Memphis Farmers Market Harvest Celebration Sunday, November 4

The Memphis Farmers Market wraps up in a couple of weeks, and they will have a Harvest Celebration to mark the end of the season on Sunday, November 4 from 4 to 7 PM. It will be at the Central Station Pavilion near Front and G.E. Patterson, the same location where they hold their weekly markets.

The centerpiece of the celebration will be a heavy hors d’oeuvres station described as the best in the city. Just look at this lineup of participating restaurants!

  • Alchemy
  • Amerigo
  • Bleu
  • Bluff City Coffee
  • Cheffie’s Cafe
  • Green Beetle
  • Elegant Farmer
  • Felicia Suzanne’s
  • Interim
  • Mosa
  • Napa Cafe
  • Rizzo’s Diner
  • Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream
  • Trolley Stop Market

Also, the cost of your ticket includes Ghost River beer and wine by Athens Distributors and Blackstone Winery.

The theme for the celebration will be “Barnyard Ball.” They will have music by Bluff City Backsliders and Deering & Down. There will be square dancing and clogging performances, and also a “Boots & Buckles” contest. Requested attire is “Barnyard Chic.” I have absolutely no idea what that means. Next time I see my friend who has a Downtown residence but hangs out in Hernando every weekend, I’ll ask. She’ll surely know.

The event is a fundraiser for the Farmers Market, so come on out and support this great Downtown institution. Tickets are $35 in advance, or $45 at the door. You can get them in advance on the Memphis Farmers Market website. Tickets will also be sold at the market the next two Saturdays.

Wed update: Severe weather tonight, Max’s opening early for Cards, Smackdown results, Memphis Music Hall of Fame, Catch Me if You Can, early voting, Beetle hiring, Sunset Happy Hour events @ Peabody

Severe weather is headed into the Mid-South this evening. The best Memphis weather site,, reports that a squall line will approach the Mississippi River in the 7-10 PM time frame and move quickly east, bringing the possibility of straight-line winds. The threat is severe enough that you should prepare for the possibility of power outages and trees down. Yikes. Not good. At least it won’t move through during rush hour. Tornadoes and large hail are also possible.

Max’s Sports Bar will open at 2:30 today for the Cardinals game. They will have $3 drafts and $1 hot dogs until 7.

Last night I saw one of those things that made me glad to be a Downtowner. There was a kid on the patio of the Majestic Grille with a sign reading “It’s my B-Day.” Every time a trolley would roll by, he’d hold up his sign and the trolley would toot its whistle to wish him a happy birthday.

WWE Smackdown was filmed last night at the FedExForum. If you can’t wait for the TV show on Friday, you can read spoilers of the match results here and read about Jerry “The King” Lawler’s appearance here.

The first 25 inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame have been announced. Find out who they are here. I’ll go ahead and spoil 4% of the surprise and tell you that one of them is Elvis.

Broadway musical Catch Me if You Can runs at the Orpheum this week. Find info and tickets about the performance here. Attn Sunday brunch crew: I’ll be skipping the Majestic this Sunday because it always gets super-packed with Orpheum crowds prior to the 1:30 performance.

Early voting for the November election starts today. Visit the Shelby County Election Commission website for a list of early voting locations. You can vote early at any location; if you vote the day of the election, you must vote at your precinct.

The Green Beetle is hiring servers and delivery drivers. Come by in person between 2 and 4 PM to apply.

There are two Sunset Happy Hour events remaining at the Peabody this year. You can come up to the rooftop and enjoy a relaxing cocktail while watching the sun set over the river. Events last from 4:30 to 8:30 PM and are Friday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 31 (Halloween).

Plans for tonight: Nothing unusual for a Wednesday. Beers at the Saucer, then trivia night at the Blind Bear at 8. Weather could make the 1-block walk from Saucer to Bear rather unpleasant, but I’ll deal with it.

Tue update: WWE Smackdown @ FedExForum tonight, Downtown Dining Week and lots of other food news

The big event Downtown tonight is WWE Smackdown at the FedExForum. Friday’s TV show will be taped tonight. The main event is Sheamus defending his world title in a Triple Threat match with Alberto Del Rio and the Big Show. Also, Jerry “The King” Lawler will make his return after recovering from a heart attack last month. Other names to appear include Daniel Bryan, Kane, Cody Rhodes, and Sin Cara.

