Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gone Wild: Opera Memphis' Wild Game Dinner

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 3:17 AM


Wild Game Dinner is Opera Memphis’ annual event, featuring wild game (duck, goose, elk, deer, boar, etc.) donated by local hunters, which is then prepared by area restaurants and caterers for the guests.

Participating at this year's event were Coletta’s, Delectables Catering & Company, Ferdinand’s Catering Company, Heart and Soul, Just for Lunch and Catering, Me and My Tea Room, Memphis Hilton Hotel, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Frank Chin was there ... 

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 92

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Another all-time favorite of mine ... 


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 91 is falafel pita at Casablanca, and the winner is ... Steve Steffens!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

East Tapas' Spinach Artichoke Spring Rolls

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 11:46 AM


This one takes things up a notch. East Tapas' spinach artichoke spring rolls ($6) is like spinach artichoke dip in a spring roll wrapper and served with a balsamic glaze.

The spring rolls are on the tapas section of the menu and are meant to be a small appetizer or snack. They were lightly fried, had a crunchy exterior, and a creamy interior. The balsamic glaze was sweet and went well with the smooth texture and creamy consistency of the spinach artichoke filling. I expected the dish to be heavy but it wasn’t. This is a dish I’m not sharing! I wanted more. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Soup Sunday Winners, plus a Slideshow!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 1:59 PM


The results from the People's Choice Award at this year's Soup Sunday

Best Bread: Hilton Memphis Telera Bread
Best Soup: Bardog Chicken Velvet
Best Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Best Gumbo: Hilton Memphis Gumbo
Best Specialty Item: Half Shell Lobster and Shrimp Bruschetta

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Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 91

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Good conversation and a pretty day did not distract me at all from my lunch ...


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 90 is Shang Hai, and the winner is ... Luke Self! 

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Itta Bena Valentine’s Day Dinner

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 3:44 PM

For Valentine’s, me and my sweetie decided to check out Itta Bena, which was offering a four-course prix fixe ($79) menu created by Chef Kevin Quinnell.

To start, a shrimp cocktail, but due to my nut and fish allergy, I was presented with a cheese plate instead. There were two crisp pieces of bread, sharp cheddar cheese, what tasted like Swiss cheese, and also a blue cheese crumble. A delicious honey mustard type of vinaigrette accompanied everything.


For the appetizer I went with the grilled lamb chop lollipops with a red bell pepper jelly and balsamic reduction. The lamb was soft and juicy and the jelly sweet but overall spicy. The balsamic reduction was a nice counterbalance to the spiciness of the jelly.


I ordered the cornbread stuffed quail for the entree. It was roasted boneless quail, Andouille cornbread stuffing, rice pilaf, and a beet and Cabernet butter emulsion. The quail was tender, the rice pilaf was creamy and smooth and the cornbread was very hearty.


Finally, dessert! I picked the chocolate cake with a rose colored white chocolate ganache center. You could smell the chocolate when the dessert was put in front of you. Other highlights: the crunchy exterior and the gooey and molten center. 

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Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 90

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 10:41 AM

This place is on regular rotation ... 


The first person to correctly ID 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 89 is the wild mushroom & poblano enchilada at Agave Maria, and the winner is ... Gal Flam!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Lafayette's Breakfast Pizza

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 3:43 PM


Brunch is something that should never be ignored. So on Sunday, off to brunch I went. The stop was Lafayette’s, the dish Breakfast Pizza ($12).

The breakfast pizza is made with an egg, bacon, smoked gouda, roasted tomatoes, sour cream, and arugula. The first thing you taste is the smokiness from the gouda. You get the creaminess of the yolk and the thickness of the cheese. The tomatoes were well seasoned; the bacon was crispy. This one's a star.  

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Chef Shuttle Expands to Midtown, Downtown

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 11:36 AM


A couple of words that make the knees buckle: donut delivery. 

Yes, friends, it's happening, as Chef Shuttle expands its delivery service to Midtown and downtown. Among the restaurants partnering with the service is Dunkin Donuts. The others are Gigi's Cupcakes, Hard Rock Cafe, Kooky Canuck, and Pita Pit. 

Chef Shuttle is a meal delivery service. Customers go to the website, peruse menus from area restaurants, and then order. Chef Shuttle then delivers the food, to homes, offices, and hotels, in about an hour. 

