Eclectic southern gourmet at the Foglight

Posted By | August 30, 2005 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
Going out for dinner should be more than just grabbing a bite to eat to fill a void. The Foglight Foodhouse is ready to make an evening out an ‘unforgettable ultimate event’ and satisfy your hunger as well.
Located at 275 Powerhouse Road in Walling, the Foglight may be a little bit off the beaten path, but the food and the view is worth the drive. >From Highway 111 Sparta, take the Highway 1 Exit, south past Doyle and Quebeck then into Walling approximately 10 miles. Drive approximately 1/4 mile past the Hwy 136 junction, turn right onto Powerhouse Road, the foodhouse is positioned just 1/4 mile on the left. The Foglight moved to this new location overlooking the river October 2003.
Known for ‘eclectic southern gourmet,’ Edward Philpot’s Foglight Foodhouse has an extensive and artistic menu. Items prepared from scratch daily and entrees aren’t cooked until they’ve been ordered. It may take a little longer to get the order, but when food is prepared the proper way, the result is worth it.
“I invite everybody to come on in. This is my house and I want everybody to come and let us serve them,” said Philpot, “I don’t care if they have mud on their boots, we’ll clean the carpet.”
Philpot, his wife Pamela, and an experienced staff of eight want customers to feel at home while they prepare the feast. With the love of cooking shining through, Edward offers a creative menu with appetizing entrees including Asparagus Encrusted Chicken, Rock Island Ribeye, Fine Swine, Hickory Cane Catfish, Coconut Shrimp and much more. Each entrée is accompanied by a fresh house salad, made from scratch hot and delicious cheese bread, vegetable of the day and choice of potato.
“I love to cook, been doing it since I was a kid,” said Edward “I worked through several apprenticeships, in California, with my twin brother and in Cookeville at the Scarecrow and got my training. Apprenticeship work and studies at night with the Culinary Institute of American and from Johnson and Wells.”
The restaurant was originated in memory of Edward’s late mother, Jill Philpot and in honor of James Philpot, his father.
“My mother owned a catering business for years; she made the most beautiful wedding cakes you have ever seen. When we were old enough to ask about food, she figured we were old enough to learn about it,” said Edward.
Colorful murals created by Edward’s father James adorn the interior while the view of the river outside inspires.
As far as the atmosphere, Edward said, “When the leaves have fallen we have a really nice, panoramic view of the Caney Fork. Standing on the deck, you can actually see Rock Island, just to the right is the old rail bridge, which was built around 1870, and just past the bridge you can see the dam.”
“There is total harmony out here, we fit in to the nature and the nature fits into us – people come from all over to enjoy the water, food and company. It’s more a place to be than a place to eat.”
A special inscription in the menu from Edward says, ‘The Foglight Foodhouse was originated in memory of my mother Jill Philpot. The new Foglight carries on in her memory, with great thanks to my father James Philpot for all of his hard work, creativity and inspiration.’
With the addition of a new ‘screen room’, overlooking the water, call early and snag a date for the office holiday party. Reservations for December events are being taken now. No reservations accepted except for parties. Call Edward at 657-2364. The Foglight is closed on Sunday and Monday. Hours are 5-9 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday and 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Parties of 30 or more can be booked for any time of any day.

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