Friday, November 8, 2019

Halloween and Other Fall Happenings

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click to enlarge No. This isn't me. It's Avery Poynter at a Halloween party. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • No. This isn't me. It's Avery Poynter at a Halloween party.

I got a text saying, “We have a Michael Donahue at our party!!” about 10 p.m. on Halloween. It was a photo of a young guy in a big wig and glasses.

I texted back and was told Lainey Felsenthal threw the party. And Avery Poynter was the guy in the wig.

I called the number the next day. Anna Campbell, who took the photo, answered. I asked her if Poynter came to the party dressed as me.

“I think he was something else and we changed it half way through when he put on the wig,” Campbell told me.

Well, I love it and I hope Poynter lets his real hair grow so he won’t have to wear a wig next year if he trick or treats as me.

I saw a lot of scarier costumes at the 19th annual Lodge Halloween Masquerade Ball, which was held October 26th at Black Lodge.

“We do it every year,” says Matt Martin, Black Lodge founder and co-owner.

No more than 20 or 30 people showed up at their first party in 2000, Martin says. This year “at least 400 or 500” people showed up, he says.

What makes this party so popular? “The Lodge aesthetic pretty much year ‘round is kind of Gothic. We’re that kind of people.”

So, people know their Halloween parties are going to be exceptional. “We’re already known for being kind of mysterious and strange.”

And, he says, “Seems like we’re always trying to bring into it a little something extra to make the party a little more memorable and a little more offbeat. Above the top.”


click to enlarge Black Lodge Halloween Masquerade Ball - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Black Lodge Halloween Masquerade Ball
click to enlarge Tripp  Anderson, Reagon Mason, Sarah Thompson, Millie Mason amd Rick Cannon at RiverArtsFest. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Tripp Anderson, Reagon Mason, Sarah Thompson, Millie Mason amd Rick Cannon at RiverArtsFest.

"I'm gonna love you like nobody's loved you - come rain or come shine." Those song lyrics were echoed by the folks who made it to RiverArtsFest on a misty Saturday as well as those who showed up on a nicer Sunday.

More than 200 artists, which included all juried fine artists and some invited local demonstrating artists, participated in this year's event, which was held October 27th and 28th on Riverside Drive.

A total of 11 food vendors/food trucks were on hand along with five beer and wine tents, which featured some local Memphis beers and Old Dominick spirits.
And lots of live music.
click to enlarge RiverArtsFest - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • RiverArtsFest

click to enlarge Chef Tory McPhail from Commander's Palace in New Orleans was among the participating chefs at the Memphis Food and Wine Festival. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Chef Tory McPhail from Commander's Palace in New Orleans was among the participating chefs at the Memphis Food and Wine Festival.


Third time is a charm, but so were one and two when it came to the Memphis Food & Wine Festival.

This year's event, which was held October 12th at Memphis Botanic Garden, drew about 2,400 people, says Sherry Chementi, one of the festival founders.

"It was an absolute perfect fall evening for our third festival," she says. "Plenty of good food, plenty of good wine, and plenty of good music filled The Live Garden. People are still talking about tasting this dish or that wine. And I can't tell you how many chefs and  vintners were already asking to be invited again for the next Memphis Food & Wine Festival. It speaks well for Memphis and our culinary scene - not to mention our Southern hospitality, of course."


click to enlarge Isiah Thomas and his Cheurlin Champagne at the chef's party for Memphis Food & Wine Festival. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Isiah Thomas and his Cheurlin Champagne at the chef's party for Memphis Food & Wine Festival.
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Felicia Willett held a fundraiser - “Cocktails & Cornsticks”  - October 17th at her restaurant, Felicia Suzanne’s, to help raise money for the documentary about Molly Wexler's documentary on The Little Tea Shop.

“We raised about $1,000 that night,” says Wexler. "We have raised $17,500 out of a goal of $22,500 - so closer, but still a ways to go."

October 15th was the last day of filming, Wexler says. “We are editing now and the goal is to have the film ready in late winter, early spring 2020.”



click to enlarge New Wing 0rder took first place honors at the Bluff City Hotwing Fest, held October 26th at Compass Midtown. Wingy Dingy came in second and TBD-Q was second. Angela Fox was event chairperson for the Compass Community Schools fundraiser and community awareness event. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • New Wing 0rder took first place honors at the Bluff City Hotwing Fest, held October 26th at Compass Midtown. Wingy Dingy came in second and TBD-Q was second. Angela Fox was event chairperson for the Compass Community Schools fundraiser and community awareness event.
click to enlarge Chefs, including Brad McCarly, Nick Scott, Franck Oysel, and Dave Krog took part in a City Block butcher's dinner, which was held October 17th at Puck's Food Hall. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Chefs, including Brad McCarly, Nick Scott, Franck Oysel, and Dave Krog took part in a City Block butcher's dinner, which was held October 17th at Puck's Food Hall.

