A Food Affair – Guest Blogger

A Food Affair – Guest Blogger

A food affair

Fuel Café, OVerton Square

By Celeste Riley – Guest Blogger

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Memphis has an array of food options that are scrumptious and soothing to your palate such as Fuel Café. This quaint little restaurant has been open in Memphis for seven years now and recently had a renovation that includes a wood oven as well as new menu options. It used to be a gas station which was converted into an eclectic restaurant that is a relaxing stop for students meeting up with friends. I selected this restaurant in Overton Square since it featured vegetarian selections that are part of a healthier eating trend. The ambiance is pumping with soft rock and roll, many small tables are easily accessible and they also offer a sizeable covered patio for larger groups. The menu features Herbed Lentil Salad, Walnut loaf over smashed potatoes and an array of build your own pizza options.

For my appetizer I selected the Black eyed pea Falafel that’s fried and served with dill tahini sauce along with a dill pickle cucumber salad. I truly enjoyed the flavorful falafel and the sauce made a good pairing while the salad would be considered mini size. For my main course I opted for the polenta with chucky veggie stew that consisted of garbanzo beans and carrots topped with fire roasted polenta and goat cheese. The portion was on the medium side and the balance of flavors from the warm polenta and goat cheese just melted in my mouth and was delightful. The staff was friendly and the waitress told me that the menu had undergone many revolutions like the vegan burgers that were back by popular demand. What’s interesting is that they also have several food trucks that go out to places like the Levitt Shell during concerts to offer participants a healthier option. Apparently the tacos are very popular with one taco featuring bison yet they also maintain veggie versions as well.

For dessert I selected a custard pudding with chia seeds, topped with chopped grilled mango pieces and a mint leaf. The dessert was an interesting combination of sweetness like tapioca pudding and filling because of the chia seeds. For those who are adventurous this is a dessert worth trying even if it’s just a topic to reflect on later with friends.

The build your own pizza features a creative carrot Hawaiian, shrimp scampi and Janson’s temptation with anchovies, potatoes and caramelized onions. This is for sure a fun stop on a Saturday night out with friends or even on a weekday. The prices are a little more than some students would like but you get what you pay for and that’s quality here. However my meal with sweet tea cost $30.00 and that’s not including a tip. Most students would balk at these prices but if you’re in Overton Square prices are higher since you’re also getting a young hip atmosphere.  With that said food can be a lifelong affair and trying new places is part of the adventure and as George Bernard Shaw stated “There is no sincere love than the love of food”. On the scale of Yummy or Crummy I would give them a four out of a five star and that’s more reflecting on the prices than the quality of the food.

There is no sincere love than the love of food.

George Bernard Shaw

celeste riley

Guest Blogger

Celeste is a non-traditional student who decided to continue her Undergraduate at Southwest Tennessee Community College while balancing work and home life. She’s currently pursuing an Associates of Science in Teaching K-5th grade with an emphasis in ESL and Minor in Spanish. Celeste loves being involved in student life at Southwest by joining Honor Societies, Study Abroad programs, as well as the Student Newspaper. She started as a reporter, became Deputy Editor and is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Southwest Source.

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Brewing Local Beer – High Cotton Brewing Co. Taproom

Brewing Local Beer – High Cotton Brewing Co. Taproom

Brewing local beer 

high cotton brewing co. taproom

By Cayleigh Tralongo

I started working for High Cotton back in April of 2015.  From the very get go being behind the bar top in the taproom felt like home.  I had found High Cotton on a weekend in which I was out sampling local beers.  I was extremely lucky to have walked in while one of the owners, Brice Timmons, was working at the bar.  He was surprised to see a Wyoming drivers license and asked what brought me to Memphis. When I told him I had just moved here and used to work for a couple of small brew pubs back home, he grabbed a beer and gave me a tour of what was the tiny brewery we had at the time.  Several beers later and a lot of chatting I was offered a job to come work as the taproom manager and it was a match made in heaven ever since.  I love the fast paced busy days, but I also live for quiet ones to sit and chat with the customers that come through to try our beer.  It never gets old describing our beers or talking about the process to get a beer to where it is.  And I do have to brag that we have the best regulars in town.

What I absolutely love about High Cotton is the warmth and friendliness of the owners and those that I work with.  The brewery keeps expanding and we get busier each day but there is one thing that never changes, the laid back feel of the place.  When people walk through our doors we want them to feel like they’ve come to a place that they can relax.  Our motto comes naturally to us because all of the owners are from right here in Memphis.  They remember their grandfathers very casually using the phrase being high in cotton, which was a simple term for reflecting being happy and prosperous.  We want to share that happiness and our prosperity with those around us. And the way we share it? By having a beer or three of course while we make new friends/fans.

We want them to enjoy the atmosphere, the smell of the cedar and fresh beer being made in the brewery. We also invite them to try any of the 10 different styles of craft beer we strive to keep on tap. There is always something new rotating in and out too! We offer flights, full pints, growlers, half pints and canned products (off premise consumption only) for our customers.

