February foodie news

Last week, the Food Network’s Guy Fieri was in town filming at various locations for his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

We hear that they shot at Leonard’s. We were at Alcenia’s while preparations were underway for a fried green tomato shoot with owner B.J. Chester-Tamayo. We didn’t get to meet the greatest haircut since Alton himself, but we did learn that the Alcenia’s episode should air in late summer or fall.

Lunch is returning to Circa. John Bragg is bringing back the excellent food and service that we experienced there once. Come to think of it, the day we were there for lunch was the last day they did lunch. Maybe we should stay away. You shouldn’t though — lunch is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bronte Bistro at Davis-Kidd will be featuring recipes from Alice Water’s The Art of Simple Food. We love Bronte and Davis-Kidd, and of course Alice is our dawg from way back. We may use one of our diet-skipping days to stop by.

While we were at the Southern Foodways Symposium, we attended a talk of the history of absinthe and its return to the states. We didn’t get to try it then, but now we can. Joe’s Liquors on Poplar now offers absinthe. Thanks to Ryan for that news.

It’s not Memphis news, but it is foodie news. Dinner is dead. We met Sean Kelley at the SFA Symposium last October. In addition to his work as a writer and magazine editor, Sean has been experimenting with raising two pigs named Lunch and Dinner at his home near Birmingham.

The website where Sean has chronicled his experiences is www.killingdinner.com. Yes, his intentions were clear from the beginning. This weekend Dinner breathed her last and is now sausage. We haven’t gotten around to mentioning Sean’s blog before, but it isn’t too late for you to read it. It’s poignant and funny. Check it out.

Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of Neola Farms and Michael and Charline Lenagar. The entire Squad is proud to call them friends. We also think their beef is an excellent product. We think if you try it, you will agree. Now, on to Neola news.

Miss Cordelia’s is now offering Neola Farms beef. You don’t get to chat with Michael, but you can make your selection without standing out in inclement weather.

The Tennessean Restaurant is offering a Neola Farms hamburger at lunch. In February, the dinner menu will feature Neola Farms short ribs.

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2 thoughts on “February foodie news

  • February 5, 2008 at 10:05 am
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    Thanks, Squirrels. Good stuff. I feel like I’m out of touch with the food news without the farmers market.

    I found a good Hispanic market named Sara Mercado at Park and Getwell. A butcher at Superlo recommended them when I was looking for pork belly. He’s got a really good meat selection and marinates his own carne asada, cures chorizo and has some seafood (though it didn’t look tremendously fresh). Give it a shot–Jose was really really appreciative of my business. And the belly is curing as we speak (per Ruhlman’s recipe).

  • February 8, 2008 at 11:03 pm
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    Quick note on absinthe:

    If you ever get the chance to try it, do so, but don’t get your hopes up. A couple of years ago a friend smuggled some in via Germany. We tried it straight (bad idea) and in the traditional way with the sugar cube and cold water and everything. I still didn’t like it, and I’m a fan of bitter things.

    You also *really* have to love licorice to enjoy absinthe. Aside from those warnings, have fun with la fée verte!

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