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Welcome to Bopa's Kitchen!

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If you love good food, you’ve come to the right place!  In Bopa’s Kitchen we love to prepare (and eat!) delicious and healthy food from the cuisines of many cultures around the world.  Stick around while we explore and prepare foods from nations representing every continent of our planet (except Antarctica, sorry about that!).  You’ll find great recipes and menu suggestions, cooking videos, and lots of useful kitchen ideas, including a few family secrets.  

Speaking of family, in Bopa’s Kitchen, everyone is family; so if you’re in the mood, wash your hands, grab an apron over there, and start chopping those vegetables.  If you’re not in the mood to cook right now, you are welcome to sit back, have a beverage, and join our crew of watchers; kibitzing is encouraged!  Of course, anyone within earshot, eye-shot, or smelling distance is invited to join us and enjoy whatever we make!  

Don’t be surprised if unexpected guests show up to cook with us and share some of their specialties: Nana’s Mushroom Lasagna in Fungi-Fungi sauce, Grandma Stella’s Tamales, Grandma Rita’s Mexican Wedding Cookies, Oma’s Potato-Leek Soup, Grandmama’s Artichokes in Avgolemono, Uncle Don’s Finger Salad, Julie’s Pesto Chicken with sun-dried Tomatoes, Phillip’s oriental Orange Shrimp, …  The list is huge and growing week-by-week!  In case you were wondering, some of our guest cooks are kids as young as 7 years old.  They make some terrific kid-friendly dishes!

If you have dietary restrictions or allergies (Vegetarian, Paleo, Diabetic, Low-Carb, Vegan, Lactose or Gluten Intolerant, Kosher, or whatever), don’t be shy!  Many of our recipes can be adjusted to accommodate your needs without sacrificing flavor or nutrition, and we’ll show you how (except maybe Paleo Filo, sorry!).  BTW: to the extent possible, we use and recommend organic ingredients, cage-free-eggs, non-GMO, no antibiotics, etc.  

Last item: Bopa strongly believes that the food we consume must be, above all else, nutritious and healthy, after that we exercise our creativity to provide the flavors, textures, scents, sounds, and visual presentation we wish.  This is easily accomplished when we celebrate any of the myriad cuisines from the many cultures all around this beautiful blue planet of ours.  These cuisines have been developed and passed-on, for centuries, from generation-to-generation.  We celebrate them by preparing and consuming these foods, perhaps making our own contributions, while continuing to pass-on this craft to our children and grandchildren, and they to theirs, hopefully until the end of days.

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Featured Family Member

Chef Daniel Lindley

In 2000, Lindley opened St. John's Restaurant in downtown Chattanooga, then opened a small lunch cafe, Cafe Bella, across Market Street. With his brother, he opened The Meeting Place, a sister restaurant to St. John's, before moving to Nashville to open Watermark. In 2009, he moved back to Chattanooga and opened Public House. In May 2014 he opened Il Primo in Riverview, followed by the second Ooltewah location in late 2017.

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