Best Memphis Burger Fest Sept. 30: What You Need to Know

Memphis, it’s time to get your game face on.

There’s about 40 hours and counting until the first ever Best Memphis Burger Fest, and founder Seth Arganov has some last minute tidbits to share with you to get your mouth drooling in time for the competition Sunday, Sept. 30, at Minglewood Hall.

The festival is free, but all donations benefit Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services. A whopping 22 teams have signed up, exceeding planner’s expectations.

In addition to burger critiquing, there will be food trucks, a corn hole tournament, a Memphis Grizzlies inflatable play area, a pet adoption area, NFL football watch stations and live music from four local bands. And as of last week, a new competition was added: Best Sidewalk Chalk Burger. This one is for kids and everyone is a winner.

Between all four burger and eating competitions, there’s more than $2,000 in cash prizes going out. If the winner of the main Best Memphis Burger category is not from a restaurant team, Kooky Canuck will feature that burger on his menu for one week.

For the Kookamonga Team Eating challenge, five to seven teams will be competing for $200 in cash and prizes to see who can consume the most of the 7.5-pound burger in 10 minutes.

The festival will use Kansas City-style barbecue rules, with judges turning their votes into a blind box. An Excel spreadsheet will then determine different weights assigned to various criteria like presentation and juiciness, with taste having the highest influence.

Here is the list of judges for each category:

Best Memphis Burger Category

  1. Jennifer Biggs – Commercial Appeal
  2. Andy Wise – WMCTV Channel 5
  3. Marcus Hunter – Fox 13 Memphis
  4. Tawanda Pirtle – Jack Pirtle’s Chicken
  5. Kerry Crawford – ilovememphisblog.com
  6. Stacey Greenberg – Dining with Monkeys Blog
  7. Sarah Baker – Memphis Daily News
  8. Paul Ryburn – Paul Ryburn’s Journal Blog
  9. Jeremy Park – Lipscomb & Pitts
  10. Kevin Cerrito – MSL AM560
  11. Mamie Shannon – WKNO Local Color
  12. Marsha Hale – ShareMemphis.net
  13. Patrick Wyatt – SpayMemphis.org
  14. Tonya Powers – 600 WREC Radio
  15. Pat Mitchell Worley – WKNO Local Color
  16. Leslie Skelton – Hoop City Memphis
  17. Pete Johnson – Grahamwood Elementary School
  18. Joyce Ginkel – Walnut Grove Animal Clinic
  19. Todd Bourne – Memphis Dawgs
  20. Chris Jarman – 98.1 The Max

Veggie Burger Category

  1. Amy Hoyt
  2. Margot McNeeley – Project Green Fork
  3. Justin Fox Burks – http://www.thechubbyvegetarian.com
  4. Jennifer Chandler – www.cookwithjennifer.com
  5. Jason Smith – Cycle Memphis
  6. Tonya Tittle – http://www.energymemphis.com/
  7. Nathan Tipton
  8. Mary Fryman

Anything But Category

  1. Jeff Davis
  2. Jimmy Rainey
  3. Jason Doty – Blues City Coffee
  4. Daniel Lissner
  5. Tom Cassidy
  6. Mamie Shannon – Local Color Host
  7. Todd Bourne – Memphis Dawgs
  8. Cole Giovannetti
  9. Melissa Peterson – Edible Memphis
  10. Susan Davis – Spay Memphis Board
  11. John Sanders – Hollywood Feed
  12. Matthew Irwin – Hollywood Feed
  13. Shane Adams
  14. Stacey Greenberg – Dining with Monkeys Blog
  15. Jessica Isbell
  16. Vince Van Scoy

The winning Best Memphis Burger Fest team will automatically qualify to compete at the World Food Championships, an invitation-only competition this November in Las Vegas. Of course, that’s in addition to bragging rights and this scrumptious trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Main Historic Arts District to Lose Two Retailers

Delphinium Boutique in the South Main Historic Arts District is giving up its brick and mortar location after nearly seven years in business.

