Friday, May 13, 2011

Barbecue Fest: Naughty By Nature

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 7:25 AM

I'm spotting a theme here.


Slab Yo Mama

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Barbecue Fest: Going To Extremes

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 5:53 PM


I met James Stephens, owner of Extreme BBQ Trailers, at the Boss Pit tent during Wednesday's Family & Friends night at Barbecue Fest.

James' company builds customized barbecue trailers and does a lot of work with competitors of the World Champion Barbecue Cooking Contest and Kansas City's American Royal World Series of Barbecue.

James hooked up with Boss Pit just a few weeks ago nearby this very spot on Tiger Lane. Both were tailgating during the Blue-Gray game.

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Barbecue Fest: Shuttle Service

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM


Harrah's Tunica is providing a free shuttle service between downtown and the Fairgrounds during Barbecue Fest.

Louis and I hopped on at Beale and 2nd this morning around 11:30 a.m.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Barbecue Fest: Family & Friends Night, Danish-Style

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Wednesday night at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is Family & Friends Night — a night to entertain guests before things get heated in the following days' competition.


For Stig Pedersen of the Danish National BBQ Team, pictured left with Memphis team member Jim Boland, it's a chance to fly the flag.

"Tomorrow," he says, "we try to be American."

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Barbecue Fest: That's the Ticket

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 3:34 PM

I've always been secretly glad that the Flyer never had a barbecue team. It's not the cooking I feared as much as the Miss Piggy contest and its coconut bras and pig noses ... no no no.

All this to say that getting an invite to a tent is nice. Getting an invite like this is nicer.


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Monday, May 9, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Memphis Greek Festival

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM

The Memphis Greek Festival is great fun. The parking and the traffic around the Memphis Greek Festival can be tricky.

So, this year I decided to try out the drive-thru.


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Barbecue Competition Show Debuts Sunday on Food Network

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Bryan Caswell
  • Bryan Caswell
Best In Smoke, a new barbecue competition series, debuts on Food Network on Sunday, May 8th, at 9 p.m.

From the press release:

Hailing from cities across the United States, six of the best barbecue masters in the country meet in New York to face off for a $50,000 grand prize and the right to claim the title of Best In Smoke in the new Food Network series. Hosted by Bryan Caswell (season three finalist on The Next Iron Chef), this competition tests the competitors’ endurance and skill as they take on multiple challenges with limited resources, while cooking for vastly different audiences. From barbecue desserts to single bite hors d’oeuvres, no food is off limits.

It should be noted that not one of the six contestants is from Memphis.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Olive and Sinclair Artisan Chocolate

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 7:53 AM

When we finished lunch at Trolley Stop Market this afternoon, we found a stack of delightfully packaged chocolate bars from Olive and Sinclair by the register.


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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The View at Tom Lee and the Barbecue Fest

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I’d been wondering if officials with Memphis in May erred on the side of caution by deciding to move the Barbecue Festival to Tiger Lane in East Memphis. Short answer: They did not.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Griz Cake

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2011 at 7:14 AM

In this week's Food News column in the issue hitting the stands on Wednesday, Hannah Sayle reports on the newest eating options at AutoZone Park and FedExForum.

As a sneak peek, I'll offer you this: Griz Cake.


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Monday, May 2, 2011


Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I finally made it to Cheffie's last week.

It was sunny for the first time in days, and I opted for the equally bright Eggstravaganza ($6) — an egg salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato. For a side, it was black bean and corn salad.


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