I had been hearing little blips all week about the Trolley Stop Market to be opened this spring by Jill and Keith Forrester of Whitton Farms.
Yesterday, Jill put up an extensive post on the Whitton Farms blog about their plans.
It sounds fantastic.
When Food News writer Pam Denney and I left the newly opened Gigi's Cupcakes yesterday, we felt big disappointment.
A man had seen us scribbling notes and taking pictures and asked if we were from the media. We said we were. "The Commercial Appeal?" he asked. "The Flyer," we said. His face fell!
At least he had the cupcake to comfort him.
Today for lunch, Food News writer Pam Denney and I visited Mellow Mushroom, which opened Monday in Germantown.
The plan was to get there at 1 p.m. to avoid the lunch crowd. We got there at 1:30 p.m. The place was packed.
I had noticed the cleared shelves in the cooler section at Walgreens some time last week and had assumed that it had to do with the announcement that the company was planning on stocking fresh foods.
That may be yet to come. What is happening now is that beer is back.
Two local bloggers indulge in nostalgia.
The hilarious Mrs. Personality whips up a batch of Hostess Cupcakes. (Spoiler alert: the secret is marshmallow fluff.)
And over at Benito's Wine Reviews, Ben Carter makes a pizza using a Chef Boyardee Cheese Pizza Kit.
Can’t believe you ate the whole thing? Believe it. For the upcoming Swine & Wine Dinner at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, you’ll be going whole hog — from nose to tail. (And, yes, that does include pig brains.)
“We’re trying to take the fear out of it,” explains Michael Hudman, who owns the East Memphis restaurant with Andrew Ticer.
Charley’s Grilled Subs, a chain based in Ohio, will hold a grand opening of its 400th location at the Oak Court Mall on Monday, January 25th, 10 a.m.
Also on Monday, the popular pizza franchise Mellow Mushroom opens at the Shops of Forest Hill in Germantown.
Last weekend was my friend Victoria’s birthday, and we celebrated with drinks and brunch in Cooper Young. We started at Blue Fish, where the Bloody Mary bar is part of the restaurant’s new brunch menu. It was a sight to behold: martini glasses filled with green tomatoes, olives, white asparagus, pepperoncini, pickled green beans, and large stalks of celery so you could have a little crunch with every sip.
I was at Young Avenue Deli the other day when I noticed the on-table advertising for Brew City Bottle Caps. It read, "Stay warm this winter with our spicy, beer-battered jalepeno slices!!!"
Three exclamation points? How could I resist?
Yesterday, it was announced that Kraft finally reached a deal to purchase Cadbury for $19 billion.
Cadbury has resisted the takeover for months, and news reports of the done deal included a quote from one of Cadbury's founding-family members: "I identify them with plastic cheese on hamburgers."
That quote reminded me of something I had seen at the Piggly Wiggly in Midtown sometime before the holidays.
I stopped by the Cooper-Young farmers market Saturday, located in the parking lot of Tsunami restaurant, to buy my weekly ration of greens and sweet potatoes and was happy to discover that a handful of local growers are back after the cold Christmas break.
Also on hand were Michelle Naef and her two-year-old daughter, Zoe. Here they are talking to Thomas Dodson, who explained how the cold snap hurt his crop of kale.
Germantown donut lovers, rejoice! The second Dunkin’ Donuts in Memphis opens Wednesday in the Stonecreek shopping center on Poplar, and the coffee is free, as long as you bring a donation for the Memphis Food Bank.
I would be all over this myself, but unfortunately I've aged out. Contestants must be between 4 and 8. Entry deadline is January 20th.
Finalists receive a case of snack cakes. The winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and may appear on packaging.
Other Little Debbie items of note ...
Goldcrest 51 beer bit the dust when the Tennessee Brewing Company closed its doors in 1954.
But now, thanks to Kenn Flemmons, author of Finest Beer Your Ever Tasted, the Tennessee Brewing Company of Memphis, it's being resurrected ... albeit in one batch and in Little Rock, Arkansas.
A tasting will be held Saturday, January 23rd, starting at 1 p.m., at Vino's in Little Rock.
The re-creation of Goldcrest 51 began with a phone call.
"I found a notebook," the caller told Flemmons.
Since then, Kelly has been blogging at Serious Eats about her experiences as a "critic turned cook" and working on a number of writing projects. Her latest endeavor is particularly intriguing and may have her potentially knocking heads with Gordon Ramsay!