The brewing process

Cans

Cans are fairly new to us. We started selling Extra Special Bitter and Scottish Ale cans roughly 2 years ago.  In November of 2017 we expanded and added in the IPA can to our lineup.  As of May this year we introduced our 4th can, the Mexican Lager.  Canning has been a lot of fun for us as it allows us to share our product to such a widespread market.  We’re often asked why we chose cans over bottles and the answer is pretty simple but not a singular one.  We chose cans because they protect the quality of the beer better.  They hold their carbonation, they keep light out, which can damage the beer, and of course the recycling factor.  They are also perfect to take out on the river, hiking, camping, pool, etc.

Merchandise, Kegs, and Gift Certificates!

All of our merchandise is currently sold only in the taproom. We offer anywhere from glasses and growlers to hats, stickers, iron on patches and T-Shirts.  We are constantly adding new items to our line up so we encourage everyone to stop by frequently to see what else we have available.

We do offer keg sales to the public. We recommend calling at least a week in advance to reserve the keg, equipment (if needed) and talk about how much they need for that.  They can call the taproom 901-543-4444 or email sales@highcottonbrewing.com to reserve kegs.

Gift Certificates – We now offer gift cards and they can be purchased by going to this website link:  https://swipeit.com/product/1390/high-cotton-brewing

Events

We hold all types of events from community based to private based.  We are big supporters of our neighborhood and trying to help out the mission of the Edge District and the MMDC (Memphis Medical District Collaborative).

Some of our favorite events we’ve put on have involved dogs. We’ve worked with many rescues from Streetdog Foundation to Memphis Pets Alive! to help raise awareness for their organizations and to help with fundraising efforts to care for all the animals they bring in and try to rehabilitate and re-home.

Once a month we host Bendy Brewski Yoga at the brewery. It is an all levels yoga for an hour and they have a pint afterwords. They practice in our middle space right next to the brewery.

Trivia is held every Friday at 7 pm. Its free and open to all ages. More info mentioned below.

We’ve hosted anything from fundraisers, silent auctions, and art shows. Its a very versatile space.

Private Events

We host all types of private events and have a couple of spaces that can be used for that.  Each party is unique so we recommend starting out by contacting our events folks to talk about the direction of the party, whether it be rehearsal dinner, retirement, work function etc,. Their contact info is events@highcottonbrewing.com

Offsite Events

We love doing events outside of the taproom too! We’ve done beer tastings, server training, beer festivals and so much more.  Setting up an offsite event is simple and to do that they can contact us at sales@highcottonbrewing.com or call 901-896-9977.

We’re Famous!

One of the coolest things that happened while I was still working the taproom was having Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger roll into the brewery one Friday. They were passing through town on one of Norman’s motorcycles and they stopped at our brewery to have a beer before they went to their hotel. They were doing a cross country trip and wanted to stop by Graceland before they continued on to Georgia.  They had just finished up doing some sort of shoot for Netflix. Nicest, most down to earth people ever.

Weekly Happenings

Tuesday 4-9pm we do Service Industry Nights and offer a $1 off on all pints for anyone who works in the service industry like us

Wednesday 4-9pm is neighborhood night.  We do $3 pints of ESB, Scottish Ale, IPA for everyone coming to visit us in the Edge District

Thursday 4-9 pm we do Medical District Night.  We offer $1 off to Medical district students and Med Faculty all night long

Friday during our hours we do Happy Hour from 5-7 which features a $1 off pints, and then at 7 pm we do FREE Trivia.  1st prize wins $40 in High Cotton Cash, $25 for second place and $15 for third.  It is open to all ages.

Brewery Tours – We offer brewery tours every Saturday at 3 pm.  It is $12 to hop on the tour with our Assistant Brewer.  Guests leave with a logo pint glass and they will have spent about 45 minutes with the brewer learning about our process and sampling at least 4 beers.

 

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Hart of the City

Thanks to the efforts of Doug Gillon, Creator, Executive Producer and Host of Tuesday Show Comedy, we were able to play host to Comedy Central’s Hart of the City. He helped bring local comedy to the brewery with bi-monthly comedy shows with a mixture of traveling comedians and local talent.  Through his connections he got us a chance to film 20 local comedians for an audition.  After a site audition and look through we beat out Nashville to film the show.  They filmed a Memphis episode featuring four local comics at our location on July 15th, 2017 which aired in December of 2017.  It was an insane 24 hours of closing the taproom, working with a energetic producers and watching small skits put together with Kevin Hart himself.

Things to note is that we are kid friendly, non smoking indoors, and we allow dogs inside as long as they are ok with high volume social situations and remain on their leashes at all times. 

Reach Us!

