Tuesday News Update: A Million Events, Giving Back, and a Wine Dinner Giveaway

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 7th 2015 7233 0

Today in Memphis news, we have a ton of festivals and fun events, volunteer opportunities, our city’s latest magazine features, a new community newsletter, and a giveaway for a “wine” dinner at Schweinehaus.

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Photo via Tennessee Brewery on Facebook.

– German restaurant and Overton Square hot spot Schweinehaus is hosting a “wine” dinner on Monday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. where you can enjoy five courses paired with Boone’s Farm wine-like beverages. You really need to read the menu for this one. Tickets are just $42 for this once-in-a-lifetime experience and I am giving away a pair! Instructions for the giveaway are in the last bullet point of this post.


– The Revival at the Tennessee Brewery kicks off this Thursday at lunchtime. (I’ll be doing a live podcast starting at 5 p.m. with special guests from the Brewery and all the usual Memphis loving. Click here to listen live on Thursday or subscribe on iTunes to make sure you hear all four episodes of I Love Memphis Live From The Brewery (biweekly through the end of May).

– Actress Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) will be in Memphis on April 15, 2015 to promote an animal rights film “Gardeners of Eden” and you can go to the screening for just $30. Get more info in this article from the Commercial Appeal and buy tickets here.

– Memphis Made Brewing taproom will be open on Saturdays starting on April 25. They’re marking the occasion with a “Hopped” spring beer party from noon to 6 p.m. It’s free and all ages to enter (of course you must pay for your beer and be 21 to drink). Aldo’s, Food Geek, and Fresh Gulf Shrimp will be on hand along with Mighty Souls Brass Band and Goner Records.

– Are you a karaoke master? Do you like to dance? Are you an animal lover? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you might be interested in the Humane Society’s Bark After Dark Karaoke fundraiser on April 17 at 409 S. Main. Tickets are $40 and include seven tickets to be used for singing slots, drinks, and games.

– Want to wear your wedding dress again while supporting a Memphis institution? The Wedding Dress Ball on April 18 in Memphis is your opportunity to do so. The dress-up cocktail party will be held at Propcellar (2585 Summer Ave.) and will benefit St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen. Go here for details.

– Memphis is drowning in festivals, in a good way. If you haven’t checked out the Insider’s Guide to Memphis Crawfish Festivals, the post about the Mid-South Food Truck Festival (which has been updated to include the list of food trucks), the Coliseum’s Roundhouse Revival, the Africa in April cultural fest, the Healthy Memphis Food Festival, or the list of Spring Events, well, then, there are all the links.


– The Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk is Friday April 24 and they need volunteers to help out! Email alice@fiveinone.org if you’re interested. Volunteers will be entered to win prizes, including perhaps one of those Five In One Memphis map prints.

– Volunteer fairs will never be the same thanks to Memphis organization Volunteer Odyssey, which launched a new virtual volunteer fair called Volio last week. Instead of sifting through websites, Facebook pages, or brochures in order to find your next volunteering project, watch 90 second videos about local organizations to find your match. This is totally cool.

– Speaking of volunteering, if your teen needs ideas for community service, summer volunteering, or scholarship hours projects, newly re-birthed Volunteer Memphis/Mid-South published this lovely blog post with 25 Opportunities for Mid-South Teens To Volunteer.


– Memphis made the cover of the Spring/Summer 2015 Rails to Trails biking magazine.

– Yesterday, local musician Robby Grant released a trippy, fun new music video for “White Squared Potato” a song from his latest Vending Machine album “Let The Little Things Go”. Check out the world premiere on the Memphis Flyer site.

– Pour one out for dive bar Kudzu’s, which closed this past weekend.

– If you missed, there was a big, beautifully done City Portrait on Memphis in the April/May edition of Garden & Gun magazine. Props to my colleagues at the CVB who worked for more than a year to help this happen.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is not only going to open on schedule, but a few days early, on April 30.

– Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is moving to downtown Memphis after years out in the ‘burbs. The race is on October 31 and will begin at AutoZone Park.

– For better or worse, Riverside Drive is going back to four lanes of traffic by June.

– You can now access the Memphis Bike Map online or order a hard copy. This landing page also has lots of info on biking in Memphis and where to rent bikes.

