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Caddy’s serves up Southern home-cooked meals

Amy Millhorn Leonard • Oct 31, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Brenda Poe worked in the corporate world for many years, but she had a dream. Having a passion for cooking, she dreamed of owning a special restaurant. Brenda wished to share her family's generations of cooking skills, recipes and love with others so she started catering events and then opened Caddy’s Cuisine and Catering in Kingsport in 2017.

Brenda learned cooking from her grandmother and mother. Her grandmother worked at the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria in New York City in the 1930s. After joining the U.S. Air Force, her New-Yorker mother, Beverly met and married Brenda’s father George “Pooch” and they moved to his hometown of Church Hill, Tennessee. There, she opened Bev’s Restaurant which she ran for many years. Afterward, Beverly did not retire, but instead continued to bake homemade breads to sell at the Kingsport Farmers Market where she became known as “The Bread Lady” until her untimely death in 2013. Bev’s specialty was her sourdough bread which originated from a “starter” she began in the 1970s. Brenda still uses that same starter to bake sourdough bread and pass on her mother’s baking legacy.

Caddy’s offers loaves of the special sourdough bread and other breads daily. Brenda also makes specialty cakes like the “Red Waldorf Cake” from her grandmother’s recipe. The cake is very popular for the holidays along with other family-recipe cakes: hummingbird, carrot, Italian cream, cheesecakes, and “1st Prize Banana cake.” Brenda also makes custom “party platters” or can fill your casserole dish with a delicious casserole for holiday gatherings, pot-luck church dinners or other events. “They will think you made it at home and it looks much better than an aluminum foil pan, and is a great alternative for the environment” says Brenda.

Located at 221 East Center Street, Caddy’s Cuisine and Catering is right around the corner from TV/radio station WKPT/WTFM and only 1.5 blocks from Broad Street. Look for a large golf umbrella out front along with complimentary water offered on warmer days. Their concept was the brainchild of Brenda and her brother Mike Poe, a popular golfer in the area, and features very nice indoor golf-themed décor as well as outside seating. The space is available to rent and is ideal for intimate weddings, receptions, corporate meetings or parties. Brenda has been catering such events at various venues for several years and will be happy to customize a simple, casual or elegant menu for any event.

Caddy’s opens at 8 a.m., Monday through Friday with delicious breakfast specialties which are served all day upon request. Enjoy a made-to-order omelet, biscuits and gravy, French toast or other selections. “The Ace” is a breakfast sandwich with country bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on their sourdough bread with coffee.

Then, from 11 a.m. til 3 p.m., Caddy's features a specialty-packed lunch buffet with entrée, vegetables, salads and desserts for $7.95. Menu items include treats like roast pork with caramelized onions and apples with Brenda’s “granny’s out-of-this-world sweet and sour sauce,” delicious meatloaf, roast beef and gravy, or “The Eagle” – a ranch-grilled chicken breast dinner – along with specialty sandwiches and salads. Those include a prime ribeye melt, classic burger, Rueben, shrimp po’boy, pimento cheese with fried green tomatoes sandwich and chef, wedge and spinach strawberry salads among others.

On Fridays, Caddy’s hours are extended to 8 p.m. for their “Friday Fish Fry” offering fish and chips and other seafood specialties. Caddy’s is a great little place to enjoy some great seafood and unwind from the long work week. Choose from a selection of beers and listen to live entertainment, sometimes featured.

Family time around the dinner table enjoying a delicious dinner is becoming more and more rare in today’s fast-paced world. Often parents do not have the time, energy or skills to cook a meal after a long day. Caddy’s Cuisine and Catering can help. “A meal at home with family is a precious time that I want to help families have,” declares Brenda Poe, owner of Caddy’s. Starting this week, Caddy’s will offer “family meals” available to order for curbside pickup Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. These meals for four will include one family-recipe entree, two delicious sides, rolls and dessert for one low price. Mom or dad can easily drive up to Caddy’s, pay and pick up their “family meal” on the way home.

Caddy’s will also be holding two-day, evening cooking classes with the first one scheduled for Nov. 5-6. Brenda says, “I learned cooking from my grandmother and my mom, both wonderful cooks. Many might not have had the opportunity to learn to cook from their moms like I did. I have a passion about teaching those cooking skills to others.” She encourages couples, upcoming brides and grooms or pairs of friends to sign up for her classes.

To order your “family meal” or specialty cake/bread, sign up for classes or inquire about catering and space rental, call Brenda at (423) 732-7000. For all the latest on what's happening, you can also follow Caddy’s on Facebook (@caddyscuisine) or Twitter (@CaddysKingsport) or visit the website at www.caddyscatering.com/. Come to Caddy’s at 221 East Center for delicious breakfast or lunch and on Fridays for “Friday Fish Fry.”

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