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Among its many meanings, "grub" is slang for food. But in the hands of Bryant Terry and Anna Lappé, the word takes on a whole new dimension. Grub, to Terry and Lappé, is "healthy, local, sustainable food for all, food that supports community, justice, and sustainability, food that is universal."

Terry and Lappé are co-authors of Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, a food book and cookbook that takes a look at what's wrong with the food that most of us eat. It also gives tips and insights on how we can do better.

Terry's inspiration came from memories of growing up in rural Mississippi and the meals he shared with family that were made with produce from his grandparents' backyard garden.

Now, Terry is an advocate for healthy eating habits, something he finds to be a challenge because most people still think that healthy means bland.

"Healthy food needs to be delicious," he said in a previous interview with the Flyer. "When you choose 'grub,' you don't have to give up flavor. You don't have to give up much at all -- except a mouthful of pesticides."

If you'd like to know more about grub, visit Terry's cooking demo and book signing at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.

Square Foods has finally opened the doors of its new location at 937 S. Cooper. Unlike the old Overton Square market, the Cooper-Young version of Square Foods focuses almost completely on the deli, the juice and smoothie bar, and prepared foods for busy people to "grab-and-go."

Owner Jeanice Blancett and kitchen manager Scott Coppin have focused on expanding the menu and the to-go items. Blancett designed the interior to create an eclectic neighborhood diner that also carries the most essential grocery items, such as milk and a few bulk foods. New in store is Square Food's own line of vitamins and supplements.

For the daily lunch specials, visit the store's Web site, Square Foods is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Specials are served on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the store offers Sunday brunch from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Square Foods Natural Deli & Market, 937 S. Cooper (274-4222)

Andy Grooms, proprietor of the Corkscrew and Alice's Urban Market on South Front, has closed the market temporarily. Grooms wants to relocate Alice's and is looking for a fitting downtown spot.

"We definitely want to stay downtown, and right now we're looking at a place that's close to AutoZone's headquarters," Grooms says.

For updates on the relocation, contact Grooms at the Corkscrew.

Corkscrew, 511 S. Front (543-9463)

On Sunday, September 17th, at the Agricenter International, the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the sixth annual "Taste of the Town" with food from more than 40 Memphis restaurants and hospitality vendors. Amerigos, On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, Automatic Slim's, Napa Café, Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, the Butcher Shop, and Tsunami are just a few restaurants from the line-up.

New this year is the VIP Premier Corner, a reserved-seating area with professional wait staff, premium wines and spirits, and culinary delights. The event also includes a silent and live auction at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Southern soul-music artist Makky Kaylor provides the entertainment for the evening.

Admission to "Taste of the Town" is $50 per guest, and tickets can be purchased at or by calling the chamber's office at 755-1200. Admission to the VIP Premier Corner is $65 per guest or $600 for a table of 10.

"Taste of the Town," Agricenter International, Sunday, September 17th, from

5 to 8 p.m.

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