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We were sitting one evening trying to discern a simple descriptive term that would in a phrase or a word convey to anyone who had not yet experienced what exactly it is that Bruce Bogartz contributes to the world, and it came to me like as if in a dream...Gathered 'round the bar, like emissaries from far and exotic places such as Andersonville, Norris, Sevierville, Colombia, New York, New Orleans and the like- we bandied about our takes on just how to put words to the treasures Mr. Bogartz coaxes out of the plainest of ingredients- European with Low Country Southern influence? cajun meets cordon bleu? traditional cuisine tempered with natural, nutritionally health-friendly overtones? JUST PLAIN GOOD FOOD PREPARED DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU'VE EVER HAD IT BEFORE?It occurred to me that it would be nearly impossible to put a label on anything Bruce Bogartz prepared...then man is a master at looking at everyday, common elements with fresh eyes, an expansively educated palate and years of experience and intuition to see and create totally unique and infinitely exquisite morsels for the rest of us to relish.And just when you think he's done all any human being can do in terms of innovation and creativity, it gets a fresh new face and direction to travel... a new venue? ROUXBARBEQUE?...well DUH! What took you so long, buddy?We have all been waiting for Mr. Bogartz to get into a full-tilt, open-up-the-flood-gates and have room to just flat-out do what he does best mode. And what he does best is make us ecstatic over such a simple pleasure... consumption of a meal!This ROUXBARBEQUE venue promises the best of Mr. Bogartz's tried and true techniques and treatments of smoked, barbequed meats, fowl and vegetables- and sticking with the "ROUX" roots, should have enough cajun/creole flair to satisfy the most discerning bayou rat or Acadian sophisticate.Of course the "Bogartz" factor will undoubtedly make it one of the most memorable experiences a body could have...So there you have it- I concluded the most descriptive term to convey the contribution Bruce Bogartz makes in this world can best be communicated as "The Bogartz Factor"...Looks like Northshore is gonna henceforth be known as the "ROUXBARBARY COAST"!Knoxville today, tomorrow the world...?
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