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10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (April 2018)

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 7:00am

Volunteer Odyssey and I Love Memphis make it super easy for you to help the city you love by publishing a monthly list of easy, fun ways to give back. Here are ten ideas for April.

1. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Spring Festival of Flowers: April 3rd through April 5th from 9am-12:30pm

 

Come enjoy the hundreds of spring-flowering plants and trees embedded throughout the Memphis Botanic Garden. This atmosphere creates a one-of-a-kind outdoor learning environment for school children from kindergarten through second grade during this spring education festival. Stations throughout the Garden feature discovery activities and take-home crafts. Volunteers will assist at different stations helping teach students and creating a fun environment! Anything you need to teach will be given to you and requires no prior knowledge!

Sign up here!  

2. Shelby Farm’s Down to Earth Festival 2018: Saturday, April 7, 6:30 am -5:30 pm

 

 

Celebrate sustainability at the biggest Earth Day festival in the Mid-South! Join us for a day full of live music, high-adventure play, eco-friendly vendors, local/sustainable food options and clean, green fun in one of the country’s largest urban parks. Volunteers ages 16+ needed to help with the event stage, activity areas, exhibitors, crafts and parking.                                    

Sign up here!

 

3. The Red Cross Experience: Thursday, April 12, 6:00 pm -7:00 pm & Saturday April 21, 9:00 am -10:00 am

The Red Cross Experience provides an overview for the American Red Cross. During this 1-hour session, you will receive information about the Red Cross’ five lines of service, our local service delivery and impact, and what it takes to become a Red Cross Volunteer.

 

Sign up here!

4. Downtown Memphis Commission’s Downtown Lifestyle Tour: Saturday April 14, 12:15 pm -6:30 pm

 The Downtown Lifestyle Tour will offer an exclusive look at a variety of properties within the Core and North Districts of Downtown Memphis showcasing living spaces in historic and rehabbed buildings along with residences in brand new developments and a sneak peek at what will be the leading home in the nation in eco-friendly design! Volunteers will assist with making sure all guests that enter the home have wristbands. They will help with event check-in, guiding guests towards bus pick-up, and navigating/directing guest through some homes.

Sign up here!

 

5. Levitt Shell’s Five Fridays of Jazz: Friday, April 6-May 4, 5:45 pm -8:15 pm

Five Fridays of Jazz is back! Join the Levitt Shell as we offer the community free jazz performances by a variety of artists. We need 5 volunteers each night to help pass the bucket (donations), man the Levitt Shell table, and represent the Levitt Shell with a smile.

Sign up here!

 

6. Volunteer Odyssey VolunCheers benefitting Clean Memphis: Tuesday, April 10th from 6-7:30pm

Join Volunteer Odyssey for their monthly volunteer happy hour! This month’s Voluncheers will be benefitting Clean Memphis. Sign up to socialize, sip, and snack while completing important tasks for our local non-profits!

 

Sign up here!

7. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis’ Steak n’ Burger, Thursday, April 26, 10:00 am- 9:30 pm  

 

 

The longest running and highest grossing fundraiser of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Steak n’ Burger has been bringing Club members and donors together to share a meal for 47 years! Help make this event the best one yet by volunteering your time, no matter how long you are able to commit. Volunteers are needed all day to prepare for the event, as well as during the event to help with programming, and after the event to assist with cleanup.

Sign up here!

 

8. Catholic Charities Volunteer Saturday, Saturday, April 28: 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

 

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee needs your help as we transition our Clothes Closet from fall/winter to spring/summer. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with your family and make a difference in the lives of many in the Memphis community.

Sign up here!

 

9. Germantown Municipal School District Festival, 5K, 1 Mile Color Run: Sunday, April 29: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

 

This race for education will be a fully timed & competitive 5K run/walker friendly event. Volunteers are needed to hand out fruit and water, check IDs, help set up and manage vendors, assist in watching the moon bounces, throw color on the color-runners, or help with clean up.  

Sign up here!

 

10. Refuge Memphis Manna and Health Fair: Saturday, April 28th from 7:45-10:30am

In addition to Refuge Memphis’ grocery and clothing distribution, they also open their doors to the community for their annual Health Fair and monthly grocery distribution. Each family will register as returning guest or new registration and go through the program to receive free groceries. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, to serve as greeters and provide hospitality, and for parking lot management. In addition, bilingual help is greatly needed.

 

Sign up here!


If none of these strike your fancy, click here to take a tour of 7 different organizations to see if their volunteer opportunities are a perfect match for you. Or, there are more than 80 volunteer opportunities on Volunteer Odyssey’s Calendar: volunteerodyssey.com/calendar.

If you sign up for one of the above opportunities (or find another one through Volunteer Odyssey), please let me know. I’d love to give a shout-out to you next month.

Who knows? Maybe your experience will encourage others to give back some Memphis lovin’, too.

Guide To MLK50 In Memphis

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 6:00pm

April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in 1968. The city of Memphis, led by the efforts of the National Civil Rights Museum and other organizations, has hosted numerous events, conferences, speakers, and more in the last year.

As we approach the Day of Remembrance – which will be observed with programming at the NCRM’s courtyard including a laying of the wreath at 3:30 p.m. and a National Tolling of the Bell at 6:01 p.m. – there are plenty of events happening in Memphis. The National Civil Rights Museum will have special hours this week; find those here.

I’ve highlighted a few of the events below.

Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop

MLK50: BEYOND THE BALCONY OPENING RECEPTION

 

“At the River I Stand” Free Screening

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection Site/Plant Red Flowers for King

MLK50 Commemorative Celebration

 

MLK50 Exhibition Dinner and Conversation

MLK 50th Anniversary Commemoration

A Concert for the Next 50 Years: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more events, please go to the National Civil Rights Museum calendar here.

Photo credit: Troy Glasgow / Copyright © Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau 2011 All Rights Reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced without written consent from the author.

5 Things To Do This Weekend: 3/30 – 4/1

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 7:00am

Happy Passover! Happy Easter! Happy weekend! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis.

Here’s your list:

1. South Main Trolley Night, Friday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. free, all ages
It’s time for the monthly trolley night, full of open houses and gallery openings. Music at South Main Sounds, E&H, and The Vault. There’s an opening reception for MLK50: Beyond the Balcony at Art Village Gallery.

2. Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, Halloran Centre, Friday – Sunday, $50, 13+
Looking towards the MLK50 Anniversary next week, The Mountaintop is showing at the Halloran Centre this weekend Friday through Sunday. The play, written by Olivier Award winner is the fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination. Something to know about the playwright – Katori Hall is not only a Memphis native, but she’s the new Artistic Director for the Haittlo Theater.

3. Fool Fest 2018, Shangri-La Records, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Buy cheap 45s, CDS, and more, plus free live tunes from Alicja-Pop, Model Zero and more.

4. Condomonium, Playhouse on the Square, Saturday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $25 – $100
Local designers create stunning fashion pieces made of condoms as a fundraiser for CHOICES.  Check out the living art show, live music, food and cocktails.

5. River Series, Harbor Town Amphitheater, Sunday, 15 and 29, 3 p.m., $5, all ages/kid-friendly
Kick off the River Series with music from Coco Hames (check out a super fun song from her 2017 album below) with Little Bandit on Sunday afternoon. DJs start at 3 p.m., bands start at 4 p.m., and your $5 donation benefits The Maria Montessori School. There’s Wiseacre beer and food, too.

 

Beale Street Music Festival 2018 Stage Schedule

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:34pm

Here is the 2018 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival stage schedule and set times. Get tickets here.

If you want to find out what time your favorite band plays at Memphis in May or the music fest stage times for 2018, I’ve got you covered.

If you want to make planning your BSMF schedule easy, download the Beale Street Music Festival app, available for Apple and Android.

See y’all there in a few weeks!

 

Win Easter Brunch At The Peabody Hotel

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:28am

“I thought I knew about brunch…until I did the Peabody brunch.”

This is a quote from a friend after she and I experienced the absolutely ridiculous brunch buffet at The Peabody Hotel.

Imagine every kind of breakfast, brunch, and lunch food ever – meats, cheese, waffles, seafood, fresh-baked breads, pasta, carving station, salads – all spread out on multiple buffets. And don’t get me started on the desserts. They’re as delicious as they are beautiful.

I’m giving away a pair of “tickets” a.k.a. reservations for two for the Peabody’s Easter Brunch for this Sunday, April 1, 2018…(a $152 value). Read on to find out how to win. 

Easter Brunch at The Peabody is their already-amazing weekend smorgasbord taken to the next level. They use the word “lavish” and I really can’t argue. 

Click to view slideshow.

For this special Memphis holiday brunch…think breakfast, salads, seafood, side dishes, Easter favorites, and…wait for it…a 32-foot dessert buffet. For Easter and other holidays, the Peabody sets up the brunch on Mezzanine overlooking the Lobby. 

