Monday, February 2, 2015

Ugly Mug Open House, other events

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 2:39 PM


• Ugly Mug
is holding an open house at its new East Memphis cafe on Thursday, February 5th, 6-8 p.m.

• The event will include free tastings of coffees and pastries that will soon be added to the menu. There will be live music as well as informal talks on coffee roasting.

On Saturday, February 7th, 7-10 p.m., at Memphis Made Brewing, it's Half Pints for Half Pints, a fundraiser for the Peabody Elementary PTA. 

The event includes an auction, beer from Memphis Made, and food from Central BBQ, Sweet Grass, and Celtic Crossing. Tickets are $50 per person, $75 per couple. 

• Joe's Wines & Liquors is hosting its annual Passport to Oregon on Thursday, February 19th, 4:30-7 p.m. at the University Club.

This year's event will feature wines from Patricia Green Cellars and Grochau Cellars.

Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased at Joe's. 


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 55

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM

I think this one is easy. Too easy? 


The first person to correctly ID the dish and where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize, and this week it's extra-fabulous: 2 pairs of tickets to EACH of the Oscar Shorts screenings at the Brooks: Feb. 8th — documentary; Feb. 12: live action; Feb. 19: animated.   

To enter submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to GWIE 54 is La Baguette, and the winner is ... John Scruggs!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Ginormous Growler Station at Joe's Liquor

Posted By on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 10:59 AM


At Joe’s Wines & Liquors, they recently installed one of the baddest growler stations in town. Twenty beer taps plus 10 wine taps equals 30 new taps. It's all nitro, which means the beer is colder, smoother, creamier. And if you wanna know what’s on tap, just glance up at one of three 42-inch flatscreens.

Manager Sisco Larson (pictured above) says he got the idea while on vacation in Atlanta.

“I was at Hop City,” remembers Larson, “which has this awesome growler station. And then up above, on the wall, they had this trippy terrapin mural. It’s like half Grateful Dead and half beer.”


That trip, he says, triggered his transformation from “chugging Bud Lite with my fraternity brothers to actually drinking good beer.” But when it came time to create his own growler station, Larson decided to differ from Hop City in one important way:

“They’ve got all these chalkboards above the beer taps,” says Larson, “but I thought, you know, it’s 2015. We don’t have to do chalkboards. We can do something that’s easier to read. We can keep the chalk away from your beer.”

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Big Bad Pop Ups to Return

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM


Oxford super chef John Currence is bringing back the Big Bad Pop Ups at City Grocery

The pop up restaurants are set by theme, with menus of low-cost small plates designed by City Grocery folks and visiting chefs: 

Monday-Tuesday, January 19-20
The “Sleepy Dragon Project”
City Grocery Restaurant Group previews a American-Chinese menu they have been toying with.

Monday-Tuesday, January 26-27
“Mumbai, Mississippi”
Chefs Vishwesh Bhatt and Asha Gomez, of Atlanta, make Southern-influenced Indian street food.

Monday-Tuesday, February 2-3
“Second Line 662”
Chef Kelly English previews dishes from his Oxford location of Second Line, set to open late spring 2015.

Monday-Tuesday, February 9-10
“The 132 Foot Journey”
City Grocery welcomes neighbor and friend Corbin Evans of the Oxford Canteen for a taste of North Mississippi “Alley Food.”

The first Big Bad Pop Up, in 2013, was a time-filler of sorts. Currence put together the series while City Grocery was being renovated. This year's pop ups, the third, will benefit the University of Mississippi Medical Center Children's Hospital Fund. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Update on Andrew Michael Renovation

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 10:04 AM


A tentative date for the unveiling of the new bar space at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen has been set for Monday, January 19th. 

The restaurant was expanded in the back for a large, airy bar space with vaulted ceilings and wood floors. The large bar, made with reclaimed wood and topped with a pretty marble-looking Corian, sits center stage. There will be two lounge areas to the side with sofas, club chairs, and stools. Colors throughout the restaurant have been updated with grays and neutrals.

The back patio features a massive stone fireplace and bricks that were salvaged from the old wall at Hog & Hominy. Owners Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer plan to do some cooking in the fireplace as well as lead cooking demos. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 54

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 10:34 AM

More decor for this week's contest ... 
The first person to guess where I'm eating wins a fabulous prize. 

To enter, submit your answer to me via email at

The answer to GWIE 53 is the fried egg sandwich at Bon Ton Cafe, and the winner is ... Zac Woolfolk!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A New Year, A New Look for Humphrey's Prime Cut Shoppe

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM


For years, Humphrey’s Prime Cut Shoppe—the Folk's Folly butcher shop—was a well-kept secret. So well-kept, in fact, that many of the steakhouse’s best customers didn’t know it was there. It all started in 1977, when founder Humphrey Folk started selling prime steaks to friends from the back door of his restaurant.

Well, now they can come to the front door.

Humphrey’s (formerly the Prime Cut Shoppe) recently got a makeover: a total rebranding that includes a new website, new logo, and new marketing materials, plus an interior and exterior facelift. These days, the butcher shop is executed in crisp black and white, with clean lines that highlight the bright-red freshness of the meat. 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Feeding Memphis Book to Feed Memphis

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 12:02 PM


On Monday, January 12th at 6 p.m., there will be launch party at Sweet Grass for Feeding Memphis: A Celebration of the City's Eclectic Cuisine, a new book by Michael Glasgow.

The book includes profiles of 28 of Memphis' best restaurants and features recipes. Ten dollars of every sale of Feeding Memphis, which costs $45, will go to the Mid-South Food Bank.  

Glasgow is a Nashville-based writer, which begs the question: Why Memphis?

"I like finding new stories," Glasgow says. "This is more fun for me to learn things I don't know."

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 53

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 11:43 AM

I could use one of these about now ...

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

The answer to GWIE 52 is the empanada at Havana's Pilon, and the winner is Kim Gullett!

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