Wednesday, November 01, 2017 12:52 AM

EATING, SIPPING AND WALKING, A TOUR OF CHATTANOOGA'S SOUTHSIDE

"Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories. It's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity." That quote may be attributed to Dutch scientist and agriculture advocate Louise Fresco, but it's a sentiment I also heard expressed on my Eat Sip Walk food tour of Chattanooga's Southside. "We all eat, but we rarely eat the same food. I'm really interested in the concept of connecting people around food. It kind of breaks down these walls immediately when you share the same food," tour owner Ryn Tompkins said as we were wrapping up at our second stop. I hadn't come for food beyond what would fill my belly, but I took a minute to think about food's duality as both a cultural marker and universal human need, and about the many ways in which it nourishes us. Eat Sip Walk owner Ryn Tompkins says the management or owner at each restaurant visited tries to make time to talk to the group. La Altena was the only one who did so on my tour. Eat Sip Walk owner Ryn Tompkins says the... Photo by Jennifer Bardoner /Times Free Press. Food is part ...

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