I've enjoyed the broad range of topics such as the current issue's informative articles on Delta Grind and Tripp Country Hams, and Mary Warner's humorous ode to lady peas in the inaugural spring issue.
"Memphis is so much more than just barbecue," says editor Melissa Peterson.
"There is a lot of great food here. Our goal is to get people to think about their food. Whether to buy locally or organic or just to try something new, food is worth thinking about."
In support of their mission to promote local foods and education, Edible Memphis will donate a portion of each subscription payment, at no extra cost, to the subscriber's choice of nonprofit from a list that includes such organizations as Slow Food Memphis, Memphis Botanic Garden, and the Agricenter Educational Programs.
The summer issue was released this week and is available around town at local book stores and markets.
For more information, visit ediblememphis.com.
A new Red Robin
Red Robin will open its second Mid-South restaurant in Cordova on Monday, at 1231 N. Germantown Parkway.
This casual dining chain, known for its gourmet burgers, also has a location in Collierville.
As part of its grand opening celebrations, Red Robin will host a Burgers With A Heart fundraiser to benefit Fire Station No. 58 of Cordova.
For each burger sold during opening week, Red Robin will donate 50 cents to the fire station.
Trash ashtray at Boscos
Boscos has decided to formally eliminate smoking beginning this month, more than two months before the statewide ban goes into effect.
To kick off its smoking ban, Boscos is sponsoring a promotion this week called "Trash Your Ashtray."
The restaurant will donate $1 to the American Lung Association of Tennessee for every ashtray that customers drop off.
And whoever brings in the most unusual ashtray during the weeklong event wins a $100 Boscos gift certificate.
Jimmy's to open in 2008
I was so excited when I heard that Jimmy Lewis, founder of Squash Blossom, was planning to open a new natural foods market this fall.
But I have been a little concerned when I drove by the 1723 Poplar location and saw no construction.
But have no fear, Lewis plans to begin construction any day now and anticipates an early 2008 opening.
"We just want to have all the design elements perfect," Lewis explains about the delay.
For a taste of what's in store, visit jimmysmarket.com.
Rachael Ray is looking for suggestions for the best Memphis restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and other entertainment sights for a possible article in her magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray.
Visit her magazine's Web site rachealraymag.com to tell her about your favorite spots.
The link is under the "Speak Up" side bar on the home page.
Crazy for cucumbers
Cucumbers are in season and boy, are they good.
If you are looking for a tasty dish to use these cool treats, try this recipe from CA reader Jim Leo.
Please share your fabulous food finds and restaurant news with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marinated Cucumber Salad
7 small cucumbers, sliced thin
1 cup Splenda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. mustard seeds
1 cup apple vinegar
1/2 onion, finely chopped
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate over night. Serve chilled. Serves 6.
Source: Jim Leo
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