Wed update: iPad beverage menus, Hollywood Raiford at the Peabody tomorrow, Downtown Dining Week, South of Beale/Liver Foundation, MATA cutting Grizzlies service

The Memphis Daily News reports that customers at Downtown restaurants Mesquite Chop House and Spindini are being handed an iPad-based digital wine menu and beverage application when they sit down at the table. Diners can view product descriptions, tasting notes, and recommended food and beverage pairings. That’s really cool. In 2012 a wine list no longer has to be a static, paper-based document. View the Daily News article here.

I’ll post my usual summary of Thursday parties tomorrow, but I just want to remind everyone that Hollywood Raiford will be the special guest DJ at the Peabody rooftop party tomorrow. Let’s get some atmosphere up in here! He’s going to need more on the dance floor, so come on out and see him. He’ll make you feel more than welcome!

The Downtown Memphis Commission has announced that Downtown Dining Week will happen again this year, from November 11-17. Over 25 restaurants will offer 3-course dinners for the low price of only $20.12. In the past, some of Downtown’s finest restaurants have participated in the week, giving diners an incredible deal. Over/under on how many dinners the Nuh-Uh Girl will eat that week is 12.

South of Beale has announced a new nonprofit of the month for August. For the entire month, there will be a line on your check where you can write in a donation for SOB’s adopted nonprofit. This month donations go to the Memphis Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. Please donate! I may need their help someday!

MATA is cutting its service to Grizzlies games. It had a route that picked up riders from 7 stops in the Memphis area and took them to the FedExForum for $8. Fox 13 has more details.

Plans for tonight: Completely undecided, as I’ve been recently in the past on Wednesdays. Options: 1) Brass Door Bingo at 7:30. I feel bad about not getting out to see Diamond Dave sooner, and I’m curious about the British take on the game. 2) Trivia at the Blind Bear, 8 PM. It’s been a lot of fun to have people from the old team back together recently, and I hate to miss a week. 3) Just stay at the Saucer and work on beers for my plate. I’ll pass the 50-beer threshold toward my 7th plate tonight. 4) The new option, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, where I can get $3 cans of 16 oz. PBR.

At any rate, it’s good to have so many options in Downtown Memphis. Out for a quick lunch now, then back for a fun afternoon doing stuff with mod_rewrite.