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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...

The Smokehouse: An Appalachian Tradition

Posted in All News, Bistro on Jun 12, 2018

We’ve added an old-fashioned Smokehouse to add a delicious smoky flavor to dishes on the menu like Chef Shelley’s pork osso bucco, whole duck, salmon, and pork shoulder. You’ve gotta have dinner at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro just to taste it for yourself!

dancing bear appalachian smokehouseIt took Jean-Paul Borrouso about 10 days to build the Smokehouse for us out of a combination of cinder blocks and black walnut recycled from when we added the new villas last year, along with cedar shingles from Anderson Lumber of Maryville, steel cooking grates made locally by Keith Shepherd, and concrete, rebar, hardware, and trimming ...

5 Summer Things To Do In The Smokies

Posted in Activities, All News on Jun 05, 2018

The first day of summer is right around the corner, so we thought we’d highlight some of the best things to do in the Smoky Mountains this summer.


Experience Cades Cove by bike! The 11-mile loop road is closed to motor vehicles until 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday morning through September to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove. Bring your own bike, or you can rent a bike at the Cades Cove Campground Store. Visit the campground store’s website at http://cadescovetrading.com/bikes/ for additional information. Biking is an awesome way to experience Cade...

Smoky Mountain Hiking Trails

Posted in Activities, All News on Apr 12, 2018

There are miles of hiking trails to explore around Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, TN. Here are the top 3 hikes the owners recommend for their guests at Dancing Bear:

  1. Dancing Bear Lodge hiking Spruce FlatsSpruce Flat Falls – 2 miles round-trip, beginning at Tremont Institute. Moderate terrain – can be combined with a 16-mile round-trip bike ride to Tremont for a “biathlon”… and then a dip in the Little River for a tri-fun-a-thon! This is one of the most fun trails as it ends in a climbable waterfall. It takes about 20 minutes to get here by car and the total round-trip time for the hike and falls is about 2 hours. To complete the...

Spring Wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Posted in Activities, All News on Feb 21, 2018

Spring is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time to plan a Spring Break getaway! Whether you’re planning an adventure with the family, a group of friends, or an intimate getaway for two, there is no lack of exciting outdoor spring activities in and around the Great Smoky Mountains! Dancing Bear Lodge is your Smoky Mountain basecamp, which means you will have access to our property’s trails that stretch for 2 miles, perfect for a quiet stroll, a picnic, or a hike.

When you venture out to explore the surrounding area, make sure to schedule time to soak up the most iconic part of spring in...

Outdoor Winter Activities in the Smokies

Posted in Activities, All News on Dec 29, 2017

Whether you are planning a day trip or a weekend getaway this season, there are always great outdoor winter activities in the Smokies! Since Dancing Bear Lodge is your Smoky Mountain basecamp, you will have access to our property’s hiking/walking trails, which stretch for 2 miles across the entire property.

If you want to explore the surrounding area, here are some great options to check out during your stay:

  1. Cades Cove. Known to be the Smoky Mountain’s most popular destination, Cades Cove is beautiful any season you visit. During winter, it is especially peaceful and a great place to take a ...

Crab-Stuffed Mountain Trout with Preserved Lemon, Corn and Lobster Succotash

Posted in All News, Bistro, Recipes on Nov 06, 2017

Bring water to a boil in a medium-size pot. Add the whole lemons and cook for 5 minutes. Discard water. Cut lemon into paper-thin slices. Bring vinegar, salt, sugar and pickling spice to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Transfer lemons and all liquids to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate. In a large sauté pan, melt bacon grease. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add corn, black-eyed peas, lobster and peppers, and cook over high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add Pernod, salt and pepper.

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