The Peabody Hotel

Tickets for the Peabody’s Easter brunch are $76 for adults and $28 for kids which is a pretty penny for brunch, I know – but it’s worth it to do at least once.

Every Monday, we do a special giveaway over on the I Love Memphis Instagram and today I’m making Monday doubly special by adding this blog giveaway as well.

The Peabody Hotel

**How To Win**

If you want to win two tickets to this Memphis Easter brunch, leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to go. I’ll do a random drawing on Wednesday, March 28 at noon. 

Pro tip: It’s not quite the same as a holiday brunch, but the weekly Sunday brunch served in Capriccio Grill is truly wonderful. It’s $39.95 for adults (not including tax and gratuity, but yes it includes champagne/mimosas).

Go there:

Easter Brunch at the Peabody
Sunday, April 1, 2018
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
$76 for adults, $28 for children ages 5 – 12
Menu

Reservations are required. 

Information: 901-529-4000

The Peabody Hotel

8 More Places To Eat Breakfast In Memphis

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 3:11pm

Ed. Note: Looking for breakfast in Memphis? Stacey has this rundown of new and newish places to eat breakfast in Memphis. There’s even a map to help you find your breakfast destiny. 

It used to be slim pickings for a good breakfast in Memphis, especially if you were short on time or adverse to standing in line. Now our cup runneth over thanks in part to some new and most excellent options.

Here’s the list – in no particular order.

Stacey Greenberg

The Liquor Store, Broad Avenue’s latest addition, is a diner with a Latin flair and a full bar. They serve all of the breakfast classics all day, seven days a week. In addition to eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, and pancakes, they have vegetarian meats, homemade biscuits with shittake mushroom gravy, and a sweet potato hash that’ll actually make you feel like you started the day off making a healthy choice.

The Liquor Store has hot coffee, a full bar, homemade pie and even lunch and dinner items available at breakfast. Check their Instagram for weekend brunch specials. Read more here.

City Silo (formerly known as the Cosmic Coconut) in the Sanderlin Center is another breakfast-all-day place, though note that they are closed on Sundays. The best thing about City Silo, is that everything is fresh and healthy.

courtesy of City Silo

All dishes start vegetarian, but can have your choice of cheese, egg, or chicken added. The best breakfast seller is the McSilo, which is a toasted English muffin with marinated tempeh, egg and cheese. There are also a host of smoothie bowls, Greek yogurt bowls, and toasts.

There are also so many liquids to choose from. Their smoothies, juices, super shots, coffees, wellness lattes and kombucha cocktails are all a great way to start the day.

Stacey Greenberg

Now with two locations (South Main and Cooper-Young), it’s twice as easy to get breakfast at Bluff City. The star of the menu is the warm breakfast sandwiches with your choice of meats and cheeses and breads. A plain bagel with egg, bacon and cheese becomes extraordinary in their hands. Their espresso based drinks are also good for a jolt, and available with almond or coconut milk if you prefer.

Stacey Greenberg

Never fear, those with a sweet tooth can have their choice of housemade pastries, including a Nutella “Pop Tart,” cookies and muffins. They also have smoothies. Best of all? The Cooper Young location opens at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Stacey Greenberg

The Medical District has a funky new addition thanks to the owners of Sweet Grass and Central BBQ–The Sunrise Cafe. The name is no joke. Early risers (or really late night partiers) can actually see the sun rise over their breakfast since they start serving at 5:00am every day. (They stop serving at 3 p.m.)

Holly Whitfield

Biscuit sandwiches are king here and three varieties (sausage, chicken, and bacon, egg & cheese) are wrapped and ready for you to grab on the go. There are a few fun items like the Three Amigos Taco, the Korean inspired Bi Bim Breakfast, and the hearty Chef’s Breakfast bowl. Healthy eaters may want to give the King’s Breakfast a try: it’s oatmeal, maple syrup, peanut butter, sliced bananas and coconut bacon.

Holly Whitfield

There’s J. Brooks coffee available hot, cold, and even on tap. And, true story, they serve one heck of a Beermosa (Miller High Life and OJ).

Edge Alley, next door to High Cotton Brewery in the Edge District, has evolved into a full service restaurant/bar, but it is still a breakfast seeker’s dream. Homemade biscuits, fresh eggs, and thick cut bacon are all elevated and available with amazing coffee offerings like carbonated cold brew. (There are also coffee cocktails for those who like to start their day off with a kick.)

Holly Whitfield

The menu also features avocado toast, shrimp and grits, and fruit bowls. Open every day except Monday, they do it up extra special on Sundays with fried chicken biscuits and Fanta-mosas.

Read more about the Edge Alley here.

Leah Gafni

A food hall is not unlike a food court, only it’s free standing rather than in a mall. The South Main Market is steadily getting its groove on and is basically a well kept secret at this point, especially in the breakfast department. You can pop in and get a coffee from Java Cabana, a bagel or three from East City Bagel, and/or a gourmet, ginormous biscuit sandwich from Kinfolk. 

Stacey Greenberg

Read more about the South Main Market here.

(Ed. Note: Holly here – I’m going to jump in and talk about a few more.)

One more newish option for breakfast in Memphis is only available on weekends and may be sort of technically brunch, but since they open at 8 a.m. we’re including it. The Brass Door Irish pub downtown opens early on Saturday and Sunday each week. Enjoy chicken and waffles, full Irish breakfast, the hangover-curing Ham-n-Cheese (basically a Croque Madame), hash in skillets, and more. Read more here.

Sam Seyler

Rise is a mostly breakfast cafe at Saddle Creek in Germantown with about 15 locations in the southeast, and this location is the first in Tennessee. They opened March 7 and so far I’ve heard only great things. They have donuts, biscuit sandwiches, and a few other lunch-y things.  Menu.

A post shared by Matt Lyles (@mattlyles) on Mar 11, 2018 at 7:59am PDT

What are your favorite places for breakfast in Memphis? Let us know in the comments!

Also, here’s a map of the restaurants mentioned in this article.

 

About The Author

Stacey Greenberg is a freelance writer who lives in Cooper Young with her two teenaged sons. She’s a contributor to Thrillist.com, Edible Memphis, I Love Memphis, and Memphis Travel. She’s also the author of the award winning blog, Dining with Monkeys (diningwithmonkeys.com). A lifelong Memphian, she loves the fact that she’s never met a stranger here.

5 Things To Do This Weekend: 3/23 – 3/25

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 9:57am

Happy Friday, Memphis! I have suggestions for your weekend, but first I want to make sure you didn’t miss any of the new posts on the blog this week:

 – Test your Memphis knowledge and win $100 
40+ Things To Do In Memphis This Spring
Best Non-Local Beer on Local Shelves 
Jalapeño Popper Fest
Maciel’s to open third location 

Now, here are the five things you won’t want to miss in Memphis this weekend, plus a few extras.

1. Young Collectors Contemporary, Crosstown Arts, all weekend, $25 – $125, 18+
This cutting-edge art fair at Crosstown features multi-disciplinary work from emerging artists. It’s part exhibition, part party, and part contemporary arts conference for artists, collectors, and the arts community. The exhibit is on display through April 28.

2. MusliMeMFest, Agricenter International, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., free
This annual one-day festival, hosted by Muslims in Memphis, features food, shopping, exhibits, entertainment, and children’s activities.

3. Family Fun Day, AutoZone Park, Saturday, noon – 2 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Get pumped for the Redbirds season (starts April 10) at this free event for the whole family. They’ll have inflatable games, wiffle ball, chance for the kids to run the bases, tours, Cardinals spring training game on the video board, and at the end, they’re dropping candy on the field from a helicopter. Sounds wild!

4. Fun Day & Science Fair, Overton Park, Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., free, all ages
Join Overton Park Conservancy for a free morning of fun, games, and science at East Parkway Pavilion and the Old Forest. Play badminton, cornhole, giant Jenga, and other games, and learn about the forest’s plants and animals with research partners from local colleges. Use your phone to help record as many species as you can find with iNaturalist.org and watch the finals of the International Society of Arboriculture Southern Chapter’s tree-climbing contest.

5. 901 Popper Throwdown, High Cotton Brewing, Sunday, noon – 6 p.m., free, all ages
Teams will compete to make the best jalapeño poppers while the general public – that’s  you – enjoys free admission to the festival to watch the competition, try samples, enjoy food front eh The Edge Alley and Beer from high Cotton, liv music, acivities for kids, and jalapeño eating contest.

A few more ideas…

– Graceland will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Elvis’ military service. Details:

Don Lifted concert

– It’s peak time for blooms at the Dixon (yes, tulips!) and don’t miss their exhibits, either.

Winnie the Hippo’s 1st Birthday Celebration at the Memphis Zoo, all weekend.

See more on the blog’s calendar here.

