Soup Sunday, kisses for B-RAD, and Tuesday news

This coming Sunday is Youth Villages’ annual fundraiser Soup Sunday at FedExForum from 11 to 2. Tickets are $30 adults (over 11), $10 children, and $75 VIP. Restaurants all over the city serve sampler cups of soup on the FedExForum concourse. Lines get long, so you get a holder for four cups of soup so you can eat while standing in the next line. Enterprising attendees have found ways to adapt the holder to hold more than four cups of soup; the Nuh-Uh Girl got it to hold nine one year. You can vote for the best you had, including best soup, gumbo, dessert, bread, and specialty item.

I will say it once again: THIS IS NOT AN EVENT WHERE YOU WANT TO SHOW UP FASHIONABLY LATE. As I said, lines get long and the best soups will run out an hour into the event. Best bet is to buy your ticket in advance so you don’t have to deal with it the day of, and be outside at 10:55.

Also, if you’re one of the first in, don’t go to the first soup line you see. Walk a little bit and go to vendors who haven’t had the chance for a line to form yet.

Be sure to look for defending champion Bardog Tavern and try their soup.

Here’s a pic from Sunday that I forgot to post, of Chicken Fried Steak Rodger giving B-RAD a kiss on the cheek. See, I told you love was in the air on Valentine’s Day.

Photo Feb 16, 12 57 16 PM

The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show comes to the Cook Convention Center Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27. The Farm Bureau presidents and Secretaries/Commissioners of Agriculture from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi will be in attendance. More information here.

The Memphis Daily News has a good article on Black Restaurant Week that will happen in March and the economic development that organizers hope to achieve.

Coach Pastner is urging fans to be there at FedExForum for tomorrow’s 6 PM game with UCF and the remaining two home games after that. Attendance needs to average 6666 for those three games to prevent the university from getting a payout of $0 from the Grizzlies this year. Geoff Calkins remarks that Pastner is starting to show his frustration.

Former Memphis mayor A.C. Wharton will be working part-time for ALSAC, the fundraising arm of St. Jude.

Very important fashion news: Taylor Swift had a tube top on at the Grammy Awards last night.

One of the Grammy Award winners, the Alabama Shakes, will play the Mud Island Amphitheatre on July 15.

I agree, you just can’t make this stuff up:

Downtown Memphis’ Daily Downtowner Instagram post features Brad from Court House Deli today. Great guy, great place to grab lunch. I have had many a beer with Brad at Bardog Tavern over the years.

Assuming I get out of work on time, I will be out at Blind Bear after work. There may be a second post later today but I doubt it. Check back if you want.