Welcome one of Memphis’ newest tributes to our distinguished food scene: Feeding Memphis: A Celebration of the City’s Eclectic Cuisine by Michael Glasgow.
Did you know that the idea for our world-famous Rendezvous restaurant started in 1913 with Greek immigrant John Vergos’ street vending business? The specialty: 5-cent, foot-long hot dogs. Another of the many fun facts recorded in Feeding Memphis is that the Huey’s burger, casually added to the original Huey’s bar menu in 1970, has been voted Best Burger in Memphis every year since 1984. Learn “the stories behind the stories” of Memphis’ epicurean favorites as Glasgow serves readers an all-encompassing experience in this five-star book.
Nobody understands community more than the talented, hardworking chefs and owners of Memphis’ local restaurants. This diverse group of restaurateurs were “locavores” long before the term was invented in 2007, operating successful small businesses that have helped define the culture of our city for years, some for decades.
Glasgow’s rich history of Memphis’ foodie scene begins, “The restaurant business is a demanding livelihood, virtually a 24/7 commitment that requires a special amalgamation of managerial skills, business savvy, attention to detail, and a gracious interaction with the citizenry of a city.”
From Glasgow’s engaging writing style to the inspiring journeys of chefs he interviewed to recipes from each of the highlighted local eateries, this is a beautiful book that merits a place in your home.
The second layer of Glasgow’s Feeding Memphis project is generating proceeds for the Mid-South Food Bank. Our local food bank, founded in 1981, is the central hub for a partnering network of more than 200 food programs that provide meals for an estimated 230,000 people annually.
The Mid-South Food Bank is able to provide three meals for every $1 in donations, and with each purchase of Feeding Memphis, Glasgow and his publisher are jointly donating $10 to the food bank. In other words, with your book purchase, you are starting the process of providing 30 meals to neighbors in need.
Feeding Memphis launched in December 2014, and by Christmas Day, with their first 300 books sold, they were able to send a check for $3,000 to the Mid-South Food Bank, so their first check represented 9,000 meals! Fast forward to January 19, 2015, when Glasgow and his team paired up with Huey’s to sell books in all eight Huey’s restaurant locations for Feeding Memphis Day. The Huey’s event goal was to sell 100 books, which translates to 3,000 more meals at the food bank. Over time, the positive impact that Feeding Memphis can have in the fight against local hunger in the Mid-South is significant.
Thank you to Michael Glasgow for celebrating local dining and local giving together in one beautiful book about Memphis! Purchase your copy from Social, Booksellers at Laurelwood, Gibson’s Donuts or many of the area businesses and restaurants you frequent. For a complete listing of local businesses where Feeding Memphis is available, visit feedingmemphisbook.com
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