Photo credit: Allen Gillespie/ Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau / Memphis CVB

Best Non-Local Beer In Memphis Right Now

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:09pm

Ed. Note: Here on the I Love Memphis Blog, you know we focus on local, local, local. But “local” can mean more than just something made from start to finish here in Memphis. Contributor Blake and I noticed how many locally staffed stores and bars work with local distributors to bring in the best beer from around the country, and so he did some tough investigating (ahem, drinking) to find out the best non-local brews on local shelves. Check it out and leave your additional favorites in the comments! 

The Memphis beer scene is the best it’s ever been, and it’s no wonder that new breweries want to bring their beer to the Bluff City, especially with all the positive changes our city is experiencing.

Memphis has two beer distributors – A.S. Barbaro Inc. and Eagle Distributing Co.) – who continuously work to bring new varieties of beer to our best Memphis beer bars and stores. 

And while we love our local breweries, the available non-local beer selection is great and we’re going to show you five beers you need to try (in no particular order). Most of these are generally available year-round, but be sure to call ahead if your heart is set on one of these craft beers in Memphis.

Read through to the bottom of this post for a list of places to find these tasty brews.

– Bell’s Oberon (5.8% ABV)

I lit up like a Christmas tree when I heard Bell’s Oberon was launching this month (March) in the 901.  It is one of the greatest spring/summer beers available and you are likely going to love it as much as I do. Oberon is a wheat ale that is light, smooth, with nice citrus characteristics to it. Any fans of wheat beers or light Belgians will like this beer a lot.  

This beer is perfect for nights at the Levitt Shell (click here for picnic ideas), BBQ fest, nights out toasting the hiring of Coach Penny and every other great moment in the city. Grab this beer and go enjoy your warm weather adventures!

– Blackstone Brewing’s St. Charles Porter (5.8% ABV)

I love that Blackstone Brewing is back in Memphis, after a several year hiatus from the 901 while they moved into their new brewing facility. I had five of their beers at Young Avenue Deli a few weeks ago and they were fantastic.

My favorite is the St. Charles Porter, a homebrew recipe beer, that has eight wins at the Great American Beer Fest for brown porters.  It’s a very malty porter as you’d expect, but drinks lighter like a brown ale, with a creaminess to it, and a fantastic mouthfeel. I could drink this all day long (and have on several occasions).

– Terrapin’s Wake-N-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout (9.4% ABV)

Terrapin is known for flavorful beers and they don’t disappoint with the W-N-B.  Light will not penetrate this car-oil-like dark beer once it’s poured in your glass.  I don’t taste the oatmeal, but the coffee is there, starting with the strong aroma and moving into the great flavor.  

I think this is the perfect beer to have with dinner, though some people might think this hearty beast could be dinner itself.  At 9.4% it has a lot of power, so I could only have one or two in a night, but it would be one hell of a night.

– Ommegang’s Rosetta (5.6% ABV)

Rosetta is a traditional Belgian Kriek (sour cherry) beer that was perfectly blended with three-year-old aged cherries, a young flemish brown ale and a cherry lambic beer.  The tartness got me in the back of the neck on my first sip, but the sweetness mellowed it out after another drink. It’s light and enjoyable, but I wouldn’t have more than a few in one sitting because of the sweetness.  This is a perfect beer for brunch, pairing with soft cheeses or with a dessert.

– New Belgium’s Citradelic Tangerine IPA (6% ABV)

This beer smells like all the citrus in the world was put into one beer.  The citrus is very present in this IPA, to the point where it mellows out the Citra hops a bit, but keeps that familiar hoppy character of an IPA.  When drank very cold, the hops have more of a bite, but I allowed mine to warm up a bit and found the mouthfeel very pleasing. The tangerine and splash of tropical fruit flavors are very enjoyable and this beer is a great choice for anyone wanting an IPA.

Cheers!

Here’s a list of Memphis beer bars and stores with a good selection who likely carry the above varieties. Again, not every where will carry everything but life is an adventure, right? If you have any to add, leave ’em in the comments.

– Flying Saucer, both downtown and Cordova locations
Lucchesi’s Beer Garden
– Young Avenue Deli
Hammer & Ale
– Madison Growler Shop
– Casual Pint
MS Ale House
– any of the bigger liquor stores that have growler stations, including Buster’s and Joe’s
– fancy Krogers, Fresh Market, Superlo on Spottswood

About the Author
Blake Marcum was born and raised in the 901 and now lives in Midtown, helping people vicariously live out their dreams on social media, if those dreams involve beer and barbecue.  He’s a contributor to I Love Memphis,Memphis Travel, and MemphisCraftBeer.com.  A Grand Champion of BBQ Fest (2013) and BBQ judge, he really knows BBQ. Pairing that with his love of craft beer, he’s a great representative of the fun side of the Bluff City.  Blake loves the investment going into Memphis and believes the best is yet to come. Follow him on Twitter at@blakeandbrew.

2018 Memphis Spring Events Guide

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 4:31pm

Ed. Note: Looking for things to do in Memphis this spring? Aisling has put together this list of  more than 40 ideas for Memphis spring festivals, events, and things to do with kids.

Here’s your 2018 Memphis Spring Events Guide:

Celebration of Spring/Food Truck Fridays, Dixon Galley & Gardens, all spring, $7 adults/$3 kids, all ages/kid-friendly
Enjoy the spring spectacle of 125,000 bulbs all in bloom at the Dixon Galley & Gardens. Expect including tulips, hyacinth, crocus, daffodils, and galanthus; don’t forget Tuesdays are PWYC and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon are free. Fridays April through September, there will be food trucks from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the gardens are free during that time.

Young Collectors Contemporary, Crosstown Arts, March 22 – 25, $25 – $125, 18+
This cutting-edge art fair at Crosstown features multi-disciplinary work from emerging artists. It’s part exhibition, part party, and part contemporary arts conference for artists, collectors, and the arts community.

Winnie the Hippo’s 1st Birthday Celebration, Memphis Zoo, March 23 – 25, prices vary, all ages
Celebrate our baby hippo’s first year on earth at the Memphis Zoo with special events adn feedings going on throughout the weekend

MusliMeMFest, Agricenter International, March 24, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., free
This annual one-day festival, hosted by Muslims in Memphis, features food, shopping, exhibits, entertainment, and children’s activities.

Fun Day & Science Fair, Overton Park, March 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., free, all ages
Join Overton Park Conservancy for a free morning of fun, games, and science at East Parkway Pavilion and the Old Forest. Play badminton, cornhole, giant Jenga, and other games, and learn about the forest’s plants and animals with research partners from local colleges. Use your phone to help record as many species as you can find with iNaturalist.org and watch the finals of the International Society of Arboriculture Southern Chapter’s tree-climbing contest.

901 Popper Throwdown, High Cotton Brewing, March 25, noon – 6 p.m., free, all ages
Teams will compete to make the bjest jalapeno poppers while the general public – that’s  you – enjoys free admission to the festival to watch the competition, try samples, enjoy food front eh The Edge Alley and Beer from high Cotton, liv music, acivites for kids, and jalapeño eating contest.

-Condomonium, Playhouse on the Square, March 31, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $25 – $100
Local designers create stunning fashion pieces made of condoms as a fundraiser for CHOICES.  Check out the living art show, live music, food and cocktails.

– Fool Fest 2018, Shangri-La Records, March 31 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., free to attend, all ages
Buy cheap 45s, CDS, and more, plus free live tunes from Alicja-Pop, Model Zero and more.

River Series, Harbor Town Amphitheater, April 1, 15 and 29, 3 p.m., $5, all ages/kid-friendly
This series of shows, curated by Goner Records, bringing Memphians together to see and celebrate live music in an intimate riverfront venue. Grownups can enjoy great music and beer in an environment where the little ones are welcome. Proceeds benefit The Maria Montessori School.

– Midtown Opera Festival 2018, Playhouse on the Square, April 6-14, $100 festival pass ($400 value), individual events start at $10, all ages
Opera Memphis’ festival returns to Playhouse on the Square, anchored by The Triumph of Honor and The Opera 901 Showcase. Each opera is preceded by an Opera Prelude Talk, giving insight into the story, characters, and music. After the opera, the audience is invited to join Opera Memphis for a drink in the lounge or head to one of the many Festival Fringe Events.

Cooper Young Community Farmers Market Crawfish Boil, First Congo Parking Lot, April 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., free entry, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s time for the 5th annual CYCFM! Enjoy local beer, crawfish, and other food for sale, plus live music from Rod Duran.

Memphis Farmers Market Opening Day 2018, G.E. Patterson and S. Front St., April 7, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Memphis’ largest farmers market kicks off the season with Opening Day on Saturday, April 7 with food vendors, food trucks, and entertainment.

– Shelby Farms Earth Day Celebrations, Shelby Farms Park, Starts April 7, prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate Earth Day in the month of April at Shelby Farms with four events. The Down To Earth Festival is the big one, on April 7 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with activities, food, and music (free admission; $5 parking). The Earth Day 5K is April 15, the Family Camp Out is April 20-21, and Outdoor Movie Night is April 28.

