Find affordable, must-have grocery items at Rendezvous Cafe in Oak Ridge and treat yourself to a home-cooked meal tonight.
For cool, refreshing H20, Rendezvous Cafe's got you covered.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
Rendezvous Cafe serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Rendezvous Cafe and get cooking.
Why spend time cooking from scratch when you can have a great meal in minutes? Frozen food is simple to make and even easier to eat.
We all could use a little dairy in our diet, so why not add some to your day and pick it up at Rendezvous Cafe? You'll feel great knowing you're getting just the right nutrition.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
A can of soup is a must-have on a rainy day. Pick one up here.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
When you visit here, you'll be able to host a veritable barbecue with so many different meats for sale.
Balance out the taste of a midday dessert with one of the excellent coffees or teas at Rendezvous Cafe.
If no-muss, no-fuss is your kind of attitude, a delicious TV dinner may be right up your alley.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
When you're in the mood to cook a gourmet meal, pick up some spices and seasonings from here and get down in the kitchen.
If you are starting to run low on oil and vinegar, head on over here and pick up your favorites.
When you are commuting to this store by car, take advantage of the nearby parking options.
Fresh food that lasts longer is just asking to be bought. Find it at Oak Ridge's Rendezvous Cafe.
These tasty and nutritious snacks will help you push through your long workday.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
Make your own salad dressing in a snap! Oil and vinegar are essential components for a number of common creations, so make sure these guys always have a place in your kitchen.
Luckily for you, this place has delicious meat in stock for your cooking.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Cjk Cafe Ice Cream and Cafe.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Cjk Cafe Ice Cream and Cafe.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Grab a loaf of bread from Cjk Cafe Ice Cream and Cafe and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
Pop one of these TV dinners into the microwave, and you'll be ready to relax in front of the TV.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
Fill up your home pantry with these great canned food options and keep your basic items in stock.
Looking to spice things up? Choose from their wide selection of seasonings and flavorful spices.
Pick up some noodles from Cjk Cafe Ice Cream and Cafe and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
For those driving to Cjk Cafe Ice Cream and Cafe, you'll easily find parking close by.
Bill's Pizza Pub has a long history in the Spencer family, with the first location opening in the 1960s, when jukebox tunes and the flashing lights of a pinball machine mingled with restaurant chatter. Today, Donna Spencer, her husband, John, and their children manage two Bill's Pizza Pub locations. Though nearly 45 years have passed, the family continues to preserve those elements that first typified their eatery: handmade dough, pizza cut into squares, and a thriving social scene.
The menu compiles 14 specialty pizzas, from classics such as the margherita and the meat-peppered Bill's Feast to more inventive disks. The baked-potato pizza replaces tomato sauce with sour cream and sprinkles potato wedges, bacon, and onions over a bed of cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Wings, burgers, and submarine sandwiches provide ample alternatives to pies, and spaghetti dinners mix noodles with chicken parmesan and meatballs.
Its edible offerings might shift as new pizza experiments enter the fold, but Bill's remains married to its nostalgic ambiance. The restaurant's website collects stories from loyal patrons who describe their favorite memories, recounting first dates and that romantic moment when you realize that you both have pepperoni breath.
Come to J P Looneys to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Just around the workday bend are J P Looneys' happy hour food and drink bargains.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on J P Looneys' patio.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
At J P Looneys, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Prices at J P Looneys are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
The next time you're craving a burger and fries, J P Looneys is the place for you.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to J P Looneys.
For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Rio Grande for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Low-fat options are also available on the menu.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Rio Grande with their charming outdoor seating.
Rio Grande will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Parking is accessible and not far from the restaurant.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Rio Grande is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So come to Rio Grande, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Rio Grande and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
So switch up your normal lunch or dinner routine and try one of Rio Grande's tasty Mexican dishes.
For a quick Mexican meal, Rio Grande is a go-to option.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Rio Grande.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Or, take your food to go.
Call Rio Grande for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Easily accessible parking options are located near this dining establishment.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Rio Grande running under $30 per person.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Rio Grande and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
Rio Grande features traditional and innovative Mexican eats, so visit the restaurant today and give your taste buds a fiesta.
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.