Signature Chefs Auction 2018

Signature Chefs Auction 2018

Signature Chefs Auction

Turn up the Sizzle for the March of Dimes

By JR Robinson

SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION

Memphis has over 4000 local non profit organizations, all of which have a mission to do amazing work that serves the needs of our community.  The problem this creates for local business owners is that there are lots of request for help, donations, and volunteers.  The great news is Memphis is a city filled with people and businesses that grind it out every day to create a better life for they people they impact as well as the community around them.  The Signature Chefs of Memphis showed this spirit of grind and #BeAmazing support by showing up and cranking up the Sizzle in support of the March of Dimes.
On November the 15th, the Guest House at Graceland opened it’s doors to host the 2018 Signature Chefs Auction benefiting the March of Dimes.  The staff and the service of the Guest House was exceptional.  The management of the property was attentive and very supportive of the needs of the small local March of Dimes team.
The crew at Holidays Flowers came in and took care of the decor and it was beautiful.  Every detail from the elegant flowers to purple branded lights was a showcase of why Holiday Flowers is the go to partner for creating an elegant event.
Joe Birch from WMC TV 5 was on hand as the night’s emcee.  Joe has been an icon of Memphis media and on this night it was very clear how he has earned that reputation.  Joe anchors the 6:00 and 10:00 news and had to sandwich this event in between those newscast.  But for the guest and the team at the March of Dimes, it was clear that Joe was focused on creating a great night for all.  I want to speak for Rosa Potts and everyone at the March of Dimes in sending a big thank you to the amazing Mr Joe Birch, your personal and compassionate hosting of this event help create a night of excitement for this event.
Behind the scenes there was a bit of a challenge for the Memphis March of Dimes Executive Director.  Many non profit organizations around the country have had to make cutbacks in staffing, the result of this hit home for the Memphis chapter of the March of Dimes.  An office that once had a team of six people managing events like the Signature Chefs Auction has been reduced to a team of one.  Rosa Potts is not only the Executive Director of the Memphis office, she is the staff of one.  But at this gala Rosa was reminded of the fact that none of us are ever alone.  The March of Dimes sent in the cavalry of support personnel from around the region.  Then there were the countless volunteers who for months came together to help create this amazing event.  The volunteers were flawless in their execution of the many task that had to be completed to make this evening work.

Signature Chefs Auction Event Recap


I have to thank Kathleen and Matt Forbush for the incredible support they gave to this event.  Kathleen is daughter of FedEx Founder Fred Smith and she served as the Ambassador Mom for this event.  Kathleen and Matt showed the true spirit of giving back.  They welcomed the #FunCrew of JustMyMemphis into their home to share the families story of triplets that were born premature.  Kathleen worked hard in promoting the cause and she demonstrated the elegance and character of an amazing woman and even more so what it takes to be an amazing mom.  When your father is Fred Smith, how do you make a name for yourself?  Well Kathleen is not standing in a shadow of greatness, she stands on her own taking everything that has been given to her and making it better to improve the lives of others.  Kathleen and her family were both welcoming and accommodating in helping to bring attention to the March of Dimes.

Three liitle guys in mask stole the show.  Smith, Jackson, and Parker Forbush are Kathleen and Matt’s #BeAmazing triplets.  Early before the program started Smith came of to the stage to do a short interview with me.  Now remember Smith is only 3 years old.  He rocked it like a champion, it was only a matter of seconds before Parker and Jackson would join their brother on stage to wow the crowd.  They attended the event wearing mask and capes of their favorite Super Hero characters.  It was instantly clear that not only were these guys amazing boys, but Kathleen and Matt had already done an amazing job in training and grooming these young men.  Smith, Jackson, and Parker took the stage every chance they could.  They even helped with the auction.  Also joining the Forbush family in support of the March of Dimes was little Ruby.  Ruby is the youngest member of the Forbush family and she was there to support her mom and her big brothers on their big night!

