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Jubilee Gallery and Cafe offers unique shopping, dining opportunity

May 29th, 2012 7:37 am by Susan Kendrick Lauhoff

Jubilee Gallery and Cafe offers unique shopping, dining opportunity

Jubilee Gallery and Cafe Jubilee are housed in a 125-year-old Victorian farmhouse.

A swing, rockers and art on the front porch are the first hints of contents that await inside Lorraine Brewer’s Jubilee Gallery and Café Jubilee. Brewer and husband, Darrell, had had their eyes on the property since 1980, and eventually purchased the 125-year-old Victorian farmhouse six years ago. Complete renovation to its original state reveals charm and beauty from a bygone era of quality craftsmanship.

Brewer, a locally well-known watercolorist, showcases products in her gallery mostly made by artists from Northeast Tennessee including her paintings as well as lovely jewelry, pottery, knitting, candles, quilts, wood crafts and hand woven baskets. With a grin she states, "My craftsmen are true to their trade. Almost everything we sell is handmade."

The artist continues smiling when discussing the café menu and chef Barry Reitenga.

"He’s a genius," she brags. "We are so fortunate to have him. If he ever leaves, I’m going with him."

Reitenga helped establish the menu with homemade food that can be cooked to order. Creative names for the assorted soups, appetizers, sandwiches, salads and desserts only tempt the taste buds more. Examples include Three Coins in a Fountain (crab cakes on greens), The Virginian (Black Forest ham with Swiss cheese on croissant), Lizzie Borden (chopped salad with apple, bacon, craisin, crumbled bleu cheese, walnut and either grilled chicken or roasted turkey), and the dessert that "put them on the map for decadence at its finest" - Fudge Nut Brownie Pie.

Situated just off Highway 11W at the 23.5 mile marker, the gallery and café are located at 573 Carters Valley Loop in Rogersville and are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and until 8 p.m., Friday evenings. Reservations are suggested. Catering is offered. Breezes and front porch vistas are free and don’t forget to ask about the friendly resident ghost. You can contact the gallery at 423-345-3301 or the café at 423-345-0088.

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