I hope everyone is doing well. The month of October has certainly been an eventful time for folks here at Sweet Grass and Next Door. Between the football season, a handful of events around our fair city, and the Grizzlies firing back up, our crew has been plenty busy.
The month started off with us participating in the annual Vin-A-Que Memphis Wine and Food Series at the Brooks Museum. This year we roasted a whole hog, and it was a lot of fun seeing so many friendly faces on a night that always proves to be a great time. Click here for more photos of the event.
Next up was the Brewer’s Dinner, another event we always look forward to. This is a cook-out we do every year on the night before the Cooper-Young Beerfest. Our good friend, Andy Ashby from the Memphis Made Brewing Company, invites a gang of local area brewers into town to join us for a Memphis-style pork taco party and more than a fair share of beer to taste.
The next day started early for us. We invited a number of Ole Miss and Memphis fans to join us for a little breakfast before the big football game. Just a couple of hours later, we joined in with the festivities at the Cooper-Young Beerfest where we served bratwurst and German- style potato salad. I dare say that we were a big hit with the beer tasters in attendance! Then, the football game let out and the party really started! The Tigers game came away with the win in a truly exciting game. While Chef Ryan, a long-time Ole Miss fan, was a little bummed out, his spirits were lifted when former Ole Miss Rebels and New Orleans Saints running back, Deuce McAllister came in for some food and drinks.
We ended the month with Art on Fire where we offered another helping of our delicious bratwurst. Again, this was another event where we got to share some fun with our friends from other restaurants around Memphis. So, as you can see, Sweet Grass and Next Door were not lacking in the fun department, and there are many more good times in store for November and December, as well.
For those of you who participate in our Chef-Supported Agriculture program, you can attest to the people of Memphis that we are doing some really cool stuff with the local farmers that provide produce to a number of restaurants around the area. There is still time to sign up for these last few weeks of the year. We provide you with a weekly grocery bag of goodies from local area farmers, as well as a few items from our kitchen, along with recipe ideas for that week’s selection. On that note, we would also like to invite you to our Garden Harvest Dinner on December 10th where we will feature our farmers on each course of the dinner. Tickets are available here and at Sweet Grass.
I know that everyone here is super pumped that the Grizzlies are back to grinding! Get a group of your friends together and watch all the games with us. We would be more than happy to set up a watch party in our private room at the back of Next Door. Also, the holidays are coming up and we are available for holiday party needs.
We also have specials going on throughout the week starting with All You Can Eat Wings at Next Door on Mondays. Come in on Wednesdays and check out our Reserve Wine List where all bottles are half-priced. Friday, join our bartender extraordinaire, Harold Cook, at the bar at Sweet Grass for some half-priced sparkling wine paired with fried chicken. What we like to call Birds and Bubbles. Harold is good for a few stories, too.
I wanted to end this letter by talking about a recent loss we experienced in our Cooper-Young extended family. Ivan Ravlija, a bartender at the Young Avenue Deli, was taken from us unexpectedly. He was a true friend to everyone in our little corner of Memphis and was capable of bringing a smile to anyone’s face. I am particularly proud of the outpouring of love and support that was given by the Cooper-Young community, and it makes me proud that I work in this part of Memphis. We will always remember our friend here at Sweet Grass and Next Door.
Thanks again to all our friends, old and new, who continue to support us, and we can’t wait to see you next time.
The Sweet Grass/Next Door Family