Camo the FedExForum, Bardog news, Thanksgiving and more (Monday update #2)

There is a movement to camo the FedExForum for the next Grizzlies home game, on the night of Wednesday, November 11. That of course is Veteran’s Day. Not only would it be a way to honor our veterans at the game, but it would be a way to show solidarity behind the team as they host defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors. Choose901 will be selling “Defending the Bluff” camo shirts at the game for only $10, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps veterans get transportation they otherwise couldn’t afford to get them the medical care they need.

Bardog is seeking a brunch server/bartender Saturday-Sunday 10-5. Only serious applicants need apply, and you can do so by dropping by the bar Monday-Friday between 2 and 4 PM to fill out an applications. Must be capable of putting up with John D and me on Saturdays.

Several pieces of Thanksgiving news this afternoon. First of all, from Mashable: What your Thanksgiving dinner plate says about your personality. For those of you who remember the Nuh-Uh Girl, she is an analyst. She loves digging into people’s psyches and exploring their eccentricities.

LUNCHBOXeats has released its order and pick-up Thanksgiving dinner menu for 2015. You can select from complete dinner packages for the entire family, or just entrees, just sides, or just desserts. You need to have your order in by November 16.

Another place cooking Thanksgiving turkeys for pickup is Central BBQ. You can pre-order a 10 to 14 pound turkey for $44.99. Turkeys are slow-smoked to perfection. It is kind of blasphemy for me to say this, because we Memphians are supposed to love our pork, but the Cajun turkey plate is probably my favorite thing on Central’s menu.

This is not a Downtown event, but nevertheless is worth a trip out to the Agricenter: India Fest this Saturday, November 7. It’s a celebration of Indian food, culture, music and dance and it is highly regarded by those who have been in past years. Most definitely worth checking out if you enjoy foreign cultures.

Hungry Memphis has a post about Double J’s BBQ egg rolls. Hungry Memphis blogger Michelle Lewis was surprised by how big they were, and recommends having them with Double J’s BBQ sauce.

TechCamp Memphis happens this Saturday at the Southwest Tennessee Community College Library. For attendees of the conference, there will be a special happy hour Thursday at the Downtown Flying Saucer, a chance for those attending to get to know one another in advance.

Slate has the best way to re-heat pizza. It’s nearly as fast as a microwave and does not involve an oven.

All right. Time to put a wooden nickel in my pocket and see Melissa about a 5 cent PBR. That’ll do it for this post.

Monday update

Yesterday we followed up an outstanding Halloween party at Stop 345 with D-RANKS with B-RAD at the Blind Bear. The bar was full by noon. Katie Mac from the Moody Ques officially met Katie (not Mac) from PorkOsaurus. Katie (not Mac) was showing photos of Bruce/Caitlyn from the Sinners for Saints party Saturday night. “He should have won,” Katie (not Mac) said, passing her phone around so people could view the photo.

“Yeah, I talked to him for a bit,” said my BBQ team vice-president Clay. “I agree, he should have won.”

Then I piped in, “Well, I was the judge and I think he should have won.” The thing is, I assumed one of the hosts went to all three rooms and announced that the costume contest was about to begin. Apparently that didn’t happen, because after the contest was over, Bruce/Caitlyn came up to me and asked, “When is the contest going to start?” Also, I didn’t realize until after the contest that he was Mr./Ms. Jenner specifically, and I didn’t realized he had shaved one of his legs in addition to half his beard. If the contestants had been brought up on stage, I would have known those things. The Sinners for Saints party was fabulous otherwise, but that contest needs to be a lot better organized next year.

You learn all kinds of random things from bartenders: B-RAD cautioned against eating pickled green beans, one after another, right of out the jar, as many bartenders who make Bloody Marys do. Good as they are, things that are pickled increase your blood pressure.

It was a day filled with fun, food, friends, and football. I am so lucky to have such a great place only three blocks from my front door. I got there at 11 and left at 7:25. One of my friends commented how I used to bar-hop on Sundays. The Bear has gotten so good that I don’t feel the need to go anywhere else.

Anyway, on to the news… Bill Maher has been announced for a January 23 date at the Orpheum. Tickets will be on sale a week from Friday at 10 PM via Ticketmaster and the Orpheum box office.

Hungry Memphis has a post on lunch at South Main Sushi and Grill including a PDF of the take-out menu. Sushi prices look reasonable and they have some nice Express Lunch options.

Downtown Dining Week and the Indie Memphis Film Festival will present Dinner and a Movie Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10.

Former president Jimmy Carter is in town with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are also here. Read the story.

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is seeking a qualified management company to manage the entertainment district 24/7. Read the RFP here.

A Yahoo! Sports writer projects Memphis in the college football playoffs, projecting #1 Clemson vs. #4 Memphis in the Orange Bowl. The writer says Memphis deserves inclusion over Baylor because of Baylor’s horrible off-season schedule and lack of a quality win. Memphis’ win over Ole Miss looks better and better each time Ole Miss wins. I’m put in the unusual position of having to root for Ole Miss, a team I can’t stand, to help Memphis. I won’t root for them Saturday against my Hogs though.

If you’re a fan of Goldcrest 51 beer, it will be available at Lafayette’s Music Room beginning Saturday.

