritz, made the visitors feel right at home with her signature Mason jar moonshine sweet tea.

Our expert judges John Craig, founder of the International Biscuit Festival and self-proclaimed “Biscuit Boss,” and Matt Gallaher, executive chef and founder of Knox Mason restaurant and former chef to Governor Haslam, sampled each of the teams’ delicious creations and then made their picks for the most creative recipe, team spirit, best appearance and overall top biscuit. Each winning team received fun prizes from the “Biscuit Boss” himself.

Along with Mason jars of moonshine jelly to commemorate their visit to the Convention Center, the guests took home great memories of Knoxville hospitality and fun. We love hosting meeting planners at the center, and I can’t wait to demonstrate to our next group of visitors why it’s more fun to hold your events down South. Let the Convention Center staff show your guests a little East Tennessee “Hospitali-Tea!”

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