As co-founder of local-favorite Bluefin Sushi Lounge, Minh Nguyen is no stranger to the restaurant biz. Now as VP and executive sushi chef of Memphis' new Rain Premiere Bistro, Minh has rallied a fresh and innovative menu of sushi rolls, fresh-cut sashimi, and steaming Asian entrees. While waiting on a steak or chicken stir-fry to cool, diners can grab a cocktail from the full bar, or hasten cooling by dropping the plate into the restaurant's neon fish tank.
Rumba Room infuses downtown Memphis with a dose of Latin culture through fusion food, tropical mixed drinks, and monthly live music and dance events. Guests can shake along to Latin rhythms at regular reggaeton, swing, and salsa events, or hone their skills in salsa lessons and dance competitions.
As noted in the Memphis Flyer, Sascha Parker made her first batch of unorthodox deviled eggs––topped with bacon, lettuce, and tomato––as snacks for her officemates. Friends and coworkers snatched up additional batches by the dozen, and as her egg-based treats took the Memphis area by storm, she was practically forced into business. Today, as the owner of Eggcellence, she has expanded her repertoire, drawing from a life's worth of cooking experience and a degree from L'École Culinaire, to create even more experimental morsels. Her spiced deviled-egg combinations include the barbecue with smoky barbecued chicken and cabbage, the Hawaiian with pineapple and teriyaki-glazed Spam, and the California with crab and avocado. Each is handcrafted from fresh ingredients, though Sascha limits her treats to three toppings to keep flavors bright.
Built in 1928, the historic Orpheum Theatre Memphis once housed top-tier vaudeville shows in its opulent interior, which wowed audiences with monumental chandeliers, lush tapestries, and a Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. After the decline of vaudeville, the Orpheum gradually succumbed to age and a hailstorm of acorns tossed by delinquent squirrels, before a $5 million restoration project in 1982 returned the theater back to its former glory days. Now the crown jewel of Memphis' entertainment venues, the Orpheum's revived interior reminds audiences of the beautiful excess of the Roaring Twenties while hosting a nonstop schedule of concerts, Broadway shows, and ballets.
A magnet for a wealth of entertainment, the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts’ modern facility looks as impressive as the roster of guests that performs on its gargantuan stage. Its multistory, glass-ensconced exterior grants visitors full glimpses into the glowing lobby. Once inside, event-goers can head into the venue’s 2,100-seat auditorium, where crisp acoustics allow them to completely appreciate musicians’ notes, actors’ lines, and the bell ring of the friendly hunchback who lives in the rafters.
Featuring a bevy of music performances, folk art, food, lectures, and storytelling, the annual Memphis Music and Heritage Festival showcases Southern culture at its best. The Center for Southern Folklore provides collectible mementos of the festivities in the form of eye-catching posters, many of which honor an individual renowned musical artist. Pick up the 2010 edition ($20), which was designed by local artist Gray and features notable producer and ivory-tickler Jim Dickinson, known for his work with Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. Or opt for one of the vintage versions dating as far back as 1982. Outfit living rooms and murky caves with vibrant artwork thanks to today’s side deal.