I don’t know why but I really hate Sin Cara. Remember several years ago, when Mr. McMahon beat up Eric Bischoff and threw him in the back of a garbage truck? I wish someone would do that to Sin Cara.

Kerry posted the Downtown Dining Week menus to her I Love Memphis blog yesterday. About half the restaurants are still listed as “menu coming soon,” but for those posted, I have a few comments:

1) Aldo’s Pizza Pies: Any appetizer with any 18 inch pizza for $20.12 is an incredible value. Some of the 18 inch pizzas run in the $25 range by themselves.

2) Bardog Tavern: The roasted chicken poblano chowder is an appetizer choice. GET IT. One of my very favorite specials. Many Saturdays I have eaten this delicious chowder while hanging out at Panda Manda’s bar with my “dawg” John D.

3) South of Beale: Duck fried rice. GET IT.

In other food news, the Memphis Flyer’s Hungry Memphis blog has pics of the new Central BBQ Downtown location. Food looks fantastic. I really want some of those handmade chips with blue cheese.

If you’re in the mood for a road trip, the World Cheese Dip Championship will be decided this weekend over in Little Rock. The event is at the Clinton Presidential Center and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

I wonder if Little Rock restaurant Mexico Chiquito will be competing? Their cheese dip is probably the best I’ve ever had.

I found a cool Mashable article about a New York restaurant that is using Instagram to enhance its menus. I wonder if that will catch on and be the next big thing with restaurants.

Tonight is the second presidential debate, and lots of debate drinking games are springing up. The president of the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol-Free Foundation says “It is most disrespectful to the democratic process and just another immature excuse for excessive drinking.” Whatever, lady. Lighten up.

Bardog will be showing the debate in the Underdog Room, if you’re looking for a place to watch.

Fun night last night. I started at the Blind Bear, where one of my drinking buddies bragged about how much cooler she is than her mom and sister. About 9 I got a text from someone at the bar at Aldo’s Pizza Pies: “Maddison is asking why you’re not here.” You know you spend too much time in bars when that kind of thing starts happening. Anyway, we went over there, and Maddison proved that bald is beautiful as she served me a $3 Pint Nite Pacifico with extra limes. Next stop was the Silly Goose. I hate it that I haven’t played Muruako’s poker game the past couple of weeks, but there’s just so much else happening on Mondays. Next up I got my 110th consecutive day checked in at the Saucer out of the way, then took home a Senor Huey prepared as a turkey burger. Muy bueno. Excellent Monday night.

I absolutely must get to bed early and catch up on sleep, so no poker for me at the Blind Bear tonight. I’ll hit the Saucer for a few beers about 6, then that will probably be it.

Mon update: Food truck rodeo, Justin Bieber, dog show and more

Good news for fans of food trucks: There will be a food truck rodeo this Friday, October 19, at the Commercial Appeal at 495 Union. It will last from 11 AM to 1:30 PM and they will have trucks from Fuel, Central BBQ, MarksGrill, Rock’n’ Dough, and Kona Ice. CA food writer Jennifer Biggs will be there, and they hope to have some of the panelists (chefs, foodies, etc.) from their new Southern Tastes food section. The rodeo will benefit the United Way of the Mid-South.

Thursday, November 1 is going to be a good day. Justin Bieber will be at the FedExForum at 7 PM. Now, it may surprise you to see me write that, and indeed, I’m not a fan of The Biebs at all. But, do you remember when Justin Timberlake played the FedExForum? Downtown was crawling with hot women in sexy outfits. I suspect the same thing will happen on the 1st. Best people-watching day of the year.

There will be a dog show on Mud Island on Sunday, October 28. It will be at Nursery Park. Prizes for Most Original Costume, Terrific Pet Tricks, Most Glamorous, Best Tail Wagging, Most Mysterious Heritage, Best Costume in a Group &/or with a Float, Best Vocal Performance, Most Obedient, Least Obedient, and Best in Show will be awarded. Search Facebook for “10th Annual Harbor Town Dog Show presented by Downtown Animal Hospital” for more information. All dogs living on Mud Island and the staff of Downtown Hooters are invited to compete.