Taste the Rarity, Wiseacre Brewing, April 7, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., $50 + fees, 21 and up
Taste rare craft beers from breweries around the country and celebrate the release of the 2017 Unicornicopia (this year, it’s Off in Space Imperial Stout), with music from the Mighty Souls Brass Band, Big Barton, Griz Line, circus acts, food, games, commemorative taster glass and more. Expect this one to sell out, so get your tix asap.

– Persian Festival, Overton Park, April 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate Persian and Iranian culture at the inaugural Persian Festival. Enjoy authentic Persian food, a handicrafts exhibition, music, dance, and more.

– Memphis Redbirds 2018 Season, AutoZone Park, starts April 10, prices vary, all ages/kid-friendly
The Redbirds 2018 season kicks off April 10 with one-cent tickets on Welcome Back (For A) Penny Day, to celebrate Penny Hardaway as the new Memphis Tigers’ men’s basketball coach. Go here for the full season schedule.

– Memphis Fashion Week, Various Locations, April 11-14, Prices Vary, 18+
Memphis Fashion Week brings together local and regional designers, models, photographers, artists, and other fashion industry types for several days of runway shows, parties, and boutique events.

Rooftop Parties at Peabody Hotel, April 12 through August, $15, 21 +
The season kicks off April 12 with The Molly Ringwalds. Dance to live music and enjoy drinks and snacks while partying on the roof of the Downtown hotel. The parties are Thursdays from April through August, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk, Broad Avenue, April 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., free to attend, all ages/kid-friendly
Broad Avenue Art Walk features artist market, live music, food trucks, and more.

– Healthy Memphis Festival, Railgarten, April 14, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. free, all ages/kid-friendly
Check out local businesses and vendors who support healthy eating and lifestyle habits, and enjoy food demos, music, exercise classes, art, and kids’ corner.

– Overton Square Crawfish Festival, Overton Square, April 14, noon – 6 p.m., free to attend, all ages
The annual Overton Square Crawfish Festival is so big that it takes over the whole square, shutting down Madison Ave. for an afternoon of eating, drinking, shopping and live music. Prices for crawfish and drinks vary.

Time-Warp Drive-In, Summer Drive-In, April 14, dusk to dawn, $10 per person, all ages
Black Lodge Video and Malco Theatres present the 5th annual Time Warp Drive In series. The spring film night theme is “High School is Hell” on April 14, with films like “Carrie” and “The Craft.”

– Lucero Family Block Party 20th Anniversary Celebration, Minglewood Hall, April 14, 2 p.m. – 11 p.m., $25 – $150, kids 10 and under free, all ages
This is one serious throw-down. (It’s pretty okay for kids early on, though.) Lucero, plus Turnpike Troubadours, Deer Tick, John Moreland, Louise Page,Mighty Souls Brass Band.

– Memphis Brewfest, Liberty Bowl Stadium, April 14, 4 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., $45 gen. admission/$100 VIP, 21 and up
Try a whole bunch of beers at the 8th annual Memphis Brewfest. Benefits the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

– 26th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, Wagner Place, April 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages
The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival is the city’s largest, at least by amount of crawfish: during the single day festival, they’ll serve 15,000 pounds. There will also be live music, a gumbo cooking contest, and all manner of crawfish-related activities. Bring a lawn chair and set up camp along the trolley tracks while you eat. Proceeds from the festival benefit Porter-Leath.

– 30 Thursdays, Memphis Botanic Gardens, April 19 – October 25, prices vary, all ages
The Botanic Gardens stays open late with special programming on Thursdays starting on April 19. Expect everything from BYOB yoga to outdoor painting classes to dog-friendly nights; click here for a full schedule.

– Africa in April, Robert Church Park, April 20 – 22, free, all ages
Enjoy a fun cultural celebration in Robert Church Park during Africa in April. The park will be packed with vendors, food, cultural activities, a parade, live music, and workshops on diversity, entrepreneurship, and health and wellness.

Bacon & Bourbon Fest, Memphis Farmers Market, April 21, 6 – 9 p.m., 21 + , $39, Save $5 with early bird discount
Ticket price includes 15 bourbon tastings, pork dishes from a variety of local restaurants, live music and party activities. Benefits the Memphis Farmers Market.

– East Buntyn Art Walk, Midland Avenue, April 21, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., free, all ages
Head to Midland Ave between Prescott Street and Reese Street for the 8th annual East Buntyn Art Walk, where residents will turn their front yards into galleries for local and regional artists. Mingle with the neighbors at this kid, people, and pet-friendly event.

Hopped Festival, Memphis Made Brewing, April 21, 1– 10 p.m., free to enter, 21+ to drink
It’s time for the 4th annual celebration of hoppy, springy beers. First 50 customers will receive a free Hopped glass. Live music by Amy Lavere, River City Tanlines and more. Kid friendly.

Kaleidoscope Food Festival, Wiseacre Brewing Co, April 21, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The 2nd annual Kaleidoscope Festival in Binghampton is a chance to sample food from the multicultural chefs from the neighborhood, paired with Wiseacre Beer, and enjoy African and Indian dance. It’s free to attend and kids and pets are welcome.

Southern Hot Wing Festival, Tiger Lane, April 21, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., $15 online / $20 at the gate, kids 12 and under free, all ages
Cooking teams compete for $5,000 in prize money for the best hot wings in Memphis, and most teams will give out samples for a $1 or $2 donation to Ronald McDonald House. Expect live music, a wing eating contest, a cornhole tourney, and more. Buy tickets online ahead of time and save $5.

Arlington In April, Depot Square in Arlington, April 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Vendors from around the Mid-South will display and sell handmade crafts and boutique items. They’ll have lots of activities, great music and entertainment.

Mid-South Food Truck Festival, Liberty Bowl Stadium, April 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., adults $8, kids $3
The Food Truck Festival at Tiger Lane features 49 regional trucks and DeAngelo Williams Foundation’s ‘Throw-in for a Cure’ Cornhole Tournament.

V&E Greenline Art Walk, V&E Greenline, April 28, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free, all ages
Local artists and vendors will line the V&E Greenline in Midtown for the 7th annual V&E Art Walk. In addition to dozens of local artist booths, the festival will have food vendors, kids’ activities, live music and a silent auction. If you’ve never been there, the V&E Greenline is an unpaved trail that starts at Cleveland and North Parkway and runs to Rhodes College.

– Beale Street Wine Race, Beale Street, April 29, 1 p.m., free, 21+
Cheer on your favorite Memphis restaurant workers as they compete in an adult version of elementary school field day, complete with relay races (involving carrying wine over hurdles), a beauty pageant / dance off, and grape-stomping competition. It’s weird and wonderful. Leave the kids at home for this one.

Memphis in May International Festival, Tom Lee Park/Other Locations, May, various prices, all ages
A few things in Memphis are certain: summers are sticky, basketball is awesome, and the Memphis in May International Festival is the city’s biggest party. This year, it starts on May 4 with the Beale Street Music Festival (check out the band lineup here) and continues throughout the month, including International Week, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (known locally as “BBQ Fest”), 901Fest and the Great American River Run. This year’s honored country is Czech Republic.

39th Annual Blues Music Awards, Cook Convention Center, May 10, Doors Open 5 p.m., $150 +
This event brings together Blues performers, industry reps, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues music.

60th Annual Memphis Greek Festival, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, May 11 – 12, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Vendors from around the Mid-South will display and sell handmade crafts and boutique items. They’ll have lots of activities, great music and entertainment. Take a trip to the “little Greek island on Highland” for dancing (don’t worry, there are lessons), a marketplace, tours of the church sanctuary, live music and yes, tons of food. If you can’t stay for dinner, you can always get food in the drive-thru.

Dog-A-Roo, Shelby Farms, May 12, times TBA, all ages + dogs of course
Head to Shelby Farms for a festival for the dogs where all proceeds benefit Shelby Farms and the Greenline. Bring your dog and participate in all kinds of canine-centric activities; details are still forthcoming. In past years, they’ve had canine costume contests, dock dog demos, a rescue parade, agility course, training, Q&As with pet experts, music, a four-legged 4K, and more.

– Memphis Italian Festival, Marquette Park, May 31 – June 2, all day, adult admission TBA / kids and active military free, all ages
Celebrate Memphis’ Italian community with food, games, a cooking contest and more at the Memphis Italian Festival. Similar to BBQ Fest, you have to have an inside connection or be a part of a cooking team in order to eat most of the food, so prepare accordingly. You can also play bocce ball and cornhole and hear live music.

About the Author

Aisling Maki is a freelance writer, editor, and public and media relations specialist with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America, as well as several awards for fiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries. You can usually find her cheering on the Grizzlies, doing outdoorsy things, or traveling with her daughter, Brídín. They live in Cooper-Young with a dog, a guinea pig and a pair of pet mice.

