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The Silly Goose rolled out the latest wood-fired oven creation this weekend: lasagna.
Also while I was at the Goose, I learned that their sibling location Pontotoc Lounge has Pappy Van Winkle for $20 a shot. B-RAD said that’s a whiskey that can be hard to find around Memphis.
The River Rat Rounders poker league will have a Shootout tournament at Loflin Yard on Saturday, February 29. The way this works is, each table of 8 is a mini-tournament to itself, with the table winners then moving on to a final table. It’s free to play, open to everyone, and it will start at 5 PM with late entries only accepted for the first two blind levels. If they have interest, they will have a turbo with regular structure at 7 PM that evening.
Opinion piece in The Daily Memphian: Shelby County needs cheap, secure, hand-marked paper ballots. Yes yes yes. Russia can’t hack paper, and there would be no app that could fail as happened in the Iowa caucus debacle.
PETA wants you to stop using the word “pet” because it’s derogatory. Oh my f***ing God. PETA. Just. Shut. Up.
Jennifer Biggs of The Daily Memphian has a couple of pieces of Downtown lunch news that are worth noting. First of all, Bishop, the French brasserie in Central Station, launches its lunch menu today.
Secondly, Biggs’ next lunch gathering will happen Friday, February 21 at The Vault on G.E. Patterson. Chef Derk Meitzler used to be the chef at the former Harry’s on Teur and owns the rights to the recipes. At the lunch he will bring back favorites like Chicken Newport, Chicken Kingfield, spanakopita, and Steak Henri. Purchase tickets – $25.85 for Daily Memphian subscribers and $34.85 for everyone else.
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Biggs also named the squash salad at Catherine & Mary’s as the best thing she ate last week.
The Grizzlies notched a win last night to get above .500 once again (.509 to be exact). They have one game left before the All-Star break, and it is a big one. Wednesday night the 8th-place Grizzlies host the 9th-place Portland Trail Blazers, who are two and a half games back. A win would put some distance between the Grizzlies and the Blazers. The team will have their throwbacks on and first 5000 fans get a Grizzlies Valentine’s card.
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That’s it. Time to get this week started. Back tomorrow with more news.