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Eating Healthy: Farm-to-Table

by Melissa Thompson

Farm-to-table is a social movement which promotes serving locally produced food at restaurants and school cafeterias.  Food is acquired directly from its original sources including wineries, breweries, ranches, fisheries along with farms.  Farm-to-table often provides food traceability so that you know where your food comes from.  Participants in the movement often reject conventional agricultural practices.  They embrace sustainable agriculture, organic farming, free range animal husbandry and fair trade.  They oppose genetically modified food and animals treated with antibiotics and hormones to make them grow more quickly.

General changes in attitudes about food safety and freshness have occurred at the same time as the farm-to-table movement. People are motivated by the lack of fresh, local ingredients, the poor flavor of ingredients shipped from afar and the poor nutritional integrity of shipped ingredients.  They want to bring back small family farms and ingredients that are organic and not genetically modified.

This time of year, many of us resolve to eat healthier…to BE healthier. If you are interested in farm-to-table dining, there are several places in the Memphis area that offer this fresh, healthy alternative to traditional restaurants.

The Farmer offers upscale comfort food made from the freshest ingredients from local, sustainable farms.  The menu changes depending on what is fresh and available from vendors. 

Bounty on Broad is a steak and seafood house that supports local farms and vendors including: Rose Creek Farms, Wolf River Honey, Home Place Pastures, Malimu Farms, Woodston Ridge and Hillbilly Farms. Sit at the “food bar” to watch your food prepared right in front of you! 


If you prefer to cook for yourself, check out The Trollystop Market where they supply farmers’ ware on store shelves.  Don’t worry…you can also grab a bite at their restaurant.  Their beef is supplied by Claybrook Farms in Covington, TN.  And their pizzas are made from scratch daily. 

So, if you’re looking to start eating healthier in 2017, check out these farm-to-table establishments for wholesome, nutritional and delicious food!

101 Things To Do In Memphis #52: Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Flight is not just a restaurant, it’s an experience! The unique concept of ordering a “flight”, a small-plate of samplers served with taster-size pours of wine pairings, makes Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar one of the most interesting restaurants in the area.

Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar is a full-service, fine dining restaurant offering multiple food and wine varieties for guests to enjoy in a single dining experience. The dishes featured are enjoyed in flights of three: Entrees, salads, appetizers, wine, desserts and cocktails are served in tasting portion sizes to allow diners a unique experience and luxury of savoring a wide-range of flavors in one meal. For example, you might select the “Salad Flight.” The server will bring you a special plate divided into three sections, each offering a different type of salad.

The service style of the restaurant is the finest, featuring a knowledgeable wait staff from which guests can gain valuable insight to enhance their dining experience. Flight offers several distinct dining options: On the main floor, there is the hustle and bustle of friends gathering together. The bar is a welcoming place and on the balcony level, the booths and small tables, some overlooking Main Street, offer more privacy and an opportunity for romance.

Flight Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Memphis, is the perfect setting for your birthday celebration, anniversary party, corporate function, or rehearsal dinner party. Visit the website or call 901.521.8005 for reservations and further details.


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #49: Aldo's Pizza Pies

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Looking for a loaded slice of New York style pizza? A massive beer list? Outdoor dining, plus take-out and delivery? Than Aldo’s Pizza Pies is the place! Head on down to South Main Street in beautiful downtown and you’ll enjoy dining on the two-sided patio or go inside and let the New York Times wallpaper whisk you away to the hustle and bustle of the New York City streets. Have a seat at the bar and enjoy from over 60 beers! Perfect for an outing with the kids or catching the game with friends.

Aldo's Pizza Pies have been designed from start to finish with love and respect for the dough! You can watch the pizza chefs toss handmade dough or see the dough master transform flour into magic! Aldo’s may be known for their pizza, but its certainly not the only thing on the menu. The menu has a lot of variety while still being well-edited, a few nods to regional tastes (one pizza comes with Top's barbecue), and a variety of salads, sandwiches and mouth-watering desserts.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies is earning the reputation of Best Pizza in Memphis! By way of impressive hand-tossed New York style pizza, friendly service and an exciting atmosphere, we understand why. Aldo’s is the place to be!  Call 901.577.7743 or visit their website for more information.

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101 Things to Do In Memphis #47: Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous Charcoal Ribs

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

 The Rendezvous, founded by Charlie Vergos in 1948, started out as an 80 seat tavern serving ham and cheese sandwiches. When Charlie cleaned out the basement beneath his diner, he discovered a coal chute and started a barbecue legend. The coal chute gave Mr. Charlie a vent for his considerable talent over the grill. He developed a unique seasoning fusing his Greek heritage with spices he enjoyed from New Orleans. Mr. Charlie was a collector and hung antiques, memorabilia, and artwork on the walls. This, along with a soulful jukebox, lively waiters, and aromas from the kitchen helped him to create an atmosphere unequalled in the city of Memphis.

Today, several thousand people on an average Saturday night pour into the basement and sink their teeth into a slab of what makes Memphis, well, Memphis. Presidents and potentates, the King and the Killer, Rolling Stones, *NSYNC, and everybody who’s anybody have all been down for a bite.

The restaurant is still in the Vergos family and run by Charlie's three kids and their kids are coming along, and their kids will follow. The ribs still taste the same as they did in the beginning. Plus, they still make a mean ham-and-cheese sandwich too!

While Rendezvous is famous for its ribs, don't overlook the other items on the menu. From the beef brisket to the pulled pork shoulder sandwich to grilled chicken.

The Rendezvous can offer its one-of-a-kind menu, charm and ambience to fulfill your special-event needs accommodating parties as large as 300 people!

Visit for more info or call 901.523.2746.

On your way out, don’t forget to pick up a bag of BBQ popcorn!


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