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by Michael Waddell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender “Real-life Willy Wonka” and Memphis chocolatier Chef Phillip Ashley, owner of Phillip Ashley Chocolates at 798 S. Cooper in Midtown, gave one lucky ServiceMaster employee the chance of a lifetime with a Golden Ticket for a rare tour of his chocolate...
I love Europe. The architecture is simply stunning. I love their effortless style and lack of affect. This last trip to Barcelona and the Spanish island of Mallorca was my fourth visit across the pond and was no exception. (Happy birthday to meeeee!!) I also love the islands and the...
Looking for something different to feed your inner foodie? Just across the Mississippi state line in Southaven is The Hydeaway Grill. But once word gets out about the food, it won't stay hidden for long. The Southaven Chamber of Commerce joined owners Lisa Walker and Derek Newson for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on...
Le Diner en Blanc – Memphis style – was a grand night out. I was flattered to attend and to be selected as a table host. The event concept dates back to Paris nearly 30 years ago when a gentleman – un monsieur if you will – named Francois Pasquier...
More often than not, I try to rebuke the devil’s sugary sweet treats. I do fairly well at resisting and/or consuming in moderation. But then I had one of the best cinnamon rolls ever – and it was produced, handmade actually – right here in Memphis. South Memphis to be...
From freshly baked cupcakes to delicious doughnuts, Cupcake Cutie Etc. – a family-owned bakery operating in Downtown Memphis – offers a tasty time. Satisfying a sweet tooth in a creative way is a speciality at Cupcake Cutie, Etc., where customers can create their own cupcakes, choosing from a variety of...
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Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a black-owned brewery. Out of the 66 breweries in Georgia, only one is black-owned: Down Home Brewing. Chris Reeves and William Allen Moore, the two men behind the brewery, started canning beer in March 2018 at BlueTarp, Georgia’s smallest production brewery, east of downtown...
I arrived early to Night at the Loraine – year three – at the National Civil Rights Museum last Saturday. Outside, tables were set up with fancy tablecloths. A band was setting up in preparation for a performance of songs particularly selected to move the expected crowd. Inside, I found...
A Memphis-born vegan chef is working to become a beacon of health in the community with her new store Green Goddess Popcorn and Tea Lounge. Omi Iyalaje, a wife, mother of six, birth worker, herbalist, motivational speaker and lifestyle coach, owns the lounge located in Binghampton at 3078 Summer Ave. Open...
In two years Cristina McCarter has taken City Tasting Tours from a part-time gig to a full-time career, chewing and walking her way through the delicious streets of Memphis one restaurant at a time. Launched May 4, 2016, City Tasting Tours is a walking food tour company owned by McCarter,...