When the Aquarium opened on May 1, 1992, it became the epicenter of Chattanooga’s downtown renaissance. Twenty-five years later, the surge of development we inspired has fundamentally transformed the waterfront, and the Aquarium continues to fuel that engine of change with more than $100 million in annual economic impact.
On April 27, we’ll celebrate the accomplishments of our first 25 years and look forward to the possibilities awaiting us in the years to come with Spring!, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser on the Walnut Street Bridge. During the event, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, catered meal and a sunset toast set against the glittering backdrop of the downtown skyline.
Meet Our Chefs
Georgia native Jasa Joseph has had more culinary experience than many industry professionals that are twice her age. Joseph grew up surrounded by food in her hometown of Dalton, Georgia where her family ran and operated numerous local restaurants. At the ripe age of 18, the southern belle ventured to New York City in pursuit of her passion to become a chef and attended The French Culinary Institute in Manhattan.
After graduation, Joseph took a position at The Surf Lodge outside the city, in Montauk, New York. It was here that she met her mentor, Sam Talbot. Widely known for his role on the 2nd Season of “Top Chef”, Talbot took Joseph under his wing in the midst of his rising celebrity status as one of New York City’s most accomplished and buzz-worthy chefs. As an Executive Sous Chef, Jasa helped head up the food program at the venue, a hip nautical meets bohemian restaurant that was renowned in the area for its organic vibe and superior use of fresh local ingredient.
In addition to her prominent role at the Surf Lodge, Joseph toured the country with Talbot as his “right-hand chef” at premier events including press dinners and celebrity galas. Most notably, Jasa led the kitchen at the prestigious James Beard House for Talbot’s dinner in 2010, which is one of the most coveted culinary opportunities for chefs in the country, as well as at the nationally recognized New York City Wine & Food Festival and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Jasa found herself growing restless in the Big Apple and in 2012 decided to move to San Diego in search of a new challenge.
Jasa was a part of the culinary duo leading the food program at the OB/Point Loma casual eatery, Sessions Public, where she put her impressive portfolio to good use with the restaurant’s elevated gastrofare.
Joseph later took a position at Cafe 21 in San Diego. Here she helped innovate new ideas to their brunch menu. Splitting her time between their two locations, one in Gaslamp and the other in University Heights. Cafe 21 mentality is all organic farm to table food.
Joseph decided it was time to return home to Georgia in 2014. Chef Joseph took a position as Executive Chef at Walnut Hill Farm. A family owned and operated event venue.
When she’s not in the kitchen, the outdoorsy chef can be found hanging out with her family, exploring good restaurant and seeking out farmers markets.
Chattanooga native, Sarah Love grew up cooking and baking at a very young age. When she was 12 she began telling her friends and family that she would one day become a chef. After graduating high school she turned her passion into her future. Love started culinary school at The University of Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, North Carolina where she completed classes such as, French, Italian and The basics of Soups, Stocks and Sauces.
After graduating from Johnson and Wales, Love accepted a position at Under The Grape Wine Bar in Charlotte to extend her knowledge of wine and tapas style dining. Within 6 months she was promoted to the restaurant manager and chef. She created daily tasting menus based on fresh and local ingredients and hosted wine pairing dinners. She also started a private chef business, TasteBuds where she soon became the private chef for several Carolina Panther players and a handful of Nascar drivers.
Love came home to Chattanooga on vacation to visit family and friends and helped with a large catered event. She enjoyed the fresh take on catering with cooking onsite and was offered a full time job to run the day to day operations of the company while being the creative mind behind the events at, On The List Catering. Love accepted the position and moved back to Chattanooga in 2010.
In 2012 Love helped, now husband, Hunter Hart open Brewhaus, a German American Gastro Pub in the heart of Chattanooga. They also together opened a restaurant and bar consulting company where they helped new restaurants with menus and staff training. In 2013 Love purchased, On The List Catering from previous owner and began molding it her vision of freshly prepared caterings. On The List was the only catering company in town with a full service bar license and a full staff. The catering company grew quickly and began to take on some of the largest, high end events in Chattanooga. Love went from feeding hundreds to thousands at a time.
In 2016 Love sold her share in On The List Catering to Georgia entrepreneur and restauranteur, Kasey Carpenter. Love was brought in to Carpenter’s business empire as Director of Sales of Catering and new project manager. Love also opened Carpenter’s new Dalton restaurant, Cherokee Brewing and Pizza Company and helps run his venue, Walnut Hill Farm. She is now working on her latest project which is the collaboration of On The List and Walnut Hill which will be a new catering company with focus on high end events called Walnut Hill Catering. Love also has plans to work on several restaurant and bar concepts with husband, Hunter in the future.