Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Neelys Contest Winners

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 1:19 PM

We've got winners for our Thanksgiving Contest with the Neelys.

Congrats to MamaSquirrel, daniel, and SalemGazette.

E-mail me for details on how to claim your prize.

Updated to add: Winners have until 5 p.m. Friday, December 3rd to claim their prizes.

All About Broccoli Rabe

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM


Oh how I love my rabe!

When the temperatures drop, most folks start thinking about pies and stews, but for me, cold weather is all about Van Cheeseman’s broccoli rabe. It’s my ultimate comfort food.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Links: The Reviewers

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM


Dishing on meals at area restaurants:

Wendy Eats

Ken's Food Find

Back to the Farm

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM

A couple weeks ago, Mary Cashiola mentioned Walgreens' move to provide fresh food.

This has nothing to do with that, but probably to some, is much better:

Boone's Farm at Walgreens!


A bottle will set you back $4.49. (And, if you're so inclined: Boone's Farm Fan Club.)

Monday, November 22, 2010


Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 1:51 PM

At today's holiday lunch at the office and presented without comment:





Thanks to Bianca, Hunter, and Matt.

Thanksgiving Contest with the Neelys

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM


As part of its Huddle to Fight Hunger initiative, Kraft Foods is hosting a giveaway of Pat and Gina Neely-related goodies, including signed aprons and cookbooks as well as a cutting board signed by the Neelys, Erin Andrews, and Joe Montana (!).

So, for your chance to win ...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oh, Fudge!: Big Boy Cakes and Confections

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 6:12 PM


Today I met with Scott Krueger of Big Boy Cakes and Confections.

Big Boy, which sells cakes, fudge, and divinity, is an online store based out of Cordova. You can read all about it in the story I'm working on for the January/February issue of MBQ magazine, but for now here are a few interesting details ...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Gingerbread Dream at the Memphis Botanic Garden

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 5:39 PM


This afternoon, I went to the Memphis Botanic Garden just as volunteers were putting the finishing touches on "Gingerbread Dream."

The exhibit opens Thursday and features a wild array of structures comprised of gingerbread, icing, candy, cereal, and cookies. It was designed by architect John Pruett and inspired by Gaudi and Dr. Seuss, which means it's brilliantly elaborate. The houses are "leased" by area businesses with funds going to Camp Good Grief, a non-profit helping kids cope with losing a loved one.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Alive!: Live Burger at Balewa's Vegan Gourmet

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 7:35 AM

If I'm at Sean's Cafe, I'm getting the outstanding falafel sandwich. I can't remember ordering anything else there — though I've long been intrigued by the Live Burger offered by the Balewa's Vegan Gourmet side of the business.

So, I ordered one and wasn't sorry one bit.


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

To Do: Cooking with Felicia and Signature Chefs Auction

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Karen Carrier at last years Signature Chefs Auction. Shell be this years event as well.
  • Karen Carrier at last year's Signature Chefs Auction. She'll be this year's event as well.
A couple of items for your to-do list this weekend ...

First, Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne's is leading a Five Easy, Local Dishes cooking class at the Dixon on Saturday.

On Sunday, it's the annual Signature Chefs Auction, a fund-raiser for the March of Dimes.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Upper Crust's Name Change

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 3:10 PM


The Upper Crust, the meat-and-three restaurant on Cleveland, has changed/is changing to Just Heavenly.

It's a bit confusing because the signage and restaurant receipts still read "Upper Crust," but basically, it's now Just Heavenly.

I was told the name change was planned since the restaurant was bought from the original owners a year ago October.

Anyway ... the reason I was at Upper Crust/Just Heavenly was that the recent change in the weather has had me craving vegetable plates, and more specifically, lima beans.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Winter Farmers Market Begins Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Van Cheeseman at last years market
  • Van Cheeseman at last year's market
The winter farmers market is returning to the parking lot of Tsunami in Cooper-Young. The market will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Van Cheeseman of Flora at Bluebird Farms says vendors include Shoaf's Loaf, Dodson's Farms, Evergreen Farms, Newman Farms (famous for their Berkshire pork), and Bonnie Blue Farm.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Eat for Bad Dog and Other Things To Do

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 5:41 PM


Thursday is Dog Day, a fund-raiser for Rock 103 DJ John "Bad Dog" McCormack, who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.

A number of restaurants and other businesses are donating a portion of the day's proceeds to help cover Bad Dog's expenses. Among the restaurants: Young Avenue Deli, River Oaks, East End Grill, The Cottage, and the Half Shell.

Donations are also being accepted through the Friends of Bad Dog website. You can check the website as well for a full list of participating businesses.

And there are more items for your to-do list, including a wine dinner, voting, and beer-making ...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM


In the Food News column in the Flyer hitting the stands on Wednesday, Hannah Sayle reports on Marley's, the Jamaican-themed restaurant which recently opened in the old Plush Club space on Beale.

Last week, Hannah and I went to check it out for lunch.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

"Hell's Kitchen" Casting Call

Posted By on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 11:43 AM


Hell's Kitchen, the cooking reality show led by super-screamy chef Gordon Ramsay, is holding a casting call for its 9th season on Wednesday, November 17th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale.

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