October is my favorite month of the year. It brings warm days and cooler nights, sweaters come out of the closet, football season is in full swing, the smell of wood smoke fills the air, and, if we are lucky, the glorious colors of the autumn leaves in East Tennessee will put on a show.

Fall is also a great time to enjoy food and drink, whether it’s a tailgate, a night out with friends, or “name your favorite pumpkin spice product.” With that in mind, here is our food-themed issue.

In our main feature, “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes,” we interview Jon Ferrie about Finn’s Restaurant and Tavern. It focuses on the food’s authenticity and the decision to open a place in the historical Baker Peters House. 

In “Kitchen Accomplished,” we present a photo-focused feature on a new build in Karns. It’s a chef’s dream kitchen with little details that make cooking and organizing easier, along with tips from interior designer Brooke Phillips.

In “Cheers to St. Midnight,” Emily Crutcher, manager of Old City Wine Bar, makes a dark and spooky rum cocktail for Halloween. Our Financial Buzz feature, “Waste Not, Save Lots,” offers tips from Melissa Ballard, CFP, on how to shop for groceries thoughtfully.

And in Locals Only, we have “Cookbooks Worth Owning,” which are selections from the staff at Union Ave Books.

Knoxville has a wonderful and growing culinary scene, and we encourage you to go out and explore it. We hope to continue bringing more local establishments to these pages in the coming months.

On another quick note about October, this issue is the second year anniversary of West Knoxville Lifestyle, and we want to thank all the marketing partners and people who have helped make it to this milestone. There are many to name, but I especially want to mention the founding publisher, Tom Hickman, who launched the publication. We look to have a celebration at some point, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy the month of October and all it has to offer. Thanks to our partners for helping bring the publication to you each month.

Feel free to reach out, and we hope to see you around.