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Memphis Foodie: 2011 in Review January 1, 2012

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Memphis Foodie Holiday Celebrations November 23, 2011

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Yes, everyone the holidays are upon us.  If you are anything like me, you have made lists of everything you want to do this season, all the cookies you want to bake for people, all the presents you need to buy, etc.
Well, here is a list of all the fun foodie-related events going on around town this season.  I hope this guide helps you fill your holiday cheery spirit.
Also, I want to keep this a running list, so if you know of anything else going on around town that can be added, please let me know.  You can comment below, or let me know via Twitter or Facebook.
Happy Holidays everyone!
  1. Southern Living Holiday Cookbook ($10.00): This holiday season, Memphians can head to their local Dillard’s store to purchase the 2011 Southern Living Holiday Cookbook. The proceeds from the sale of this cookbook will go to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis.
    1. Dillard’s began supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities in 1994 and has since raised more than $7.6 million for the organization.
    2. For the fourth time, Dillard’s is offering a special custom edition of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to benefit RMHC.
    3.  This exclusive, 288-page hardbound cookbook is filled with fabulous holiday recipes, color photos, menus, decorating tips and entertaining ideas.
  2. Thanksgiving Day Brunch
    1. The Peabody
      1. $50 per adult and $20 per child (ages 5-12), plus tax and gratuity.
      2. Reservations: 901-529-3668
    2. The Madison
      1. Served from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Meals range from $38 to $44, plus tax and gratuity. Children ages 6-12: $15.95, under 6 years of age: free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by phone at 901-333-1224 or online.
      2. Reservations: 901-333-1200
    3. Paulette’s
      1. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      2. For reservations, call 901-260-3300 or visit http://www.opentable.com.
  3. Kooky Canuck Celebrations
    1. Turkey Day Tip-Off: Wednesday Nov. 23rd, 99 cent Bud Light drafts.
    2. Christmas Bash: Thursday December 15th, starting at 8:00pm
    3. New Year’s Eve Party: all day Saturday, December 31st.
  4. Breakfast with Santa
    1. Memphis Botanical Garden: Rock Around The Christmas Tree at Breakfast with Santa!
      1. Saturday, December 3rd
      2. 9:00am-11:30am
      3. Call 636-4131 for reservations.  Reservations required.
      4. Carol Karaoke, Rockin’ Crafts, Live Animals, Fireside Story Time, Meet Mrs. Claus, Photos with Santa!
      5. Members $12, Nonmembers $15, Under 2 free
    2. Incredible Pizza Company
      1. Every Saturday From Dec 3, 2011 – Dec 17, 2011
      2. There will be arts and crafts, Christmas movies, games, and of course– photo opportunity with Santa himself!
      3. Kids (11 years and under): $10 admission includes buffet, drink, activities and $5 game card.
      4. Adults (12 years and up): $7 admission includes buffet and drink.
    3. Germantown Church of Christ
      1. 8723 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN 38138
      2. Breakfast $5, Games $5, Santa’s Workshop $5, and pictures with Santa $12.
      3. http://www.agapemeanslove.org
  5. Christmas Eve Dinner
    1. Paulette’s
      1. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
      2.  For reservations, call 901-260-3300 or visit http://www.opentable.com.
    2. Chez Philippe
      1. Cost is $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
      2. Tel: 901-529-3668
  6. Deliver food to those in need on Christmas: From 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, MIFA will deliver meals and gifts to homebound senior citizens.
  7. Christmas Day Meals
    1. Lunch at Paulette’s – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    2. Dinner at Capriccio Grill
      1.  Cost is $45 per person and $15 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity.
    3. Brunch at The Peabody
      1. A traditional Thanksgiving feast will be served in addition to regular Peabody Brunch favorites.
      2. Cost is $55 per person, $20 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and gratuity.
  8. New Year’s Dining
    1. New Year’s Eve Dinner at Chez Phillipe:
      1. The Peabody’s signature restaurant is offering a five-course meal for $125 per person.
      2. The price of dinner includes wristband admission to The Scene New Year’s Eve Party.
    2. New Year’s Eve Dinner at Paulette’s
      1. 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
      2. Call 901-260-3300 for more information, or visit opentable.com for reservations.
    3. New Year’s Day Brunch at Paulette’s
      1. Call 901-260-3300 for more information, or visit opentable.com for reservations.
 