click to enlarge Burns' Chili Wagon took first place honors at the St. Ann Fall Fest Chili Cook-Off, which was held October 18th at St. Ann Catholic Church. Mike Burns is with Jamie Coggins and Stephanie WIlson Nichols. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Burns' Chili Wagon took first place honors at the St. Ann Fall Fest Chili Cook-Off, which was held October 18th at St. Ann Catholic Church. Mike Burns is with Jamie Coggins and Stephanie WIlson Nichols.
click to enlarge Geoff Davis, Dex McCune, and Drew Fleming celebrated at the 10th annual Cooper-Young Beerfest, which was held October 19th at  Midtown Autowerks. More than 40 breweries were represented. Proceeds support the Cooper-Young Community Association. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Geoff Davis, Dex McCune, and Drew Fleming celebrated at the 10th annual Cooper-Young Beerfest, which was held October 19th at Midtown Autowerks. More than 40 breweries were represented. Proceeds support the Cooper-Young Community Association.
click to enlarge Todd Hansen, Robin Cooping, Karl Schledwitz, and Mike Raemo were at the eighth annual Meat Me in Memphis, which drew more than 600 people and raised more than $700,000, reports Schledwitz, chairman/CEO of Monogram Foods, which sponsors the event. Chefs prepare dishes using Monogram products. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Todd Hansen, Robin Cooping, Karl Schledwitz, and Mike Raemo were at the eighth annual Meat Me in Memphis, which drew more than 600 people and raised more than $700,000, reports Schledwitz, chairman/CEO of Monogram Foods, which sponsors the event. Chefs prepare dishes using Monogram products.
click to enlarge Tom Clifton, Whitney Jo, and Michael Detroit were at the Chefs' Celebrity Gala. A total of $250,000 was raised at the 30th annual gala, a fundraiser for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. The event, held October 30th at Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, included a "Star Chart" that tells how many years chefs have served. Jim Prentiss Jr. has the most seniority - 29 years. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Tom Clifton, Whitney Jo, and Michael Detroit were at the Chefs' Celebrity Gala. A total of $250,000 was raised at the 30th annual gala, a fundraiser for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. The event, held October 30th at Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, included a "Star Chart" that tells how many years chefs have served. Jim Prentiss Jr. has the most seniority - 29 years.
click to enlarge Sabor Caribe restaurant was one of more than 20 restaurants that participated in Taste of the District, which was held October 7th at Premiere Palace. Memphis Medical District Collaborative hosted the event to showcase the array of food and beverage options available in the Medical District. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Sabor Caribe restaurant was one of more than 20 restaurants that participated in Taste of the District, which was held October 7th at Premiere Palace. Memphis Medical District Collaborative hosted the event to showcase the array of food and beverage options available in the Medical District.
click to enlarge Shawn Danko was given a surprise 50th birthday party, which was held October 26th at The Warehouse. That's his wife, Lana, with him. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Shawn Danko was given a surprise 50th birthday party, which was held October 26th at The Warehouse. That's his wife, Lana, with him.



                                         WE SAW YOU AROUND TOWN



click to enlarge Ryan Marsh at Main and Union. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Ryan Marsh at Main and Union.
click to enlarge Jeremiah Jones and Becca Jarvis at Carolina Watershed. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Jeremiah Jones and Becca Jarvis at Carolina Watershed.
click to enlarge David Shull at Felicia Suzanne's restaurant. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • David Shull at Felicia Suzanne's restaurant.
click to enlarge June James and Myra Whitney at Molly's La Casita. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • June James and Myra Whitney at Molly's La Casita.


click to enlarge Ethan Williford, Mary Jones, Sam Prager at Front Street Deli. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Ethan Williford, Mary Jones, Sam Prager at Front Street Deli.
click to enlarge John and Ashley Yacoubian at Gibson's Donuts. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • John and Ashley Yacoubian at Gibson's Donuts.
click to enlarge Lori Miller and Carol Miller at Molly's La Casita. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Lori Miller and Carol Miller at Molly's La Casita.
click to enlarge Kayla Webster, Jackson Lyons,  Trenton Lyons, and Carly Webster at Gibson's Donuts. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Kayla Webster, Jackson Lyons, Trenton Lyons, and Carly Webster at Gibson's Donuts.


click to enlarge Reggie Taylor and Compton McMury performed in Sound Fuzion at Meat Me in Memphis. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Reggie Taylor and Compton McMury performed in Sound Fuzion at Meat Me in Memphis.

click to enlarge Dylan Powell at Felicia Suzanne's restaurant. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Dylan Powell at Felicia Suzanne's restaurant.

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