Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cater to You Event Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 7:34 AM

The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is holding its first “Cater to You: A Gentlemen’s Way” event on Saturday, September 19th, at 6 p.m., at the Pink Palace.

“Cater to You” is a fund-raiser to provide college scholarships to inner-city kids and will feature more than 20 amateur male chefs preparing dishes on-site.

“We have set fund-raisers every year — Jabberwock, the Ebony Fashion Fair,” says Tori Mason of Delta Sigma Theta. “We wanted to come up with something different.”

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Greatest News Ever (If You Like Chick-fil-a)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 2:57 PM


The new Chick-fil-a at 1980 Union is opening tomorrow and will be giving away free food for a year to the first 100 customers.

You can start lining up now.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Last Day for Lucchesi's Gazpacho; Shop for the Dixon

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 7:45 AM

Here’s some September 15th-specific food news for you.

After today, Lucchesi's popular gazpacho soup, made by Alyce Mantia, will be no more ... at least for now.

And, if you shop at Whole Foods today, 5 percent of the net will go to the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

A Visit to McCarter Coffee Company

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 8:22 AM

On my way back from the International Goat Days Festival on Saturday, I stopped by McCarter Coffee Company, the Millington micro-roaster. Jim McCarter offered up samples and a little bean talk.

McCarter, a former employee of the Shelby County government, founded the business in 2007 with his wife Debra.

“It was something that evolved,” McCarter says. He explains that after he and Debra visited micro-roasters while vacationing in places like Seattle or Hawaii, a thought occurred to him: “not a lot of folks are doing that around here.”

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

On the Scene at Goat Days Festival

Posted By on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Just got back from the International Goat Days Festival in Millington.


Bobby Archer Sr. (left) of Smokin' Goat Cookers put the goat on his massive, custom-designed grill at 3:30 a.m. this morning. He and teammate Frank Turner (right) have been cooking together for more than 20 years.

I asked him what goat tastes like. "It's hard to explain," he said. "It's pretty good eatin'."

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Jones Orchard Cake

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 10:34 PM

Is it just me or is Jones Orchard everywhere?

Before Pam Denney and I hit the Delta Fair, we went to the farmers market at the Agricenter. Jones Orchard had a booth and were selling, in addition to its usual produce, some delicious-looking salad dressings.

On that same day, we checked out the Collierville Farmers Market, where, of course, Jones Orchard had a booth. I picked up three small pound cakes — apple, banana-nut, and 7-Up — to bring to my book club. The guy at the booth told me the apple cake was his favorite. All were good.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Food at the Delta Fair

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Food News writer Pamela Denney and I checked out the food at the Delta Fair today.

For those of you who keep up with this sort of thing, you well know that the big buzz in fair food is deep-fried butter, which made its debut at this year's State Fair of Texas.

We didn't see anything as innovative at the Delta Fair but plenty of old tried-and-trues.

I tried my first, and probably last, deep-fried Twinkie.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Another Tequila Contest

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Last week in Las Vegas, Justin Timberlake announced that 901 Silver Tequila was launching a search for the Executive Vice President of Big Ideas.

The concept behind the contest is explained in this video. The video is probably NSFW due mostly to language. (I would go into details, but there are two words said during the video that will never, ever appear on this food blog.)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Q&A with Steve McAdory, Redbirds' Concessions Manager

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Last week, the Memphis Redbirds clinched their spot in the playoffs. They’ll be hitting the road to take on the Isotopes in Albuquerque and then return to Memphis for game 3 of the series on Friday, September 11th.

Hungry Memphis talked to Steve McAdory. As concessions manager for the Redbirds organization, McAdory is in charge of keeping fans happy … as far as their stomachs go.


What's your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is walking into the ballpark. I work in a baseball stadium! How great is that? Trees, grass, the excitement of the crowd — it’s all part of it. I love being at the center of the fan experience, being able in some small way to help every fan that walks through the gates to have the best possible time.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

My Personal Chef

Posted By on Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 5:28 PM


In honor of Labor Day, I'm re-running this piece I wrote for another blog. Don't judge — it's labor, just not mine.

This morning, I sauntered up to a coworker and said, "My personal chef is at my house right now. Do you think she's in my bed, like under the cover and blankets?"

I could tell he was eaten up with jealously because he said to me, "I'm not sure what you're talking about."

Last Christmas, my brother and sister bought me the services of a personal chef. Certainly I've mentioned it once or twice and once or twice again. "My personal chef." Sounds grand, doesn't it?

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Food & Drink at Heritage Festival

Posted By on Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Went down to the Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music and Heritage Festival this afternoon.

On the menu:

Crepes from The Crepe Maker


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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fitz & the Ultimate Cooking Hookers at Heritage Festival

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 6:54 PM

As John Fitzpatrick, the “Fitz” of Fitz & the Ultimate Cooking Hookers, tells it, the band came about when he began to visit musicians as they practiced. He’d bring a bit of food or cook up something, and, he says, “a bunch of beers later … ” the idea struck the group that he should cook on stage while they play.

Fitz & the Ultimate Cooking Hookers will perform at the Center for Southern Folklore’s Memphis Music and Heritage Festival on Sunday, September 6th at 7:15 p.m.

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Changes at Republic Coffee

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 11:05 AM


A few times a month, I stop by Republic Coffee for breakfast and a cup of black coffee. Their smoked tofu is quite incredible, especially on a bagel with eggs. My friend swears by their waffles. He gets one every single time we go, with a side of thick-sliced bacon.

This is a coffee shop with a past. First, the much-loved original location in Midtown closed four years ago. Then, the coffee shop re-opened at its current location at 2924 Walnut Grove last spring. And then finally, in June of this year, the shop changed owners. Fitz Dearmore is the new manager, and besides having his hands in several projects/investments throughout the city, he has some enthusiastic ideas for the future of Republic.

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