Looooong day yesterday. Majestic for mimosas, then some PBRs at Blind Bear, then a couple of Dos Equis Lagers at Flying Saucer. At that point I realized I needed a break, so I got a classic Chinese dish, kung pao chicken, from Yao’s. I took it home to eat. After that I was back out to Aldo’s Pizza Pies to see Kyla on her last day, then on to the Blind Bear for a second visit. The Nuh-Uh Girl showed up for poker in a really ugly UT hat. Last stop was Silly Goose, where I pushed it past midnight. Sunday Fun Day, done like a pro!

Of course, not everyone celebrates Sunday Fun Day the same way. As I was getting ready to go to the Majestic, one of my Foursquare friends checked in at Chuck E. Cheese in Horn Lake. “The transition from Downtown diva to suburban soccer mom is complete,” I commented. Her best friend added, “Yep. No more tube tops. It’s sweat pants and minivans from now on.”

While at the Majestic, another of my Foursquare friends checked in at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. He posted a pic of the free brunch they had for UFO Club members. Then he commented that they had TWELVE beers on Fire Sale for $3, but he was drinking a PBR, which was cheaper than any of the Fire Sales. Um… Memphis Saucer, are you taking notes?

Forecast for tonight is beer with a high probability of drunk pics showing up on Facebook. I’ll be out about 6:30.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies news

Tonight is Kyla’s last shift. If you’re a Kyla fan, get by and see her one last time at the bar tonight. She starts at 5 and the restaurant closes at 11.

Downtown’s loss is Midtown’s gain, though. She’ll be the new happy hour bartender at Slider Inn from 3 to 8 Monday through Friday. Kyla is a great bartender, and, as you can see, she wears a lot of tube tops. I’m sure she will build up a good happy hour clientele. If you’re in Midtown, get by and see her after work.

Cooper-Young Beerfest 2012 recap

Yesterday was the third annual Cooper-Young Beerfest, held in a large parking lot at the corner of Walker and Fleece from to 1 to 5. My friend Otto and I took a cab down there. I had a much better cab experience than I did riding to Burger Fest a couple of weeks ago. We found a Yellow Cab in the Peabody lot. The driver, a really nice guy named Phil with white hair and a mustache, told us about their new dispatch system, which uses Samsung Galaxy tablets and is among the first in the country to use that technology. When we got there, he gave us his personal cell number if we needed a ride back Downtown.

C-Y is a regional beerfest, so breweries from surrounding states came to town and set up booths. Some of those breweries don’t sell their products in Memphis yet, so it was a chance to try new things.

This deer invited people to come sample beer from Country Boy Brewing from Lexington, Kentucky. Among their offerings was a habanero beer, the first of those I have ever seen.

The habanero beer was surprisingly good. I thought I’d probably pour it out after one sip, but it was very drinkable. The habanero gives the beer a twang, but it is by no means overpowering. I thought to myself, this would be a good alternative to a Bloody Mary as a wake-up drink on Sunday morning.

Another brewer from Kentucky was Lore Brewing Company, from Danville. The doppelbock was very good. I decided to pass on the “Girls Gone Mild” beer at a whopping 3.65% ABV.

As I was sampling, the fest’s organizers got on the PA for a “Breaking News” announcement. I knew it had to be something pretty special because they have never done that in past years. The announcement was that Yazoo Brewing Company from Nashville, another brewery at the festival, had just won third place at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver for their hefeweizen. Congratulations to Yazoo! Their reps are in Memphis all the time doing beer dinners, tastings, and other events, and they are some of the friendliest beer reps I have ever met. They truly have a passion for great beer and they love to talk to the people who consume their product.

I didn’t eat before I came to the festival, so about 2 I had to take a food break. There were several food options: Sweet Grass Next Door was cooking brats, Stone Soup Cafe had gumbo, and Central BBQ had BBQ sandwiches, nachos, and ribs. I decided on the BBQ sandwich with a side of Central’s homemade chips. Oh my God that sandwich was melt-in-your-mouth, slap-yo-mama, pull-down-a-tube-top good. I have not been to the Downtown location yet, but it’s so nice to know that I can get those yummy sandwiches anytime I want without getting in a car now. The Downtown location is at the corner of St. Martin and Butler.

You learn all kinds of interesting things just walking around the beerfest. For example, I learned that there’s a Piggly Wiggly in Charleston, South Carolina that has more beers on tap – yes, I said ON TAP – than the Flying Saucer has here. You bring in a growler, a 1-gallon container, and they’ll fill it up for you. The supermarket also carries more beers in bottles than the Saucer does here.

