Friday update: New Redbirds promotions, Farmers Market news, and more

Up early, and there’s enough news to fire off a post before I go to work.

The Redbirds have added two theme nights later this month. Saturday, July 25 (6:05 game time) will be Christmas in July. Fans who purchase a special ticket will receive a commemorative Christmas ornament with the Redbirds’ new logo. Tickets are $19 dugout or $16 field box. Call 901-721-6000 to order this ticket. The team will have special Christmas sweater themed jerseys on that night, and there will be a silent auction to purchase them from the time the gates open through the end of the sixth inning. Auction winners will get to come on to the field to receive their jersey. Proceeds will benefit the Redbirds’ RBI program. Also that evening, you can bring pieces of used baseball equipment to donate to the RBI program. Those who bring equipment will receive a voucher for a ticket to any August-September Sunday-Thursday Redbirds game.

Monday, July 27 (7:05 game time) will be STAR WARS night. Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie series. There will be movie sights and sounds, character appearances, and photo opportunities all through the game. Once again there will be a special $19 dugout or $16 field box ticket you can purchase by calling 901-721-6000. $4 of the price of this special ticket will be donated to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

HOT! HOT! HOT! is the theme this Saturday at Memphis Farmers Market. It’s hot outside but there’s shade under the pavilion. There will be hot peppers, spicy hot salsas, farm-raised meats you can throw on a hot grill, and hot women in yoga pants walking around shopping. There’s also plenty of things at the market that are cool, including smoothies, juices, and hand-made popsicles. The Master Gardeners will be back 9-noon to answer your questions about keeping your garden healthy in the summer heat. Also from 9-noon there will be a nutrition booth, where people from the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will offer help choosing healthy beverages. For the kids, Barefoot Books will be on hand at 10 and 11:30 to read “The Beeman,” a story about bees and honey. Following the reading there will be a singalong and kids can make paper bees to take home. Music by Bruce Barham 8:30-10 and Kim Hummel 11-12:30. The market is at Front and G.E. Patterson Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 PM.

The CA has an excellent Eat the Street article laying out every one of your dining options on Main Street.

The Chisca on Main now has a website. You can view floor plans and amenities in the historic hotel being renovated into apartments.

The Hungry Memphis blog posted a visit to Agave Maria yesterday.

That’s all. Possibly back at lunchtime or after work with a second post.

Thursday update from your bratty Downtown blogger

5th Kind is the featured entertainment at tonight’s Peabody rooftop party. Doors open at 6, $10 cover, ladies free until 7. Your admission includes a Mediterranean buffet (7-8 PM) of chicken and tzatziki sauce. If you’re in VIP there’s a second buffet (7-9:30) of feta pies, flank steak over tabbouleh, and hummus and olives. Guava margaritas will be on special.

Meanwhile, over at Felicia Suzanne’s patio for Thursday night Tacos and Tunes, Deborah Swiney will provide the live music. $2 tacos, $5 margaritas, 7-10 PM.

@CopelandCoach has posted yet another top-drawer job opportunity in Memphis. This one is a Strategic Director position at Youth Villages.

There will be a car show Downtown tomorrow. The 28th annual International Z-Car Convention comes to Beale Street from 7 AM to 4 PM.

There’s a GoFundMe page where you can support the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival. The Labor Day weekend festival on the Main Street Mall is one of the best ways to get acquainted with regional music, art, and cooking. It has become one of my very favorite fall festivals.

Tomorrow is a Ribbon cutting and wine tasting at Quench from 4 to 8. Quench is the new liquor and wine store on Second, owned by the same people who own City Market.

Overheard last night from one of the customers at D-RANKS with B-RAD: “I went to Purple Haze for the first time last night and it was the best pizza I ever had.” Although the late-night spot gets wild on the weekend, it is said to be pretty tame on the weekdays, so keep it in mind for a late-night snack.

Also, last night I heard that someone told B-RAD that I’m such a brat. Here’s what I thought when I heard that:


Amazon’s “Prime” day yesterday, touted as bigger than Black Friday, was widely panned by consumers as a disappointment. From Gizmodo: The shittiest deals of Amazon Prime Day

OMG this looks good! From Hungry Memphis blog: 32-ounce S’mores cocktail at Kooky Canuck

The NBA will host its first-ever game in Africa at 8 AM August 1 (game on ESPN), a Team Africa (NBA players from Africa or with roots there) vs. Team World (NBA players from other continents) exhibition game. Marc Gasol and Jeff Green from the Grizzlies will be on Team World, as will former Grizzly Pau Gasol. Former Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins will coach Team Africa.