The stars of the night were the amazing chefs …This event was a great example of what the future of our city looks like

The stars of the night were the amazing chefs.  I have had the opportunity to work with Chef Josh from Strano by Chef Josh on a few stories, events, and features.  This event was a great example of what the future of our city looks like.  Josh is a young chef with lots of talent and lots of energy mixed with a confidence in himself without the arrogance that you sometimes fine in the high society kitchens of the city.  If you have been watching the news or social media lately, you will see that Josh is quickly becoming a household name.  His work on the Signature Chefs Auction demonstrates the value that he brings to our city.  Josh shows up not just to promote his business, he shows up to be apart of the mission and to put in the work to make amazing things happen for the organizations he lends his name to.  Josh was joined by  David Todd from Interim Restaurant & Bar, Gary Williams from the Krewe Of DeJavu, plus chefs from Cafe 1912, Sweet Magnolia Gelato Co., The Capital Grille (Memphis), Gold Strike Casino Resort | Tunica, MS, Dave’s Bagels, Frost Bake Shop, Starbucks, and Another Broken Egg.

At the end of the night, Memphis had pull off another amazing evening of giving for an amazing cause.  Thank you everyone who attended and thank you to everyone reading and sharing the #BeAmazing stories here on JustMyMemphis!

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Ernie Mellor: Passion in the Kitchen

Ernie Mellor: Passion in the Kitchen

Ernie Mellor:
passion in the kitchen
By Alisa Tabb

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A PASSION FOR BARBECUE

Passion. That is the perfect word to describe Ernie Mellor. This word can be used to describe every aspect of his life; from his family, friends, employees, and clients.  Ernie is passionate about his barbecue and making sure everything is wonderful for all of his clients. He refers to his clients as his friends, because they are. He gets to know them personally, and he will work extra hard to make sure their event is amazing.

Hog Wild hosted a viewing of the Food Network Memphis Grill Masters Chopped challenge. Ernie Mellor, a local celebrity in Memphis, was one of the four contestants to represent the Memphis style barbecue in this competition.

Ernie’s  passion for BBQ became very clear in the 80s when he was hunting with friends. They were cooking a whole hog, and he quickly realized this was just the beginning of something incredible. They started small with catering backyard parties for friends. Then they started creating their Killa’ Wet Sauce and Dry Rub which is now available online nationwide and sold locally in Memphis grocery stores.

Hog Wild was officially formed as a full service BBQ catering company. Soon after, Hog Wild secured the barbeque contract at the Redbirds Stadium. This is where the “BBQ Nacho” sensation was born. From that point on, Ernie has been passionate about helping the Memphis community and serving amazing food to all of Memphis.

The event

A SPECIAL OCCASION
After Ernie returned from shooting the show earlier in June, he knew came up with the plan to share the premier evening with his friends, family, and clients who have become such dear friends.  Once again, his passion for sharing this special occasion was shown throughout the evening. Ernie wanted to show everyone how much he appreciated their support throughout the years. He has worked tirelessly to keep his BBQ passion alive as guests even walked towards the entrance he had the smokers going and the aroma of BBQ filled the air. As guests entered the Ducks Unlimited facility, they were greeted with three amazing displays of food. An appetizer station that was a feast for the eyes. A beautiful display filled with an array of goodies such as: bacon wrapped dates, homemade chips, bacon marmalade, kielbasa, fried bologna, beef tenderloin, homemade pimento cheese, and Ernie’s famous BBQ chips.

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The evening continued in the Ducks Unlimited banquet room where tables and chairs were set up for the viewing of the Food Network Chopped Grill Masters. Friends, family, clients, vendors and employees all gathered together to hear a few words from “E”. Ernie thanked friends for their support throughout the years and described his experience in New York during the the filming of the show. During the commercials, Ernie explained how he prepared the dishes and as a surprise to all  guests; his employees came out with a sampling of the menu items that were prepared on the show. What an unexpected treat!

The evening was a complete success with full bellies, a riveting show, and excellent company!