The main place to learn about beer, though, is the Beer Revival Tent, the festival’s education tent.

The brewers themselves get in the tent for 10-15 minute presentations. They speak about their beers, the brewing process, and the brewing business, and they take questions from the audience. Some also bring along samples of their very newest beers for the audience to try.

A rep from Vino’s Brewpub in Little Rock was among the presenters. It’s at the corner of 7th and Chester Downtown. Great place. Pizzas and calzones are good too.

At the 2010 beerfest I tried a sample of Goldcrest 51 beer, the beer that was brewed at the Tennessee Brewery for many years. The presenter above had spent years researching the Tennessee Brewery, and among his finds was the complete recipe and brewing process for Goldcrest 51. Vino’s again re-created the beer for the 2012 festival, and once again a book about the Tennessee Brewery was on sale. “Thanks to some contacts I made here today, it’s possible that Goldcrest 51 might – MIGHT – once again be sold commercially,” the presenter said.

Even brewing companies that are not yet open were offering samples and presenting. High Cotton Brewing Company will open in a few months at 598 Monroe, and will be Memphis’ second craft brewery. “It’s insane that Asheville, North Carolina has six or seven times the number of craft breweries that Memphis does,” said the presenter. “Johnson City, a town of 30,000, has two craft breweries. I want you to compete with me. I want you to open your own brewery. It’s not hard. I want to you compete with me for shelf space in the stores. I want you to compete with me for tap handles at the bars. Memphis could easily support a dozen breweries or more. Make it happen!”

INSIDER TIP – High Cotton’s website says that you’ll be invited to a pre-opening party if you’re one of the first 50 to give them your email address.

Two local brewing clubs, the Memphis Brewer’s Association and the Bluff City Brewers, had some delicious offerings at the festival, made by guys and gals who love to homebrew. Want to get in on the fun? Join the Bluff City Brewers at the Botanic Garden Saturday, November 3 from 12:30 to 4:00 for Learn to Homebrew Day.

If this post has got you in the mood to go to a beer festival, there’s another one next week – and if you’re Downtown, you won’t even have to worry about driving. There will be a beer festival on Harbor Town Square next Saturday from 2 to 6, with music by Charvey McLemore from 7 to 9. $33 pre-sale and $38 day of, benefiting the Mid-South Food Bank. Call 901-527-2233 to pre-purchase tickets.

The Cooper-Young Beerfest has achieved such a stellar reputation that they had an extra 200 attendees compared to last year. By 2:00 the fest was a sellout. This did cause a lot of the booths to run out of beer by 4 PM. It’s the first time that has ever happened, and I’m confident the organizers will address it next year. Still well worth the price of admission for all I drank and learned. Otto and I walked out of the gate a little after 4. We called Phil, who picked us up in his Yellow Cab about 10 minutes later. He dropped us off at Max’s Sports Bar, where we continued our beer sampling with an American classic: PBR. I required four pint-sized samples of PBR to fully appreciate all its qualities. After that I walked north to the Flying Saucer and did some research on the ideal number of limes to squeeze in a Dos Equis Lager.

Kudos to the organizers and the brewers. Great event.

Fri update: Memphis Madness, Avett Brothers, The Goonies, powerboat racing on the river, gourds, Grizzlies open practice, tailgating tip

Highs in the mid-80s tomorrow. Why not celebrate the return of warm weather by wearing a tube top?

There is a lot going on Downtown tonight and this weekend. The biggest event is Memphis Madness, the first open practice for the Memphis Tigers men’s and women’s basketball team. Doors open at 5:30, and the program begins at 7. More info here.

Over on Mud Island, the Avett Brothers play at 8:00 tonight. Tickets are $37 plus facility fee.

At the Orpheum, The Goonies is tonight’s film in their Classic Movie Series. Details on the movie here.

This is going to be a busy night Downtown and if you’re coming to Memphis Madness or anything else in the Downtown core, it would probably be wise to leave a little early. Traffic is bound to be heavy.

Tomorrow is the AutoZone Powerboat Racing Championship on the Mississippi River. Tunnel-boat racers in Formula Two and Formula Three divisions will compete for the championship in the finale of the racing season. Tom Lee Park is said to be the best place to view the races.