Leslie Lawhon, owner of the retailer at 107 G.E. Patterson Ave., is giving up her brick and mortar location as of Sunday, Oct. 1, and will operate solely online through Facebook Shopping Cart. Delphinium’s furniture, gifts, apparel, handbags and accessories, cosmetics and skin care are being offered at deep discounts until then.

In other South Main retail news, Shop Girl New York is preparing to move a few blocks north to Pembroke Square in the Downtown core next month. The space at 119 S. Main, suite 111, was most recently occupied by Christine by Shelton Clothiers.

The clothing and shoe boutique at 515 S. Main is in the midst of a major moving sale, with inventory markdowns up to 75 percent off.

Executive changes at First Tennessee parent company

First Tennessee Bank’s parent company announced a bit of shuffling in its executive ranks today.

Executive vice president and chief credit officer Greg Jardine and executive vice president of corporate banking Christine Munson are retiring from First Horizon National Corp. at the end of the year. Taking their places will be Susan Springfield, executive vice president of commercial banking, succeeding Jardine as chief credit officer, and Steve Hawkins, executive vice president of asset-backed lending and correspondent banking. He’ll expand his role to include Munson’s corporate and commercial banking teams.

Leadership of the First Tennessee regional banking group at First Horizon will be streamlined to two groups under David Popwell, the bank’s current chief operating officer, as president of banking. Dave Miller will continue to lead consumer banking, and Hawkins will lead business banking.

Hattiloo Theatre Reveals Visuals for New Overton Square Digs

Hattiloo Theatre has unveiled the renderings of its new Overton Square performance space, courtesy of archimania.

The 12,000-square-foot venue will include two separate theaters in one single-story structure – one larger space for landmark performances that will seat up 150-170 people, as well as a black box stage equipped with 75 seats that’s available for smaller productions, training purposes and rental.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s more, Hattiloo’s new digs will contain a lobby that will hold up to 110 guests, an outdoor courtyard for up to 50 patrons, as well as a green room, offices, a multi-use room, rehearsal space and an a mezzanine area for support activities like catwalks and lighting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction will kick off at the northwest corner of Monroe Avenue and Cooper Street during the first quarter of 2013, with a scheduled opening during the second quarter of 2014.

Check out Hattiloo’s newly updated website for more detailed site and floor plans, or to contribute to the black repertory theater company’s $4 million capital campaign. Part of that total goes toward marketing in surrounding cities, Hattiloo founder Ekundayo Bandele told The Daily News in June.

“We have subscribers as far north as Lexington (Ky.), as far south as Jackson, Miss.; as far west as Little Rock and as far east as Birmingham (Ala.),” Bandele said. “We want people to come to Memphis, see something at Hattiloo Theater, and because they’re here, to shop at our restaurants, to shop at our stores, to stay in our hotels.”

Caroline Kennedy in Memphis

The daughter of John F. Kennedy will be in Memphis next month at The Booksellers at Laurelwood on Oct. 10 to promote the new book “Listening In.” Caroline Kennedy wrote the foreword for the book, which primarily consists of transcripts of tapes from a recording system JFK installed in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet room, which essentially turns readers into a fly on the wall “listening in” to some momentous encounters.

A neat historical tidbit: the last time Caroline was here was 1977, around the time she dabbled with a career in journalism. She interned at that time with the New York Daily News, and she ended up writing a piece for Rolling Stone – about the death of Elvis Presley.

After Elvis’ death in August of ’77, an approximately 20-year-old Caroline stood outside the gate at Graceland with a throng of onlookers. Then-Memphis police director “Buddy” Chapman recognized her and let her through the gate and into the mansion.

Caroline laughed when I asked her about it this morning, speaking to her by phone.

“Oh, that’s right, I went to Graceland!” she said, apparently not having been asked about her brief foray into journalism in a while. “I went around to all the other sites, too. Lot of research. But, you know, the thing I wrote was small.”

Maybe. But she still had a coveted spot at a milestone in Memphis history. Her piece for Rolling Stone included lots of color about the inside of the mansion, and she even caught a glimpse of Elvis’ body in a ‘gleaming copper coffin.’

Elvis’ father eventually asked her to leave, the story goes, when it became clear she wasn’t a celebrity paying her respects but was acting as a journalist.

Dansette

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