★ Quality

Though we do more than just serve food, we still believe that the finest memories start with the finest ingredients. Gone are the days of reheating frozen ingredients. We value quality. We start fresh, never-frozen ingredients, and we cook in small batches.

We serve simple food. The only thing that you’ll puzzle over is how we make it so good. We aren’t a fancy restaurant that turns cooking into a laboratory experience.

★ Sustainability

In terms of going green, we use energy-efficient lighting and appliances to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and CO2 Emissions. We have also installed solar panels and electric car chargers.

★ Respect

We value the people who work for us. We believe that first respecting our employees enables us to create a better experience for our guests. Our team will work together to ensure that you have the best possible experience every single time you visit.

Ultimately at Calhoun’s our mission and our values center on you, our guests. We aren’t here just to serve you the best BBQ in Tennessee. We’re here to make your life better.

Giving Back

For as long as Calhoun’s has been smoking and saucing the best ribs in America, giving back has been a core part of our identity.

Our goal is to serve and give back to the people of East Tennessee. If we see a need, we want to do our best to help meet that need. Sometimes we start a new program, and at other times, we partner with other local organizations to make our community a better place to live, work, and play.

We currently give back through the following initiatives:


★ American Cancer Society:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

At Calhoun’s over half of our staff are women. Some of them have experienced breast cancer first-hand, and many others have walked that road alongside a loved one. We wanted to do something as a company to help the women in our lives. Making Strides for More Birthdays was the program we came up with and it continues to exceed expectations.

For us breast cancer is a personal thing, and that’s why Calhoun’s, along with the other restaurants in the Copper Cellar Family, started to raise funds for the American Cancer Society each October. Over the last three years, we have raised more than $100,000 to help women in East Tennessee.

★ The Knoxville Open

Each year, thousands of people in East Tennessee spend the holidays hungry. And thousands of children wake up to empty stockings on Christmas morning.

To help address these needs, Calhoun’s sponsors the Knoxville Open Golf Tournament in August. The Knoxville Open helps to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund, which provides food to families in need and toys to children in East Tennessee.

★ For Veterans Day

We could never put into words our gratitude for the brave men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms. One small way that we honor them is by inviting all veterans and members of the Armed Forces to eat free on Veteran’s Day.

If you know of another way that Calhoun’s can meet a need in our community, we’d like to know. Please send a written request to info@coppercellar.com.
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