Theme for the Memphis Farmers Market tomorrow is Good Gourd. You’ll find lots of squashes, pumpkins, and gourds at the market. Collections will be taken for the Mid-South Food Bank. Shufflegrit will play 8-10 AM, Steve Rivers 11-1.

The Grizzlies will have an open practice tomorrow at 1 PM at the FedExForum. Autographs for the first 500 fans. More details here.

Tailgating tip: Open a bottle of beer with a car window.

All right. Time to go drive through Southaven’s worst intersection, Airways and Goodman, although I won’t check in there the way some extremely lame Foursquare users do. God I wish I worked Downtown.

Thur update 2: More Halloween parties, Memphis Habitat/Uptown, Aldo’s/Instagram, vegan cookbook signing

I’ve received word of more Halloween parties. The Blind Bear is going to do their party Friday, October 26. The Silly Goose will have two parties: a costume party on Saturday, October 27 and a Fireball Fear Bash on Wednesday, October 31 with DJ Cody both nights. Paula Raiford said her disco is celebrating Halloween the weekend of the 26th-27th but the main party is the 27th. So here’s the lineup I’ve got so far:

  • Thur 10/25: Kooky Canuck
  • Fri 10/26: Blind Bear
  • Sat 10/27: Silly Goose, Paula & Raiford’s Disco, Flying Saucer
  • Wed 10/31: Silly Goose (Fireball), Bardog Tavern

Also a private party a lot of Downtowners attend, normally the last Saturday of October, has been moved to the first weekend of November. I LOVE the way the schedule is working out this year. In previous years, everyone would try to do their parties the same night (the last Saturday of October) leaving the party-goers divided between a million different options. This year we’ll have ample time to enjoy it all.

I’m still trying to figure out a costume for this year. I particularly enjoy costumes where I can play a character – Saucer Girl, Bruce Pearl, and superhero PBR Man in previous years. If you have any suggestions for me let me know. Yikes, I’m down to 14 days to figure this out.

By the way, I have a couples costume suggestion: Girl in a Tube Top, and Guy Who Likes to Pull Down Tube Tops. That would be a great costume.

In other news: The Daily News reports that Memphis Habitat will focus on Uptown for the next two years. The nonprofit, which helps qualifying families build and own homes for the first time, plans to build 50 houses and rehabilitate 100 properties in the area.

Restaurants: If you want an example of how to promote your business on Instagram, look at what @aldospizzapies is doing. They are hitting it out of the ballpark with their food porn photos.

If you’re coming to the Memphis Farmers Market Saturday, clean out your cabinets first. They will be founding up non-perishable food and unused personal care items to take to the Mid-South Food Bank.

Memphis author Bianca Phillips will sign copies of her vegan cookbook Cookin’ Crunk tomorrow, Friday, October 12, at Whole Foods at 5022 Poplar from 4 to 7 PM. You can purchase a copy of the book there, or bring a previously-purchased copy for Bianca to sign. The market will have samples of tempeh gumbo and vegan pimiento cheese for you to try. Free food? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will show up.

Time for beer. Quick mayorship defense at the Saucer then over to the Blind Bear.

Thur update: Downtown Dining Week, Hurt Village @ Hattiloo, big band music, South Main Haunts, trivia news, VP debate bingo

So far, 28 restaurants have committed to Downtown Dining Week. From November 5-11 they will offer meals, many of them three-course meals, for the price of $20.12. For many of the restaurants on the list that’s an incredible value. Menus will be announced Monday. Here is the list of restaurants:

Automatic Slim’s
Bangkok Alley
Bardog Tavern
BB Kings
Blind Bear
Brass Door
Capriccio Grill
Chez Philippe
City Market
Felicia Suzanne’s
Itta Bena
Kooky Canuck
LOCAL Gastropub
The Majestic Grille
Pearl’s Oyster House
The RendezVous
South of Beale
Thai Bistro
Trolley Stop

PRO TIP: If you want to eat at the most popular, upscale restaurants on this list (Felicia’s and Chez Philippe in particular), don’t even wait for the menus to come out. Call the restaurants and make reservations for that week now. This is especially true if you want one of the most popular times to have dinner (6:30-8:30ish).

