Sunday, February 28, 2010

On the Scene at Soup Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Today, I went to Soup Sunday with Flyer food writer Pam Denney and her husband Tony.

The fund-raiser for Youth Villages always draws a crowd.


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Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Barbecue in Post-Racial America

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 3:50 PM


A couple of days ago, posted a story about Maurice's Gourmet Barbeque, a chain in South Carolina.

The gist: Maurice's began flying the Confederate battle flag some years ago after the flag was taken down from the South Carolina capital dome. But, now tough economic times have forced Maurice's to take down most of its flags. The explanation? It's not that they're trying to draw back offended customers but to save money on dry-cleaning.

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Soup Sunday Strategy

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Pop quiz, hot shot. It’s Soup Sunday. You’ve got more than 25 soups (not to mention desserts, breads, and other treats) to taste between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., while working through a crowd of 2,000-plus at the FedExForum.

What do you do? What do you do?

Hungry Memphis asked Half Shell owner Danny Sumrall for some Soup Sunday strategy. He should know a thing or two, as he helped found the event 21 years ago.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Angela Woods of Girl Scouts Heart of the South Talks Cookies

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Angela Woods started as CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of the South on January 15th — just in time for cookie season. She took the time to answer a few questions for Hungry Memphis.

I'm picturing you in your office right now surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of boxes of cookies. Please confirm.
Girl Scout Cookies are back! They were delivered this morning and our office does look like a cookie warehouse. Girl Scout Troops are busy picking up cookies for those who pre-ordered their cookies in January.

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Woodlands Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Now 100% Meatier

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:58 AM


This week's "Recommended Dish" by Bianca Phillips called for some last-minute editing.

In singing the praises of Woodlands' Gobi Manchurian, a cauliflower fritter, she wrote, "I was certain someone had slipped a meatball on my plate. Thankfully, Woodlands is meat-free, so I knew that wasn’t possible."

That last line was excised because Woodlands started serving meat on February 12th.

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Cookbook Sale at Central Library

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 10:26 AM


For the past year or two, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen: Casseroles are ready for a comeback. After stopping by the cookbook sale at Second Editions in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library Tuesday evening, I’m either right (lots of casserole cookbooks) or wrong (lots of casserole cookbooks).

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ducks Unlimited, Memphis Barbecue Network Team Up for Contest

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM

On March 25th and 26th, the grounds of the Ducks Unlimited headquarters will be the site of the Pigs in Flight Barbecue Competition and Festival.

“Ducks Unlimited is 73 years old this year,” says Ducks Unlimited regional director Will Johnson, explaining why the organization decided to hold a barbecue contest. “Our fund-raising model includes auctions and raffles. We were looking for new ways to engage the public.”

Johnson says that while Ducks Unlimited already has a structure in place for holding events, the barbecue contest presented new challenges. This is why they reached out to the Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN).

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Hot Dogging Links

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 5:38 PM


A trio of links today all about hot dogs.

Stacey Greenberg, a frequent contributor to the Flyer's food section, sent me this link from The Riverfront Times food blog Gutcheck titled "20 Unholy Recipes: Dishes So Awful We Had to Make Them."

Writer Robin Wheeler cooks up alarming recipes from old cookbooks. Pictured above is Jellied Bouillon with Frankfurters.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Dude Abides

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Spotted this drink-specials card at lunch today at the Blue Monkey downtown.


WTH?, I thought. Turns out, Caucasian is also known as a White Russian. And ... the Dude of The Big Lebowski uses the two names interchangeably.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

One Down, Nine To Go

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM


On the suggestion of a friend, I signed up for the Vegetarian Times recipe e-mail blast. The result is that I now have several Vegetarian Times e-mails clogging up the Flyer's server. (Sorry, Joe!)

But when I saw the recent header Deep-Dish Rutabaga-Fennel Gratin, I thought back to a New Year's Hungry Memphis post about things I had never done. In this case: cook something with rutabaga.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lunch at Fuel

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Back in December, the Flyer ran a feature about Petra relocating down the street, and Fuel moving into the site at 1761 Madison.

Fuel opened for business about a week ago, and today we stopped by to check it out.


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

King Cake, Round II

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 2:53 PM

After my last rant, co-worker Bianca swore she'd be bringing in a tasty king cake on Fat Tuesday.


And so she did.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

They Kissed a Fish

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Yesterday, I happened to be at Whole Foods during their "Kiss the Fish" promotion, a Valentine's Day special for which shoppers toss aside their dignity for a bargain on lobster tails.


I asked an employee if anyone had accepted the offer. He said lots. I was skeptical, but as I was walking away, a couple approached and ...

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Cooper-Young's Coming Attractions

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 10:46 AM


The Cooper-Young neighborhood was dealt a one-two punch recently when Dish closed, followed by the Blue Fish soon after.

But don’t count 'em out yet. The Blue Fish is being re-opened today as the Reef, and coming soon are the Grace breakfast and lunch spin-off Au Fond and the low country restaurant Sweet Grass.

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