I'm spotting a theme here.
Slab Yo Mama
I met James Stephens, owner of Extreme BBQ Trailers, at the Boss Pit tent during Wednesday's Family & Friends night at Barbecue Fest.
James hooked up with Boss Pit just a few weeks ago nearby this very spot on Tiger Lane. Both were tailgating during the Blue-Gray game.
Harrah's Tunica is providing a free shuttle service between downtown and the Fairgrounds during Barbecue Fest.
Louis and I hopped on at Beale and 2nd this morning around 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday night at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is Family & Friends Night — a night to entertain guests before things get heated in the following days' competition.
For Stig Pedersen of the Danish National BBQ Team, pictured left with Memphis team member Jim Boland, it's a chance to fly the flag.
"Tomorrow," he says, "we try to be American."
I've always been secretly glad that the Flyer never had a barbecue team. It's not the cooking I feared as much as the Miss Piggy contest and its coconut bras and pig noses ... no no no.
All this to say that getting an invite to a tent is nice. Getting an invite like this is nicer.
The Memphis Greek Festival is great fun. The parking and the traffic around the Memphis Greek Festival can be tricky.
So, this year I decided to try out the drive-thru.
From the press release:
Hailing from cities across the United States, six of the best barbecue masters in the country meet in New York to face off for a $50,000 grand prize and the right to claim the title of Best In Smoke in the new Food Network series. Hosted by Bryan Caswell (season three finalist on The Next Iron Chef), this competition tests the competitors’ endurance and skill as they take on multiple challenges with limited resources, while cooking for vastly different audiences. From barbecue desserts to single bite hors d’oeuvres, no food is off limits.
It should be noted that not one of the six contestants is from Memphis.
When we finished lunch at Trolley Stop Market this afternoon, we found a stack of delightfully packaged chocolate bars from Olive and Sinclair by the register.
I’d been wondering if officials with Memphis in May erred on the side of caution by deciding to move the Barbecue Festival to Tiger Lane in East Memphis. Short answer: They did not.
In this week's Food News column in the issue hitting the stands on Wednesday, Hannah Sayle reports on the newest eating options at AutoZone Park and FedExForum.
As a sneak peek, I'll offer you this: Griz Cake.
I finally made it to Cheffie's last week.
It was sunny for the first time in days, and I opted for the equally bright Eggstravaganza ($6) — an egg salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato. For a side, it was black bean and corn salad.