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Memphis Moments

Elegant Southern Style Weekend

Field to Fork

Memphis Japan Festival

 

Pink Palace Crafts Fair 

Vintage 901

Whiskey in the Wild 


Stories and Photos by Bill Bannister, Virginia M. Davis, Emily Adams Keplinger and Gaye Swan.

 
 

Elegant Southern Style Weekend

A Celebration of The American South

It was a truly unique celebration of the food, fashion, architecture, design and culture of The American South as Priscilla Presley hosted Graceland’s first Elegant Southern Style Weekend. The event was steeped in the charm of traditions and heirlooms, with discussions featuring top experts, one-of-a-kind parties and events, delicious food and more — all in an intimate setting. Some of the notable presenters included award-winning Chef Kelly English; Rebecca Dinstuhl of Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy; Kevin Coble, owner of Le Fleur; motivational speaker and lifestyle expert Leigh Anne Touhy; Hal Lansky, president of Lansky Bros., Clothier to the King; and Bridal Couture Designer Pat Kerr, whose private collection of antique laces and royal gowns have been featured in Kensington Palace for the last five years. Also sharing their expertise were Emmy award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant, top wedding planner Troy Williams, Katie Bodenhamer from Draper James, and clothiers Sid and Ann Mashburn. 

 
 

Field to Fork

Agricenter Fundraiser

Guests who attended the Agricenter International’s inaugural Field to Fork dinner enjoyed a truly unique on-farm experience. The effect was magical as they dined al fresco amid a cornfield specially planted as an outdoor room, the perimeter rimmed with sunflowers and Edison lights strung overhead. The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as violinist/fiddler Donna Wolf serenaded the crowd. A Moveable Feast Catering, with Chefs Ernie Mellor and Schuyler O’Brien, served a five-course dinner made with ingredients from local and regional farms. Richard Hollis and Vino Del Sol provided wines for pairings. A chilled summer squash soup was followed by courses of smoked poussin with Delta cornbread, pork loin served over a peach puree, and ribeye served with vegetables and a brown butter Hollandaise. Buttermilk panna cotta with whey caramel and blackberries topped off the meal. Proceeds from the event support the Agricenter’s educational programs.

     
 

Memphis Japan Festival

A Celebration of Japanese Culture

The Memphis Japan Festival provided a family friendly taste of Japan at Memphis Botanic Garden. The colorful crowd wandered through vendors’ tents offering bead art, bath products, origami, and more. The Kimono Dressing Experience was an interactive way to educate guests on the intricate way to wear the traditional Japanese garment. Many came dressed in their own kimonos, martial arts wear or in homage to Japanese anime. Children enjoyed bouncy houses and face painting, and the martial arts demonstrations, music and dance performances were popular with all ages. Many festivalgoers took advantage of interesting talks about Japanese culture, including a tea ceremony demonstration, a short lecture on bonsai, and Japanese Garden Tours. Food trucks lined the festival grounds, offering sushi, Thai street food, wings, ices, soda pops and more. The Japan-America Society of Tennessee and the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville presented the event.

     
 

Pink Palace Crafts Fair 

A Memphis Tradition

As one of the oldest crafts fairs in the country, the Pink Palace Crafts Fair has been a favorite fall festival for 47 years. The event provides a kind of entertainment with a purpose with historic crafts demonstrated by skilled craftspeople. And it offers a unique shopping opportunity, just in time for the holiday season, for those looking for one-of-a-kind gifts. There’s also a certain charm about going to this fair. In addition to the artisan crafts, there’s also music, educational exhibits, interactive family activities and of course, food. Along with the usual vendors of pronto pups and funnel cakes are volunteers who have cooked homemade applesauce and biscuits over a wood-burning stove. The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is the largest fundraising event for the Pink Palace Museum and one of the largest volunteer-run events in the Greater Memphis area. 

 

Vintage 901

Low Country Boil Fundraiser

Vintage 901 held a Low Country Seafood Boil as a benefit for Common Table Health Alliance. The sold-out event took place at the Bobby Lanier Farm Park in Germantown. Tables set in autumnal hues with sunflower centerpieces gave a nod to the season. Guests began the evening by mingling under the stars as musician Susan Marshall provided toe-tapping entertainment. There was also a live art installment by Jamond Bullock of AlivePaint, which was auctioned that night. Southern Table Catering, a division of Central BBQ, served up buckets of shrimp, crayfish, potatoes, and corn on the cob, along with sides of cheese grits, greens and rolls. Mempops was on hand to offer cool treats in adult flavors of strawberry margarita and Moscow mule at the end of the meal. A wine pull and a bourbon pull offered guests a means of supporting the cause while taking home something special from the party.

 

Whiskey in the Wild 

Spirits, Food and Nature

More than 150 connoisseurs gathered together at Lichterman Nature Center to celebrate the pairing of fine foods with fine spirits. The event was the inaugural Whiskey in the Wild fundraiser, benefiting a variety of educational programs at Lichterman. Highlander Scottish Pub was on hand with a three-course gourmet dinner that began with an heirloom tomato caprese salad with gulf shrimp and smoked salmon with a charred tomato vinaigrette and followed by Sous-Vide Que pork belly with sweet potato puree and a ginger pear reduction, as well as smoked beef tenderloin with truffled cauliflower mash and red wine herb reduction. Big River Distillery offered tastings of premium small batch Blue Note Bourbon and Riverset Straight Rye Whiskey. There was also a scarecrow contest and a silent auction featuring 165 items made by artists of the Pink Palace Crafts Fair. Germantown Commissary served up barbecue and music was provided by The Whiskey Boys Band.