I’m going to lead off at happy hour at Mary’s bar at Blind Bear after work, then will figure the rest of the evening out. Right now it’s time for a scorching hot trip in the car to Horn Lake Kroger. Not looking forward to this.

Memphis Flyer poll voting open + Wednesday news

Voting is open for the Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis 2015 poll. This is the city’s most well-respected Best Of vote, and it goes on now through Tuesday, August 4. You have to fill out at least 50% of the ballot. If this blog has enriched your Memphis experience in some way, keep me in mind for the Best Blog voting…

I see we have more jokes. Yesterday I announced a public contest to name the Moody Ques’ new smoker. Members of Squeal Street BBQ immediately started suggesting names, referencing the difficulty we had getting our old smoker Bevo to hold temp the past two years. Last night they showed up at Blind Bear and had more suggestions. “You could call it the PBR cooker – Pork Be Raw,” they offered. “Or Pork Tartare.” Very funny guys. Hey, I’ve got a suggestion of my own: We could call it the “We’ve Won a Trophy Since 2013, Unlike Some Teams” cooker.

Speaking of BBQ: This Lifehacker graphic shows how to spice up your next BBQ with 9 ways to spice up common ketchup. There’s even a Bloody Mary-flavored ketchup on the list.

Last week I bought a bottle of Crazy Good Chaos Theory ghost pepper sauce, and have been looking for dishes on which to try it. Last night a local chef made a great suggestion: Get the Jager BBQ Bologna sandwich from Blind Bear to go, bring it home and add some sauce. Damn that was delicious! The sauce was also good on the side of pepper jack mac & cheese.

Speaking of the Blind Bear, don’t forget that tonight is another special weekday evening edition of D-RANKS with B-RAD. Brad will be working the closing bar shift from 7 to 3. From what I hear, a lot of his Sunday regulars are going to be coming up, as well as some of the Bear folks from past years. This is probably his last weeknight shift for a long time. There will be trivia with Charles at 8.

E! Online reports about a new feminist newsletter that will teach women how to buy tube tops. I approve.

Today is the second of two days of free yoga classes at Downtown Yoga, in the 500 block of South Main. My friend @CopelandCoach had her first visit to the studio this morning and tweeted a good article on 3 ways yoga can help your career. YOGA!

If you buy 2015-16 Grizzlies season tickets today, you can get a free replica Marc Gasol jersey while supplies last.

Hey, can a few more people post that Pluto “Hey, you dumped me years ago? But now you’re driving by my house real slow?” meme to Facebook and Twitter? The first 180 times I saw it were just not enough.

PBR news: Pabst announced that it is opening a new brewery in Milwaukee.

That’s it for now. Probable plan for tonight is to get to happy hour at the Silly Goose about 5:30, then over to the Bear at 7 for D-RANKS with B-RAD. Second post after work is a possibility.

Rappel off One Commerce Square + more Tuesday news

Here’s a unique opportunity for you: You have the chance to rappel off the One Commerce Square at Main and Monroe on Saturday, August 29. The event is called Over the Edge Memphis and is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. It is open to the first 75 people who do the following: Be at least 14 years old by the day of the event, have a body weight of 300 pounds or less by the event date, and raise a minimum of $1000 by the event date. Participants will get a Special Olympics Over the Edge T-shirt, a goodie bag from Special Olympics partners, and free admission for you and a guest to the Over the Edge reception/party the night before. There will be awards and prizes for top fundraisers.

I see we have jokes: A couple of hours after I posted the contest to name the Moody Ques’ new smoker, I got a text: “On behalf of Squeal Street, we would like to submit the name Igloo for your new cooker name.” Funny. Maybe we should have a contest to name the trophies our team won in 2014 and 2015. That’s not a contest Squeal Street could run, so they would have to sit on the sidelines and drink their pudding shots and watch.

Thanks to those of you who have sent in serious suggestions about a name for the smoker. I have forwarded them on to the cooks.

There’s going to be a press conference outside Sun Studio tomorrow at 10 AM to officially announce the Memphis International Rockabilly Festival, which will happen over two days in The Edge August 15 and 16. The festival will span two city blocks and there will be live music, a hot rod show, and world famous BBQ.

On a related note, my friend Brad Birkedahl whose band plays the Blues City Cafe Band Box several days a week has announced that he will be participating in the rockabilly festival.

