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Celebrate Pie Day with Muddy’s January 18, 2013

Filed under: Events — Shannon R Little @ 12:00 pm
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I thought my heart could not grow any bigger for Kat Gordon. I love everything about her. Then, she announced Muddy’s plans for National Pie Day, and I fell even more in love.


National Pie Day is officially on Wednesday, January 23rd, and Muddy’s is celebrating it with the ultimate throw down. As a very enthusiastic pie lover, Gordon just couldn’t let this opportunity fall to the wayside. As she exclaims in an email, “[Pie is] my favorite food in the entire world. My favorite pie is… ALL THE PIE.”


From 2pm-6pm, Muddy’s will be giving away slices of six different kinds of their homemade pies, for all visitors to try. In case you didn’t understand that last sentence, I said that Muddy’s will be giving away FREE PIE to EVERYONE who comes through their doors. In addition, they will have a drawing for a free year membership to Muddy’s Pie of the Month Club and will also have small a huge assortment of mini pies available for sale.


I urge you all to go to this event, try some pie, and take home as many mini-pies as possible. Muddy’s does everything in their power to give back to the community and serve their customers, so we all want to make sure they are just as supported in return.


For more information on Muddy’s celebration, visit their blog or I Love Memphis’ write-up about the event.

Photo Credit to Muddy's Bake Shop

Photo Credit to Muddy’s Bake Shop


Vote Memphis as The South’s Tastiest Town January 16, 2013

Filed under: Events — Shannon R Little @ 3:08 pm
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Oh, Southern Living. The Southern woman’s Bible, and a great guide to cuisine, travel, and decorating in The South. The Hart of Dixie episode about the magazine that premiered last night could not have come at a better time.


Southern Living is currently hosting an online poll to determine which Southern city should be named the tastiest. Currently, Memphis is in 3rd place, and even more awesome, ahead of New Orleans.


Voters can log on once a day to cast their opinions, and I highly encourage all of you to do so. We all know what a great assortment of restaurants Memphis has, and now is your time to show it. Vote people!


In honor of this poll, Hog and Hominy is hosting a Get Out The Vote Party tomorrow night (January 17th) from 4pm-7pm. Pizza and snacks will be provided, along with “The MEM Cocktail”, a signature drink designed especially for this poll. With Prichards Tennessee Bourbon, Maurin Quina, lemon juice and house orange bitters, it is something you won’t want to miss out on. Door prizes will also be announce throughout the event. Stop by on your way home to celebrate.


Also, did I mention, go vote for Memphis? Just in case I forgot.




2012 in review December 31, 2012

Filed under: Events — Shannon R Little @ 7:22 pm

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 37,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


Memphis Foodie Changes November 6, 2012

Filed under: Events — Shannon R Little @ 9:10 am
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Dear Friends,


As most of you know, I love Memphis. I mean, I really love Memphis. One of the few things I love as much as my hometown is eating. These two passions, alongside a class project initiative, are the two reasons I began this blog to being with. I wanted to show exactly what a great culinary scene thrives in Memphis.


As you may have noticed, I have not been writing much lately for this blog, and I have been reviewing restaurants even less. This is not to say I haven’t been trying new places and eating as much. I most definitely have been.


However, for some time now, I have been contemplating this future of this blog. As much as I would love to continue with the format I have had though promoting local restaurants, several conflicts of interest have come about. I have taken on a more prominent role in the Memphis restaurant community through my work, and I love every bit of it. I have a leadership role at a major local restaurant and have started some marketing efforts for the Memphis Restaurant Association. I am excited about taking on new projects and new roles to further promote the local Memphis restaurant community. However, in good conscious, I cannot write positively about some restaurants in Memphis, while also commenting on my not-so-happy experiences as well, when my job is to be a liaison among Memphis restaurants and promote them all. Not to mention, it is not possible for my opinion to continue to be unbiased for every situation.


However, I still want to do what I can to keep this project going. I love it, and I stand behind what it stands for. Therefore, I am opening up for suggestions on what you all think I should do. Is it possible to change the format of this blog, but still keep its core values? What should I write about? Should I focus on local foodie events, only write about positive experiences at local establishments, or keep everyone up-to-date with local foodie news? Do you have other suggestions? I am really open to anything.


Let me know what you guys think.





Memphis Farmer’s Market Harvest Celebration October 28, 2012

Filed under: Events — Shannon R Little @ 4:00 pm
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I encourage you all to go to this event. It’s going to be a blast!


It’s Sunday, November 4th, from 4pm-7pm. Rain or shine. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the gate. This includes lots of yummy food, Ghost River Beer, and wine.



The Avett Brothers and Cheerwine Host Charity Show October 26, 2012

This post is a bit off topic for me, but I felt it was a great story I wanted to share with you all.


Last Friday on October 19th, a week after their show here in Memphis, The Avett Brothers and Cheerwine joined together to do the Legendary Giveback charity concert in Charlottesville, VA. Fans could pay to see the show live, and all the proceeds would be donated back to charity. Or, if you could not make it to the show, it was streamed live on the internet for all to watch.


