Tuesday update

Toward the end of the day yesterday I got a pleasant surprise in my email. “Your ticket to Inaugural Butcher Board Festival” was the subject. What?!, I thought. Although I was considering going to that event, I hadn’t got around to purchasing a ticket. I opened the email and read the details. Quantity:1 , Ticket type: Media Pass. Sweet!

Held on July 22 at the South Main Market food hall at 409 S. Main, the Butcher Board Festival will be a celebration of charcuterie. As you enter the festival, you’re given a small butcher board and are free to walk around sampling meats, cheeses, pickled items, fruits, sweets and other accompaniments as vendors talk about their offerings. You also get a tasting glass so you can pair your food with wines, beers, and ciders. This is going to be a lot of fun! Memphis has gotten creative with its food festivals the past few years and I love it!

I will repay the kindness of the organizers with lots of photos and information from the event. Expect to see lots of photos of a troll on a butcher board Monday, July 23.

Kemp Conrad has en excellent opinion piece on the new Bird scooters and how shared mobility is a benefit for everyone. I’m beginning to warm up to the scooters although I haven’t ridden one yet. The cool thing about them is they are dockless – you can leave them most anywhere. The app shows you where nearby scooters are so you don’t have a problem locating one. I will probably give these a try soon. They will make places accessible that are slightly too far from where I live to be walkable.

The Memphis Flyer has a How to Ride the Bird video.

Demolition has begun on the Tri-State Bank building at Main and Beale.

117 Prime has started a new Oyster Happy Hour at their bar. Every day (Monday-Sunday) from 4 to 7 PM they will have Gulf oysters for only 50 cents each.

Starting today, the Main Street trolley line will run every 20 minutes.

The results of the Handy Park redesign challenge will be announced at a public meeting at the park, corner of Beale and B.B. King, tonight from 5 to 7. Challenge entrants will discuss ideas for making the park more engaging and active. Register for the event here and first 200 to register get a free drink ticket. This event is 21 and up.

Wednesday, June 20 is Walk 2 Lunch Day in the Memphis Medical District. Tag photos of your walking adventures with #W2LD2018 for the chance to win some awesome prizes.

Kilchoman Cask Strength is the Whiskey of the Week at Belle Tavern. Taste it for half off the regular price through Sunday.

Yesterday for lunch, I went back to Amerigo. Multiple people had told me, “Paul, you must go on Monday. Their Monday lunch special is my favorite thing on the menu.”

The Chicken Courtbouillon is a grilled chicken breast over angel hair pasta, with mozzarella, a spicy Creole tomato sauce, and vegetables. The server asked if I wanted some shaved Parmesan on top, and of course I did. This is a dish that lived up to its reputation. Very very good. The people at Amerigo recognize me at this point, and say “Welcome back” rather than just “Welcome.” I plan on coming back soon, my plan being the Chicken Marsala that is on the regular lunch menu. I want to try their lasagna too.

It’s time to CALL THOSE HOGS!!! Arkansas plays Texas Tech in the 1-0 game of their bracket tonight at 6 on ESPN. I can think of no better place to watch the game than Max’s Sports Bar. I will head down there after work.