In the spam folder this morning: “1 InstaB00ty Alert.” Only one?

One Beale has been granted a 20-year tax freeze. Read more in this MBJ article.

The Orpheum has announced Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage will be here January 29 for its 2016 concert tour. Tickets on sale July 24.

The Union Mission is in need of donations of socks and underwear. They can be dropped off anytime at 383 Poplar. New or used is fine for socks; underwear, preferably new.

Memphis is a finalist for a federal grant worth up to $30 million that would allow the city to demolish and replace Foote Homes.

There’s a Director of Marketing position open at Memphis in May International Festival.

Paul Morris who runs DMC says the area south of FedExForum is now being called “South City.” Previously it was referred to as SoFo.

Back tomorrow with more.

Name our new smoker and win a BBQ Fest experience with the Moody Ques

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Would you like to experience what it is like to be a member of a BBQ Fest team for a day? Well, now you can. Help the Moody Ques come up with a name for our new smoker, and if you submit the name we select, the experience will be yours.

The smoker we used this year and in the past, Bevo, had trouble holding temperature and we just couldn’t trust Bevo to get our pork shoulder done anymore. So we purchased a new smoker from Tucker Cooker Company, a local business based Downtown at 122 West Carolina. On the 19th we did our first practice cook on the new smoker, feeding the folks at the Memphis Farmers Market Crop Hop 5K after-party. We lit the smoker with the device I am no longer allowed to mention on here, and it had absolutely no problem holding temp. The folks at Tucker build quality products, that’s for sure!

(I mentioned the BBQ device I’m no longer allowed to mention on here :mrgreen: )

So, what exactly do you get if you come up with the name we select for the smoker? You get full access to the Moody Ques booth for one day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday, your choice) as though you were a team member at BBQ Fest 2016. This includes

– A one-day pass to get into Tom Lee Park for free

– Access to the Moody Ques booth. The booth has placed second or higher in Best Booth the past three years. We may not have an entire case full of cooking trophies, but we’re the best damn party in Tom Lee Park!

– Food, beer and liquor (for this reason you must be 21 or up to enter. Winner must bring current ID to get access to the booth)

– 2016 Moody Ques team T-shirt

– Two guest wristbands so you can invite your friends to the booth. NOTE: These guest wristbands give your friends access to the Moody Ques private party, but they still have to pay to get in the park.

THIS IS THE PRIZE PACKAGE ONLY IF A NON-MOODY QUES TEAM MEMBER SUBMITS THE WINNING NAME. If a Moody Ques member submits the winning name, your prize is a pat on the back and a reminder to pay your dues in full. I don’t see any reason why members of other BBQ teams can’t enter if they choose to do so, and have dual membership for a day if they win.

Winning name will be selected by the Moody Ques cook team. They have not given me a time frame before they will pick a name, so I will have to get back to you on that. I am assuming you have until at least the end of this week to come up with something.

Keep in mind that the Moody Ques are not MY team, although I realize it comes off that way on the blog sometimes. I am one of about 40 members who make up the team, and although I have special status as “Mr. Load-in” I am not even one of the board members. So names that are specific to me are probably not going to be winners.

Submit your smoker names to and I will pass them on to the cooks.

Moody Ques news, a second visit to Oshi Burger and more in this Sunday update

Best Memphis Burger Fest is going to be bigger and better than ever this year. Part of the reason why is that the Saturday, October 3 festival is moving to Tiger Lane. Another part of the reason why is that a veteran cookteam will be competing for the first time ever in this festival:


I don’t know if we’ve filed the paperwork yet, but the team leaders informed me this weekend that we plan to enter. Of course. as “Mr. Load-in” I plan on being a big part of this. I have experience as a former judge and two years’ participation on another team. I also have influence with Seth and will try to get him to add a Best Microwave Popcorn category so we have a chance at bringing home a trophy.

Speaking of burgers, I returned to Oshi Burger yesterday for visit number two. This time I had the namesake signature Oshi Burger itself.

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You know, I have seen some of the local bloggers judge the burgers at Oshi based on one burger there. I don’t think you can do that. No matter what toppings, the key ingredient in a burger is the meat. If you look at Oshi’s menu, there are many different kinds of meat from which to choose: Wagyu American Kobe beef, Creekstone Farms natural Angus beef, 50/50 ground chuck and bacon, and even turkey and lamb.

