Mac's Anniversary Lookback

Take a bow, Brian and Jess.

Mac's Anniversary Lookback
Mac's Kitchen & Bar "Farm and Fire" celebration, Rossville, Georgia

What a night. What a restaurant.

Last week, Mac's Kitchen & Bar celebrated its one-year anniversary with a "Farm and Fire" night that contained everything you want in a Saturday night: a long table of friends, cozy lights strung through the trees, warm fire pits, Lon Eldridge on the guitar and, most of all:

Mac's food and drink.

Brian McDonald and Jess Revels are doing some of the most beautiful work we've encountered.

"Thank you for coming," they said.

We wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Mac's is true farm-to-table, with the night full of locally-sourced meat and produce – mostly from Bertus Vandermerwe of Big Sycamore Farms – that was so gorgeously good, I'd fall silent mid-bite, just ... savoring it all.

McDonald grew up in Boston with family meals that had a healing, restful quality to them.

“You could lay down all of your burdens and dine together," he said in our fall feature. "You set down all your differences and your hard days and enjoy comfort food."

Revels was raised just a few blocks away from their McFarland Ave. restaurant, with "five generations of women alive when I was born," she said.

Together, they are creating something indescribably special.

Food as a Verb thanks Chattanooga Area Food Bank, our sustaining partner, for its generous work.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank believes that no one should go hungry, and through our network of over 250 hunger-relief partners, we provide equitable access to food and resources to end hunger today and build pathways for a healthy, hunger-free future tomorrow.

Overhead, a flock of geese flew by and the spring wind blew as the stars came out. The fires grew warm, the conversation richer.

Over Pinot, our end of the table talked about the special and rare beauty that comes when folks find their calling, when work aligns with identity.

Take a bow, Brian and Jess. What you're doing? It's a gift.

"There couldn't have been a more special way for Brian and me to celebrate making it a year," Jess said as the night ended.

Here's to many more.

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All design by Alex DeHart

All words by David Cook (

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Regional Farmers' Markets

Regional Farmers' Markets

  • Main St. Farmers' Market

Corner of W. 20th and Chestnut St., near Finley Stadium

Wednesday, 4 - 6pm

  • Brainerd Farmers' Market

Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave, Chattanooga, TN 

Saturday, 10am - noon

  • Chattanooga Market

1820 Carter Street, Sunday, 11am - 4pm

  • Fresh Mess Market

Harton Park, Monteagle, TN. (Rain location: Monteagle Fire Hall.) 

Every Thursday, 3pm - 6pm, beg. June 6 - Oct. 3

  • Ooltewah Farmers' Market

The Ooltewah Nursery, Thursday, 3 - 6pm 

Pre-order online for Thursday pick-up between 4 - 6pm at Bachman Community Center

  • South Cumberland Farmers’ Market

Sewanee Community Center (behind the Sewanee Market on Ball Park Rd.) Tuesdays from 4:15 to 6:00 p.m. (central.) Order online by Monday 10 am (central.) 

  • St. Albans Farmers' Market

7514 Hixson Pike, Saturday, 9.30am - 12.30pm with a free pancake breakfast every third Saturday  

  • Walker County Farmers' Market

Wednesday, 2 - 5 pm, Rock Spring Ag. Center 

Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm, downtown Lafayette, Georgia

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