– The Growler in Cooper Young is now “Hammer and Ale” and they have food like sandwiches, broccoli cole slaw, pretzels, and a vanilla beer float, according to the Memphis Flyer.

– A new home decor and interior design shop called Southern Avenue Company opened its doors in Germantown last week. They’re located right across the railroad tracks from the Commissary.

– If you live in East Memphis or Midtown and don’t take the paper, the Commercial Appeal will be delivering a new free weekly paper to your doorstep (or driveway) every Thursday. It’s filled with community news and info. You can even submit photos for publication.

Giveaway info: Are you still reading? Did you scroll directly to this bullet point after reading the top of the post? Either way, congrats! You will now receive instructions on how to win two tickets to Schweinehaus’ Boone’s Farm “wine” dinner on April 20: leave me a comment on this post telling me what dish you would pair with Boone’s Farm.

I’ll pick a favorite announce the winner in 48 hours (at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8th).

Don’t want to take a chance on losing? Go ahead and call Schweinehaus to reserve your spot.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Keshia says:


  2. Chris says:

    The Brats. Bacon-wrapped Bratwurst "corn pups" with pickled vegetable relish, balsamic ketchup, arugula pesto, and spicy mustard seed.

  3. Fancy grilled cheese? Like the kind with two kinds of cheese.

  4. Sheryl Shelton says:

    The fried brussels and a brezel!

  5. Deanna says:

    Pair with an original Oatmeal Cream Pie. Yummy.

  6. Renee says:

    I'd pair it with nachos…it's sort of just a Memphis thing right?!

  7. Paige says:

    Boone's Farm? I'd pair anything with it – classic stuff! Big ole stein of Boones and some fried brussels, and I would be a happy girl.

  8. Kaitlin Edwards says:

    I would pair the wine with their delicious pretzels! 

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  10. Lois says:

    I'd choose German Goulash to pair with this everyday wine. 

  11. Angel Stowe says:

    Pizza, of course.

  12. Christina says:

    hooooooot pockets! and i read the whole email 🙂 

  13. Amy says:

    Boones farm pairs well with disillusioned underaged college kids 🙂 

    Food wise however, I would pair it with bacon encrusted cheese filled hot dogs wrapped in Pilsbury cresent rolls and baked to the perfect golden crispness 🙂 

  14. Diana says:

    I’d pair it with a great spaghetti or lasagna dinner. It’d really be awesome with any meal!

  15. Dan says:

    Brats. Definitely brats!

  16. Shannon says:

    Ramen!!! Boone's Farm and ramen noodles. From what I've heard of course. 

  17. Liz says:

    The Brussel Sprout Appetizer – YUM!

  18. Amanda says:

    I feel like boones deserve some silly county fair style food, but obviously sausage should be involved given schweinhouse. I'd do funnel cake with a chicken apple sausage on top and the sugar dusting should have a  bit of a smokey flavor mixed in, and then some butter popcorn jelly beans for garnish on top.

  19. Amber says:

    The Wurst Platter! It's soooo good and would be great with some booze! haha. I love the Schweinehaus mustard! 

  20. matt says:

    Their award winning BLT would go great with any drink. Prost!!!

  21. Peggy says:

    Corn pups! 

  22. Josh Campbell says:

    I'd pair it with Totino's Pizza Rolls and Funyuns. 


  23. Maureen bernot says:

    Definitely variety of brats with wine. 

  24. Mollie says:

    Brats with bell peppers & onions & sauerkraut. Yummy!

  25. Julia says:

    Peanut butter & Jelly…and a baseball bat! 

  26. Natalie says:

    Bbq of course!

  27. Nick FTI says:

    Boone's Farm and the McRib, just like I do in real life! Brunch is hard out here on a budget.

  28. Adrianne Sumrall says:


  29. Arnisha says:

    Eggplant Parmesan 

  30. April says:

    Stoner pie from the Cove!

  31. Alfred says:

    Cheese fries.  Huey's Cheese fries.  Because cheese fries. 

  32. Jordan says:

    It's gotta be the wine and those warm, soft pretzels with their fantastic beer cheese and house mustard. Is there any other answer?

  33. Jill Laurie says:

    Spaetzle and beer cheese with brezels! Carbs and cheese basically!

  34. Paige says:

    Fried chicken… I mean could it get any better????