Way more news than I have time to post in a lunchtime break, so check back about 5:30 for an after-work post. I will hit Melissa Monday at Bardog after I get the post up, where I will most likely see a special guest from Indonesia. After that I’ll walk over to the Blind Bear to watch Monday Night Football and the Grizzlies. These 9:30 road games kill me, but I will try to stay up and watch all of it.

Recap of Sinners for Saints, and Stumbling Santa and Goldcrest news

Three Saturdays before Halloween, two of the Sinners for Saints Ball’s organizers, Robbie and Aaron, came in the Blind Bear to see about hanging a poster advertising the party in the window. “We hope to draw 400 to 500 people,” they told me, although they said capacity was in the 600 to 700 range.

“You’re wrong,” I told them. “You’re going to hit capacity.”

I was right.

I like being right. I especially like being right when it means that enough money was raised that, after paying expenses, a five-figure donation can be made to the Church Health Center. If interested, please click the link and read about the CHC’s philosophy and the many wonderful services it provides in the Memphis community. I tried to type up a paragraph summary of all that the CHC does, but I would have to devote an entire blog post (and a long one at that) to its mission and services.

I had not been to Stop 345 in eleven years and was not quite sure what to expect. To my right as I walked in was an enormous buffet of food provided by the event’s sponsors. There were two bars, the permanent U-shaped one and a makeshift bar with beer and punch. In the main room was the stage and another large bar, with Jello shots galore. There was an outdoor area leading to Tad’s indoor trailer park and the Amurica photo booth out back. The indoor trailer park was the space for those who just wanted to sit down and chill. If you have never seen it (and I hadn’t before last night), you need to. It’s one of those unique Memphis treasures tucked away in a corner.

Elliott from London – good meeting you last night, and I hope I spelled your name correctly. You know, when this blog wins awards it’s nice and all, but these days I really write this thing because people come up and tell me that it helped them find where they fit in Downtown. Glad to hear it helped you, and no I don’t even plan to stop doing it.

They gave me a media pass so I was able to watch Lord T and Eloise from the VIP area, and the show was excellent as I expected. The main room was packed to hear their performance. DJ Lil’ Eggroll did an outstanding job before and after.

I do want to say that the costume contest was not quite what I expected. I did not know I would be the only judge. I did not know that contestants were not going to get up on stage, and that I was supposed to be walking around throughout the evening, scoping out winners. I was also surprised that, given that they had around 20 gift cards donated, they only awarded first prize to each of three categories: Best Man, Best Woman, and Best Couple. I did the best I could with guidance from the Saints for Sinners organizers, but I think I could have done better if I had known what was going to happen.

I hope if they get as many gift card donations next year, they expand the categories in some way. My buddy Zack was dressed up as half man, half woman, even going so far as to shave off half his beard. His plan was to enter all three categories: man, woman, and couple (with himself). He wouldn’t have won any of those three categories but I would have given him Most Creative if that had existed.

Overall, though, the party just couldn’t have been much better. I really see this as an event that is going to grow more and more each year the way Stumbling Santa has done.

My judging duties complete, I left Stop 345 a few minutes before 2 and walked down Madison and then Main to the Blind Bear. We’re on Standard Time now, which means that at 2:00, the clocks fell back to 1:00. I always assumed that meant the bars got to stay open an hour extra, because 3:00 is the mandated closing time for non-Beale Street bars by Tennessee law. However, that was not the case. At 1:30 (the second 1:30) Colin did last call. He explained that the number of hours the bar stays open has to be consistent with all the other weeks of the year, and that the cops will show up and shut you down if you try to stay open the extra hour. I don’t blame him for obeying the rules but (and this is directed at the Alcoholic Beverage Commission not the Blind Bear) it’s really kind of ridiculous that the bars can’t stay open until 3:00.

There are plenty of photos of Sinners for Saints floating around Facebook but I didn’t take any. The reason why is, I don’t keep a case on my iPhone. The only time I ever have had a case was my iPhone 4S, when the back was glass. I hate cases in general. On Halloween, when I am in costume, getting a phone in and out of my pocket is a bit of a risk. So, sorry, no pics on the blog, but there are plenty out there, seek and ye shall find.

One other thing I learned last night: Drinking a liter Mountain Dew at 8 PM is not a good way to wake back up from a nap. Oh, it was effective for keeping me awake, I’ll give it that much, but when I got home at 3, I couldn’t sleep! I have had maybe two hours of restless sleep in the past 24.

Back to Stumbling Santa which I mentioned earlier in this post… most of you know this is a huge pub crawl to raise money and toys for Porter-Leath. It is the first Saturday in December, and last year over 1200 Santas stumbled from bar to bar Downtown, creating quite the spectacle. The event has grown so huge that they need a tent, heater, and other accessories to make sure all the Santas have a good time. You can donate here and help make Stumbling Santa even bigger and better. Those who donate $100 or more will be invited to a special November 12 party at the Flying Saucer, where Saint Nick will bring in beers to sample from all over the world.

Little Rock readers: Memphis’ original beer Goldcrest 51 will be coming your way soon.

I considered the idea of wearing my PBR MAN costume to Sunday brunch today, but my costume got partially damaged last night and I’m not in the mood to repair it. So, T-shirt and shorts it is. I’ll be at D-RANKS with B-RAD at 11 AM at Blind Bear, and then figure out the rest of the day from there.