Chef Shuttle entered the Memphis market last spring and has been serving East Memphis. It started with about 20 area restaurants and now has about 75 restaurant partners.

The Midtown/downtown service begins on Thursday, February 18th. The zip codes to be included are 38103, 38104, and 38105. 

Chef Shuttle hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  


Monday, February 8, 2016

Guess Where I'm Eating Contest 89

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:24 AM

Things topped in melty cheese are aces in my book ... 


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 88 is the buttermilk pancakes at Staks, and the winner is ... Lisa Zyriek!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Memphis' Newest Pita Pit

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 3:06 PM


A new Pita Pit opened about two months ago on Ridgeway. Their focus: fresh, healthy ingredients. You can walk in and choose something off their menu or create your own sandwiches and watch it be made in front of you.

I chose the Chicken Crave ($7.19), which has chicken breast and black forest ham. (You can double the meat and double the cheese for an additional charge.) The pita gets heated and the meat is cooked on the grill. Then it’s up to you to choose what ingredients you want to add. I stuffed my pita with most of their vegetables. They have everything from spinach and tomatoes to pickles and banana peppers. I finished with feta cheese and honey dijon mustard dressing. The pita was everything  — sweet, savory, crunchy and fresh.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Republic Coffee Closing

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 10:33 AM

The owners of Republic Coffee announced yesterday that they would be closing the coffeehouse on February 8th. 

From a statement issued by Dennis and Sharon McDougal: 
It is with deep regret that we announce Republic Coffee will be closing its doors Feb. 8, 2016 at 6 pm. It has been an honor to serve great coffee to the Memphis community over the last seven years. We have also been privileged to support many worthy local organizations, including Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, Voices of the South, Memphis Recovery Centers, Greater Memphis Greenline, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Books From Birth and others too numerous to list.

Due to Sharon’s health issues, we have made the painful decision to close, considering a move back to our home state of California.

Heartfelt thanks to our loyal customers and friends. We will miss you!

The McDougals own the building and hope to lease the space to another restaurant. 

Chris Conner opened Republic Coffee in the mid-2000s on Madison. He closed that store and eventually reopened on Walnut Grove. Conner sold Republic Coffee in 2009.  


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Up, Up! Farm Film Festival

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 8:55 AM


Tonight various outgrowths of the local farm movement are interfacing to present the second film in a series called the Up, Up! Farm Film Festival, which presents independent films that focus on food systems. The festival was created by the Greenhorns, a nonprofit based out of Essex, New York, made up of young farmers and supporters who promote farming in younger generations.

The showing tonight, To Make a Farm, which documents five young, small-scale farmers and presents a hopeful future for agriculture, gets going at 6 at the Trolley Stop Market, 704 Madison, in the Edge district.

Christian Brothers University food justice professor Emily Holmes was approached last year by local farmer Brandon Pugh, of Delta Sol Farm in Proctor, Arkansas, about cosponsoring the festival, and later the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market got on board to bring the series to the Mid-South.

The first showing was held Jan. 19th at CBU and included The Sharecroppers, a short documentary covering the challenges of chicken farming in Arkansas and Louisiana, and American Meat, documenting both traditional confinement methods as well as the sustainable, pasture-raised method of raising animals in the meat industry.

The festival will present five more showings through the months of February, March, and April, wrapping up the series on April 19th at CBU during Earth Week with two shorts, including Sourlands, which covers the ecological challenges farmers in Sourlands, New Jersey, are facing.

A complete list of showings can be found at https://www.facebook.com/UpUpFarmFilmFestival/.

“The festival is a series of independent films that explore sustainable farming, land access, and the relationship of people to place,” Holmes said. “The primary goal is to raise awareness of the value of our local farmers and their important contributions to our economy, our landscape, our culture, and of course, our meals. We should all know where our food comes from and what kind of labor goes into its production.

“Farming isn’t easy, especially when it’s done in a labor-intensive, environmentally sustainable way. So one goal of the festival is educational, while another is to encourage support of our local farmers. One way of doing that directly is by shopping at a local farmers market, such as the CYCFM,” Holmes said.

All films are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Greenhorns, visit thegreenhorns.net.

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