Tuesday update

Today could be a big news day for University of Memphis basketball as Tubby Smith is set to meet with administrators following the end of the 2017-18 basketball season.

The 2018 Peabody rooftop party schedule has been announced. For those not familiar, every Thursday evening from April to August the Peabody has a party on its rooftop that is open to the public. There is a different band each week. Some of the bands on this year’s lineup include Star & Micey, Walrus, Party Planet, and Seeing Red. There’s also a DJ who performs between sets. Your admission fee also includes a buffet which has a different theme every week – Cajun, Italian, All-American, BBQ, etc. The rooftop parties are considered among the city’s top singles’ events, although they are not for singles only.

There’s also an option to buy a season-long VIP pass. This gets you in every rooftop party the entire season. There’s a special VIP-only area with a second buffet and VIP drink specials. Your VIP pass also gets you other perks like discounts at the Peabody restaurants and valet parking.

There will be a whiskey tasting at Belle Tavern on March 24 from 1:00 to 3:30. $75 (includes tax but not gratuity gets you

  • 1 ounce pour of Exclusive Malts 23yr “Exclusive Blend” Single Malt Scotch
  • 1 ounce pour of Exclusive Malts 13yr Single Malt Irish Whiskey
  • 1 ounce pour of Ohishi Single Malt Sherry Cask Japanese whiskey (distilled entirely from rice)
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres perfectly paired with the whiskeys

All 3 whiskeys are among the seasonal top 10 picks by Whiskey Advocate.

The March meeting of the Downtown Neighborhood Association has been announced for March 27 at Grecian Gourmet Taverna, 412 S. Main, social at 6, program at 6:30. This month, there will be a “Meat the Eats” panel of local chefs, restaurant owners, and foodies. The panel will include

  • Shawn Danko, chef/owner of Kooky Canuck
  • Jobeth Graves, chef/owner of Grecian Gourmet
  • Jeff Zepatos, owner of Arcade Restaurant
  • Daniel Masters, chef/owner of Pontotoc Lounge and SIlly Goose
  • Troy Black, BBQ pitmaster and cookbook author

The event is free for DNA members, $10 for non-members. If you want to sign up as a DNA member you can do that at the meeting.

The Moody Ques have received our acceptance packet into BBQ Fest! Our booth number is S-342, a few spots north from where we were last year. I will try to get a map posted this week.

Also, Moody Ques teammates, check your email. I sent out a message this morning about our team Meat & Greet which will happen Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 5 PM. This is a chance to everybody to get to know one another in a relaxed setting before BBQ Fest. Pitmaster Kris will bring a shoulder and there will be beer. You can bring your checkbook that day and pay dues if you want to avoid the online PayPal fee. Anyone potentially thinking about joining or sponsoring is welcome also – email moodyques@gmail.com and we’ll get you the info.

That’s it for now. I was planning a trip to Blue Nile for lunch but I think I will delay that for a day. Bardog seems to be calling my name. Back tomorrow with more news.