Friday, October 31, 2014

Pigs in a Blanket, Alton Brown, etc.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

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Bon Ton Cafe offers Pigs in a Blanket on its lunch menu! I have nothing left to add, except that they're $3.99.

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The Orpheum looked to be at near-capacity for the Alton Brown show last Saturday night. Brown was in fine form, very funny and quick on his feet. And while I thought there was a little too much feedback from the audience, one of the funniest moments came as Brown mocked those who like vanilla ice cream, saying something about owning Honda Accords. This was met with a shout from the balcony: "It's a reliable car!"

What did you think of the show?

Here's Brown's feedback on Memphis.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Harbor Town Dog Show Eats, and more

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

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Sunday's Harbor Town Dog Show is open to all dogs. Any pooch, no matter how questionable his pedigree, can compete for the top prize in such categories as "Least Obedient" and "Best Tail Wagging."

What does this have to do with food? The event is a fund-raiser for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby Country, and $20 gets you and your dog entry into its VIP area, where there will be a spread with food from Miss Cordelia's, Paulette's, Tug's, and the Terrace. One Smart Pet Food will be donating treats for the dogs.

The event is from noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets for the VIP room can be purchased here.

The Memphis Farmers Market annual Barnyard Ball at the Central Station Pavilion is Saturday, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be plenty of food from area restaurants plus beer and wine, but I've got my eye on that cake walk.

Get your tickets here.

But wait, there's more ...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stax's Heart Full of Soul Dinner at Napa Cafe

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 5:56 PM

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The third annual Heart Full of Soul dinner, benefiting the Stax Music Academy, is set for Sunday and Monday, November 16th and 17th at the Napa Cafe.

Each course for this six-course dinner is paired with Stax hits performed by students at the academy.

The dinner features a decidedly Southern menu and wines from Sleight of Hand and beers from High Cotton. The evening will include a silent auction, and guests will receive a vinyl record with songs recorded by the students.

Tickets are $175 and must be reserved in advance: 683-0441.

Full menu below ...

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 43

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Yes, my lunch was all yellow. I regret nothing ...

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The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize.

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at ellis@memphisflyer.com.

The answer to GWIE 42 is the Crispy Brussels at Local, and the winner is ... Todd Lowe!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Madison Growler hosts “Beer-lato Happy Hour”

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

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A tasty new partnership has blossomed in Midtown: William Johnson of The Creamery Memphis and Taylor James of Madison Growler & Bottle Shop have teamed up for “Beer-lato Happy Hour” on Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. at the Growler Shop inside the Madison Cash Saver.

A few weeks ago, Johnson met James’ girlfriend Angelina at the Cooper-Young Community Farmer’s Market where he sells his gelato every Saturday. After sampling Johnson’s Guinness-flavored gelato, she asked if he had ever considered using local brews in his frozen desserts. She introduced him to James, and the two concocted the idea for “Beer-lato Happy Hour” featuring beer-flavored gelato.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Visit to Eighty3’s New Patio

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

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Did you notice? The weather this week has been perfect. Lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s, crisp and sunny with a steady fall of autumn leaves. Perfect weather for a pumpkin beer or a bowl of butternut squash soup.

Or heck, dinner on the patio. Am I right?


To celebrate the season, my editor and I decided to meet up for appetizers at Eighty3’s new patio. The restaurant, named for its address at 83 Madison Ave., opened in 2011 and has since become a go-to for bold, Southern flavors.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 42

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Here's an appetizing appetizer ...

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The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize.

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at ellis@memphisflyer.com.

The answer to GWIE contest 41 is Tamp & Tap, and the winner is ... Doug Gordon!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Downtown Dining Week Dates Set, and more news

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 1:51 PM

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The dates for Downtown Dining Week have been set for November 16th-22nd. This year, 40 restaurants are participating and offering three-course meals or special offers for $20.14. You can see the menus at downtowndiningweek.com.

Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar will now offer Saturday and Sunday brunch, starting at 11 a.m. Among the brunch dishes: Japanese curry dishes, Beef Udon soups, a Brunch Bento Box, and ramen.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, throughout the month of October, Felicia Willett of Felicia Suzanne's is donating proceeds from sales of Flo's Homemade Goodness to the Susan G. Koman Foundation. And, the menus for the Friday lunches are pink(!).

