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July 30, 2018

“Throwback Thursday” for Buckhorn Inn 80th Anniversary

In 2018 Buckhorn Inn is celebrating our 80th anniversary with Throwback Thursday!  Each Thursday in August our talented chef, Matthew Poole, will incorporate into the menu his modern take on some historical recipes.  Innkeeper Lee Mellor is in possession of the original hand-written recipes used by our cooks in the 1930’s!  

On Throwback Thursday we will celebrate traditional dishes, updated for modern tastes.

These handwritten recipes served the Buckhorn Inn kitchen well in 1938!

Desserts figured prominently in these early recipes.  We found recipes for Fluffy Banana Cake, Texas Pecan Pralines, and Heavenly “Goo” topping for shortcake.  

Savory recipes from 1938 include stuffed pork chops, roasted turkey and porcupine meatballs.  Don’t worry– there is no porcupine meat in these meatballs!  The name comes from the way rice grains poke out of the meatballs when they are done.  The rice resembles the quills of these little animals, common in Israel.  In Hebrew these meatballs are called Ktzizot Kipod.

Throwback Thursday Honors Long Culinary Tradition

The Buckhorn Inn opened its doors for business in August 1938.  Many Knoxville residents visited this new Inn for lunch.  Yes–in those days the Inn served three meals a day.  Leisurely, plentiful lunches were a hallmark of the times.  Douglas Bebb was passionate about the meals served at the Inn.  He raised his own chickens to provide the very freshest eggs and his garden produced an abundance of fresh vegetables.  He was an excellent cook and prepared all the meat dishes served at the Inn.  

We are sure Grace Price Branam would be thrilled to know her recipes are being honored on Throwback Thursday in 2018.

The ladies pictured here are Buckhorn Inn staff members Ella Huskey and Grace Price Branam (on the right). Mrs. Branam was the original cook for Buckhorn Inn.

The guests especially looked forward to the Sunday luncheon buffet.  It was Mrs. Branam’s  (the cook) day off, so Mr. Bebb cooked the meal in its entirety.  He was rightfully famous for his corn pudding.  In fact, his recipe was featured in the book Ford Times published by the Ford Motor Company to encourage driving vacations.

In those early days, a staff of four served the three meals a day.  Tennessee was dry in those days, yet the pre-dinner cocktail hour was an honored tradition.  The guests would simply bring their wine and spirits with them.  Ellen Bebb, daughter of Douglas, reports that some of the guests would take turns hosting cocktail hours in the cottages.  But the greatest honor was bestowed when guests were invited to Bebb House to share cocktails with their hosts.

Join us for a taste of history during dinners this August.  Visit our website https://www.buckhorninn.com/dining/weekly-dining-menu to review our upcoming menus.


January 15, 2018

Buckhorn Inn Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Throughout 2018 we will be taking a look back to 1938 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Buckhorn Inn.  It was in 1938 that Douglas and Audrey Bebb first opened the doors to what has become the oldest inn in eastern Tennessee.  We thought it would be fun to take a look back at what was going on in the world 80 years ago.

The Inn is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2018.

Hubert Bebb was the architect for the Buckhorn Inn, built in 1938.  

  • This is also the 80th anniversary of . . .

  • This week let’s take a look at what was going on in the arts and popular culture.
  • Benny Goodman and his orchestra became the first jazz musicians to headline a show in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
  • The play Our Town by Thornton Wilder was performed for the first time in Princeton, NJ. The play earned him a Pulitzer Prize in the same year.
  • Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks premiers in Washington, DC.
  • Aaron Copland and Eugene Loring’s ballet Billy the Kid premiers in Chicago.
  • Superman appeared for the first time in Action Comics.
  • Margaret Hamilton’s costume catches fire during the filming of The Wizard of Oz.
  • The first cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny is released.
  • Information Please debuts on NBC radio.
  • Frida Kahlo had her first solo art exhibit.
  • Porky and Daffy, a Loony Tunes animated short film, is released.
  • Popular movies were Boys Town starring Spencer Tracey and Mickey Rooney, Jezebel starring Bette Davis, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • The comic strip Dennis the Menace first appears.
  • Northwestern University awards an honorary degree to Charlie McCarthy (a dummy).
  • The Howard Hawks film Bringing Up Baby starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant is released.
  • Orson Welle’s radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds causes widespread panic.
  • Kate Smith sings God Bless America for the first time on her radio show.
  • Ella Fitzgerald records “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”.  It hits #1 later in the year.
  • Al Capp creates Sadie Hawkins Day.
  • Notable births in 1938 include:  Allen Toussaint, Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block, Natalie Wood, Christopher Lloyd, Kenny Rogers and Jon Voight.
  • The world lost in 1938:  Blues singer Robert Johnson, author Thomas Wolfe, soprano Alma Gluck, and Popeye creator E.C. Segar.
  • For more events, check out http://www.onthisday.com and http://www.thepeopleinhistory.com as well as Wikipedia.

Be sure to watch this space for periodic looks into the world in which the Buckhorn Inn’s first guests were living!