That being said, I really liked the signature Oshi burger, the most expensive burger on the menu, probably because it is the one made with the highest-quality meat. It has the Wagyu American Kobe beef, and compared to most other burgers at the restaurant it is relatively simply dressed with a soy glaze, shitake tapenade, Swiss cheese, and Umami mayo. The result is a rich, melt-in-your-mouth taste that is like no other I have ever seen in a burger. No, I take that back. I have seen that once before, the year I judged Burger Fest. It’s like a stick of butter (hi Adrienne) aspired to be a burger when it grew up.

If I were on death row, and had an hour to live and was told my last meal would be a burger, would this be my order? No, I’d probably get the double-double from Dyer’s. However, I don’t think burgers Downtown are an apples-to-apples comparison. I would get this burger again for sure, when in the mood for it.

I added a side:

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Fries topped with bacon, beer cheese, and kim chee. I have said for a long time that kim chee is a topping that needs to show up on more foods. Oshi is rapidly moving up my list of places to visit.

Part of the reason that I was hungry and went to Oshi yesterday was that the tandoori truck was absent from the Memphis Farmers Market for the second week in a row! Come back, you are missed! Also missing was the Crazy Good hot sauce vendor. I wanted to talk to them and tell them how much I have been enjoying their Chaos Theory ghost pepper sauce.

I have confirmed that B-RAD will be working the Wednesday night bartending shift at the Blind Bear this week. B-RAD worked a rare weekday shift last week and drew a big crowd, and since he has some time off from his main job Jeannette is letting him pick up the shift once again. I’ll change up my Wednesday routine this week and do happy hour with Feeny and then D-RANKS with B-RAD at the Bear.

There will be a Basha Shine pop-up shop at Makeda’s Cookies, 488 S. Second, tomorrow beginning at 11 AM. You will be able to shop an exclusive collection of natural bath and body products.

Yesterday I witnessed one of the worst attempts to shotgun a beer that I have ever seen in my life:

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Dude why would you pick a Rolling Rock to shotgun? Then again, I guess you want a beer that has as little flavor as possible.

Right around that time, Jamie told me, “Paul, take a picture of this.” An entire tray of duck farts was at the server station waiting to be delivered.

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My influence on Downtown, summed up in one photo. DUCK FARTS!

Typical Sunday Fun Day in the summer coming up. Brunch with Bloom at Bardog, D-RANKS with B-RAD at Blind Bear, possible trip to my home away from home on the south side although I am undecided about that one because of the heat. PBR and duck fart time!


Fishing royalty in town, free yoga today, and more Saturday news

Congratulations to the Grizzlies on winning the Summer League championship game yesterday! The game was tied at the end of regulation, and no points were scored in the 2-minute overtime. In Summer League rules, there is only one overtime, and if it’s still tied then the game goes to sudden death – next basket wins. Russ Smith scored that basket. The future looks bright for many of the young players on the summer team.

KFC has created Chizza – pizza that has a giant chicken tender for a crust. The pizza is being tested in the Philippines. I’m really not sure if this is a good idea.

Fishing royalty will appear at Bass Pro this morning at 11. Edwin Evers, 9-time Bassmaster Elite Series winner, and 14-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, and Rick Clunn, 4-time Bassmaster Classic champion, will be at the Pyramid.

There will be a book reading and signing by local author and radio personality Wes Yahola this afternoon at 2 at South Main Book Juggler. Yahola will read from his new book The Artifice Conspiracy.

I bet there are some people who get texts of the following nature on Saturday late afternoons/early evenings: “Hey are you at Max’s Sports Bar?” “You are? Is Paul up there?” I can’t know for sure this is happening, but I wouldn’t be surprised…

Today is free yoga day at Downtown Yoga, the new studio on South Main. Wednesday will be a free day as well.

Want to own some cool baseball treasures? Tonight at AutoZone Park, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will have a silent auction on the concourse. You can bid on memorabilia autographed by current and former players. First pitch is at 6:05 and Colorado Springs is the opponent. St. Louis Cardinals mascot Fredbird is in town, and there will be fireworks after the game.

For my friend Jordan: How to be a cat (23 images)

Congratulations to Eric on stealing my Bardog mayorship on Swarm. I’m down to just Silly Goose and Blind Bear now. Don’t get too comfortable Eric… with the successor to Panda Time this morning, brunch with Bloom tomorrow, and Melissa Monday after that, I have a good shot at reclaiming my status as mayor.

