News Update: Cheer Up Memphis Edition
If you're dealing with a tournament hangover (physically or emotionally), I feel your pain. Here is some good news from around Memphis that will help cheer up your Monday.
– The official date has been set for this year's Cooper Young Regional Beer Fest: Saturday, October 11. Mark your calendars and prepare your taste buds (and perhaps your liver). You can bet we'll do another crazy ticket giveaway contest.
– In case you missed it, Bernoulli Brew Werks (2881 Poplar Avenue) opened in East Memphis a few weeks ago. Started by a group of current and former engineers who fell in love with brewing beer, these guys have everything you need to get started making your own beer at home–from easy kits to supplies for more in-depth techniques.
They even have a "grain gallery" where you can touch, taste, and see your grains before buying. They're open weeknights, all day Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. On April 12, Bernoulli Brew Werks is hosting a bbq and beer brewing showcase in their parking lot, and I'll be there judging home-brews and maybe some bbq, too.
– eighty3's gumbo won "Best Gumbo" at this year's Youth Villages Soup Sunday, and as a thank you, they're donating 10 percent of all their gumbo sales this week to Youth Villages. So if you're in need of lunch downtown this week, go to eighty3.
– Happy 2nd birthday to my fellow Memphis lovers, Choose 901! They're celebrating their 2nd birthday party this Wednesday at Swanky's East (4770 Poplar Avenue) all day long. You can get stickers, Ghost River pint glasses with $3 pint specials, plus Swanky's is bringing back their BBQ Tacos for $9.01 for lunch and dinner. Local band The Story and The Song will play at 7 p.m.
– Looks like South Memphis will be getting a new grocery store in the next month or so. The Grocer at SMFM will open in the space will supplement the weekly South Memphis Farmer's market by providing fresh, healthy produce and some dry goods. The store is a result of neighborhood efforts, i.e., it's not "some group "just coming in"* and they will employ only locals. In my opinion, that's adaptive resuse and neighborhood improvement done right. *from this Flyer article.
– Faith in Action and Memphis City Beautiful are planning a cleanup weekend around town April 25 – 27. This is a great opportunity for you to put your love for Memphis in action – so grab some friends, join a team, and sign up here by April 9.
– The Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum (680 Adams Avenue) is hosting Speakeasy 2014 on April 5 to celebrate the opening of a new 19th century French-style garden. Tickets are $25 and include Great Gatsby style drinks, snacks, and entertainment.
– Two Vegan Sistas Vegetarian Restaurant is jumping on the food truck trend, but they need a little help to get started. Here's the link to their kickstarter-like crowdfunding movement. People in Memphis need easier access to healthy, affordable food, and since that's the goal of Two Vegan Sistas, so I think this is a worthy cause. Plus, rewards for donating are pretty sweet – free meals, cooking classes, and catering.
– You know all about food trucks, but what about a fashion truck? Henny Penny Mobile Boutique is doing just that with a repurposed truck filled with ladies fashion and accessories. The owner, Cyndii Joe Hartley a having a grand opening this Saturday, March 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Theatre Memphis parking lot.
– Every Tuesday at Caritas Village in Binghamtpon, Compassion Neighborhood Clinic is open to provide medical services to folks who need it – and they're hosting a fundraiser at Bangkok Alley in Brookhaven Circle on April 1. Enjoy wine, appetizers, and a silent auction while supporting a worthy cause. Stop by Bangkok Alley or call Judy at (901) 270-9819 for tickets.
– Brooks Museum kicks off it's Memphis Food + Wine seres this Friday with Brooks Uncorked. Expect food from 15 local restaurants, a bottle pull (you pay $20 and randomly pick a bottle of wine that could be worth anywhere from $20 to $200), silent auction, and DJ on the terrace. Tickets are a bit pricey ($110 for non-members) but keep in mind that this event series is what keeps the Museum open and helps bring exhibitions like the Dali: Illustrating the Surreal here to Memphis.