Big Friday update: Breakaway-Bardog 5K and Monroe Avenue Fest, Ticer and Hudman to open restaurant in Old Dominick, and more

One of the best outdoor events of the late summer party season has been announced for Sunday, August 20 – the Breakaway-Bardog 5K and Monroe Avenue party. This is a massive event thrown by Bardog Tavern, its sibling restaurants, and its neighbors on Monroe Avenue to raise many tens of thousands of dollars for St. Jude. It starts off with a 5K race, and later in the day there is a dunk tank, raffle, a craft beer garden, a meatball eating contest, and a head shaving, all to raise money for the children’s hospital. Best of all – the party is not the same day as Best Memphis Burger Fest this year, so no one will have to choose between the two events!

Speaking of Best Memphis Burger Fest, here’s a link to the cooking application. Whether you’re a chain of restaurants or a guy with a grill in the back yard, you are welcome to compete.

Captain Keith of the Flying Saucer has an excellent blog post on how the craft beer scene has changed over the past 20 years. In the 1990s the Saucer played a vital role in introducing craft beer to markets like Little Rock and Memphis. That awareness has allowed craft breweries to flourish, and many have become pubs as well, opening their own taprooms. That makes the Saucer both the customer and the competition of local craft breweries. The Saucer is happy to carry local craft beers as long as the quality is consistently high.

Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, the chefs behind Catherine & Mary’s, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, and Hog & Hominy, plan to open a restaurant in Old Dominick Distillery. It will be in the north side of the building with windows overlooking the Mississippi River.

No Beans About It is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. Actually, though, there will be plenty of beans for sale! The Master Gardeners will be back to answer your questions. Live music by Josh Cosby 8:30-10 and Juliana Hale 11-12:30. The Market happens every Saturday from 7 AM to 1 PM under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson.

Can’t make it Saturday? The second location of the Farmers Market, MFM Squared, starts up on Wednesdays 4-7 PM in Court Square this coming Wednesday, June 28.

Want to support St. Jude and drink beer? Stop by Memphis Made Brewing Co. 1-10 PM this Saturday and put a $20 in the donation box, and you will receive a free pint. Specifically the money will be going to the Memphis to Peoria Fundraiser. The Outta the Box food truck will be on site, and if you’re around at 4 PM you can go on a free brewery tour.

Great article on the Memphis Magazine website: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of Clayborn Temple

South Main Sounds Songwriter Night #58 happens tonight 7-9 PM at 550 S. Main. Music by Rodney Shawn Phillips and Ethan Phillips, Roger Wild, Brandon Taylor, Lauren Barth, and Kayln Fay.

I hope everyone survived the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy this morning. I worked from home from 7:30-9:30 to avoid the worst of it. Funny how the two most productive hours I worked this month were the two I spent not sitting in a cubicle. I saw on Twitter that flooding got so bad on 240 near the Union exit that cars had to turn around at one point. Seems like Cindy snarled traffic every bit as bad here as Katrina did in 2005 – and Katrina was still a tropical storm when it visited Memphis.

More rain is forecast for tonight, and as a result The Fourth Bluff has tweeted that tonight’s event will be canceled.

This is going to be a fun thread on Twitter:

I still think “Cheeto Voldemort” that protesters screamed outside Trump Tower can’t be topped.

This is good too:

Fun night for me ahead, rain or no – a friend’s birthday party at The Front Porch, the restaurant in Beale Street Landing being temporarily operated by Patrick and Deni Reilly of the Majestic Grille. It will be my first time to see the place since it re-opened and I am excited about the view of the Mississippi, as well as the menu. I will try to take some pictures, so check back tomorrow.