Monday, August 31, 2009

Southern Foodways Symposium: Claiborne, Chang, Ballet Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 8:08 AM

John T Edge (pictured) was on Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s The Splendid Table Sunday morning to talk about Craig Claiborne, the late restaurant critic for The New York Times and a Mississippi native.

According to Edge, Claiborne’s importance to American culinary culture is sorely under-recognized.

“He’s due,” he told Kasper. To that end, the SFA has renamed its lifetime achievement award after Claiborne. The winner will be announced during the symposium. And while Edge refuses to reveal the name, he hinted that the winner is someone who’s written about both food and music.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Grisanti's Last Night

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 11:34 PM


Former Food News writer Simone Wilson and I stopped by Ronnie Grisanti's on its last night.

It was past 10 p.m., and the place was crowded.

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Scenes from India Fest

Posted By on Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 3:22 PM

I just got back from India Fest out at the Agricenter. It was packed.

It's an absolute must for people who love Indian food.


I had the Tikki plate, which was a potato patty covered with chickpeas and a yogurt sauce. I washed that down with a delicious mango lassi.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Southern Foodways Symposium in October: Music & Food

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 7:57 PM


The University of Mississippi’s Southern Foodways Alliance is holding its 12th annual symposium October 30th-November 1st.

So, in a decade-plus, how do they keep the event fresh?

“Hell if I know!” declares SFA’s John T Edge.

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Update: Frank's Under New ownership

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Adam Deek
  • Adam Deek

We first checked in with Frank's South Main Market & Deli in November when it had been open about three weeks.

A lunchtime visit today revealed the place to be under renovation and under new ownership. Adam Deek took over the spot July 1st.

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Collierville Farmers Market Thursdays and Saturdays

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Farmer Carl Wayne Hardeman worked for five years to get the Collierville Farmers Market off the ground. It opened July 2nd, and there's now a waiting list for the 14 vendor spots.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cherry Tomatoes: Part Two

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Inspiration for this week’s cherry tomatoes from my Whitton Farms CSA actually came from Los Angeles. I arrived home recently to a box and inside were two HUGE elephant garlics from Frieda’s, a distributor in California which supplies specialty produce locally to Schnucks. The garlic is a featured product of the month at the supermarkets. Take a look at this:


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Circa To Host 2nd Anniversary Party

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

“Nice is nice,” says Circa owner/chef

John Bragg of his approach to the restaurant business. “It’s nice to drink wine, to be with friends, to be at a place where people take care of you. You can’t get that at work or at the bank or at the oil-change place.”

So here’s to nice, and here’s to Circa, which is celebrating its second anniversary, Thursday, August 27th, with a special dinner and art auction.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cherry Tomato and Green Bean Salad

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 7:39 PM


Cherry heirloom tomatoes are the repeat guests in my CSA share this summer. I get them every week, and that’s a good thing. They are flavorful, beautiful to look at, and, perhaps best of all, don’t require much preparation. Rinse them off, toss with a little salt, and pop them in your mouth. I keep a bowl on my kitchen counter for easy snacks.

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Fan Cans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 2:53 PM


Now that the Liberty Bowl will be selling beer, will they offer Bud Lite's "Fan Cans"?

The Fan Cans come in team colors and are sold near universities ... and apparently not everyone is pleased.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Potato Salad for Two

Posted By on Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 6:14 PM

I know. This is a forlorn bowl of potatoes ... five white Kennebecs to be exact from my Whitton Farms CSA share.

I’ve struggled with this small batch of potatoes for the past few weeks. I’ve cubed and roasted them with garlic salt, thyme, and olive oil (boring) and boiled them as a side with string beans (even more boring).

What I’ve wanted to do is make potato salad, but the small number of potatoes has put me off. For me, potato salad in the summer is synonymous with huge bowls of my mom’s trademark contribution to family get-togethers with the extended Denney clan. Could all that chopping for a small bowl possibly be worth the work?

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Coffee at Square Beans

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

When Kelli and Walt Geminn moved to Collierville they thought a coffee shop would be a “good fit” for the town’s historic square.

“And we kept hoping somebody would do it,” Kelli jokes.

The Geminns opened Square Beans, on the west side of the town square, a year ago March, and it is, indeed, a good fit.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

What Looks Good on the Menu, Mark Dinstuhl?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 10:52 PM

Mark Dinstuhl is the great-great grandson of Charles Martin Dinstuhl,

  • Rebecca Sikes
the founder of Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy. While candy is dandy, Mark’s passion has always been computers and was working as a software developer until he was laid off in April.

This new-found free time spurred Mark, 35, to begin building, an interactive restaurant menu website he’s working on with business partner Scott Brown.

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901 Tequila Cocktail Contest Winners

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 10:32 AM

  • Justin Fox Burks
We have winners for the 901 Silver Tequila contest.

In conjunction with the Flyer's story about Memphis-inspired 901 drinks, we asked you to mix your own cocktails … and the results were colorful.

We're calling it a tie for Jimmy Franklin's blue-tinged Delta Blues Martini and Scottie Rokas' green Memphis Mirimichi.

Read on for recipes.

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