Peabody news: Chez “light bites” menu to be offered at Lobby Bar on weekends, Master Taster’s Club tonight

Starting this weekend, the Peabody will start offering cuisine from their four-star restaurant Chez Philippe at the hotel’s Lobby Bar. They started offering desserts at the bar last year and people seemed to really like it, so now they’re offering a “light bites” menu on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 PM to midnight. Items range in price from $8 to $18. View the “Petit Philippe” menu here.

I bet the Lobby Bar will be added to the Nuh-Uh Girl’s weekend bar and club itinerary from now on.

Also, the second meeting of the Peabody’s Master Taster’s Club is tonight in the Corner Bar from 5:00 to 6:30. For $15 you get to try four different wines and light bites, or you can buy a year’s membership for $100. The March event will showcase French Wines from Rhône selected by Certified Sommelier Krista McCracken and a tasting of Chez Philippe’s traditional French menu.

Mpact Memphis’ Soul of the City Gala is Friday, March 11

MPACT Memphis‘ big annual gala and fundraiser, Soul of the City, is less than two weeks away. Friday, March 11, the party will be at Minglewood Hall, with music by Party Planet, gourmet food, and – get ready, these are the two words my blog’s readers love – OPEN BAR. They’ll also hand out the MPACT Maker awards to young professionals who have made an “mpact” on our city. Click here to purchase tickets.

More info on yogurt shop coming to the Main Street Mall

The Memphis Business Journal posted a good article about Dream Berry Frozen Yogurts & Treats, the new self-serve yogurt shop planned to open in the One One o’Six Lofts, on Main just south of Union. The shop will open in April.

The article had a link to Dream Berry’s Facebook page, so I clicked through and “Liked” them. On the page I saw a contest for a year’s worth of free yogurt. To enter, you have to join their SMS loyalty program by texting “DREAMER” to 70259. You can enter a second time by “liking” their page on Facebook.

Free yogurt for a year? Bet the Nuh-Uh Girl is sending a text right about now. And getting on Facebook.

Tue update: Great sliders, Rajun Cajun, who for Grizz fans to root for, garage accident

Brick at Silly Goose poker night

I have a food recommendation, and unfortunately I didn’t take a pic… the sliders at the Silly Goose. I had them last night after poker, and they were really good, topped with some kind of pepper relish. Those may be the best sliders I have had Downtown, and that’s saying a lot. I may go back and get them again tonight. If I do, I’ll try to get pictures.

Another loss at poker last night. Not that I ever expect to win, considering that the game starts at 10, about four hours after I start drinking beer at the Saucer’s Pint Nite. I don’t exactly bring my A-game to the Goose. Brick outlasted me, and she was actually playing very well. Made me wonder if she’s been reading the Harrington on Hold’em series, although last I heard she was still having trouble making her way through Pat the Bunny.

Porter-Leath is selling tickets to The Swamp for Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest. The festival happens April 17, on the river between Union and Beale, and is one of the best festivals of the year. The Swamp is their VIP tent, and for a fee of $75 single/$125 couple gets you unlimited crawfish and Cajun food, drinks, and a chair in the shade. Contact Tawanna if you’re interested: 901-577-2500 x 1100.

There’s also a gumbo cookoff at Rajun Cajun. If you’re interested in entering your gumbo for a chance at $1000 prize money, contact Dianne at 901-577-2500 x 1119.

For the Grizzlies to move up in Western Conference playoff contention, two things have to happen:

  • The Grizzlies have to win games
  • The teams above the Grizzlies in the standings have to lose

Now, obviously we should root for the Grizz, but who else should we root for? There’s a Twitter account named @WhoDoGrizzRoot4. They will tweet what other teams to root for if you want to see the Grizzlies’ standing improve.

In the news: Two people have been charged in the Peabody Place parking garage wreck Sunday morning. The driver of a Hummer slammed into the back of a parked Impala so hard that it smashed through a second-floor brick wall and fell to the concrete below. The driver has been charged with DUI and various other counts.

Also in the news: A worker at the Downtown First Tennessee location was stabbed in the chest with scissors. Wow. Sometimes people at banks tell you things you don’t want to hear, but no need to get all stabby, now.

That’s all for now… coming tonight, a post about a fabulous gala to be held in early March.