There’s a play at Hattiloo Theatre right now that I bet would be really interesting. It’s Hurt Village, by Memphis playwright Katori Hall, about life in a housing project. Longtime Memphis residents will remember that Hurt Village was the project at the corner of Auction (now A.W. Willis) and Thomas Downtown. It was razed in the late 1990s as planning for Uptown began.

If you’re into big band music, there’s a 1940s musical revue at the Orpheum today. Shows at 3:00 and 7:30.

The first “South Main Haunts” will happen Friday, October 19. This free self-guided walking tour will feature past Memphis residents telling their story, historians sharing the area’s history, and storytellers telling ghoulish tales. This event will be family-friendly.

Last night, Charles announced that a 6-week trivia league will soon form at the Blind Bear. I believe it will start in 2 weeks, offering a larger grand prize in addition to the weekly prizes of $50, $25, and $10 in Bear Bucks.

In other trivia news, Diamond Dave hosts Rock’n’Roll trivia at the Brass Door tonight at 7:30. There will be $50/$25/$10 prizes there as well, and $3 pints.

Watching the Vice-Presidential debate tonight? Play debate bingo. There’s a link at the bottom left of the card where you can generate a new one, so everyone in the room can have a different card. The president hopes that tonight’s debate will put the brakes on the momentum the GOP has built since last week’s debate. Because, you know, Joe Biden never puts his foot in his mouth or anything. I’m a little worried about this one. Florida, North Carolina, and Colorado have already flipped from blue to red in the polls since last week.

Too much news to fit into a lunch hour post. There will be a second news post after I get home from work. Plans for tonight are undecided, but I’m probably going to remain in the Downtown core, with Blind Bear a likely landing spot.

Wed update: Halloween parties, Rendezvous news, Huey’s/Barely a 4K Beer Run, Arepas & Salsa, Ghost River, poker correction

Bardog Tavern will raffle off this hearse at their Halloween party October 31

I’m starting to get word of Halloween parties that will happen Downtown this year. Kooky Canuck always throws a big spooky bash the Thursday before Halloween with a DJ, costume contest, and drink specials. That will put it on Thursday, October 25 this year.

The Flying Saucer has announced a Halloween party with a dead rock star theme Saturday, October 27. The Saucer’s parties are always good for a couple of reasons: The mystery beer tub, and to see the outfits the girls wear.

Bardog will do its Halloween party the day of, on Wednesday, October 31. They’ll have their costume contest at 10:30, and at 11:59 they’ll announce the Halloween raffle winner. Grand prize is a ’76 Cadillac hearse (see photo).

I’ve also learned that there will be a party on the 31st at the Silly Goose with Fireball in the house. Should be really good and I’ve already requested the morning of November 1 off for recovery time.

Couple of pieces of Rendezvous news today. The BBQ eatery now has valet parking for $7. That’s cheaper than the garage next door, and a more enjoyable experience. Valet stand will be at the corner of Monroe and the Rendezvous’ alley (Maggie H. Isabel Street, between Second and Third).

Also, the Rendezvous has started lunch delivery. Call the restaurant at 523-2746/529-1014 or fax 525-7688 or email Here’s a pic of their delivery menu.

There’s going to be a Barely a 4K run beginning and ending at Downtown Huey’s on Saturday, November 10. Tickets are $25 and you get a special Yazoo Barely a 4K Beer Run cape in Memphis blue when you run. Check-in at 9 AM, run at 10.

Kerry of the I Love Memphis blog tried Arepas & Salsa, the new Venezuelan restaurant at 662 Madison, this week. I really want to get by there soon and try one of those sandwiches. They look delicious.

The Fuzzy Brew blog reports that local brewer Ghost River will increase its presence at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this year.

CORRECTION: Yesterday I posted that Thursday night poker starts at Cafe Ole this week. Actually, the game will start next Thursday.

Last night I played the Tuesday night poker game at the Blind Bear. I made it to the final table, and by 11:30 there were eight of us left. I was exhausted, ready to go home and get in bed, and didn’t care about the game anymore. “All in. All in. All in. Fold (9-4 offsuit, I’m not crazy). All in. All in.” So, what happened? I won, and I have a shiny new $50 Blind Bear gift card in my wallet today.

I’ll be back at the Bear for trivia tonight at 8. Before that I’ll pre-game at the Saucer.