Maciel’s Bodega To Open In Binghampton

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 1:29pm

Maciel’s is taking over Memphis! They just opened a second location on Highland near The University of Memphis and today they announced that they’re opening a “bodega” coffee shop and store on Tillman in the Binghampton neighborhood.

The website says this third iteration of Maciel’s will consist of: “Craft Coffee. Boba Tea. Breakfast Burritos. Co-working.”

It will be where French Truck Coffee is now, though I guess French Truck is closing and will now just have the one location inside Crosstown Concourse.

Here’s what else we know about Maciel’s Bodega:

– It will be at 584 Tillman Suite 1, which is north of (“behind”) The Rec Room

– It will open on April 2, 2018.

– They’ll have coffee, espresso, breakfast burritos, boba tea/bubble tea, smoothies, beer, and other snacks.

– The hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekends.

– They plan to partner with UberEats to deliver at some point.

– They hope to eventually make fresh corn and flour tortillas and salsa for sale.

If you’re interested in the background info…the owners of Maciel’s – Manuel and Lisha Martinez – are partners with ITS Fine Restaurants for this and the Highland Location. ITS Fine Restaurants are Railgarten, Loflin, Bounty, Rec Room, and Maciel’s Highland.

They do have a website and Facebook page, though there’s not much on either yet.

chicken tinga fajitas from Maciel’s

Are You A Memphis Insider? Test Yourself And Win Cash

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 5:16pm

Are you a Memphis Insider? Here’s one way to find out.

This survey has 13 questions about Memphis history, attractions, tourism, and culture and takes less than five minutes to finish.

Once you’re done, you’re entered to win a $100 VISA gift card. There’s only space for 400 people to take the survey (so hurry up!) and four winners will be chosen. Pretty good odds!

Click HERE to take the quick survey.

In addition to a chance for cold, hard cash and your ability to brag about your Insider status, completing this survey will help out the local organization Welcome To Memphis.

Welcome To Memphis trains local tourism, hospitality, and other professionals to provide the best customer service for guests and locals. The results of this survey will not be published or distributed, but it will help guide their future Welcome to Memphis training. Read more here.

Thank you and good luck! Again, click right here to take the survey.

901 Popper Throwdown This Weekend At High Cotton

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:15pm

Ed. Note: Start festival season off the right way at this Sunday’s free event at High Cotton. Michael talked with 901 Popper Throwdown founder Seth Agranov to get all the info. All photos provided by Seth via Popper Throwdown. 

Everyone sit down for a second. I have some amazing news for you. This Sunday, March 25 from noon to 6 p.m. at High Cotton Brewery on Madison, the 2nd Annual Popper Throwdown is going down!

Why should you come to this jalapeño popper contest? Because not only can you watch teams compete for the title of “Best Popper”, but it’s family-friendly, with live music and activities, it’s free to get in, and there will be plenty of food and drink for sale.

Here’s my Q&A with the creator of Popper Throwdown, Seth Agranov.

Michael: Popper Throwdown…what? How did this event come about?

Seth: A few friends and I kept making tweaks to a recipe I posted years ago about making the most delicious Jalapeño Poppers. We battled back and forth with social media pictures about who had the best popper. Based on my experience with putting on Burger Fest, competing in the Southern Hot Wing Festival, Memphis in May, and other small local cook-offs, it made sense to turn this into an official competition.

Originally, we wanted to do this in someone’s backyard, but none of our wives wanted 20 guys drinking beer trekking through the houses to use the kitchens and bathrooms. The wives brought up the idea of beer and from there, we took [the idea] to a couple local breweries. High Cotton stepped up and together we came up with the full concept for the 901 Popper Throwdown.

beauties!

Michael: Why should people come to the Popper Throwdown this weekend?

Seth: Popper Throwdown is obviously being held at the brewery, but we’re also blocking off the street outside (Monroe Avenue) and making it a proper festival. There will be music all day provided by Outer Ring. High Cotton will have beer for sale and Edge Alley will have food for sale. We’ll have some corn-hole boards setup, a face painter, sidewalk chalk, and more.

Most importantly, this event will benefit Memphis Paws, Inc.**, a 501C3 charity that makes donations to animal organizations and rescues. Over the past six years Memphis Paws has donated about $50,000 to local animal care organizations.

Michael: Who should come to this Sunday’s Popper Throwdown? 

Seth: Popper Throwdown is a family-friendly event. It’s early in the spring season and we encourage people to come get outside end enjoy some great local food, music, and each other. We are kid- and pet-friendly, but we always ask people who plan to bring their dogs to use good judgement.

music!

Michael: How do you compete in the Popper Throwdown? Is it too late to register a team?

Seth: It’s not too late. We will accept teams up until the start of the event, provided they meet the requirements and arrive with their entry free. It’s $120 per team to enter the competition. That fee includes a lot of fresh jalapeño peppers to use and lots of beer provided by High Cotton.

In addition, teams will compete for prize money, trophies, and of course, bragging rights. They will compete in two popper categories. One is “Anything Goes” and the second must include one of the three High Cotton canned brews in the recipe – Scottish Ale, Czar IPA, or ESB.

Last year’s winner: Sushi Jimmi

 

pirates of the grillabean!

Michael: Everyone wants to know: will there be samples and will there be anything other than poppers to eat?

Seth: Besides teams handing out some samples to raise additional money for Memphis Paws (so bring some dollar bills) – Edge Alley and Mempops will be setup outside selling food.

Michael: Thank you Seth! This sounds like an awesome event, and I will definitely be in attendance.

Edge Alley will have a limited brunch menu served inside: avocado “toast” (on biscuit, I believe), meatloaf biscuit, and pimento cheese biscuit, plus some salads and a few other items. Outside, Edge Alley will have a tent selling these three items for $5 each:

– High Cotton beer brats with beer mustard
– Classic cream cheese fried jalapeño poppers
– Vegetarian red beans and rice

Click Menu to see the full menu.

serious judging happening

 Think you have what it takes to take the Popper crown? Need more info? Head over to http://jalapenothrowdown.com/ for more info and rules. Sign up your team today! They really are still accepting cooking groups. 

** Memphis Paw, Inc. benefits organizations like Spay Memphis and rescues like Street Dog Foundation, Tunica Humane Society, Fayette County Animal Rescue, Alive Memphis Rescue, Hearts of Gold Pitfall Rescue, Memphis Pets Alive, Tails of Hope Dog Rescue, Desoto Animal Rescue Society, The Savior Foundation and Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue.

Go There:

2nd Annual 901 Popper Throwdown
March 25, 2018, noon to 6 p.m.
Facebook Event

High Cotton Brewing
598 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

free to enter

Popperazzi! Ha!

About The Author
Michael Butler, Jr. is a native Memphian, blogger, photographer, and United States Navy veteran. He loves the food, people, and scenery of Memphis and wants to showcase all the city’s great things. Michael loves to spend free time with his daughter, hanging with friends on local restaurants, or playing a game of cornhole. He’s an urban explorer who believes that life is for living. Follow him on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, or his blog.

Where To Get Oysters In Memphis

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 7:00am

Memphis may be landlocked, but we also have FedEx overnight shipping, so hooray for oysters!

These are the places to get oysters in Memphis. I’ve focused on places that offer raw oysters on the half shell; if those same restaurants offer cooked oysters I included that. At the bottom, you’ll find a list of Memphis restaurants that serve predominately cooked oysters only, i.e., in a fried oyster poboy.

East Memphis and Suburbs

Friday Tuna (750 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova)
This Cordova hibachi joint offers raw and grilled “Cajun style” oysters in addition to their classic hibachi and sushi menu.

The Grove Grill (4550 Poplar)
The Grove Grill serves raw, grilled, and fried oysters on their lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus. They also serve raw oysters on the half shell for $1 each during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Half Shell (688 S. Mendendall and 7825 Winchester)
The Half Shell says they’ve provided fresh Gulf oysters to the Mid-South for more than 30 years. At both of their locations, they currently serve varieties of baked (Bienville or Rockefeller), grilled, and fried oysters, in addition to raw ones on the half shell. Plus, they have fried oyster poboys.

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Mortimer’s (590 N. Perkins)
This East Memphis staple is a favorite for Gulf oysters on the half shell or baked oysters. They also have a 75 cent Oyster Night every Tuesday and Saturday (two dozen limit per person). One of their bartenders, Mark, was recently featured on this blog, too.

Owen Brennan’s (6150 Poplar)
A New Orleans inspired eatery would be weird without some oysters on the menu, so it makes sense that Owen Brennan’s delivers with all-you-can-eat raw oysters on the half shell as a part of their Sunday brunch buffet. They also have a dedicated section for raw and cooked oysters on their daily lunch and dinner menus.

