Plus, new funding for local volunteer fire departments.
 
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96º | 5% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:28 a.m. | Sunset 8:59 p.m.

 
Up for a challenge?
NOOGAtoday | Calliope
Try out new menu items from some of your favorite Chattanooga restaurants.|Photo by Karen Culp via Chattanooga Tourism Co.
Calling all our plant-based readers (or those curious about eating vegan), get ready to enjoy new local food offerings during the month of July.

Enter: The inaugural Chattanooga Vegan Chef Challenge, where local chefs will compete for the most creative + delicious plant-based menu options.

These month-long competitions are brought to you by the global nonprofit Vegan Outreach. So how does it work? It’s as easy as eat, go, and vote.

The challenge will begin on Monday, July 1, and run through Wednesday, July 31. Folks have the month to head to the participating restaurants to try out the dishes + vote online for their favorites.

NOOGAtoday | The Bitter Alibi

Who takes home the winning titles? That will be up to you.

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Photo provided by The Bitter Alibi

Here are the participating restaurants (with more to be announced):
  • Bluegrass Grill | Southern-style breakfast + lunch
  • Calliope | Modern Levantine cusine
  • Monkey Town Brewing Co. | Sandwiches, wraps, burgers, tacos + entrees
  • Wanderlinger Brewing Co. | Shareables, sandwiches + ramen
  • Little Coyote | Barbecue, tortillas + sides served family-style
  • Attack of the Tatsu | Izakaya + ramen
  • Black Creek Club | Southern handhelds + seasonal specials
  • Carving Rock Kitchen | Gluten-free fare + pastries
  • Street Quesadilla Food Truck | Quesadillas, burritos + tacos
  • Honey Seed | American fare + Montreal-style bagels
  • High Rail | Handhelds, pizza + starters
  • The Bitter Alibi | Starters, bowls + handhelds
  • Stevarinos Italian Eatery & Pub | Italian pizza, subs + appetizers
Bonus: Sign-ups are still open for chefs who are interested in participating in the challenge.

The winning dishes will be announced in August, so make sure to follow the Instagram account to see who ends up taking the crown.
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, June 25
  • Sierra Hull | Tuesday, June 25 | 7-11:55 p.m. | Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., Chattanooga | $30-$50 | Enjoy a performance by this singer-songwriter + multi-instrumentalist as she takes the stage in the Scenic City.
Wednesday, June 26
  • Whiskey & Pilates | Wednesday, June 26 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, 1439 Market St., Chattanooga | $35 | Take a 45-minute flow followed by tasting a curated flight — bring your own mat and water bottle.
Thursday, June 27
  • AMBUSH Improv: True Crime | Thursday, June 27 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga | $10-$15 | Enter a world of crime and comedy, where each show spirals into a unique true crime documentary crafted live with improvisers.
Friday, June 28
  • Owl Odyssey | Friday, June 28-Saturday, June 29 | 1-1:40 p.m. | Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd., Chattanooga | $0-$20 | Learn more about Reflection Riding’s newest Animal Ambassador, a barn owl named Winnie.
Saturday, June 29
  • International Food and Arts Festival | Saturday, June 29 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | McDonald Farm, 16705 Coulterville Rd., Sale Creek | Free+ | Taste dishes from around the world while shopping a selection of local, regional, and international art.
  • National Black Market | Saturday, June 29 | 12-6 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga | Free+ | Spend the afternoon shopping, eating, networking, and dancing with over 80+ Black-owned businesses.
  • Monarch Waystation Volunteer Day | Saturday, June 29 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | Join volunteers for a beautiful morning of Monarch Waystation maintenance. The weed wrangling + invasive plant removal will help support monarch butterflies during their upcoming migration.*
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5 festive finds for the Fourth of July
Six pairs of wacky red, white, and blue sunglasses
Fourth of July party sunglasses, $20.99 via Amazon.|Graphic by 6AM City
Bring a party mood to any barbecue, pool party, or holiday gathering this Fourth of July with these festive finds:
 