The Prime Cut Shoppe at Folk's Folly is being renamed Humphrey's Prime Cut Shoppe in recognition of Folk's Folly founder Humphrey Folk. The shop will undergo a renovation as well.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hats Off: Kelly English Named Ole Miss’s 2014 Outstanding Young Alum

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM

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It’s been a banner year for chef Kelly English. His Grizzlies-inspired “Beat Yo Ass” Shrimp were featured in ESPN Magazine, and he was invited to do cooking demonstrations as a part of the Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour. As if that weren’t enough, now English is winning an award from his alma mater, Ole Miss.

At Saturday night’s homecoming game against the University of Tennessee, English will receive the University of Mississippi’s 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Each year, the award is given to a recent graduate who has shown exemplary leadership in both his career and his service to the University.

The Flyer recently caught up with English to talk about home ec, hangovers, and the science of good tailgating.

Flyer: Congratulations, Kelly! How’d you feel when you found out about the award?
Kelly: I was pretty floored. I was like, you know that I put salt on food, right? There’s a lot more important stuff than what I do. But no, it was a huge honor.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin Beers — Drunk and Rated!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

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As a public service, we've gathered pumpkin-flavored beers and rated them.

This is a build-your-own six-pack from Cash Saver, so you can play along at home.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 41

Posted By on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

For this week's contest, another design detail ...

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The first person to guess where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize.

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at ellis@memphisflyer.com.

The answer to GWIE contest 40 is the roasted garlic bread pie from Rock'n Dough Pizza Co., and the winner is ... Adam Shellabarger!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Gotta Try This: Wiseacre’s Holy Candy Belgian Dubbel

Posted By on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

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As the Flyer gears up for tomorrow’s Cooper Young Regional Beerfest, we decided to wet our whistle with a seasonal favorite from Wiseacre Brewery. After a successful debut last year, Wiseacre’s Holy Candy is returning for a victory lap in 2014.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Muddy's Grind House Now Open

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM

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Muddy’s Bake Shop is best known for its cupcakes, but a new foray into the world of coffee at the recently opened Muddy's Grind House may prove to be the perfect accompaniment to their lineup of goodies.

The name itself is oh-so-Memphis, and the coffee shop itself is located in a Cooper Street house on a hill. The coffee shop’s interior is modern and clean with neutrals, but adding the classic Muddy’s flair: chalkboards, pastels, and pops of color. It’s the bakery’s sibling, not a twin; if the Bake Shop is the kooky, free-spirited sister, the Grind House is the intellectual, sophisticated one.

Kat Gordon, who opened Muddy’s Bake Shop in 2008, said they’re approaching coffee the same way they did cupcakes: with a learning curve.

“We made the decision to grow the business as long as it was a different business, rather than just replicating," says Gordon. "Once that decision was made, I think it was kind of obvious. We got real excited about the idea of doing coffee.”

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 40

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This one may be a little tricky ...

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The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize.

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at ellis@memphisflyer.com.

The answer to GWIE 39 is the strawberry milkshake at Wiles-Smith, and the winner is ... Laura Hughes!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Project Green Fork’s Loving Local Fund-raiser Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM

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If you haven’t yet, there’s still time to sign up for Project Green Fork’s annual Loving Local fund-raiser, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 4th, 6-9pm) at the Malco Summer Drive-In. Order tickets online, or just show up at the door.

The event features bites from some of Memphis’s best-loved (and most sustainable) restaurants, including Vegan Nachos by Fuel Café, pork sliders by Central BBQ, and pizza from Ciao Bella. There will also be liquid refreshment from Wiseacre, Roaring Tiger Vodka, and So Fresh Mobile Juice Truck.

Want to be entertained? There will be live music by Impala, miniature golf, giant Jenga, cornhole, and a silent auction. Auction items, which include caramels from Shotwell Candy Co. and custom jewelry from The Bead Couture, can be viewed on Project Green Fork’s instagram.

If all else fails, you can always just look up. During the event, two classic movies—both shot in Memphis—will be playing on the big screen: Mystery Train and Walk the Line.

Since 2009, Project Green Fork has helped Memphis restaurants become more environmentally friendly by teaching them to do things like compost, use less water, and recycle. Tickets to this year’s fund-raiser start at $30, but if you upgrade to a VIP pass, you can get some cool swag.

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