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Food & Dining

It’s the fourth time around for Memphis Black Restaurant Week and the menu –a week of soul-satisfying dining experiences – is well known to many. And for those just getting up to speed on the local foodie’s paradise week, well, the first time around should be a delightful adventure. Memphis Black...
by Dr. Earle J. Fisher --  On April 29, 2018, Jennifer Schulte called the police because she saw two African-American men using a public park charcoal grill in Oakland, Calif. Schulte, now referred to as “BBQ Becky,” saw black people in public – enjoying themselves – and projected suspicion upon...
A local Whitehaven McDonald’s kicked off the Holiday season with a little breakfast and a lot of laughter, courtesy of movie and TV sitcom star Marlon Wayans. “You know, I’m just really happy to be here,” said Wayans, on hand to help promote McDonald’s new Triple Breakfast Stacks. “I love...
“The WKND Experience is unapologetically our own. We don’t pattern ourselves after anyone. So expect to have a great time with great people. Expect great service and a great product. Expect an atmosphere that makes you want to return.” Take that from Joe Johnson, who owns WKND Hang Suite, along...
By Brandi Hunter, High Ground News For the gift-buying season, Memphis has an abundance of local, Black-owned businesses where shoppers can search for the perfect gifts. In 2018, Memphis topped or ranked high on multiple lists as one of the best cities for Black business owners to set up shop. More...
In New Orleans’ creole and Cajun culture, there’s a word called “lagniappe.” Pronounced “lan-yap,” it’s one of those regional words that can be difficult to translate, but it loosely refers to a “little something extra” you might receive at a restaurant – a generous gesture, a gift from the...
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I first met "Chef Gary" Williams as I was writing a preview of the inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week back in 2016. Though I did not know him well, I had to remind myself of that fact – from the first time I met him, he treated me like...
November is National Diabetes Awareness month. The Cash Saver grocery chain is acknowledging this by offering health fairs at its 4 different locations throughout the month. No one on this planet is more affected by “the sugar” than us, meaning African Americans. According to the American Diabetes Association, over 13...
by Johnesha Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Newspaper When Alfonso Johnson and Desmond Ryan decided to renovate their restaurant, they envisioned a place that is family-oriented and date-night approved. They think they’ve accomplished that and more with the reopening of DeeO’s Seafood/Ocean’s Restaurant Bar & Grill. While Ocean’s is...
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...