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Oktoberfest coming Downtown

Oktoberfest is about six weeks away from coming Downtown to Riverside Drive.

The two-day celebration Oct. 4 and 5 benefits Samaritan Counseling Centers of the Mid-South. Admission will be free with a donation of $5 or a gently used child’s coat or comparable canned goods for the Mid-South Food Bank.

According to a press release about the event:

“From 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, beer lovers can enjoy a sampling of 60 domestic, imported and craft beers in the Biergarten, presented by the Beale Street Merchant’s Association. Tickets for the brew tasting are sold separately and can be purchased now at BluffCityOktoberfest.org.

“Friday and Saturday, the bluff will be full of sweet, smoky BBQ aromas and at 4 p.m. on Saturday you can join our judges as they present $10,000 in cash and prizes to our Cue Champion. Also on Saturday, the kids get into the action with a Kids Cue contest with grill-lighting help from the Memphis Fire Department. And there will be plenty for the kids at Oktoberfest – face painting, a bounce house, rides, a rock climbing wall and more. The live music stage in Mississippi River Park will feature Bluegrass and Newgrass, with a full line-up coming after Labor Day.”

Follow the event on Facebook at facebook.com/BluffCityOktoberfest and on Twitter (@BC_Oktoberfest).

Muddy’s is expanding to 38104 in 2014

Six years on from first opening the shop in East Memphis, Muddy’s will expand its bakery to Midtown, with a new retail location at 585 Cooper.

From Muddy’s:

“Opening in early 2014, Muddy’s Midtown will offer some of the same great, delicious treats like cupcakes and pie, but also some new swagger like an expanded coffee menu and breakfast items.

“We really want to hear your ideas for the place, so feel free to post comments here, shoot us an email, or post on our Muddy’s Midtown Facebook wall.  We’ll also be keeping y’all updated on the progress with status posts and photos as we go along.”

 

International chef competition coming to Downtown Memphis

The international chef competition Battledish is coming to Downtown Memphis in October.

Six chefs will compete for titles like “most delicious” and “most creative” as well as for best modern, best cocktail and “most authentic.” The event is October 5 at 2 p.m. All ticket holders will get to vote for their favorites, along with a panel of guest judges.

Chefs and other details will be released weekly. More information and registration is available at dishcrawl.com/memphisbattle.

One chef already has been announced: Daniel Cathren of Automatic Slim’s.

His entry dish is “Four-Sauce Pan Seared Sesame Encrusted Tuna with Spiced Rice and Wakame” and his entry cocktail is “Muddled Mango Mojito.”

Motel Mirrors debut released today

The debut from Memphis musicians Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith, recording as Motel Mirrors, is out today.

Fans can buy the 10″ vinyl record and download the album – which includes a digital booklet with photos – at motelmirrors.com. MTV’s Soundtrack Blog called the result “A natural pairing from two of Memphis’ most talented artists.”

The duo will be performing September 14 at the Cooper-Young Festival.

Memphis artist Dorothy Collier in Martha Stewart competition

Memphis artist Dorothy Collier is a nominee in the Martha Stewart American Made competition, voting for which is under way now.

Collier has her own business, Dorothy Art, and creates original oil paintings. According to the contest, “Through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of ‘Martha Stewart Living’ are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers. The journey culminates in a signature event in New York City where makers from across the country gather to discuss, create, and explore. It’s here that our 2013 American Made winners are honored for innovation and excellence in their field.”

Winners will be announced September 24. To vote for Dorothy, go here.

artist Dorothy Collier

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