Thursday update

The September meeting of the South Main Association has been announced for Tuesday, September 12, at 409 South Main. Featured speakers will be Rebecca and Justin Dyer, operators of the building, talking about the future of this event hall and the impact it can have on South Main. There will be a Q&A as well. 6 PM social, 6:30 presentation. The event is free for members and $10 for guests.

From the Flyer’s Hungry Memphis blog: The Second Slider Inn, to open in the South Main district at 365 Mulberry, has a working title of Slider Out.

Southern Heritage Classic festivities kick off today in advance of the Tennessee State-Jackson State game Saturday at the Liberty Bowl.

Have you ever been in the Flying Fish and wondered about the origins of the Billy Bass Adoption Wall? The way it works is, you bring them a Billy Bass singing fish wall piece to hang on the wall with your name, and they give you a free catfish dinner. Shannon Wynne, founder of the Flying Saucer/Flying Fish concept, talks about how the wall got its start at the original Flying Fish location. My fish was one of the first to be adopted at the Memphis Fish and hangs on the bottom row on the left wall. Back in those days I was only several years removed from my teaching gig at the U of M, so my fish is tagged Prof. Paul Ryburn.

Hmmm. Just realized my troll has never met my fish. I need to take the troll in and make introductions soon.

Lifehacker has the easiest, fastest ways to load up on protein including chickpeas, two ways. I’ll add a third way that you can get Downtown at a bargain: A big bowl of fried chickpeas at the Silly Goose for only $5.

I mentioned that there was a team rumored to be entering Best Memphis Burger Fest this year that would be an immediate heavy hitter, but I could not yet say who. Now I can: The recently-renovated Memphis Flying Saucer. As you probably know, along with the new renovation came a menu of gourmet burgers inspired by the Saucer’s sister chain Rodeo Goat. I had a beer with one of the managers a few weeks ago and he told me they are going to try to get the Rodeo Goat head chef/menu planner to come up and be on the cook team. They have won burger festivals down in Texas.

A second new team entered the competition as well: Sushi Jimmi. Man, the level of competition keeps going up at Burger Fest!

Great place to work:

In the news: Facebook told Congressional investigators a Russian troll farm spent $100,000 on fake news ads on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election. Facebook found that 470 “inauthentic” accounts were found to have spent the money between June 2015 and May 2017. The accounts all seemed to be affiliated with each other and seemed to be run out of Russia.

Off to work. Possibly a second post at lunchtime.