  35. Jaime says:

    The now-retired Boone's Farm Sun Peak Peach paired with everyone's favorite Girl Scout cookie-   the trefoil. But not just one. Like, the whole sleeve of trefoils. 

    This is a fantastic, fun idea for a dinner! I applaud whoever came up with it. 



  36. CarlyWill Sloan says:

    Pretzels of course!

  37. Louise Roitz says:

    Only a McRib Slider would go with Boones!

  38. Daniel says:

    I'd pair a flour tortilla with some cheese that might or might not have mold on it. Along with a drizzle of sriracha and some barbecue sauce nuked in the microwave for about a minute and a half. They both look and taste like sadness. Mmmmmm that's how I remember Boones Farm. 

  39. Kevin says:

    Gotta do the Wurst Platter. The crispy and salty mix with the overbearingly sweetness of the Boones farm will make it almost bearable to drink for me….my wife loves that stuff though.

  40. Farrann says:

    Fried brussel sprouts!!!

  41. Liza says:

    Chicken Snitchzel! 

  42. Becky says:

    Brezel, it is!

  43. Beth says:

    BBQ of course and those Brussel sprouts they make!

  44. Ben says:

    The lunchables 

  45. Hannah day says:

    Lunchables and wine! Use to pair those  back in the day. 

  46. Alaina says:

    Ice cream… saw that on their menu and it sounds amazing

  47. Mike says:

    ramen noodles

  48. Kristen Fisher says:

    I'd pair the Blue Hawaiian Boone's with some kebabs! Keep it tropical!

  49. Kara says:

    I've heard that Boone's Farm goes really well with typical broke college student fare, like ramen (dressed up with condiments from takeout) or macaroni and cheese (from a box, with powdered cheese).

  50. Erica says:

    Nachos, of course! 

  51. Marriah says:

    Tom's Tiny Kitchen Chipotle Pimento Cheese!!!!!

  52. Micah says:

    I would pair Boone's Farm with Brezel, that tasty, fluffy baked pretzel with beer cheese, thereby allowing me to consume wine and beer at the same time without looking like a lost soul.

  53. daniela gomez says:


  54. Jacqueline Green says:

    Sauerkraut Balls

  55. Chtisty Taylor says:

    yummy! Fried Brussels

  56. Heather Morrow says:

    I'd go with Bar Frites

    Pulled Pork all day long!! :))

  57. Calvin Brantley says:

    Fried Chicken!!

  58. Ann Speckman says:

    Corn pups!

  59. Rebekah says:

    Any of their wursts with a side of their mashed potatoes would pair terrifically! Sounds amazing. 

  60. Toria says:

    Chicken nachos…

  61. Bryan says:

    Weiner Schnitchal (misspelled)and pom fritz. Apple strudal for desert.

  62. Zac Cox says:

    Sauerkraut with Boone's Farm= Sweet and tangy combo goodness!

  63. Ashley says:

    I would pair my Boone's Farm with all the ice cream sandwiches Schweinehaus has to offer!!!

  64. Liz Hoffmaster says:

    Boone's Farm definitely pairs with a good old fashioned sausage fest. 

  65. Suzanne Tomchuck says:

    Its all about the sweet and savory! I would pair Boone's Farm (sweet) with the herbed Mull Spatzle (savory).  

  66. Warner says:

    I'd pair Blue Hawaiian Boone's Farm (easily the best of Boone's) with some delicious Schweinehaus pretzels. Because let's be honest, Boone's Farm goes down so smooth, some would say like velvet, that I'm probably gonna polish off a bottle or two or three. So I'll defintely  need some delicious, salty bread dunked in beer cheese and spicy mustard to soak up the boozy Boone's goodness swilling around in my belly.

  67. Sam says:

    It depends heavily upon the flavor. I'll go with the flavors in your picture, which are obviously meant for a four course meal, right to left.

    Melon Ball – Bacon
    Blue Hawaiian – Bacon
    Strawberry Daquirri – Bacon
    Mango Grove – Bacon

  68. Jaxster says:

    Apfelstrudel with a light sprinkle of white powdered sugar, paired with some old school Boone's Farm Apple wine, would be Germany's answer to New Orleans' coffee and beignets!  That would be a refreshing, light appetizer or desert, with a kick!  😉


  69. Justin says:

    Krystals of course!

  70. Scott Ragin says:

    Fresh Gulf Shrimp Is A…… Winner


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