Halloween in Memphis September 26, 2011

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Halloween is one the time of year it is socially acceptable to dress up and act ridiculous. This year restaurant are getting in on the action as well. The following places are running specials or throwing hot parties Halloween weekend:

1.) Kooky Canuck is throwing their annual Halloween party on October 27th. The party starts at 8pm, and you must be 21 to get in. There will be and costume contest and drink specials.

2.) Patrick’s will also be throwing a party on October 29th, starting at 9pm. There will be a DJ, Jager girls, and drink specials. The winner of the costume contest will win a trip for 2 to New Orleans!

3.) Broadway Pizza will be giving away a bicycle on Halloween night, to enter you must order a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Drink specials include $6 pitchers and  $2.50 12oz bottle of PBR. They will also be serving T-Bone steaks. You get an extra entry for the bike if you drink a PBR and order a steak.

4.) East Tapas Bar is having their first annual Halloween party on Oct. 27th. Star and Micey are going to play, and there will be a costume contest, drink specials and free food. There’s no cover. (Thanks to I Love Memphis for this info.)

If anyone knows of any more events, please let me know. I plan on keeping this a running list up to Halloween.

 

Where To Catch The Game in Memphis September 13, 2011

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Football season is officially in full swing everyone! Every Sunday and Monday night, the streets will be empty as people park themselves in front of the tube with beer and grub. I have listed my top 5 approved sports bars in Memphis, of which I think are the best to catch the game. They all have the quality TVs. They all have good food, and they all have beer. What else do you need? Grab some company and head on out.

1.) Brookhaven Pub and Grill: Huge TVs and BBQ Chicken Nachos. Yum!

3.) Kooky Canuck: Larger than life drinks and food.

4.) Young Avenue Deli: Huge pull down projector they use for big games, and great food and beer to go with it.

5.) Huey’s: Not much else goes better with football than a burger and beer, and Huey’s has the best of all three.

6.) Local Gastropub: Awesome food and great TVs to go with it. I hear the Steak Sandwich is what you should go for.

 

Zoo Rendezvous: A Memphis Foodie’s Dream! September 11, 2011

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Zoo Rendezvous is my favorite Memphis event. I look forward to it every year. All you can eat from hundreds of local Memphis restaurants and all you can drink from local bars. If you do not eat yourself sick, then you are doing something wrong. The point of the whole night is to eat so much that you cannot physically walk to your car. Let me tell you, I succeeded.

The Memphis Zoo describes this event as “Shake, Rattle & Roar! Memphis’ biggest party of the year is getting even bigger! Experience the excitement of four bands, a sports bar and Memphis’ finest restaurants and bars, all at the wildest venue in town.”

ALL of my local favorites were there, and some I even made it around to twice. For those who are curious, here is a list of everyone who had a booth:

