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Bleu Restaurant & Lounge gets a new executive chef

Kevin Rains is the new executive chef at Bleu Restaurant & Lounge.

Rains comes to Bleu from Interstate Hotels and Resorts, where he was executive chef at the Memphis Marriott. He’s also taught as chef instructor at L’ Ecole Culinaire, and before that he owned and served as executive chef at Roustica after serving as executive chef at Equestria Restaurant and Lounge.

At Bleu, Rains is partnering with local vendors to provide the freshest ingredients and to keep as much of his food spending here in Memphis and its surrounding areas as possible.

The appointment of Rains comes at the two-year anniversary mark for Bleu, which also has unveiled a new fall/winter menu that offers a variety of fresh, local fare and top-quality seafood flown in daily.

Rep. Cohen: Tea Partiers are “domestic enemies”

Looking ahead to the prospect of new fights with Republicans in Congress as a result of the conclusion of the government shutdown, Memphis congressman Steve Cohen referred to Tea Partiers as “domestic enemies” in an MSNBC interview Sat., Oct. 19:

“I obviously do not have an opportunity to go within the conference, the Republican — we call it a caucus, they call it a conference. But I know some of the members there, and a lot of those members — they’re rabid, they’re sophomoric, literally, their second term in Congress, never worked in politics before, and they think they are somehow like — it’s all talked in military terms. They think they’re some kind of guerrillas there to strike a blow for freedom.”

Cohen continued that congressmen take an oath to protect the country against enemies foreign and domestic and that “these are the domestic enemies.”

Watch it here.

MSNBC Host Chides Rep. Blackburn

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts asked a pointed question to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., in an interview this week:

“Do you hate Obamacare more than you love your country?”

She responded -

“I think that comments like that that you are making are just incredibly inappropriate.”

Watch it here.

Staff at archer-malmo presenting at next SXSW

Gabe Martin and Robby Grant from archer-malmo are making a presentation in March at South by Southwest titled “The Only 5 Reasons To Ever Use Web Animations.”

From their summary:

“You’ve seen them. The blinking, pulsing eyesores. Animations used by developers and designers who think ‘Because I can’  is a good excuse.

It’s not.

On the web, there should be a reason for everything. Every transition, triggered event, and state change needs a purpose.

In this session, we’ll cover the only 5 reasons to ever use web animations.”

For more, including a video preview, go here.

Downtown Slider Crawl happening Nov. 6

Another Memphis Dishcrawl event is on the way.

Next up is the Downtown Slider Crawl Nov. 6. Four Downtown chefs will create special slider-related items for participants to enjoy. The restaurants that participants will visit, as with all Dishcrawl events, will remain a secret until 48 hours beforehand.

For more information, contract Memphis Dishcrawl Ambassador Kim Fuqua at KimF@dishcrawl.com.

(The latest cover story of The Memphis News also takes a look at the Dishcrawl events happening in Memphis.)

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