Thursday update, and yes I mentioned chicken fried steak again

Got up early so you get a post before I head to work.

Your Girlfriend is the featured entertainment at tonight’s Peabody rooftop party (that’s a band name, not your actual girlfriend). $10 cover, doors open at 6, ladies free until 7. Admission includes a buffet (7-8) of hot dogs and chips. If you’re in VIP there’s a second buffet of Chicago Dogs, New York Dogs, and Memphis Dogs. Blackberry margaritas will be on special, and there will be a raffle to win a $50 gift card to Sammy Hagar’s Red Rocker Bar & Grill.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, the most successful movie musical of all time, will be shown on the big screen at the Orpheum tonight at 7. Sing along with the movie’s classic tunes. Come early to win prizes at trivia, get drink specials, and use the selfie station.

My friend Phaedra, wife of B-RAD of Sunday brunch D-RANKS with B-RAD fame, posted an interesting article from IFLScience about a tree that can grow over 40 different kinds of fruit. We need to get the owner of one of these trees to be a supplier to the Memphis Farmers Market. As you all know, I am a big fan of fresh produce, and this tree grows bushels and bushels of it.

From Thrillist: 9 tricks bartenders use to get more of your money

Great news for the University of Memphis: They’re finally going to build a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks next to Southern. I can’t tell you how many times those stupid trains made me late to class when I was in grad school.

Last night I was in Blind Bear for happy hour, and my happy hour buddy Roger, who is from Texas, told me he was deeply hurt that I said chicken fried steak and country fried steak were the same thing. Chicken fried steak, he told me, uses the same batter used to fry chicken, and the gravy must be a white cream gravy. Country fried steak, he continued, uses more of a cornmeal batter. I posted this to Facebook and people tended to agree. I guess I learned something about Southern cooking this week. Roger did agree that the billboard I saw in New Mexico, with a chicken holding a skillet, would probably have led me to a restaurant with an excellent chicken fried steak.

Roger recommended a burger from Flynn’s on Beale Street: The American Lava Loosie, American cheese between two all-beef patties topped with grilled onions. I will have to try it sometime, although I will try to choose a time to go to Flynn’s when it is NOT karaoke night. Roger recommended the strawberry cake too.

Roger had to head home to start on two pounds of brisket he got with a Central BBQ gift certificate. A Texan, Roger approves of Central’s brisket. Too bad he didn’t get any Moody Ques brisket when we cooked at Crop Hop 5K. We had compliments from at least one Texan; I’d be interested in knowing if it would get his stamp of approval.

Bad news for my fellow Arkansas fans: Three Hogs basketball players were arrested on forgery charges after allegedly attempting to pass counterfeit bills.

Possibly back at lunch or after work with more news.