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Amerigo
Athens Distributing Company
Automatic Slim’s
Bardog Tavern
Bayou Bar and Grill
B.B. King’s Blues Club
Bluefin
Bonefish Grill
Bon Ton
Boscos Squared
Budweiser of Memphis
Cafè Palladio
Cafè Society
Catering For U
CFY Catering
Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
Cheffie’s Cafe’
Ciao Bella Italian Grille
Circa
Coletta’s Italian Restaurant
Community Coffee
Corky’s Bar-B-Q
Fascinating Catering
Folk’s Folly Prime Steakhouse
Fratelli’s
Grill 83
The Grove Grill
Gus’s Catering – Collierville
Gus’s World Famous
Fried Chicken – Downtown
Harrah’s Entertainment – Paula Deen Buffet
Hog Wild & A Moveable Feast
Horseshoe  – Jack Binion’s Steakhouse
Horseshoe – Push Nightclub
Houston’s Restaurant
Humdingers
Huey’s
Interim Restaurant & Bar
Itta Bena
Kooky Canuck
La Baguette
Lancer Catering
Le Chardonay
Longhorn Steakhouse
Lynchburg Legends Bar & Grill
Me and My Tea Room
The Medallion at Holiday Inn
University of Memphis
The Melting Pot
Memphis Pizza Cafe
Muddy’s Bake Shop
Murphy’s Pub
A “Neu” Mystery Restaurant
Old Venice Pizza Co.
Owen Brennan’s Restaurant
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Panini Catering by Java Coast
Patrick’s Steak and Spirits
Pearl Oyster House
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Roadhouse Casino
The Range Steakhouse
Sekisui
Sharky’s Gulf Grill
Simply Delicious Caterings
South of Beale
Southwestern Distributing Company
Stix
Sunset Atop the Madison
The Superior Bar of Memphis
Swanky’s Taco Shop
Sweet Grass
TCBY
Texas de Brazil
Trolley Stop
Tsunami
Ugly Mug Coffee
United Liquor Corporation
Wade and Company
Wang’s Mandarin House
Westy’s
Yolo Frozen Yogurt

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You get served mini portions in order to taste everyone’s goodies. Even with the mini sizes, you fill up quickly from all of the food!

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Pizza from Memphis Pizza Cafe

I have to say, my favorite thing all night was the steak sandwich from Folk’s Folly Prime Steakhouse. It was a rare cut of prime rib on a soft roll. Oh my god. We may have gone back for seconds or thirds. My favorite dessert was the Fudge Pie from Westy’s. I look forward to this every year. Hot and fresh fudge brownie topped with french vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. Yum!

The party was alive and packed from the get go. Everyone seemed to have a blast.

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My friends at Huey’s won Best in Show AGAIN this year for having such fun booth decor! They were all rocking the animal print and records.

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Kooky Canuck won an award as well for having so much fun at their booth!

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All in all the event was successful. The Memphis Zoo was able to raise a lot of money, and everyone partied hard. If you didn’t have a chance to make it this year, I highly suggest you mark next September in your planner. You don’t want to miss this.

 

Gluten-Free Memphis August 18, 2011

I have been requested, per my friend Caroline, to feature a post dedicated to gluten-free diets. I know this is important to many people, so I have created a list of gluten-free friendly, local Memphis restaurants. Some of these places have gluten-free menu items. Some have specific gluten-free menus, and some are 100% gluten-free.

If anyone knows of any other gluten-free friendly local restaurants around town, please comment and let me know. I would love to increase this list!

  • Booyah’s Burrito Beach
    • Tex Mex. It’s not for me, but some people may love Tex Mex.
    • Gluten-Free friendly
  • Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
    • World Famous BBQ. I recommend trying the ribs and cheese and sausage plate (though I do not know if they are Gluten-free.)
    • Gluten-Free friendly
 

Elvis Candlelight Vigil Dining August 15, 2011

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This is a last minute post, I know. However, in case any of you are planning on going to the Candlelight Vigil for Elvis Week tonight, here are some good local restaurants to grab a bit to eat at nearby. Also, please come say hi if you see me. I will be down there for a few hours!

 

  • Interstate BBQ: If you know BBQ or The Food Network, you know the Neely’s. This is their original BBQ joint, and it is delicious. The service is incredibly rude, but the food is worth it.
  • Marlowes: I’ll be honest and say I do not know much about this place. Yet, they have ribs cooked Memphis style. How could it be bad?
  • Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken: Uncle Lou is possibly one of the nicest people I have ever met, and his chicken isn’t bad either.
These places will inevitably be packed, but it might be part of the Elvis Week Experience to suck it up and wait anyway.
See you all tonight.
and RIP to The King.