Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lunch at Pa Pa Pia's

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 4:25 PM


If Frank Sinatra was still alive and came to visit Memphis, he might get a craving for some delicious Italian food. And if he did, he might just stop by Pa Pa Pia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant Restaurant on Union Avenue downtown.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Make Your Own Tapas Sangria

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 6:47 PM

  • liqurious.com
Sangria is popping up on menus all over town. Is it a retro resurgence of citrus marinated in wine? We don’t know, but why not dig out that galvanized washtub and give it a try?

Here’s a recipe by Joe Ferguson, the beverage and event coordinator at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. Ferguson’s sangria is offered on Wednesday and Thursday nights as part of the new tapas menu at Fratelli’s.

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Mad Men Menu

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 2:29 PM


Are you sick of all the hype surrounding season 3 of Mad Men?

Me neither. I love the show… but I'm not sure I love it enough to prepare a themed meal for Sunday's premier.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009


Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Here’s some news you can use.


The Hi-Tone and Fork It Over are now offering lunch.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Recipe: Vegan Basil Pecan Pesto

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 9:26 PM


Pesto is one of those ingredients that sounds more fancy than it actually is. Cooking with it gives you a sort of status boost, the same way knowing about the subtle differences between fine wines can be impressive in the right company.

Before I purchased my first jar of pesto, I was intimidated by its mystique. I bought a jar on a late-night grocery shopping trip, used a tablespoon in my recipe, and left it sitting in the fridge.

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Silky Sullivan's Saigon BBQ Contest

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Silky in Mardi Gras parade garb
  • Silky in Mardi Gras parade garb
Silky Sullivan, owner of Silky O’Sullivan's on Beale Street, is making plans to take the taste of Memphis to Saigon, Vietnam, next year for a three-day international barbecue fest. The fest will feature 40 to 50 teams from around the world that will compete for $25,000 in cash.

“I like to take Memphis barbecue and put it in other places,” Sullivan says.

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Tastee & Cozy: On the Road with the Sterns

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Before heading out on a 3,200 mile road trip to Yellowstone with our monkeys (Satchel, 7, and Jiro, 5), my husband Warren suggested that we purchase Jane and Michael Stern's Road Food book. Being a big fan of the Sterns—I love listening to them describe food on NPR every Saturday morning—I readily agreed.

Our first stop was at Booches in Columbia, MO. It was a pool hall that has been selling burgers since the early 1900s.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday Food Events

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

  • preservefood.com

A canning class at the main library and a "taste of the town" over the bridge. ...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Vegetables & the City, Pt. 2

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 2:44 PM


As I mentioned in the last post, coworker Brenda has a knack for spotting vegetable plants in unusual places.

The latest one she noticed was on a narrow strip of land between a parking lot and the street on Huling between South Main and Front. This is a bona fide vegetable garden and an impressively productive one at that — peppers, tomatoes, squash, melons, herbs, eggplants, cucumbers, etc.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Julie & Julia: A Hungry Memphis Review

Posted By on Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at 8:57 PM


Spoiler alert! This one ends with a slab of butter.

There are worse ways to go out, and Julie & Julia, if nothing else, celebrates living with butter-sauteed gusto.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Vegetables & the City

Posted By on Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Spotted last summer in the alley behind the Flyer’s building was a tomato plant — a fantastic plant bearing some 30 tomatoes.

My coworker Brenda waited patiently for someone to pick them, and when that never happened, she plucked the fruits herself.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

The Sauce Man Cometh

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 7:43 AM


David Wilson stopped by the Flyer offices yesterday armed with bottles of Hog Wine sauce.

Wilson was making his way up from his home of Madison, Mississippi, to visit his vendors — the sauce is available locally at Schnucks, Ike’s, and Superlo — and to spread the gospel of his creation.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Appearance by Celebrity Chef Cary Neff

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 7:50 PM


Chef Cary Neff's been on Oprah, the Today show, and Food Network and appeared in the pages of the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Gourmet. And on Monday and Tuesday, he'll be in Memphis for cooking demonstrations at the newly renovated cafe at Methodist University Hospital.

Methodist University Hospital is teaming up with Atlanta-based Morrison Healthcare Food Services to completely renovate its main hospital cafeteria and menu. Neff came on board to help create a brand new line of healthy hospital meals, called Flavors 450. All the meals are under 450 calories and comprised of no more than 35% calories from fat.

Chef Neff took a moment out of his busy touring schedule to answer some questions about his philosophy on food.

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