Welcome one of Memphis’ newest tributes to our distinguished food scene: Feeding Memphis: A Celebration of the City’s Eclectic Cuisine by Michael Glasgow. 

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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.

Dine Local

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.

A tavern where you could "rendezvous" with your friends downtown was a precursor to Memphis' famous Rendezvous restaurant. | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing

“Feeding Memphis” is filled with historic highlights. For example, a tavern where you could “rendezvous” with your friends downtown was the precursor to Memphis’ famous Rendezvous restaurant. Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing

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Did you know that the Rendezvous’ Vergos family has served their famous dry ribs to celebrities like the Rolling Stones and world leaders, such as the Prime Minister of Japan and Princes William and Harry? Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing

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A slab of famous Rendezvous ribs, anyone? Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing

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.”

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Chef Ryan Trimm toasted the launch of “Feeding Memphis” with a three-course dinner party earlier this month at his restaurant, Sweet Grass, in Cooper-Young. | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

A presentation from Sweet Grass of pork, pan-seared scallops and crisp asparagus, yet another example of the five-star photography throughout the Feeding Memphis book. | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

A presentation from Sweet Grass of pork tenderloin, pan-seared scallops and crisp asparagus, yet another example of the captivating photography throughout the “Feeding Memphis” book. Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

Deep-dish sour cream apple pie and honey bourbon ice cream at Sweet Grass | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing  | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

Deep-dish sour cream apple pie and honey bourbon ice cream at Sweet Grass | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

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.

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McEwen’s downtown, one of the restaurants featured in “Feeding Memphis,” has been delighting Memphis patrons since 1997. Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

The tuna and beef tartare duo from the small plates menu at McEwen's | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

The tuna and beef tartare duo from the small plates menu at McEwen’s | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

From the McEwen's menu, Chef Keith Bambrick's recipe for sea bass with shiitake risotto, is included in Feeding Memphis. | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

You will also enjoy cooking your way through the “Feeding Memphis” book with recipes from popular eateries. From the McEwen’s menu, Chef Keith Bambrick’s recipe for sea bass with shiitake risotto is included alongside the restaurant’s profile. Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

Give Local

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.

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Huey’s just held “Feeding Memphis” Day at all eight restaurant locations. Their goal was to sell 100 books, which represents 3,000 meals from the Mid-South Food Bank for those in need. Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing

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.

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The three sisters who lead the Huey’s restaurant operation are (l to r) Lauren Boggs McHugh, Samantha Boggs Dean and Ashley Boggs Williams. Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing

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The world famous Huey’s burger has been a Memphis favorite since the restaurant added it to the bar menu in 1970. Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

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.

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McEwen’s famous banana cream pie | Image courtesy of Urban Agrarian Publishing | Photo credit Justin Fox Burks

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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