Preparations for BBQ Fest are well under way


You know it’s BBQ Fest when a team member has to clean out their refrigerator to make room for 1000 Jello shots and spiked gummy worms. (And no it’s not my fridge… the 2012 Aldo’s Pizza box museum is intact.)

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Keep reading this post or my BBQ teammate Kao will prick you with his big cactus.

I want to give you guys a pizza recommendation. Last night we had a BBQ team board meeting at Holliday Flowers at 444 Monroe. Brent, our Director of Engineering, bought us pizza from Trolley Stop Market around the corner on Madison. That stuff was seriously good! There was a spinach pizza with black olives, and a pizza with slices of tomato and parmesan. I didn’t get pictures but they were both excellent.

Eminem is moving right down I-40 from us to Little Rock, Arkansas. He says he is tired of the L.A. lifestyle and wants to live in a place full of “real, genuine people.” He has decided my hometown is the place where he wants to be.

The M80s headline the Peabody rooftop party Thursday night, May 12. Doors open at 6, music at 7 with the first 200 ladies free. Admission includes a buffet of BBQ meatballs, popcorn chicken, and BBQ chips. If you’re in VIP ($150 at the door for a season VIP pass) you have a second buffet of pulled pork, ribs, cole slaw, and Tennessee cornbread salad. Smoky margaritas will be on special.

In other Peabody news, their Deli and Desserts shop is doing bacon, bourbon and pecan ice cream as a special for May.

Comedy is coming to Memphis Made Brewing Co. out on South Cooper. Thursday, May 19 will be Memphis Made Drafts and Laughs, a night of comedy with Mark Brimble, William Lynn Loden Jr., Sammy Normus, Hunter A. Sandlin, and Wes Corwin. Showtime is 7:30 PM.

Pure Barre comes to Loflin Yard on Saturday, June 4 with a free class at 11 AM. Sign up here. This class will be held on the grass so bring a mat or blanket with you. After class there will be plenty of time to enjoy Loflin’s yummy food and beverages.

Wayne Dowdy, manager of the history department at Memphis Public Library, will speak at Elmwood Cemetery Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 AM. He will tell the story of Josiah T. Settle and Benjamin F. Booth, lawyers buried at the cemetery who argued against “separate but equal” on streetcars in Tennessee’s larger cities in 1905, nine years after Plessy v. Ferguson.

Apologies for putting my friends on Squeal Street on blast Sunday night on Facebook. Ask me why I carry around a piece of paper with four sentences highlighted and you will understand the source of my frustration.

I have to admit, I broke the rules yesterday. As Director of Public Relations for the BBQ team, I am supposed to refrain from physical activity because that is not my role. However, knowing the truck needed to be loaded at Holliday Flowers yesterday, I could not resist and stepped back into my role as “Mr. Load-in.” I rode an Uber, at my own expense, out to 444 Monroe yesterday and helped load the truck. I just can’t stay away from hard work!

After the work was done, I rewarded myself with a couple of beers at the Blind Bear. While there I received a pleasant surprise: A visit from the twins!

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Alex and Rae worked at the Flying Saucer in 2014. They were very popular and customers came to the Saucer just to see the twins. So what did Saucer management do? Fired them for missing a staff meeting even though they told the managers THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE that they would be out of town that weekend. As long as I live I will never understand the “employees are expendable and easily replaced” mindset.

Time to get back to my duties as Director of Public Relations. I am planning to work remotely from the Monroe Avenue Branch Office this morning, but this afternoon I just might go down to the park and get some dirt under my fingernails.