Friday the 13th update: Slider Inn Ghost River dinner, Peabody holiday changes and a lot more

Slider Inn Downtown has released its menu for its Ghost River beer dinner Tuesday, November 17. Cost is $60 per person including tax. Call 901-729-6900 for tickets.

Course 1: Golden Ale + Lobster Popcorn
Tempura-fried lobster bites drizzled with ponzu & sambal aiolis, dusted with cayenne powder and topped with scallions

Course 2: Zippin Pippin IPA + Chilirizo
Chorizo chili with Mexican cheese blend, jalapeno sour cream & tortilla chips

Course 3: Razzle Dazzle Gose + Arugula Salad
Arugula mix topped with grilled pear, candied pecan, red onion, gorgonzola, raspberry & balsamic reduction

Course 4: Queen’s Rosemary Pale Ale + Tacos de Birria & Consomme
Slow-cooked beef brisket with fine beef broth reduction, oaxaca cheese, cilantro, onion, lime & tomatillo salsa

Course 5: Grind & Shine Cream Ale + Pumpkin Cheesecake
House-made cake topped with caramelized sugar, cinnamon whipped cream & strawberries

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Christmas tree lighting at the Peabody, 4-6 PM the day after Thanksgiving, will be open only to holiday guests this year. There is a special room rate called the Light Up the Holidays package that includes

  • One night’s accommodations
  • Exclusive viewing of the tree lighting ceremony
  • Peabody keepsake Christmas ornament
  • Two Peabody face masks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking

The lighting ceremony is Friday, November 27 but the package is available November 25-30 and it starts at $199/night. 1-800-PEABODY to reserve.

In addition to the lighting, Santa will make an appearance. This year, instead of large choirs, a jazz trio will play holiday classics from the mezzanine.

Mimi Morton is having a warehouse sale today and tomorrow at 320 Floyd Alley. That’s the alley between Madison and Monroe, running from Fourth Street (the alley next to Fielder Square parking garage) to Danny Thomas Blvd. Details copied from Facebook:

Friday and Saturday
Nov 13-14, 2020
Please join us in our warehouse and alley for our first warehouse sale! Help us make room for all the new stuff we have coming!!!
Choose from Spring, Summer, as well as some current items! Get a jump on your holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, and decor!
Jewelry, Samples, Art, Furniture, Handbags, Tote Bags, Home Decor, and Gifts!
ALL AT 50-75% OFF !!!
This event will comply with all COVID-19 event suggestions
Social Distancing and MASKS REQUIRED
Don’t miss out!!!
To find us:
Put FLOYD ALLEY 38103 in your GPS.
Look for the PINK and GOLD BALLOONS!
See you there!

Wiseacre Downtown hosts Pilates & Pints on the taproom’s patio at 11 tomorrow. You have to pre-register because of social distancing requirements. Email with the subject “Wiseacre Pilates Mat Class” or call 901-646-5054 to register. $10 gets you a 50-minute mat class and a Wiseacre beer, as well as a free future class at Club Pilates’ East Memphis or Collierville location, plus you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive a free month of membership. You’ll need to bring a mat, a mask to wear while inside the taproom, and water.

The Downtown Wiseacre location will also host Plant Based Junk Food from 5 to 9 Wednesday, November 18. Vulture Food is coming all the way from Los Angeles to supply Downtown Memphis with vegan junk food. All their items are nut-free but do contain soy. Their loaded fries are gluten-free but fried in the same fryer as their patties which are made from soy, wheat, and peas. Credit cards or exact change only. Menu will be posted the morning of the event.

Bedrock Eats & Sweets is offering a carry-out menu for Thanksgiving. Orders are due by the 19th and you can pick them up on Wednesday the 25th at Bedrock (corner of Main and Vance). They have sliced smoked turkey by the pound and all the traditional trimmings.

It’s time for the revival of the annual debate. Green bean casserole: Yes or No? I would like to record a huge YES vote for this Thanksgiving side dish.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association has announced its November membership meeting for the 24th. This will be an outdoor event at Slider Inn Downtown with socially distanced seating. Because of COVID regulations attendance is limited to 50. There will be plenty of updates on Downtown news and happenings.

The Metal Museum may be one step closer to leaving Downtown. A 100-year lease has been proposed for Rust Hall, the building in Overton Park that formerly housed Memphis College of Art.

Drew Hill of the DM has a few guesses where Precious Achiuwa might go in the NBA draft next Wednesday. Three lottery teams – Washington, Phoenix, and Boston – are possibilities. If the Celtics get Precious with their No. 14 pick, they will ironically draft a Memphis Tiger using a pick acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies. No way Precious is still on the board when the Grizzlies pick at No. 40.

Andrew Cabigao plays Momma’s tonight at 6:30.

Mississippi health officials are concerned after the sheriff of DeSoto County says he will not enforce the state’s mandatory mask order. I bet you Shelby County health officials are concerned too, because that affects hospital capacity here.

Shufflegrit plays The Vault tonight at 8.

You can catch some monster trucks at the raceway in Millington this weekend. Hmmm… if the Shelby County Health Department wants to catch some people violating its mask mandate, I bet this would be a good place to do so.

A black/white shepherd mix was found on the riverfront Wednesday. The dog is collared, leashed, and housetrained.

From the New York Times: Trump floats improbable survival scenarios as he ponders his future. He’s trying to use the courts and red-state electors to steal the election, and at the same time is accusing the Democrats of stealing the election from him. That’s projection and it is one of the classic traits of a narcissist.

From Politico: Biden transition team reaching out to former Mattis officials who worked for him in the Defense Department. SMART.

That’s the news for now. Let’s hope 2020 doesn’t have any surprises for us on the last Friday the 13th of the year. Back tomorrow.