Meeting at the Market

Beer and food aficionados rendezvous for flavor and fun

The Market is more than a store. At least twice a month, it is a hot spot for “foodies” to gather.

A “foodie” is an aficionado of food and drink. At The Market, 606 High St., quality local products are the main ingredient, and beer is the drink of choice.

Dr. Todd White, a loyal customer and The Market’s unofficial “Beermeister," said, “This is a local business not like any other in Blount County.”

White is the volunteer organizer of The Market’s monthly beer-tasting events. He said the beer tastings attract a diverse crowd of typically about 20 people.

“A wide variety of ages come, including a lot of couples. It’s a great night out. You can support a unique local business and try new things, so it’s fun on many levels."

The next event is Friday, Aug. 27’s “Hot Beer Tasting” where attendees can sample a variety of sauces and salsa dips as well as white beans and sausage. The food will be paired with lager from Jamaica and Dominican Republic. Ales from Colorado and Jonesborough, Tenn. will also be sampled.

To attend, participants should sign up at the store in advance by Friday afternoon. Tickets are $15 or $25 per couple.

The Market has other events planned as well, including: “Bash LSU Night” on Oct. 1 featuring Gumbo and Dixie Jazz Beer; and “Oktoberfest” with German food and beer. The events require advanced reservations so organizers can prepare food and stock the beer fridge accordingly.

Co-Owner Dan Mizell said, “We like to do things that involve the community.” Mizell is a native of Maryville with a passion for good food. The Market offers a variety of food ranging from unique international products to fresh, local fare.

He plans to offer complimentary tasting events for specific professional groups as a local networking resource in the future.

The Market also offers their vintage store as a venue rental. In fact, the business will host their first wedding on Sept. 3.

For anyone curious about what a foodie eats or for those who are already hooked on The Market, General Manager Mike Adams said they will celebrate their two-year anniversary on Sept. 10th with free samples.

To make reservations for an event, visit The Market at 606 High St., during store hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. More information is available at www.themarkettn.com.

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