Food & Dining

Eating local in Memphis is risky — not for the consumer who gets a delicious, nutrient-rich product but for farmers and wholesale buyers. “Currently we see that farmers want to grow into Memphis and chefs want to buy from Memphians, but making sure that the supply and demand are happening concurrently,...
by Latrivia Welch, Special to The New Tri-State Defender A little bistro with a big name, The Pie Folks LLC is owned by Audrey and Ronald Anderson. It’s not uncommon for droves of people to line up in front of the eatery on Germantown Parkway in Cordova to buy pie...
Let me start by saying – AGAIN for the cheap seats – that black folks are not a monolith. We are not a collection of stereotypes. We are not always eating chicken wings and soul food. While I do enjoy those things, I also enjoy other things too. We really...
By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News Dubbed a “real life Willy Wonka” by Forbes Magazine and the "King of Chocolate" by Black Enterprise, Memphis-based chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix has spent six years building his empire. Now after a six-month hiatus to relocate, renovate and regrouping, Phillip Ashley Chocolates is up and running...
By Scarlet Ponder, High Ground News When you walk into Slice of Soul Pizza Lounge, don’t be surprised if one of the owners greets you. Come back a few times, they're likely to greet you by name. Co-owners Anthony Latiker Sr. and Howard Bell IV opened Slice of Soul in January 2018. Since then,...
Three years ago, Megan Mottley was on a mission to raise money for her teenage daughter to attend a mission trip to Japan. Her made-from-scratch cookies quickly went viral on social media and shortly after the success of three fundraisers, Goodness Gracious Luxe Cookies, was created. What started as a fundraiser...
by Lucy Shaw, Special to The New Tri-State Defender It is such a pleasure to be writing for The New Tri-State Defender again.  I have been away for a while, but I have certainly been busy finding new ways to bring faith, hope and wholeness to my work with others. I...
What began as a motley few dressed in African garb walking to the beat of an African drum has grown 33 years later to an international, culturally-diverse festival that attracts thousands of revelers each year at Robert Church Park in downtown Memphis. An African country is featured each year. The...
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By JOSEPH PISANI and GARY GERARD HAMILTON The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's is getting "Shaq-ified." The pizza chain said Friday that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John's in other ways. The company hopes O'Neal...
  by Shambreon Richardson, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Tucked on the backside of Black Restaurant Week, the Soulful Food Truck Festival generated positive vibes that had attendees going in and out of Clayborn Temple in pursuit of mulitiple options to have good times. There was easy access to 20-plus vendors...