 

Alisa Tabb

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Gallery 901

Gallery 901

Gallery 901
When art and food collide
By Amanda Krog

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Taste of Gallery
David’s interest in cooking sparked while preparing healthy meals for his grandmother, Dory, who was diabetic. He got his start at a restaurant in Tampa, FL when he was just a teen. He poured water for guests and eventually worked his way up to dishwasher, then prep cook, and so on.
My mother was in the restaurant business, so I’d spend time there after school sometimes, doing my homework and bugging the servers to let me roll their silverware. When I was old enough to get a job it just made sense to find something in the service industry. I was comfortable there.
David left his job this year to pursue opening a restaurant.  He was cooking in people’s homes and we were working events, but he had all this creative energy and needed an outlet. He was having a conversation with Gabe Velasquez and mentioned that we wanted to find somewhere to have a pop up dinner. Gabe had a building! So we got to work putting it together. I contacted artists we knew to see if they wanted to show their work during the dinners. We got a bigger response than expected. Gabe had muralists come in (Adam Exelbierd & Jamond Bullock) and we got the art hung and the name Gallery just stuck.
Dining
The art that is on display at Taste of Gallery, no matter where the event is held, is always for sale. The idea is that there’s art on the walls, art on the plate, even the tables were made by a local carpenter out the the wood from the tear out at 64 S. Main.
We post updates for upcoming events on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can find links to subscribe to our email list or purchase tickets on either page. Tickets are available directly through eventbrite. There’s only 20 seats per dinner, so get them before they’re gone! Each dinner is 6 or more courses and includes wine pairings.

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We also book private events and in home dinners. Contact Amanda or Dave for info and pricing.

Names of the artists:

Anna Holt Art
Paul Butler
Bonnie Gravette
Karen Parks
Joey Young
Jordan Fisher
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HouseTaRaunt Restaurant

HouseTaRaunt Restaurant

HouseTaRaunt Restaurant

A Unique Dining Experience

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What is a HouseTaRaunt you may ask? There is no better person to ask then the person planning and implementing a unique place. Her name is Shukriyyah Aquil, known amongst the community as “Queen of Tofu”. This local herbalist has combined the art of natural healing with the food we consume to increase our overall health and wellness.

For the sake of being tongue tied I’ll call this extraordinary woman Shef Sugar, dedicated to her use of all things natural. Her idea is nothing new, in fact, as a young child she remembers her mom selling dinners as she referenced out the front part of the house while the family lived in the back part of the house.

         A tamale pie with seasoned veggie rice & squash.

The heritage and legacy of holistic eating has become a way of life for her. After having spent 30 plus years away from Memphis, Shef Sugar has returned to share a wealth of knowledge through both community involvement an education. She finds the need for culinary education in the art of vegetarian/vegan cooking.

When I first met this gem of a woman she shared with me a story of steak over mashed potatoes or rice with a rich brown gravy and cornbread. My mouth began to water. I told her I would be over next time she prepares that dish. Before I knew it my foot was stuck in my mouth as she finished the conversation with everything is vegan, oh ooh…. no meat!! The steak I had my heart set on would be made out of Tofu.

She has found her place, located in the historic Stax Museum corridor at 1177 Mississippi Blvd., this HouseTaRaunt is beautifully welcoming, you feel the warmth when you enter the front door. She has 5 dining spaces throughout the home, upstairs, downstairs, and main dining area. You can pick and choose.

After due diligence in finding out all the legalities, obtaining her permits, and licensure and visioning, Shef Sugar owns and operates her HouseTaRaunt from 1 to 8 pm every Saturday. She is also accepts intimate, group, and special event reservations.

              Auntie Pat’s carmel cake.

With the support of hungry healthy diners she has successfully ran her kitchen with love for the past 8 months here in the heart of “Soulville” along with with 2 years at her previous location. So the next time you looking for a meatless approach to healthier eating with some natural healing for your mind, body and soul, remember the HouseTaRaunt on the hill.

I forgot to mention Shef Sugar, has a recipe book called Shukriyyah’s Southern Soulful Veggie Recipes. She also uses her HouseTaRaunt to support and network with others, every 3 months she host the Christian~Jewish~Muslim dialogue. When you stop by for dinner ask her to enlighten you on this wonderful fellowship.

As I sat an watched patrons come and go I got it, her soulful style with her soulful cooking is enough to have you just stop by for a visit. When you stop by tell her Butterflyy sent you!

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Cash Savers Big Opening – Packed to the Gills

Cash Savers Big Opening – Packed to the Gills

Cash savers big opening 

Packed to the gills

By Rick James

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As a 30+ year Memphis resident, I am comfortable in saying this is my home. My wife and I have raised a family here and started the Cash Saver business. Recently, we celebrated the grand opening of our 4th Cash Saver location in Memphis. When Kroger vacated that space on South Third, it was big news in our city. It would leave that neighborhood in dire straits with respect to access to a full-service grocer. 