Paradise Seafood (location varies)
Paradise Seafood is a food truck that serves up fresh and frozen raw seafood including shucked oysters from the Gulf. They have varying locations, of course, but you can often find them at different farmers markets especially the one at the Agricenter.

Southern Social (2285 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown)
Southern Social serves chilled raw Gulf ($2) and East Coast oysters ($2.50) as well as fried oysters with deviled eggs as an app.

Binghampton

Bounty on Broad (2519 Broad)
Bounty has a rotating selection of different oysters on the half shell – as well as fried gulf oysters – on the seafood section of their menu. In the past, they’ve done half-price oysters during happy hour.

The Cove Cockatil & Oyster Bar (2559 Broad)
This pirate-themed bar deserves more credit for their food especially their oysters, which are shucked to order. You can get oysters on the half shell, Rockefeller, Casino, Bleu Cheese, or a mix. They have oyster and cocktail specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. ICYMI, they’ve been non-smoking for a while.

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Midtown

Bayou (2094 Madison)
The Bayou in Overton Square serves both raw oysters on the half shell and cooked oysters (Bienville, Rockefeller, and chargrilled) for lunch, dinner, and at brunch. They also have a fried oyster basket and a poboy.

Local on the Square (2126 Madison)
Local offers raw Gulf oysters ($1.50 each) as well as baked (with garlic and Gruyere) and buttermilk fried (with Sriracha honey).

Indian Pass Raw Bar (2059 Madison)
Indian Pass Raw Bar opened its second location (the original is in Florida) in March of 2018 in the former Chiwawa location on Madison just west of Overton Square. They have raw, baked, and chargrilled oysters plus other seafood, a big patio, beer, and live music a few days a week.

Sweet Grass (937 S. Cooper)
Sweet Grass opened a raw bar in February and it’s been packed every time I stopped by afterwards (which is quite a few times). This may be due to their Oyster Happy Hour special which includes 75 cent Gulf oysters from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. They also have a rotating selection of raw oysters from other sources and a few cooked ones including BBQ, Rockefeller, etc.

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Downtown

Flying Fish (502 S. 2nd)
This casual downtown cafe should be your go-to spot for all manner of seafood cravings: fried and grilled fish and shrimp, crab legs, and of course, raw and fried oysters. Side note: Fried oysters from Flying Fish are #37 on the 100 Things to Eat In Memphis (2013 Edition).

Pearl’s Oyster House (229 S. Main)
It’s in the name, so that tells you…well, all it really tells you is that they serve oysters. They have a selection of oysters prepared seven different ways, i.e., raw, Rockefeller, flash fried…all served at lunch and dinner each day (dine-in only). Their raw oysters are from the Gulf. They also have a fried oyster poboy.

Silky O’Sullivan’s (183 Beale)
Silky’s serves oysters…who knew? I honestly had no idea until I started doing research, but they do have Gulf oysters on the half shell as well as Rockefeller, Bienville, and charbroiled. They also serve a fried oysters basket.

Gray Canary (301 S. Front) 
The AM restaurant group’s fifth Memphis eatery boasts a boutique raw bar ranging from $2.50 to $4.50 per oyster on the half shell.

 

Raw oysters from Sweet Grass

Other places that have cooked oysters and fried oyster po-boys:

Keep in mind that prices, menus, and hours can change. I do my very best to keep information up-to-date, but it’s always best to call ahead to be certain if it’s really important to you.

Which restaurants would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments.

5 Things To Do This Weekend: 3/16 – 3/18

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 7:08am

Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, Memphis! There’s a ton going on for St. Patrick’s Day, so if you want to see the full list, check out the Memphis St. Patrick’s Day event guide here. If you’re looking for places to watch March Madness, check out this list.

Flowers at the Dixon. Go and check out the super cool Eugenia Errázuriz exhibit, and of course, the tulips.

1. International Guitar Festival, University of Memphis, Friday-Sunday, $20, all ages
Memphis-based internationally-known classical guitarist Lily Afshar runs this annual weekend of concerts and competitions. It’s free for U of M students, faculty, and staff (with ID) or $20 tickets at the door. There are performances Friday night, Saturday morning and night, and Sunday night. If you don’t know about Lily Afshar, check out this article.

2. St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans
Most of the big events this weekend are related to this Irish-honoring holiday, including a parade in Cooper Young on Saturday at 10 a.m., a parade on Beale Street also on Saturday at 3 p.m., blowout parties at Celtic Crossing, The Brass Door, Murphy’s, Beale Street in general, plus Overton Square and a South Main pub crawl. That’s just to name a few, but I’m only letting this take up one of the five things in case St. Paddy’s Days ain’t your thing.

3. Laser Show: The Beatles, Pink Palace Planetarium, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., $8 kids/$9 adults, ages 5 and up
Laser shows are back! First up is a show with Beatles music. Groovy. The music is loud so kids under five are not allowed. They’re all showing this one next weekend, too.

4. Ernest Withers: Goodnight My Love Opening Reception, Crosstown Arts (1350 Concourse Ave.), Saturday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, 13+
See photos from one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Ernest Withers photographed everything from sports to Elvis to the Civil Rights Movement. If you haven’t been to the Withers Museum on Beale Street, go. And also go check this out. It’s on display through May 13, but the opening reception is this Saturday. I put 13+ but you may want to do some more research before you bring all the kids.

5. Artistik Lounge feat. The PRVLG, Minglewood Hall, Sunday, 7 p.m., $10, 18+
Haven’t been to an Artistik Lounge yet? What are you waiting for? Memphis musicians The PRVLG perform this Sunday night at the lounge inside Minglewood Hall.

For more, check out the blog’s calendar.

photo provided by Celtic Crossing

10 Kid-Friendly Spring Break Ideas

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 8:00am

Shelby County Schools Spring Break dates for 2018 are March 12 through 16, with most other area schools have breaks throughout March. If you’re looking for spring break ideas for kids, here are a few.

1. Get A History Lesson at the National Civil Rights Museum: adults $16, kids $13
If you do one thing with your kids this spring break, make this it.

All Memphians should know what happened in Memphis (and around the world) to begin the long and still ongoing fight for justice and equality for people of color. Get more info and museum hours here. Read my post about the reopening of the museum and see photos here.

The NCRM is closed on Tuesdays.

2. Be A Tourist In Your Hometown At The Peabody: Free
Younger kids especially will get a kick out of the daily march of the Peabody ducks, daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (the 11 a.m. is usually a little less crowded). Read more about the duck march here.

3. Check out the planetarium and CTI Giant Theater at the Pink Palace (see ticket prices here)

Sure, you’ve taken the kids to the Pink Palace Museum, but have you been to the Planetarium?  Click here for a schedule. The CTI 3D Giant Theater also has shows going on these days. Click here for a schedule. Right now, the Pink Palace has exhibits about gold in Panamanian culture and an exhibit about Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. Go Outside And Play: free
There’s nothing like a good old fashioned day at the playground to burn some energy and (hopefully) soak up the sun. Even if you need a jacket this week, it’s pretty nice out.

Try one of these: Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms, Rainbow Lake Playground at Overton Park, RiverFit at Tom Lee Park (good for older kids with adult supervision), Shelby Forest State Park, Williamson Park in Evergreen Historic District, or Germantown Municipal Park.

5. Take a Day or So Trip to Discovery Park: adults $14.95, kids $11.95 + $10+ for extra attractions + gas and food, etc. BUT they’re doing a $2 spring break special. Read more.
Technically not in Memphis, but you’re working with a little more time and budget, go to one of the craziest, most interesting places I’ve ever been: the Discovery Park of Tennessee in Union City.

It’s the only place I’ve seen a two-story human-shaped slide, a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, aquariums, holograms, inordinate amounts of of taxidermy, WWII planes, and replica dinosaur skeletons – all in one place. That’s only about 15 percent of what they have there. I can’t really do it justice with words.

The City Museum in St. Louis is cool in its own way, but this kind of blows it out of the water. I think I spent five or six hours there and I didn’t stop to “play” in the science exhibits. You really need to check out my full post about my trip there.

6. Go on a Kid-Friendly Food Crawl: price varies
Most food and pub crawls are for grown-ups, but what about a kid-friendly food crawl at several local restaurants?

Here are a few that kids will love (click on the link to read my full post about each of these):
Belly Acres and Sweet Noshings in Overton Square
– A Schwab on Beale Street
– Lunchbox Eats downtown
– Elwood’s Shack on Summer Ave
– Ethiopian Restaurant in Cordova (for the adventurous types)
Soul Fish Cafe
Jerry’s Sno Cone
Huey’s (bring a sharpie to sign the wall, try to shoot a toothpick in the ceiling!)

Or, go on an ice cream pilgrimage to Hernando, Mississippi.

Get more youngster-friendly food ideas over at the Dining With Monkeys blog.