Hours

Tuesday-Friday   4-9 pm

Saturday             10am-10pm

Sunday                10am-6pm

Contact: 901-543-4444

High Cotton

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A Look Into Portales Mexican Restaurant

A Look Into Portales Mexican Restaurant

A Look into
portales mexican restaurant
By Matthew Brewer // Guest Blogger

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It was a Thursday evening and I had a craving for wings. We decided on a Wing place that was very close to our home. When we arrived, it was very busy and we decided to go somewhere else. As we were walking back to the car, we saw it. Portales Mexican Restaurant. It was in the same shopping center so we thought, why not.

The moment we walked in, we knew we had made a great choice. The atmosphere was fun and upbeat, the ambiance and decor was lively and inviting. The host sat us in a very cool booth that was painted in bright colors and each booth offered its own unique privacy.

As most Mexican restaurants do, we were quickly presented with salsa and chips. The salsa was very flavorful and a tad on the hot side, but nothing too drastic. It was the perfect consistency with just the right amount of thickness that allowed it to sit nicely on the very fresh tortilla chip. I also ordered the made fresh guacamole. I love guacamole and I was pleased with the Portales advocado wonder. It had the right amount of garlic, lime, and cilantro. It was nice and thick the way I prefer it. At this point our time at Portales is going great.

Our server, Greg was friendly and very attentive. He was able to answer any questions we had concerning the menu. Greg is the brother of the owner. Jose and Mayra Sevilla opened Portales about a year ago, and they have been blessed by great business and many return guests. Jose is from Jalisco, Mexico and he makes sure each dish has that authentic flair.

I decided on the Seafood Buritto and my wife had a Grilled Chicken Salad. We both made great choices. When the food arrived, we both commented on the generous portions. My burrito was huge. It was served with beans and rice. When I cut into the buritto, it was filled with talapia and shrimp. It was covered in a rich and creamy cheese sauce. It was delicious. It had the right amount of everything, the peppers, the onions, the cheese, all just the right amount so to let the seafood take its rightful place on my tastebuds. My wife was over the moon with her Grilled Chicken Salad. The chicken was cooked perfectly and she loved the seasoning and spices with the hint of citrus. She is a little on the picky side so she was equally pleased that they fixed the salad exactly leaving off the ingredients she did not want.

Portales was a great experience and I highly recommend it if you are in the mood for some great authentic Mexican food. The service was excellent and we liked it so much we went back the very next night. Portales is a hit on Germantown Parkway. A hit that you don’t want to miss.

Until next time, buenos Dias.

Portales Business Hours
  • Mon-Thurs          11am-9pm
  • Fri-Sat                  11am-10pm
  • Sun                       11am – 6pm
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Matthew Brewer
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Matthew Brewer has been in the Memphis area since 2003, and in that time, he has been no stranger to the wonderful southern cuisine found here in the Mid-South.  He graduated from West Liberty State College, received his masters from University of Louisiana at Monroe, and his D.Min from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  He is employed by Shelby County Schools as a PLC Coach, pastors Grace Gathering Church, and in his spare time, does marketing for his Wife, Jennifer’s custom Jewelry Company, Jentegrity Jewelry, located in Cordova.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, quiet evenings at home, dinners with friends, and lots of family time.

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Rawk’n Grub is a restaurant that serves some of the most uniquely named entrees in Memphis. All of these, including the name of his restaurant, come off of the love of music and the phrase “you rawk” that is always said by his significant other. Not only are the names unique, but so is the flavor!

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I called up Steph a week before we met up asking if we could feature his new place, and when I showed up to do the feature he had a mouthwatering surprise waiting in the kitchen. Now here is the #BeAmazing part; Chef Steph thought up this recipe of the Shisō High burger the night before the feature, not only that but what you see on camera is the first time the chef made this burger! The flavors complemented themselves so well and it was a combination that I truly have never tasted before. He combines Asian flavors along with his own twist using local ingredients, custom sauces, 6 hour long smoked blue cheese, vanilla vodka soaked pineapple, the shisō herb, and so much more. 

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Chef Michael Patrick is one of those people that deserve every part of the title “Chef” being placed before their name, and this isn’t just because his food is delicious!

I got the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Rizzo’s Diner with the Chef and see how he prepares a burger that is by no means a normal burger. One of the things that I love most about this Diner is that all the ingredients, whether that be in the back of the kitchen to the ingredients at the bar, all come from a local source. Not only is this great support for the community but you can taste the difference in the freshness through every bite!

As he talked me through his process of creating this burger, there was no doubt that he had an enormous amount of passion behind getting the ingredients just right. Apart from that, a heart for making Rizzo’s Diner a place that is delicious and welcoming in every form.  This is a dish that is inspired by many different people and many different dishes. The homemade patty is seared on both sides along with the bread before cooking in the oven with cheese. 

After finishing up the burger, we headed on over to the bar where Cindy showed us the creation of some of the most popular cocktails at Rizzo’s. I was also very pleasantly surprised to see the large selection of whiskey’s all based in Tennessee.

From spending a short afternoon in this Diner and getting a taste of the Rizzo’s experience, I can confidently say that if you haven’t checked out this gem, this must be the next place on your list! You can check out their menu on our new local 411’s page here!

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