Saturday update

Two Memphis teams have advanced in the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Pirates of the Grillibean took a first and LBOE a fifth. Both will compete in the finals on Sunday. Congratulations to both teams!

Ghost River has a deal for you during Grizzlies games:

The Grindhouse Cream Ale is absolutely my go-to beer when I go there.

In other brewery news, Meddlesome Brewing Co. is starting a brunch this Sunday. Dishes include brisket melts, seared salmon, 901 Hash, and a Smashburger.

Got a hot wing recommendation from Nate R. who just “happens” to show up wherever I am around town. So apparently one day Nate thought I was at the Blue Note at 341 Beale and went there. He got that guess wrong, but stayed and had their wings. He reported back that they were very good. I will have to give those a try soon.

As your #1 source of news and information about The Edge District, it is my pleasure to report that Green Goddess Gourmet Vegan Foods and Bettie Mae’s Confections will host a vegan holiday tapas tasting at The Den, 656 Marshall, Sunday, November 19 from 2 to 5 PM. Mac & cheese lovers will be in for a treat as Creamy Mac & Cheese is on the menu. Eggplant Parmesan is too and lots more including sweets. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

The Peabody has announced their tree lighting the day after Thanksgiving in the hotel lobby. There will be choirs throughout the day, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and of course the ducks.

Downtowners will soon have a cool new space to hang out: Carolina Watershed. Opening in December, this will be an indoor/outdoor venue on Carolina Avenue near B.B. King Blvd. The indoor part will consist of four repurposed grain silos, one of which will host a kitchen and circular bar. The menu will be “Southern deli” style and there will be acoustic music on an outdoor stage. The venue is meant to have a rural feel. Can’t wait to check this out.

Sleep Inn Downtown is transforming into a Moxy Hotel, an “experiential” hotel brand. Although the address is 40 N. Front, the hotel faces Main Street and Court Square. The hotel will offer in-room Internet TV including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Bluetooth streaming, Pandora and Crackle. There will be free Wi-Fi as well.

Santa’s Wonderland is open at Bass Pro at the Pyramid.

Streetdog Foundation’s fundraiser Howl at the Moon is tonight at The Warehouse, the northeast corner of Front and G.E. Patterson. Tickets are $50 at the door.

That’ll do it for now. Off to do the Saturday thing. Back tomorrow with more news.