7. Find a Museum You Haven’t Been To: prices vary, usually under $10
After you’ve covered all the “big” museums  in town, spend a few afternoons at some of the smaller, but just as charming, Memphis museums.

The Lichterman Nature Center in East Memphis features trails and a wildlife center, the Cotton Museum and Fire Museum are downtown; both showcase historical and educational exhibits with cool gift shops. The Belz Museum of Chinese and Judaic Art is fun for older kids and teens.

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa gives a glimpse into the area’s original Native American inhabitants and is adjacent to lots of picnic-friendly places. Go here for a list of museums and parks in in the area.

8. Let The Kids Get Behind The Wheel: prices vary
Try the classic outdoor cart tracks at Golf & Games on Summer Avenue, take the older kids to the high-speed F1-inspired track at Autobahn Indoor Speedway, or race in the go-carts or bumper cars at Incredible Pizza.

A little Friday night speed at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Video courtesy of @thefilmjerk. #speed #gocarts

A video posted by Holly Whitfield (@ilovememphisblog) on Dec 18, 2015 at 7:39pm PST


9. Take a trip to a local bookstore.
Memphis has quite a few! Check out the guide to local Memphis bookstores here.


10. A Few Other Ideas. I’m Just Going To List Them.

– Spend an evening at Incredible Pizza (pizza buffet, arcade, mini bowling, indoor roller coaster, etc.)
Ride the elevator at the Bass Pro Pyramid
Check out Main Event Entertainment during family friendly hours (bowling, arcade, laser tag, etc.)
– Take a picture at an I Love Memphis mural
– Go to SkyZone indoor trampoline park.
– Ride the Greenline.
Sign up to volunteer and give back to Memphis.

If you want to see more ideas, check out East Memphis Moms blog, the I Love Memphis calendar for daily events, plus the weekly and weekend guides.

What’s the best Spring Break you (or your kids) ever had in Memphis? Tell me in the comments.

5 Things To Do This Weekend: 3/9 – 3/11

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:02pm

Happy Friday, Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend.

chorizo hash from the Waffle Iron of Collierville

1. Memphis Comedy Fest, Various Locations, through Sunday, $10+, 18 and up
The Memphis Comedy Festival is back for another year of laughs through this Sunday in midtown. There are improv shows, games, and headliner Lizz Winstead going on at the P&H, the Hi-Tone, and Theatreworks all weekend, but what you really need to look out for are the showcases, featuring carefully selected visiting comics doing standup. There’s one tonight at 7 p.m. at Theatreworks, there are three going on all day at Theatreworks tomorrow, and another on Sunday at Midtown Crossing Grill Tickets are just $10 per show online, or you can get a multi-show pass.

2. Mid-South Con 36, Hilton Memphis, all weekend, all ages
MidSouthCon is the longest-running annual fan-run multi-genre Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-South.  It covers a diverse section of fannish culture that includes Science Fiction, Fantasy, Science, Comics, Horror, Education, Costuming, Anime, and Gaming.

3. Southern Women’s Show, Agricenter, all weekend, $9 advance/$10 at the door, all ages
Shopping, showcases, demos, and more. Via SWS: “Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests.” Get more ticket info here.

4. Spillit Story Slam, Amurica Photo, Saturday, 7 p.m., $10, all ages (parental discretion advised, though)
Anyone who wants to tell their 5-minute story can drop their name in the bucket for a chance to win the Slam, plus there’s one featured storyteller – in this case, it’s Spillit Director Josh Campbell. Admission is $10, plus bring a few dollars for tips if you plan to enjoy the free Wiseacre beer.

5. Soulful Food Truck Sunday, Clayborn Temple, noon – 6 p.m., $10 advance/$15 at the door, all ages/kid-friendly
MBRW continues through the weekend with lunch and dinner specials at about a dozen local black-owned restaurants. Sunday is the food truck fest with eight food trucks, live music, and more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.

see more on the blog’s calendar!

Hopdoddy, Hattie B’s, and More: 15 Memphis Restaurant Updates You’ve Been Waiting For

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:27pm

Find a new Memphis restaurant! Here’s a list of 15 upcoming Memphis restaurants that are opening soon. I’ve included my comments and relevant links.

Please keep in mind that most of the openings are subject to change. The links to menus are either from existing locations or previous/similar restaurants, so use common sense as you peruse.

Sneak peek of @RiseSaddleCreek earlier today – it’s AMAZING! Y’all are going to love it! See you this Wednesday for a soft open and Saturday for grand opening! #choose901 #901foodie #901eats #biscuits #donuts #friedchicken #coffee #choose901 #memphis #ilovememphis #381ohyum pic.twitter.com/v9AM7Eyr6F

— Saddle Creek (@saddlecreekshop) March 4, 2018

1. Rise  Open now, technically. Saddle Creek, Germantown.
Rise is a mostly breakfast cafe in Germantown with about 15 locations in the southeast, and this location is the first in Tennessee. They opened today, so I’m including them on this list. They have donuts, biscuit sandwiches, and a few other lunch-y things. Menu.

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2. Indian Pass Raw BarOpening March 12. Just west of Overton Square where Chiwawa used to be.
This will be the next addition to our Places To Get Oysters In Memphis guide, and the newest seafood restaurant in Memphis. The second location of the popular Florida restaurant means you can expect seafood, obviously, including oysters, shrimp, crab legs, and gumbo, plus burgers and hot dogs, wine, and beer. They have a big patio, will be open every day, and will have live music Thursday – Saturday nights. Menu.

inside Grecian Gourmet

3. Grecian GourmetOpening March 13. 412 S. Main where Onix used to be a while ago.
You’ve been able to pick up Grecian Gourmet’s prepared foods at farmers markets and shops for a while now, but now you can enjoy their house made pita chips, moussaka, dolmatches, spanakopita, pastitso, and more in a real sit-down location on South Main. Memphis could definitely used a dedicated Greek restaurant, so yay.

4. Fuel Cafe. March 13. Same location, 1761 Madison
The Memphis Flyer reports that Fuel Cafe (which has been closed for a while) will reopen on March 13 with a focus on pizza made in their new pizza oven and a “total reinvention”. Check out the article for more.

Hopdoddy Overton

5. HopdoddyOpen in a few weeks? Overton Square where YOLO used to be.
I caught this beloved Austin-based burger chain installing their sign today (March 7) and my pal Shannon got a peek inside recently, but Hopdoddy hasn’t released an opening date yet. Burgers, fries, salads, shakes, booze. Menu.

Hattie B’s starting to look like something

6. Hattie B’sOpen in a few weeks/months? On Cooper where Easy Way used to be.
Nashville hot chicken in Memphis. People love this place and they’re basically taking over the world. Fun fact, though: the firm that did Hattie B’s logos and website and stuff is based in Memphis. Wiseacre has posted that Hattie B’s food truck will be at the taproom in March, so either they’re doing a pop-up or have a truck launching, too. Menu.

7. Strano by Chef Josh. By April 1. Laurelwood area in the old Jim’s Place. 
Strano Sicilian Kitchen is moving into Jim’s Place near Laurelwood with plans to open as early as April 1; this should be a great fit for Chef Josh’s delicious upscale Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Menu.

8. WahlburgersSpring, maybe. Beale Street.
Instead of Sweetie Pie’s, we shall have a burger chain on Beale owned by famous people! They pulled a construction permit back in November (per Fox 13) and said they planned to open “this spring”. They have burgers, salads, vegetarian options, tater tots, mac ‘n’ cheese, etc. Menu.

9. Elemento’s Neopolitan PizzaLate spring/early summer. Crosstown Concourse.
This new Memphis pizzeria will be co-owned by Adrian Accury and Justin Dorah. Accury owns Ciao Baby in Collierville, which a lot of people say is their favorite pizza in the area. Read more about the Neopolitan style here. They filed a construction permit on Jan. 29 (per MDN) and I’m hearing we have a few more months before they open inside the Crosstown Concourse building.

10. SugaShackMid-April/May. 392 Beale Street.
Are there really going to be two places called variations of “sugar shack” on Beale? Yes. Beale Sweets Sugar Shack and then, at some point in the future, SugaShack, which will be owned by longtime local musician Larry Springfield. While the focus will be on the live soul music and entertainment that makes Beale Street, well, Beale Street, they’ll also have a Southern food menu. A peek at their Facebook page shows that some iteration of SugaShack existed in the past, so it will be cool to see this next version exist on the eastern end of the street, which needs some love.

11. Lucky CatApril-ish. Cooper Street where Tart used to be.
I luckily (ha) got some info on this one to expand on the January announcement that Lucky Cat was moving to the former Tart location. Lucky Cat started as a humble pop-up on Sundays at The Cove bar, now they’re a casual BYOB ramen and pork bun spot at Peabody and Cooper, and in the next few months, they will graduate to the next level: an upscale Japanese restaurant and late-night eatery in Cooper Young. I talked to owner Zach Nicholson recently. He says that Lucky Cat will always serve the ramen many Memphians love, but reiterates that they plan to expand the menu beyond street food to elevated Asian cuisine, including some surprises.

