Owner of Local Gastropub launching “Parish Grocery” food truck

Jeff Johnson, owner of Local on the Square and Local Gastropub, is preparing to launch a food truck called Parish Grocery that he said may eventually also have a brick and mortar presence.

He told me this afternoon the menu will have a “southern Louisiana, Cajun, Creole” focus. The menu is divided right now into standards (things like gumbo, red beans and rice, shrimp etouffee and crawfish pot pie; sandwiches (examples – muffaletta, roast beef, BBQ shrimp Po Boy); snacks and sides (examples – warm bread pudding, pimento mac and cheese, potato salad) and beverages. There will also be four beer taps on the side.

His plan is to launch the truck at the Overton Square Crawfish Festival next month.

“It’s a complement to our catering business,” Johnson said. “It allows us to expand that, expand the brand. And a food truck is just fun.”

New Midtown animal hospital grand opening March 24

Central Animal Hospital is unveiling its new $1.2 million, 4,600-square-foot veterinary medical facility at 2192 Central Ave. March 23, for the facility’s first annual community open house.

Clients and the community are invited to tour the facility between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Doctors and staff will be on hand to provide information, and there will also be giveaways and prize drawings for guests. Plus, the first 300 visitors will get free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Monday, March 24, marks the facility’s grand opening.

Amro raising money for Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Amro music is holding a reception and silent auction next month to support the financially struggling Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

Memphis without the symphony is “unthinkable,” in the words of Amro vice president Rick Jefferies, a driving force behind the benefit. His company has been a longtime MSO supporter, and the silent auction April 15 at 2918 Poplar Ave. will include art-case instruments decorated by local artists and musicians, along with restaurant gift certificates and more.

The evening also will kick off a week-long sale on special Steinway pianos. Steinway & Sons’ New York headquarters is shipping the instruments for the event, and part of the proceeds will go to the MSO.

Check out the cover story in this weekend’s Memphis News to read more about the situation surrounding the MSO.

Food Truck Fridays at the Dixon

Some food news for the foodies out there –

Food Truck Fridays are coming back to Dixon Gallery & Gardens next month. There will be a different food truck each Friday starting April 4 through September from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

Click the link for more.

High Ground News launches in Memphis

High Ground News, a new weekly digital magazine and website covering Memphis-area people, places and happenings, has launched, with a team led by Anna Mullins, the venture’s managing editor who’s also executive director of the Cotton Museum.

A small team of writers has been assembled to help the magazine pursue a wide mix of content. In a welcome note posted to the site March 12, Mullins wrote that High Ground News will do everything from covering corporate growth to small neighborhood movements.

Areas of focus include “economic and neighborhood development, healthy communities, entrepreneurship, non-profits, sustainability, leadership, technology and innovation.” Signing up for the venture’s newsletter will mean delivery of a fresh batch of stories by email every Wednesday, in addition to daily updates and news posted to the High Ground News website.

Check it out here.