Thursday update: Majestic Grille announces its holiday lineup

Now that Halloween is behind us, we enter the season known as “the holiday season.” Fa la la la la la la la la and all that crap. But seriously, though, some of the best holiday deals were announced this morning… holiday offers from the Majestic Grille.

The most important thing to know is that Wednesday, November 28 will be their half-off gift card sale. Doors open at 8 AM. You can buy $50 gift cards for $25, and you can buy as many of them as you like. Now, there are some restrictions… you can’t use the gift cards to purchase alcohol, and you can’t use them at all until 2019. Still, this is a way to enjoy the Majestic’s fabulous food at half the price. If you know people who live or work Downtown, the cards make perfect Christmas gifts.

One other catch…. you must purchase the cards IN PERSON on the 28th. If you can’t arrange to go in late to work that day, make arrangements with someone who can be Downtown at 8 AM.

Oh yeah, one more thing… don’t think, “Oh yeah, I’ll just mosey on over there at 12:30 or 1:00 when I take my lunch break.” The cards will have sold out by then. Best bet is to be in line at 8 AM. You’re taking your chances if you show up at 9 or later.

The annual Clark’s Christmas Dinner has been set for Tuesday, December 18 at the Majestic with 6:30 PM and 7 PM seatings. At 7:30 the classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will be shown on the big screen. There will be two contests – one for best character from the movie, and another for best tacky sweater. Chef Patrick always offers a special holiday menu for this event, although the regular menu will be available too. If you want to reserve a table for this event (or any of the events I am about to name), call 901-522-8555. For Clark’s Christmas, you need to call RIGHT NOW for reservations. I would not be surprised if there is a waiting list by the end of the business day tomorrow. People love this and it has become a true Downtown Memphis Christmas tradition.

Brunch with Santa comes to the Majestic Saturday morning, December 15. This is ideal for getting your kids in the Christmas spirit, with 9:30, 10:00, 11:30, and noon seatings. There  will be a special kids’ brunch, holiday movies on the big screen, and special appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus, the North Pole elves, and their friends. This one will get booked up nearly as fast as Clark’s Christmas. Do not delay making reservations if you want your kids to be a part of this day.

Edit 11:19 AM: Well that didn’t take long. You can still try to get on their waiting list.

I hate most New Year’s Eve celebrations but NYE at the Majestic is an exception. They’ll have some scrumptious specials, but again if you prefer the regular menu you can order off it too. This is a place where you can get a good dinner in you before going to your New Year’s Eve party, or you can stay at the Majestic to ring in the new year. I have spent several NYEs at the Majestic and I tell you, this is right up my alley. Elegant but never pretentious. A place to make memories with wonderful friends. Reservations are required.

November 1 is one of my favorite days of the year! Here’s why:

Half-off Halloween candy at Walgreens! I got an $11 bag of Halloween candy for $5.49. This 50-piece assortment should keep me sugared up for the entire month. I like every kind of candy in the bag, too. The only alteration I will make will be to turn the Almond Joys into Mounds by removing the almonds. I’ll give the almonds to Perjorie T. Roll.

Okay, let’s get on to the rest of the news…

Quench will hold a whiskey tasting next Friday, November 9, from 5 to  7 PM. Blue Note Bourbon and Riverset Rye will be sampled.

Infinitus, a beat-boxing string trio, has been announced for the Halloran Centre for Thursday, November 15. They play classical standards as well as jazz/hip-hop compositions and arrangements.

Start Co. is hiring an Accelerator Operations Manager. The successful candidate will get to help budding entrepreneurs grow their businesses. This is a job that offers as much in terms of connections in the community as it does in terms of salary and benefits.

Don’t forget that tonight is Paint & Get Lit at Silly Goose. David Yancy will be conducting the painting class, and if you get hungry Wok’n in Memphis will be in the kitchen.

The 2018 Indie Memphis Film Festival begins today. Over 200 independently made films will be shown in 7 venues over a 5-day period. There will also be filmmaker discussions, parties, and more.

Shufflegrit plays Dirty Crow Inn tonight.

Cordelia’s Market is looking to hire a full-time cafe team member.

Chris Herrington is back with another excellent Grizzlies mailbag column in The Daily Memphian. I normally skip right over “mailbag” columns in the publications I read, but Herrington is just so good.

I don’t often recommend events in Cordova, but India Fest 2018 at the Agricenter this Saturday is one that’s absolutely worth the drive. First and foremost, Indian food! Love it love it love it! Over 50 vendors where you can shop for Indian clothing and items, Bollywood movies and dancing, Indian music, Henna, and more. Having worked with so many Indians over years, I can tell you, they have a rich and beautiful culture that is worth exploring.

I took the day off yesterday because I didn’t feel like getting out in the rain, and I never got around to finding a Halloween costume this year. Also, I had a lot of stuff to do at home. I had a book to read, I wanted to catch up on writing in my personal journal, I had a new Wi-Fi router I needed to set up, and I’ve been teaching myself the Ruby on Rails programming language/framework. It was kind of nice to have a day to myself, watching ’70s TV reruns on the local 3.3, 30.2, etc. stations as well as watching the WWE Network on my iPad. That said, I’m itchin’ to get back out today. I plan on being at the Silly Goose not long after 2 today and then the Blind Bear after that. Back tomorrow with more news.