When I hear this kind of thing, I immediately think, it’s going to be more expensive, and Zach admits I’m not wrong. I asked him – why change if everyone just loves the ramen? His answer is that they have a lot of culinary talent coming in, a lot of inspiration, and access to the very best ingredients. Makes absolute sense to me, and I can tell this team has been itching to go beyond the basics since I tried their eggplant, peanut, yogurt sauce pork bun thing that blew my mind and was way out of the ordinary.

Aaron Hanna a.ka. one of Memphis’ top bartenders will take over the cocktail program, which is truly exciting if you’re a local cocktail aficionado. Zach says he’s aware of the dearth of late-night food options in midtown and hopes to stay open past midnight “maybe even 1 a.m. or later”, adding that service industry folks deserve great food even though they get off work late. Bravo on this. Given the success and quality of Lucky Cat, I trust these folks will pull it all off. I wonder if their Butcher Dinner (tomorrow! get tix now!) is any indication of the kinds of things we will find at the new Lucky Cat in the coming months.

12. 117 PrimeApril-ish. 117 Union downtown near Union and Main in the old Belle Diner.
Chef Ryan Trimm (Sweet Grass) and Craig Blondis and Roger Sapp (Central BBQ) teamed up for Sunrise, and they’ll continue their partnership for a new steakhouse called 117 Prime. They’ll do aged steaks and have an oyster bar, too. We don’t know too much else except what’s in this High Ground article and that Trimm says it will be four to six weeks until they open. This will be connected to the wonderful Belle Tavern.

13. Central BBQ East. This spring. 6201 Poplar
One of Memphis’ favorites is expanding. They’re opening in the former Lyfe Kitchen/Sharkey’s/Steak & Ale on Poplar just past 240. They’re gonna take over the world next, so hang on to your hot sauce, hot chicken people. Menu.

14. Agave Maria. Next few months/weeks???. Same location, 83 Union. 
They’re hiring, they have new window graphics, and they say the redesign is done. It seems a reopening might be imminent.

15. Bangkok Alley. New few weeks??? Same location, 
The downtown Bangkok Alley has been sold to a chef who was already working there. My intel a.k.a. Twitter tells me that it will be rebranded, but will remain a Thai restaurant. The sign on the door says it’s closed for two weeks (was put up a little less than a week ago). I’m waiting to hear back from the owner and I will update this as soon as I can. The other two Bangkok Alleys are the same.

A few other updates and restaurant things ….

  • Don’t forget about Slider Inn’s plans to open a location downtown on South Main. It’s gonna be lit.
  • At least one Twitter follower is excited about the new Krystal’s on Germantown Road. Follow your heart, sir.
  • Trader Joe’s aka the unicorn of Memphis grocery stores is still a thing, possibly…
  • Closed: Stanley BBQ and Bar Louie. No idea what’s going in there.
  • Looks like High Cotton / Edge Alley are doing some revamping of their patio (above). Just in time for the 901 Popper Throwdown on March 25.
  • The Memphis Business Journal has reported that another Hopdoddy is going into the Poplar Commons shopping center.

What’d I miss? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can sleuth out.

Take In The View At This Memphis Rooftop Bar

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:01am

Here’s a place to enjoy drinks in downtown Memphis: The View. This rooftop bar, which opened in Memphis in 2017, is on top of the Residence Inn downtown at 11o Monroe Avenue.

They open for the 2018 season on March 15th and will be open Thursdays through Saturday from 4 p.m. – ’til, weather permitting. They plan to have live music often, and there’s no cover or age restriction.

If you’re not familiar, The Residence Inn is at the corner of Monroe and Main Street, catty-corner to Flight restaurant. Here are some photos of the space up there:


Go There:

Residence Inn by Marriott Memphis Downtown
110 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

Thursdays through Saturdays, weather permitting
4 p.m. – ’til

Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2018 Starts Today!

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 2:26pm

It’s time for the third annual Memphis Black Restaurant Week. Get out there and try somewhere new! Here are the details on cheap eats, deals, and a great food at eleven local restaurants. Don’t forget about the Soulful Food Truck Sunday festival this Sunday at Clayborn Temple, too.

Here are the details:

Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2018 is a chance to try new Memphis restaurants for less – everything from tasty  vegan dishes to savory crepes to Southern soul food – and everything in between. Some places will have lunch specials (two courses for $15) and some will have dinner (three courses for $25) and some will have both.

Sunday’s event features eight food trucks, live music, and vendors. It’s at Clayborn Temple from noon to 6 p.m. and it’s free to enter; you just pay for any food or goods that you buy.

Here are the restaurants and their hours.

HM Dessert Lounge – 1586 Madison Ave.
Hours
Tue – Thurs: 11a -8p
Fri – Sat: 11a – 10p
Sun: 11a-4p


Chef Fran offers far more than dessert at this midtown spot that’s known for its amazing variations on chicken and waffles and decadent pies. Read more here.

The Office @ Uptown – 594 N. 2nd St.
Hours
Mon – Fri: 7a – 4p

Photo by DeVante Payton

This downtown eatery offers coffee, soup, sandwiches, fax machines, computers, desks, conference rooms and more. Learn more.

Scoops Parlor – 106 GE Patterson Ave.
Hours:
Wed – Thu: noon – 7p
Fri: noon – 9p
Sat: 11a – 9p
Sun: noon – 7p

Photo via Scoops Parlor on Facebook

Try both sweet and savory crepes (sweet ones served with gelato!) at this South Main eatery. Learn more.


Underground Café – 2299 Young Ave.
Hours: 
Tues -Thu: 11a-8p
Fri – Sat: 11a-9p

Underground Cafe, a.k.a. Chef Tam’s serves a mix of Cajun-inspired and Southern soul food at her Cooper Young restaurant. Check out these peach cobbler nachos – holy moly. Read more here.

• G. Alston – 8556 Macon Rd.
Hours:
Thurs – Sat: 5p – 10p
Sun: 10a – 3p

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You’ll find this new upscale dining restaurant in Collierville is helmed by Food Network Star finalist Chef Aryen Moore-Alston (you may also know her from Sweet Potato Baby). Learn more.

Lenny’s Subs – 12 Cooper St + 2893 Poplar Ave.
Hours:
Daily 10:30a -9p

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Yes, franchises count! These two Lenny’s locations are owned by Memphian Edith Kelly-Green. For their specials, pick up lunch or dinner for the whole family for $15 or $25. Read more.

Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge – 1299 Madison Ave.
Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11a – 10p
Fri: 11a – 11p
Sat: 3p – 11p

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This brand-new pizza place in town serves up cleverly-named pies and hosts regualr live music. Check it out for the first time during MBRW. Read more.

Laura’s Kitchen – 2965 N. Germantown Pkwy., Suite #115
Hours:
Wed – Fri: 11a – 3:30p
Sat: 11a – 4p
Sun: noon – 3:30p

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This buffet-style home cooking restaurant offers up delicacies like this mouth-watering meatloaf-and-mac sandwich with veggie sides. She’s open later this week, be sure to read more on the MBRW Facebook event for daily hours and info.

• A&R BBQ – 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd + 3721 Hickory Hill
Hours:
Mon – Thu: 10:30a – 9p
Fri – Sat: 10:30a – 11p
Sun: 11a – 5p

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These two locations are Memphis BBQ classics – on many must-eat lists. You can call in your order ahead of time, too!

• The Waffle Iron of Collierville – 144 US 72 Hwy.
Hours (special hours this week just for MBRW):
Mon – Sat: 7a – 3p, 6p – 8p 

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This breakfast chain location – locally owned of course – opened less than a year ago in Collierville and I’ve heard good things. They definitely have more than waffles if that’s what you’re looking for, plus special hours this week for the MBRW #brenner crowd. Read more.

Two Vegan Sistas – 6343 Summer Ave., Suite #110
Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11a – 2p, 5p-7p
Fri: 11a – 2p
Sun: 11a – 7p

Good, delicious vegan food done right with a home-cooked touch? That’s Two Vegan Sistas. I personally loved the cashew “meat” spaghetti and scrumptious smoothies. Read more here.

This event, organized by Cynthia Daniels, brought in about $175,000 in business for black-owned businesses last year, and this group of locally-owned eateries hopes to exceed that in 2018. It was so influential and creative, she expanded the Black Restaurant Week concept to several other cites. Cynthia was even honored by Southern Living as one of “30 Women Moving Southern Food Forward“. Go Memphis go!

Go there:

Memphis Black Restaurant Week
March 5 – 11, 2018
Various Locations

MBRW Soulful Food Truck Sunday
March 11, 2018
noon – 6 p.m.
Clayborn Temple

MBRW Website
Facebook Page

 

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