We were approached by some advocates in the area and the seed was planted. Our store provides an excellent solution for fixed and low-income neighborhoods. The deep discount pricing formula is applied to every item in the store. Our customers have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and fully staffed meat department in addition to local, national and store brands. Our focus is always on affordability, access and quality. Everyone deserves eat well and to eat enough. It was a very important move to us as this particular store filled a gaping hole. We are the only grocery within a 3-mile radius. In neighborhoods where both budget and transportation can be issues, Cash Saver is a great option.

We operate and build our business with all of these factors in mind. While we are a business but we are also a part of a community. We care and as good neighbors, we invest in those communities. Giving back is important to me personally but is also a part of our corporate culture. The first thing that I was taught over 40 years ago on my first job in a grocery store was that the lifeblood of a store is its loyal customers. If you want the residents to be loyal and embrace you as their store, you need to be a part of the fiber of that neighborhood by contributing back to other important aspects of their life. In addition to community events that we sponsor and support, we feel that by saving customers money on their food bill, we help them meet other financial needs they face.

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Our experience with our other Cash Saver stores has been that customers travel from a further distance than to a conventional supermarket. We expect to attract a diverse group of customers from the immediate neighborhood, but also from downtown Memphis, and across the river in West Memphis because of how easy this store is to get to from those areas.

Each day our store has been packed to the gills, which to me is indicative of how great the need is. And, the South Memphis community has welcomed us with open arms – including the “Mapco Lady.” We are so very grateful for our friends and supporters. We hope to continue building and serving our neighbors in the city. We are Memphis and Memphis is us!

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Sparkling Nights 2018 – SRVS // JustMyMemphis

Sparkling Nights 2018 – SRVS // JustMyMemphis

SRVS Sparkling nights

Auction, food, and wine tasting gala

By Matt Woo

20th Annual Sparkling Nights

Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) held its 20th annual Sparkling Nights auction, food and wine tasting gala on Aug. 11 at Hilton Memphis, and what a night it was.

Having joined SRVS only two months ago, this was my first Sparkling Nights, and I’m proud of the event my colleagues and I helped put together. Sparkling Nights is our largest fundraiser of the year, and since its inception in 1999, the event has raised more than $2 million to support SRVS programs, including children’s services, residential supports, and employment. SRVS is the state’s largest provider of services for people with disabilities and provides services to more than 1,600 annually.The evening began with a short welcoming speech by SRVS executive director Tyler Hampton and an introduction of our board members. Shortly after, the crowd of more than 600 mixed and mingled and ate foods provided by 17 of Memphis’ finest restaurants, including Capital Grille, Krewe of DeJavu, Libro at Laurelwood and Buckley’s Grill. Luckily I was able to walk around and sample some of the delicious samples.

In addition to food, 22 wineries and one brewery were on hand to provide beverages to guests. While guests ate and drank, they also bid on nearly 100 items in our silent auction. Items up for auction included gift certificates to various restaurants, tickets to a University of Memphis basketball game, vacation packages and more. 

Sparkling nights event

The highlight of the evening was SRVS board member and volunteer John Barzizza receiving a commemorative plaque and wine bottle for his years of dedicated service.  Barzizza’s commitment to SRVS spans more than two decades. When he first became a SRVS volunteer in the late 1990s, his son, John, was supported by SRVS. His other son, Justin, also was supported in SRVS’ residential program. Determined to find a way to raise money for the group that helped his family, Barzizza and SRVS board members founded the Spirit of SRVS fundraiser. The event name was later changed to Sparkling Nights in 2016.

Another highlight of Sparkling Nights was the live auction, led by WMC-TV chief meteorologist Ron Childers. His excitement and energy was infectious and heartfelt, and the crowd loved it. The evening was capped off by a moving dance by the SRVS Star Performers and songs performed by the SRVS Singers, who sang “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Reach Out and Touch.” The party continued until after 11 p.m. as Tiger City Entertainment provided music, which kept partiers on the dance floor for the remainder of the evening

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