I probably won’t have the Goose much longer either… I see I have someone gunning for my mayorship there. Good for him, it gives him an excuse to go there. #sillygoosereasons

Time to go work on the Bardog mayorship and make sure my Blind Bear mayorship is well defended. All this mayorship work will make me thirsty, so I might have to partake of a PBR or two. Happy Saturday everyone. It’s gonna be a good one!

Wild mushroom flatbread @ Majestic Grille plus a ton of Friday news

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Yesterday was a rare day when I was Downtown at lunchtime. I got on my phone and started surfing restaurant menus. I looked at Bon Ton’s menu… Belle Diner’s menu… Bangkok Alley’s menu. I surfed Twitter to see if any food trucks were out.

Then I said to myself, “You know, you just can never go wrong with the Majestic.”

Being a lover of mushrooms, I ordered the Wild Mushroom Flatbread, one of the few Majestic menu items I had never before had. It has a garlic oil base, and is topped with mozzarella, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and an assortment of mushrooms. I sprinkled some grated parmesan on top. A delicious lunch.

It’s National Blueberry Month and the Memphis Farmers Market will celebrate the berry tomorrow. Berries are low in calories, high in vitamins, and contain antioxidants. In the market’s Craft Corner from 10 to noon, you can make blueberry tea paintings. From 9 to noon, students with the Women’s and Pediatrics Committee of the APhA-ASP will be on hand to give advice about nutrition and recipes geared toward specific diseases. Live music by Steve Smith 8:30 -10 and Kris Ackin 11-12:30. The market is at the corner of Front and G.E. Patterson, and it runs on Saturdays from 7 AM to 1 PM.

Not sure what time I will hit the market tomorrow, but I will get there at some point. I like varying up my arrival times there. The 8 AM crowd is different from the 10 AM crowd, which is different from the 11:30 AM crowd. No matter what time I get there, I plan on having a hand-crafted frozen pop from the vendor that sells them. They’re usually the second booth on the left as you enter the market. I had a strawberry lemonade pop last Saturday. I’m thinking I’ll try the mango tomorrow.

You know, one of these weeks maybe I’ll hang out at Farmers Market the entire time it’s open – all the way through, 7 to 1. Heck, since I’m “Mr. Load-in” maybe I could even do 6 to 1. Gotta live up to people’s projections of who I am!

When I’m out and about, I use Evernote to take notes on things I hear or read about that need to be mentioned in my next blog post. Today I looked at Evernote and saw “rickey bday sun whitty email.” After going “HUH?” for a minute, I realized that Sunday is a celebration of Rockey Redbird’s (damn autocorrect) birthday at AutoZone Park, and Michael Whitty is the Redbirds’ PR person who has me on the media email list. Rockey’s mascot friends will be there to celebrate with him, including Fredbird, mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals. There will be numerous promotions including a free ice cream treat for the first 2500 kids. First pitch is at 1:35 on Sunday and the opponent will be the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Gates open at 12:30.

Happy birthday to my favorite pair of librarian glasses.

Need a job? I have leads on two very good jobs Downtown. The Downtown Memphis Commission is looking for a marketing coordinator to help promote and grow Downtown. Duties include managing the Downtown Memphis Facebook page. I know someone who used to hold this position, and she says it’s a great working environment with great co-workers.

Also, St. Jude is seeking an IT director to handle infrastructure and support for the hospital and its fundraising arm ALSAC.

I love The Daily Beast’s headlines: Trump’s got the GOP by the balls and The Donald is a ho. It’s very possible that hobag Donald will run as an independent in the 2016 presidential election, pretty much rolling out the red carpet for Hillary to win in an electoral landslide. It’s not so much the The Donald thinks he could win, but he doesn’t give a crap about the GOP and he might see a run as an independent as a way to build the Trump brand. Something to think about.

#FF @Zimm901, the monkey who escaped from its habitat at the Memphis Zoo. FF = Follow Friday, for those not versed in Twitterspeak.

The Church Health Center is holding an urban fusion dance workshop tomorrow at noon where you can learn a hip-hop dance from Jaukeem Balcom.

Anime Blues Con happens this weekend at the Cook Convention Center.

A new hotel, Cambria Suites, is coming to the Union and Fourth area. The rooms in this chain are designed for business travelers and have amenities including a convenience store open 24/7. When I had my traveling corporate trainer job, I was a huge fan of the 24/7 convenience store in hotels.

