Monday, November 16, 2009

On the Scene at the Signature Chefs Auction

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 6:12 PM

While eating my way through Sunday’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction at the Racquet Club in East Memphis, I mixed up this recipe for a fun and happy fund-raiser.

Start off with a great dress like the one worn by honorary chair Jennifer Hobson. Here she is talking with Connie Loeb:


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Joy Bateman Booksigning Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM


In 2005, Joy Bateman, who works as an account executive for Flyer sister publication Memphis magazine, published The Art of Dining in Memphis. The cookbook includes recipes from the city's best restaurants and illustrations by Bateman. The book sold well, and Bateman followed it up with The Art of Dining in New Orleans in 2007.

The city Bateman turned her attention to next came as a surprise ... at least to her.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Food & Politics

Posted By on Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 6:39 PM


I find this seriously hilarious.


Breakfast Links

Posted By on Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 7:16 AM

For those following the's Breakfast Bracket, the results of the first round are in.

And in other breakfast news, former Memphian and Flyer contributor Paul Gerald has a new online radio show based on his book Breakfast in Bridgetown, covering the most important meal of the day in Portland, Oregon. Get more info on the show here.

Paul is considering doing breakfast books for other cities. Perhaps a Breakfast in M-Town?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Rumba Room Opens for Lunch

Posted By on Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 10:53 AM

The Rumba Room, best known as a downtown salsa club at 303 South Main, is now open for lunch.

Friday afternoon, the dance floor was empty but the tables by the bar were busy with customers ordering a Cuban sandwich or Veracruz shrimp. The Cuban sandwich looked delicious: ham, pernil (Cuban roast pork), mustard, Swiss cheese, and pickle on a French baguette. It costs $8 and comes with fries.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

How To Eat a Chicken Wing

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM


Finally! Something useful on Hungry Memphis.

Flyer contributer Stacey Greenberg pointed me to the link to's video "How to Eat a Chicken Wing."

It's more complicated than you would think ...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Vegetable Plate Conundrum

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 9:35 AM


Last week, coworkers Greg, Pam, and Leonard and I went to the Blue Monkey. I ordered the vegetable plate, and just as the waitress was out-of-reach I began lamenting my choices.

"I should have ordered the tomatoes," I said.

"Why didn't you?" Greg asked.

"I panicked."

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Monday, November 9, 2009

David Chang's Visit to the Mid-South

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Super chef David Chang and Peter Meehan are touring to promote their new cookbook Momofuku, and they're blogging about it for GQ.

Chang and Meehan were in Oxford Halloween weekend for an appearance at the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium.

Here's a taste of Chang's first impressions of the Mid-South: "the flight got delayed for four hours... but it was all news to me: I pilled myself out, so I came to on the runway in Memphis. Who knew that Memphis was so close to Mississippi?"

Scroll down to the middle of the page for the pair's take on the Mid-South.

On the Scene at the Harvest Celebration

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:39 AM


Hundreds of supporters gathered at downtown's Central Station Sunday evening for Harvest Celebration, the Memphis Farmers Market annual fund-raiser. It was quite the culinary event: tasting stations from 20 of the city’s leading restaurants, lots of wine (thank you, Star Distributors and A.S. Barboro), and a unique auction for fun food stuff like pick-your-own strawberries, a party patio at Hunt Phelan, cooking classes with Tsunami chef Ben Smith, and backyard composters.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Free Food at Fresh Market Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 6:09 PM


Need a little inspiration for your holiday cooking? Or better yet, need a big push toward holiday meals to go?

Stop by Fresh Market Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the store’s annual “Taste of the Holidays Sampling Event” where the food is fresh, free, and someone else prepared it.

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Memphis Magazine's Restaurant Poll

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 10:01 AM

It's time to vote in this year's Memphis magazine's Readers Restaurant Poll.

Voting will be held through December 18th, and winners will be revealed in the magazine's February 2010 issue.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cake Cutting Thursday at Shara's Paperie

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM


Is there anything more delicious-sounding than a cake-cutting ceremony?

Today at Shara’s Paperie, there will be such an event to announce its new line of gift cakes, Cake Bliss, produced locally by Hilda Osarogiagbon.

Osarogiagbon says the path to Cake Bliss and Shara’s Paperie was like one of a boomerang.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Visit to Muddy's Underground Bakery

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Kat Gordon with the Underground Bakerys vintage mixer
  • Stacey Greenberg
  • Kat Gordon with the Underground Bakery's vintage mixer
Monday afternoon I received a Facebook message from Kat Gordon, owner of Muddy's Bake Shop, inviting me to come see the new "Underground Bakery" which she just opened in Cooper Young. I am not one to say no to the prospect of free cupcakes.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

So Long, Anderton's

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

The final vestiges of Anderton's East — which closed New Year's day 2006 — are being removed today.

Photo by Melissa Anderson Sweazy


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