For those who don’t know (like I didn’t), Cheerwine is a cherry drink, mainly sold in the South, but has expanded to a national level as well. It is sold in several stores throughout Memphis. Cheerwine is a soft drink, but doesn’t contain any cola. Tom Barbitta, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cheerwine, describes it as “an iconic brand. It’s been around since 1917 with a flavor all of its own. We therefore do not consider ourselves an ordinary cherry soda. Our flavor that always surprises is probably the main reason the brand has been around for 95 years”. You heard right. 95 years. Cheerwine was founded in 1917 as an independent, family owned company, which they still are today.


The Avett Brothers grew up drinking Cheerwine. As Seth Avett explains, “One of the greatest treats of my time at home in North Carolina is going to a small gas station out in the country of Rowan County and getting Cheerwine in a glass bottle. It has been for many years”. The partnership between the band and the company has grown over the last few years, as they realized they share similar values.


One of the main shared values is community involvement and giving back. Cheerwine was looking to do something nice for their fans, and they saw The Avett Brothers as a model philanthropic group in which to partner. Barbitta says, “The people who drink Cheerwine are so important to us and we wanted to do something special for them to show them how much we truly care”. This charity show raised money for three organizations, of which both parties were proud to represent: Operation Homefront; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; and The University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. The organizations were chosen based on the diverse groups they serve, in order to help as many different people as possible.


This concert featured several classics, but many songs focused on the new album The Carpenter. The new album is a focus on where the guys are in their lives now. They say they do not write for albums. “Since we are writing constantly, we never think in terms of ‘writing for a record’. We just take our most current chapter into the studio and do our best to let those ideas which excite us the most take us on a trip that will lead to a piece that make sense to us and is something we are proud of,” Avett says.


Cheerwine and The Avett Brothers say this is certainly not their last charity endeavor. Be on the lookout for future charity concerts and ways to get involved and give back as well.



Aldo’s Pizza Pies August 20, 2012

Filed under: Downtown — Shannon R Little @ 3:05 pm
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I am usually behind on the trends when it comes to trying the latest, hot restaurant. However, I prided myself on checking out Aldo’s pizza Pies Downtown within the first week they opened. Behold my review, semi-timely.


I went to Aldo’s with a couple of friends recently for a light bite to eat for the evening. I admit I was pretty skeptical about this place, knowing it’s the same people behind Bardog and Slider Inn. I don’t really care for Bardog, and I have only had decent experiences at Slider Inn. However, I went in with an open mind.


It was Wednesday at around 8:30pm when we went, and they were packed, as expected. Despite the chaos, we were quickly seated. Service was a tad slow, but I could tell our server was overwhelmed with the traffic and trying hard. That’s what counts in my book: attitude and trying.


Kudos to Aldo’s for doing pizza by the slice for the dinner crowd. Every pizza place I have encountered in Memphis only does pizza by the slice for lunch. I was happy to know I didn’t have to purchase an entire pizza for myself. You have limited options when doing pizza by the slice, as I would assume, considering the effort in creating and keeping fresh so many different pizzas at once. Options are vodka cream, pepperoni, sausage, veggie, and their Slice of the Day.


The Slice of the Day sounded right up my alley, called “The Other Side” and loaded with Poblano Cream, Fontina/Trugole, Grilled Chicken, Tomato, and Spinach. (FYI: I’ll eat tomato and spinach on just about everything.) I went for it.



The slices were a good size. As for the taste? It was perfect. You could tell everything was made fresh, especially the bread. The crust was perfect, not too thin and not too thick. It was a thin crust for sure, but there was enough dough to taste the bread. Toppings were loaded on top. It wasn’t too greasy, and it was packed with flavor.


Greer ordered the Pepperoni Pizza slice, and agreed that everything tasted fresh.



Then, having heard nothing but rave reviews about the cheesecake from both friends and the media, I had to suck it up and try it. If people are raving about cheesecake at a pizza place, then it has to be worth a shot. Not to mention, I get weak in the knees for a good slice.



Let me tell you. I agree with Kerry when I say that, no doubt about it, this is the best freaking cheesecake I have ever had in my life. It has that dense texture that you want from cheesecake, but somehow miraculously also manages to be light and fluffy. The flavor combination is perfect. I had one of those “close your eyes and picture yourself on a tropical island eating this cheesecake” moments. There was one tiny drawback. I was told there was supposed to be a raspberry drizzle on top, but we didn’t get it. We asked our server for it, but no avail. Either way, it was amazingly delicious.


Overall, Aldo’s is worth a try. Don’t be surprised by their prices. They are a bit pricey for pizza, but it’s what you pay to get quality, fresh ingredients every time. It’s debatable whether Aldo’s is my new favorite pizza place, but it is definitely in my top 3. Memphis Pizza Cafe better watch their backs. They have competition.


I can’t seem to find a website for Aldo’s, but you can check out their Facebook page. You can also find more reviews at Yelp and Urbanspoon.


Aldo's Pizza Pies on Urbanspoon