Saturday update

Art Village Gallery will feature Portugal in the next of its cultural exhibition and dialogue series. The event will happen Saturday, June 30 and will feature Portuguese art, music, and food. Chef Ana Gonzalez will present five courses native to Portugal, and artist Mario Henrique will present his first solo exhibition in the U.S., “Somnium” (Dream). Seating is very limited so it is recommended that you purchase early bird tickets available through June 5. Get tickets here. As for the menu, I’m just going to be lazy and quote Art Village.

THE MENU? Starting with a platter of charcuterie, assorted cheeses & assorted marinated olives, served with fig and quince paste; next, a delicious Portuguese tomato soup prepared with organic olive oil drizzled over poached egg; on to freshly cut lettuce and coriander, heirloom tomatoes, onions and heirloom tricolor carrot shavings served with roasted lemon vinaigrette topped with balsamic glaze. The main course is traditional baked Cod with stewed fingerling potatoes in tomato, fresh coriander and black olives; and finally, the sweet ending, a traditional Portuguese dessert; buttermilk custard served with poached pears in Port wine.

The Brass Door is hosting a World Cup Kickoff Party Tuesday, June 12 from 5 to 9. Again I am going to be lazy and quote.

We’re ‘Putin’ on a party! The World Cup is in Russia this year! No better way to kick off the festivities than with $4 White Russians, right? How about $4 Heineken Pints, Food Specials & World Cup Swag Giveaways?! It’s also your chance to fill out your Official World Cup Bracket! GRAND PRIZE: Heineken Bluetooth Speaker Tower!
Join us & the Outlaws to cheer on the USWNT v. China & gear up for a fun summer of World Cup Soccer!

“We’re ‘Putin’ on a party!”? How patriotic of the Brass Door to put on a party about President Trump’s favorite person.

In other Brass Door news, they posted an opening for Bar Manager to Facebook and said they are hiring servers and bartenders.

I’m excited to hear about a new development planned for 27 W. Carolina. The 6-story building will include 57 apartments, but this is the really cool part – 8000 square feet of retail. South End already has Loflin Yard, The Dirty Crow Inn, and the Ghost River taproom, but some good shopping would make it even more of a destination. Foot traffic is always good to have in a neighborhood.

Loflin Yard will host Kick the Cask: Out with the Red, In with the Rosé Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 10 PM. This will be an evening of high-end wines presented by sommeliers and industry professionals and paired with Smoke House food. Tickets are $75 plus tax and grat and you can email to reserve your spot.

The military will be honored at tonight’s Redbirds game with equipment and interactive displays around the plaza and the park, and members of the military honored before the game. $2 beers in the Plaza prior to game time, and fireworks post-game. Gates at 5:00, first pitch 6:35.

News about tomorrow’s Redbirds game: Both the 4:15 “Battle of the Badges” softball game (MPD vs. Shelby Co. Sheriff’s Office) and the 6:35 Redbirds game will be broadcast on BOUNCE TV. BOUNCE can be found on channel 5.2 (antenna) or 906 (Comcast).

DJ Cody will perform a rare Sunday set at the Silly Goose tomorrow night. The tunes and videos will commence at 8 PM.

Annie the “Dance-sical”, performed by Ballet on Wheels Dance School Company, comes to the Halloran Centre this weekend. Come enjoy this youth dance company presentation of Annie and her orphan crew.

I had lunch at Pyro’s Pizza for the first time yesterday. Like its competitor PizzaRev, you pick your sauce, cheese, meats, and toppings and they build your pizza as you watch. Then they put it in their wood-fired oven and it is ready in minutes. Pyro’s is slightly less convenient to get to than PizzaRev from where I work, but they had some different ingredients so I wanted to give it a try.

I built a pizza with a pesto base, mozzarella cheese, bacon, spinach, mushrooms, feta, and roasted garlic. A pretty good creation if I do say so myself, although on my way back to work I was questioning the choice of garlic. Fortunately we had Muddy’s cupcakes for a work birthday, and that helped get the taste out of my mouth. Pyro’s has buzzers to let you know when your food is ready to be picked up, much like the Flying Fish. However, since it wasn’t busy when I ordered they brought my pizza out to me. Pyro’s has a good selection of beers on draft, including local beers from Memphis Made, Wiseacre, and Ghost River – all great choices!

Tea Pain cracks me up:

I wonder what it’s like to have a perjury enthusiast in your BBQ team booth? Guess I could’ve asked last night.

Last night at Max’s  Sports Bar I was sitting next to the 2017 group photo, and people were looking at it. “There’s the boss guy,” one of them commented. “What’s his name?”

I’m up early enough to get a Farmers Market visit in before my 11:00 appearance at Bardog. Rest of the day TBD. Undecided about going to 901 Fest, but I’m going to put on sunscreen just in case I make the last-minute call to go. Back tomorrow with more news.