Friday update including Thanksgiving casserole recommendations

From Bleacher Report: Dillon Brooks didn’t like how his tenure with the Grizzlies ended: “I was the scapegoat of it all”

Also from Bleacher Report: Problems every NBA team didn’t see coming. “Memphis Grizzlies: ‘Just, Well, Everything'”

Memphis Tigers vs. Alabama State @ FedExForum, 7:00 tonight. TV: ESPN+ Here are some facts you may not know about Alabama State:

  • Located in Alabama’s capital, Montgomery
  • HBCU
  • 5475 enrolled
  • Founded 1867
  • Plays in the SWAC
  • Nickname: Hornets

Today is Homemade Bread Day and National Butter Day, two great tastes that taste great together.

If you’re trying to come up with a dish to take to a Friendsgiving potluck, may I recommend potatoes gratin with Boursin. Butt Slut #1 requested them at our 2022 holiday dinner (can’t remember if it was Thanksgiving or Christmas) and they were a big hit.

Southern Living has a list of 62 Thanksgiving casseroles. Shall I do a “Paul’s Picks” like I do for Downtown Dining Week?

Sky King plays Momma’s tonight at 8.

Max Kaplan plays Slider Inn Downtown tonight at 7.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies is having a 50% off gift card sale through November 30 at both its Downtown and Midtown locations. Minimum $25 purchase and the gift cards can be used beginning January 1, 2024. The gift cards have no expiration date.

Don’t forget, the Downtown Christmas tree lighting is this Saturday at South Main and Peabody Place. The party begins at 4:30 with free hot chocolate from Margie’s 901 and photos with Santa. That start time is 4:30 PM – not to be confused with 4:30 AM, 12 hours later, which is “drunk people climb the Downtown Christmas tree” time.

There’s a “Mommy & Me” event, a Barbie & Me Body Butter making class, happening at Oh Sweets! Skin Care, 65 Monroe, from 1 to 3 PM Saturday. Dress in your best Barbie outfit, walk the pink carpet, and… oh, I can’t do this. Click the link if you want to read more.

Then at 5:30 Saturday, Oh Sweets! is hosting an Adult Sip & Whip Class, You get to make body butter and some other stuff and you get wine & candy & store discounts. Again, click the link if you want full details. This is an adults-only class.

Bardog has created an official Facebook event listing for its December 6 Hampline beer dinner it’s hosting in the Underdog Room. With minor revisions, the menu is what I posted on Tuesday:

Tuna Carpaccio with Handlebar Haze New England IPA

First Course:
Asparagus Bisque with Natch Lager

Second Course:
Beet Salad with Cherry Bomb Cherry Amaretto Sour Gose

Third Course:
Beef Wellington with Hoot & Haller Pilsner

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Dunk Tank Oktoberfest

The major change is the listed price. It had previously been reported as $60 + added fees; now, the charge is said to be $97.42 including tax and gratuity. At least the pours of each beer are generous 8 oz. pours instead of the dribbles you get at the average beer sampling.

The DMC has issued a report on revenues generated by the new Mobility Center and other transportation initiatives. Most of those initiatives are beating expectations. The same report notes that interior demolition will begin soon on the 100 N. Main building, an early step in its repurposing.

Memphis’ Finest Comedy Show, scheduled for Sunday, has been canceled. Also, tonight’s Orpheum Soiree is sold out.

This week Pretty Taco has $3 Red Flag shots during Power Hour 9-10 PM Friday and Saturday.

That’s it for now. I will be at Bardog Saturday at 11 AM to celebrate my birthday. Rest of day/weekend plans TBA.