Knox Provisions - Custom Catering by Glander & Grubb
As funny as it sounds, it was their daycare, The Child Development Center at First United Methodist Church, which brought these two families together. It wasn't long until Eliza Kate was talking about her best friend, Hollins, and vice versa. We scheduled some play dates for the girls to get together and it was then that we realized a few common denominators between the Grubb and Glander families: we all love family and food. While Heather and Peter both loved their jobs, it was taking a lot of time away from their families and they really craved a creative outlet to share their culinary talents. In addition, they felt a need in the community for a unique catering company that focused more on the region and season, hence Knox Provisions. When Peter and Heather aren't in the kitchen, you can find them spending quality time with family and friends, but probably still in a kitchen or gathered around a table full of tasty food!
Chef Peter Glander, a native of Indiana, came to Knoxville as a young boy to visit his Aunt Beulah, who ultimately inspired his culinary journey. He specifically remembers long days in the kitchen making yeast rolls, cheesecakes, bourbon balls and Coca-Cola cured hams. Peter knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the culinary industry and left the cornfields of Indiana to attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. Before he graduated from the CIA, Peter had the opportunity to work in the kitchen of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. This experience and additional education from farm to table pioneer, Alice Waters, solidified his love for seasonal and regional food and an appreciation for farmers and artisans. Back in New York, he was fortunate to gather additional experience and knowledge from culinary stars Jean Georges Vongerichten and Gabriel Kreuther. Before leaving the Big Apple, he worked with hospitality guru, Danny Meyer, and Chef Kreuther to open The Modern at the Modern Museum of Art in New York City.
Upon returning to Tennessee, Peter served as Executive Chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm and most recently as the Director of Culinary and Research at Ruby Tuesday. Throughout his career and various roles, Peter has always thrived on sharing his passion for hospitality through simple, fresh and seasonal food.
Peter is married to Ashley Glander, who also worked at Blackberry Farm, and together they have two beautiful children, Eliza Kate and Cal Hudson. They are extremely thankful for the Beall family, as Blackberry Farm is what brought both Peter and Ashley to East Tennessee and has inspired their family to chase their dreams!
Although Heather Grubb didn't find her career in the culinary world right away, a few twists and turns led her to where her true passion lies - in sugar and yummy food! After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Heather started a job in pharmaceutical sales. In this industry Heather was continuously exposed to catered events and found herself discussing kitchen ingredients more often than the pharmaceuticals she was representing! A career change seemed natural and was strongly encouraged by her husband, Jeff, who knew of her passion for food. Heather recognized the need for better catering options and opened her own catering company which serviced all types of events from corporate gatherings to weddings. It was during this time that she discovered her love of the wedding cake and decided to seek additional training and knowledge in the pastry world. She became certified in various elements including the Lambeth method, fondant, sculpting, sugar flowers, chocolate, and isomalt/sugar work and trained under noted professionals including Colette Peters, Nicholas Lodge, Mark Seaman, and Laurie Bradach. In 2011 Heather was cast and appeared on TLC's Next Great Baker Season 2, Cake Boss reality show. She was voted on the show as the "Baker's Dozen" by America, out of 12,000 applicants.
Heather's work has been published in Brides Magazine and she is also a seasoned guest on WTNZ Fox 43-WBIR, sharing her love in the kitchen. Heather is married to her husband, Jeff Grubb, and they have three beautiful daughters, Gretchen, Rhett, and Hollins. Heather hopes that her love for baking and cooking can bring as much joy and inspiration to others as it brings to her!
We are currently putting together our sample menus so come back soon to see what delicious offerings we may provide you.