My friend Prince Mongo plans another run for Memphis mayor. The 333-year-old from the planet Zambodia played a key role in the outcome of the 1991 Hackett-Herenton election.

Early lunch break today. After work I’ll hit Mary’s bar at the Blind Bear for happy hour, then figure out the rest of the evening. MARYCA!

Poser trolleys, goats and Thursday news

The staff at Blind Bear got dressed up for the wedding after-party. Here's something you don't see often: B-RAD in a tie.
The staff at Blind Bear got dressed up for the wedding after-party. Here’s something you don’t see often: B-RAD in a tie.

Congratulations to my neighbors who tied the knot yesterday evening. I am so happy for you and so lucky to be friends with both of you.

Awesome term I saw on Twitter this morning: “poser trolley.” I guess this is in reference to the rubber-wheeled trolleys that will replace the Main Street green buses in September. Credit @nickthenewsguy. So I guess Friday, September 26 will be the debut of South Main Poser Trolley Night.

Star and Micey make their debut at the Peabody rooftop party this evening, along with Tyrannosaurus Chicken. $10 cover, ladies free until 7. Admission fee includes a buffet (7-8 PM) of items available on the Capriccio Grill lunch menu including fried green tomatoes and muffalettas. If you’re in VIP there’s a second buffet of Reuben sandwiches, crawfish mac & cheese, and signature chopped salad. Peach margaritas will be on special and there will be a raffle for a Capriccio Grill gift certificate.

High Ground News has more information about the International Rockabilly Festival that will shake up the Monroe-Marshall area August 15-16.

Yesterday I blogged that Food Truck Fridays will be back this Friday for the first of four weeks on the FedExForum plaza. The arena has announced that this Friday, you can win tickets to go to the Imagine Dragons show next week that is part of their Smoke and Mirrors Tour.

The Michael Brothers will provide the live music tonight at Tacos & Tunes on Felicia Suzanne’s patio tonight from 7 to 10. $2 tacos, $5 drink specials.

Classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz plays on the big screen tonight at the Orpheum at 7. Sing-a-long during the movie, and beforehand you can add a brick to the theater’s Yellow Brick Road and get your photo taken at the selfie station.

If you saw a man in a full-length tie-dye cloak and a goat Downtown yesterday, this is his story.

Taking a recovery day from last night’s wedding after-party. I’m up hours earlier than expected, so I guess I’ll get out for a while. Possibly a second post later today, although not necessarily at my usual ~1:00ish weekday post time.

Wednesday update

Paul Morris who runs DMC attended a MATA meeting yesterday and tweeted that trolleys will be back on Main Street by September… well, sort of. They will be rubber-wheeled trolleys. MATA does intend to bring back steel-wheeled trolleys, but that will be a longer-term project.

Front Street between Huling and G.E. Patterson will be closed for the next five days. There is some sewer work that needs to be done in the area. Detour signs will direct drivers to an alternate route.

In case you missed it: I made a post last night about Crazy Good Ghost Pepper Sauce on a monster burrito from Bardog. While I was waiting to pick up my burrito, the manager came over and told me that people have begun to order duck farts at his bar. The craze continues to spread! Come be part of the duck fart revolution. DUCK FARTS!

Bleu will host a series of wine dinners. The first one is July 23 and will feature Bright Whites from Athens Distributing. The next will be August 20th and will feature wines from France, Italy, and Germany by West Tennessee Crown. The final in the series will be September 24 and will feature wines of South America by Athens Distributing. These will be 5-course dinners with wine pairings, $60 + tax and grat, arrival between 6 and 6:30, dinner at 6:45.

The Green Beetle will host its 4th Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 18 at 8 PM. Justin Moore from the Liberty Bowlers providing live music. More details to come.

Writer Zachary Thomas has an interesting piece on Austin Nichols wanting to transfer out of Memphis. There’s more to it than meets the eye apparently, and it’s not because of Josh Pastner or the Tigers staff.

From the MBJ: Local brewery Wiseacre is eyeing Chicago as its newest and biggest market.

Food Truck Fridays return to the FedExForum Plaza beginning Friday, July 10 and continuing through July 31.

Plans for tonight: Wedding after-party that is going to go late, late, late into the night. Pam & Terry and D-RANKS with B-RAD at the Blind Bear, and a stop at the Silly Goose too and possibly other places. I have tomorrow off and this will not be an early night to bed for me. I plan to have a news post tomorrow but I will not be operating on any kind of a schedule. Will get it online when I can.