News Notes
 
Civic
  • The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance + the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office have awarded a total of ~$152,105 to six volunteer fire departments in Hamilton County. Notably, the grant funds will go towards upgrading equipment for fires and rescues. See the breakdown. (WDEF)
Biz
  • The Enterprise Center has unanimously appointed Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman as its new president and CEO after a nationwide search. Quarterman, a “globally recognized leader in entrepreneurship” will begin her role on Monday, July 15. (Chattanoogan.com)
Open
  • The African American Education and Heritage Museum is now open in the Alton Park neighborhood. Located inside of the Chattanooga Civic Center, this museum will showcase history, civil rights, and current issues through locally-made art, displays, and more. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Community
  • Get ready to get blue in the face under the First Horizon Pavilion as the Chattanooga Market hosts its annual Red, White, and Blueberries event on Sunday, June 30. Expect shopping from 100+ vendors, pie eating contests, live music, and more honoring peak blueberry season.
Cause
  • Scenic Community Credit Union is teaming up with the Chattanooga Red Wolves for Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, July 13. Tickets purchased for the 7:30 p.m. game will help benefit Inheritance of Hope, an organization that helps family members with a terminally ill parent. Show support.
Learn
  • The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present artillery firing demonstrations on Saturday, July 6 to showcase its critical part in the siege of Chattanooga during the Civil War. Folks can head to Point Park starting at 10:30 a.m. Note: There’s a $10 fee for those 16+.
Health
  • What happens when you combine German engineering with the world’s most trusted name in hearing care? The biggest breakthrough in hearing technology in more than a decade: The award-winning Horizon hearing aid. Join 385,000+ people hearing better than ever with a 45-day, no-risk trial.*
Collection
  • Time for us to pump our brakes. In yesterday’s issue, we ran a little pop quiz asking what the longest road biking trail was in Chattanooga (spoiler alert: It’s the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway). We did, however, have the mileage wrong, it is not 22.2 miles but ~12 miles long (if you do the full out + back distance though, expect the longer journey).
 
 
Eat
 
🍨 Taste these local flavors
NOOGAtoday | Clumpies
Add these new flavors to your must-try list. |Photos provided by Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
In honor of its 25th anniversary, Clumpies Ice Cream Co. has launched its Maker’s Collection pint pack, featuring six flavors made with products from Chattanooga-based businesses.

You can see the full list of ingredients online, but here are the local highlights:
  • Blueberry MoonPie S’mores | Made with blueberry MoonPies
  • Chattanooga Whiskey Ginger | Made with Chattanooga Whiskey-infused lime curd (contains alcohol)
  • Chocolate Orange Ginger Snap | Made with Niedlov’s ginger molasses cookies + Southern Spooning chocolate sauce
  • Coffee Chocolate Stracciatella | Made with Velo Coffee ice cream + Belle Chocolate flakes and chocolate coffee ganache swirls
  • Lemon Lavender Muffin | Made with Lookout Lavender ice cream
  • Oddstory Electric Drift | Made with Oddstory Brewing Co.’s Electric Drift sour (contains alcohol)
Note: These collaborations are only available for purchase online while supplies last. See shipping + local delivery options.
 
Asked
 
Which Maker’s Collection ice cream flavor are you most excited to try?

A. Blueberry MoonPie S’mores
B. Chattanooga Whiskey Ginger
C. Chocolate Orange Gingersnap
D. Coffee Chocolate Stracciatella
E. Lemon Lavender Muffin
F. Oddstory Electric Drift
 
The Buy
 
Stylish men’s summer shirts made from cotton and linen. They come in demure colors like khaki, olive, and gray and are $30 a pop.
 
 
The Wrap
 
City Editor Kristen standing in front of a bridge and river. Today’s edition by:
Kristen
From the editor
I picked up the most adorable beaded necklace from The August Sisters this past weekend. If you’re looking to add some color to your wardrobe in time for summer, check out their accessories.
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