Sunday update

Well-deserved accolades were bestowed on one of our Downtown favorites this week. Shawn Danko, co-owner of Kooky Canuck, has been named Tennessee Restaurateur of the Year by the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association. He was recognized not only for his passion for food, but his passion for public policy as it relates to food. Congratulations, Shawn!

Carolina Watershed is hiring bartenders and servers with experience and full availability. If interested, come fill out an application Wednesday between 3 and 5 PM.

My friend Mary Ann who I had lunch with Friday gave me the details on private club Tailors’ Union/The Pocket at 115 Union. It’s $500 a year to be a member. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed, and they almost didn’t let her in with dress tennis shoes. Members can bring in up to 3 guests. Yeah this doesn’t sound like a place I have any interest in joining.

Also at lunch Friday, the subject came up of getting a group together to do the chef’s table at Felicia Suzanne Restaurant next spring. Have any of my readers ever done that? I hear it is a lot of fun and you get plenty to eat, at your own private table in the kitchen.

The City of West Memphis is having a party at their side of Big River Crossing Saturday, October 6 at 4 PM. There will be a catfish cooking contest, music, fun, crafts and food. The event will raise money for ASU Mid-South Greyhound student-athletes.

Got a tip from one of my readers yesterday: Mesquite Chop House has 2 for 1 steaks on Tuesday.

There will be a party at Old Dominick on October 22 celebrating the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Andy Ticer/Michael Hudman restaurant empire. Tickets are not cheap – $250 general admission/$350 VIP – but many of the city’s best chefs and mixologists will have food and drink stations there.

Trolley Stop Market posted an open line cook position.

Yesterday I watched the Florida-Tennessee game, and Tennessee made the most Tennessee play ever. They ran the ball toward the end zone for what was going to be a big touchdown that would get the Vols back in the game – and then they fumbled at Florida’s 1-yard line. The ball bounced out the back of the end zone, giving Tennessee no points, and the play was ruled a touchback giving Florida possession of the ball at their own 25. The Vols went on to lose to Florida 47-21. As they replayed the fumble, I thought, “Is Butch Jones still coaching this team?”

Then I made a note in my phone to write about the fumble in the blog today, and my phone tried to autocorrect “fumble” to “dumb.” Even my phone knows how to describe the Vols football program.

That’s it for now. Time for D-RANKS with B-RAD at Pontotoc Lounge. Brad was out last week and we have much catching up to do. Back tomorrow with more news.