If you happen to be in Germantown during your lunch break, check out Chateau Country Caterers. Scott Pierce, who was lured to Memphis by his fiancée Dianne Levy, opened this take-out and catering spot four weeks ago.
The menu changes daily and features heart-healthy fusion cuisine such as chilled avocado soup with fruit salsa, roasted squash, spinach and mushroom pizza, and spinach salad with hard-boiled egg, bacon, and shallot vinaigrette.
Pierce started cooking health-conscious dishes during his tenure as a private chef for the DuPont family in Delaware. And while he loves this type of cuisine, he's also got a soft spot for breads, pastries, and desserts -- especially chocolate. Before entering the Culinary Institute of America in 1980, Pierce worked at Krechmar's Bakery in Pennsylvania, a from-scratch bake shop, and was a pastry chef for Reader's Digest in the early 1990s.
Chateau Country Caterers is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to6 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.
Chateau Country Caterers, 2075 Exeter (737-8182)
Chris Wicher, former sommelier and general manager of Equestria Restaurant & Lounge, is bringing the Boston-based premium ice-cream parlor Emack & Bolio's to town.
It sounds like a perfect fit for Memphis. Not only does Emack & Bolio's offer 90-plus ice-cream flavors (Cookie Monster, Cosmic Crunch, Chocolate Moose, Trippin' on Espresso, among them), home-made hot fudge, micro-brewed sodas, fresh-squeezed juices, and smoothies, it also has a cool rock-and-roll pedigree.
Emack & Bolio's came about 30 something years ago as a byproduct of the Boston blue laws. Back then, nightclubs were required to close at midnight, which unfortunately brought all the fun and good music to a halt. Some hippie lawyers, who worked for the homeless as well as rock-and-rollers, came up with a solution. They rented a basement, bought a commercial ice-cream maker, and invited their friends over to play post-midnight sets. The improvised ice-cream parlor was a hit with the rockers and was subsequently named after two of the lawyers' homeless clients -- Emack and Bolio.
The first Emack and Bolio's in the Memphis/Mid-South area is scheduled to open by the end of this month and will be open seven days a week.
Emack & Bolio's, 1105 N. Houston Levee
If you want to hone your cooking skills during the summer, you can choose from several classes that will turn you into a creative home chef in no time.
Williams-Sonoma in Germantown offers recipes and techniques for a summer meal featuring peak-of-the-season produce. Learn to make dishes such as heirloom-tomato salad, lemon garlic herbed chicken, and plum-almond tart. There's also a class on grilling, with dishes from around the globe such as Moorish pork kabobs and creamy polenta and grilled vegetables. The "Cool Desserts" class covers refreshing frozen desserts for the whole family: brown-sugar peaches with ice cream, chocolate-cherry ice-cream sandwiches, and the like. All classes are three hours and cost between $30 and $40. Call the store for dates and times and to register.
Williams-Sonoma, 7615 West Farmington (737-9990)
More classes at Mantia's: Owner Alyce Mantia will lead "Tapas: The Little Dishes of Spain" (July 20th), "Sunny Southern France" (August 10th), and "Tuscan Weekday Gourmet" (August 16th). The "Mediterranean Cocktail" (August 23rd) class will be taught by Meditrina executive chef Demitri Phillips, who will show you how to make a variety of appetizers for a pan-Mediterranean buffet that will impress your friends and be gentle on your pocket-book.
All classes are $35 per person and begin at 6 p.m. Call 762-8560 to register and for more information.
Mantia's, 4856 Poplar (762-8560)