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O U T TA K E S 20 Carnival Memphis Business & Industry Luncheon
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Carnival Memphis Business & Industry Luncheon
The 2019 Carnival Memphis Business & Industry Luncheon was held February 20, 2019, at the Hilton Hotel. Each year, the Business & Industry Salute Luncheon salutes and recognizes civic leaders and businesses that help make the community a great place to live, and this yearâ€™s event honored the Home Furnishings and Decor Industry. Members of Carnival Memphis and Carnival supporters attended the festive luncheon. carnivalmemphis.org
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Mardi Gras Celebration
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Memphis Garden Gala
The 3rd annual Memphis Garden Gala held on February 23, 2019, took guests to the bottom of the slopes for an "AprĂ¨s Ski" garden-inspired dinner at Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo. Guests wore chalet-chic attire and enjoyed cocktails followed by a family-style dinner by amazing local chefs. biggreen.org.
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Indie Memphis Oscar Night Watch Party
The Indie Memphis' 2nd Annual Red Carpet Oscar Night Watch Party provided a festive evening of watching the awards show in style on the big screen at the Rec Room - all to benefit Indie Memphis. Indiememphis.com.
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Orpheum 2019-2020 Broadway Season Reveal
The Orpheum Theatre Group revealed the 2019-2020 Broadway Season during an announcement party. The evening included special live performances from some of next season's shows. The 20192020 show series: Dear Evan Hansen, Hello Dolly!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Disney's Aladdin, A Bronx Tale and Come From Away. orpheum-memphis.com
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Perfect Pairings Dinner
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River Oaks Garden Club Oscar Night Watch Party
The River Oaks Garden Club rolled out the red carpet in Hollywood style at the Malco Paradiso for the River Oaks Garden Club Oscar Night Party on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner to celebrate and watch the Oscars on the big silver screen.
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Volunteer Odyssey hosted its 6th annual night of giving back and bar hopping mixed with a friendly competition at the Memphis Botanic Garden on March 2, 2019, for some of Memphis' most talented mixologists. This lively event offered guests an enchanting night filled with mingling, hors d'oeuvres and spirits. volunteerodyssey.com
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Mid-South Heart Ball
The Mid-South Heart Ball was an elegant evening at the Peabody Hotel on Saturday, February 23, 2019, to benefit the American Heart Association. The evening included dinner and an exciting live auction. The Heart Ball celebrated the good works of the AHA - to build a foundation of health in our community and ensure everyone lives a longer healthier life. heart.org
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St. Louis Home and School hosted their biggest fundraiser on March 2, 2019 featuring the theme A Night in New Orleans. Guests donned Mardi Gras masks and attire, and enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing, and bidding on fabulous auction items! Proceeds from the fun night will go to St. Louis Catholic School to help keep tuition cost down and improve the school where needed. stlouismemphis.org.
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Cirque du CMOM: What Goes Around Comes Around
Once a year, the Children’s Museum of Memphis transforms itself into a first-class party hot spot. Cirque du CMOM, the annual fundraiser, is presented by iBERIABANK and benefits the museum, and this year’s party was Saturday, March 2, 2019, featuring the theme “What Goes Around, Comes Around to Support The Children’s Museum of Memphis.” Delicious cuisine by local chefs, music by Nashville’s Universal Crush, and a silent disco were a few of the highlights from this year’s fabulous party! cmom.com.
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Guests were treated to yummy soups at the Youth Villages’ Soup Sunday on Sunday, February 17, 2019, downtown at the FedExForum. For years, this family-fun event has given people of the Mid-South a chance to sample delicious soup, bread, dessert and other delicacies from more than 50 of the best area restaurants and caterers while supporting Youth Villages’ programs to help troubled children and their families. youthvillages.org
Youth Villages helps children and families live successfully and offers the very best, most effective help to every child in their care, providing the foundation for the organization’s dynamic growth.
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MARCELLA SIMIEN Creole Roots
+ Memphis Soul
By Sandi Butler Hughes
Photos courtesy of Marcella Simien
alendars synced and March 5 was decided as the date for the 4Memphis fashion shoot and interview with Marcella Simien (pages 46-52). Little did we all realize it was Fat Tuesday, a bit of serendipity as we feature this Creole beauty. She hails from Lafayette, Louisiana - but since 2009, she has become a full-fledged Memphian and music powerhouse. Marcella moved to the Bluff City after high school to attend the Memphis College of Art. “I applied to SCAD in Savannah, a couple schools in New Orleans, and MCA. I got into them all, but I just really liked the vibe of Memphis. When I visited the college, I just knew this was where I needed to be. Driving through Overton Park, I felt the energy of the city and it just felt right.”
"Marcella has coined the term 'Swamp Soul Memphis,' and it perfectly sums up this Creole girl, brimming with Memphis soul."
Marcella has been immersed in music her entire life. Her father is two-time Grammy award winning Zydeco artist Terrance Simien, and her mother, Cynthia, is his agent and manager. Marcella would often spend weekends in rural Louisiana with her paternal grandmother and bounty of cousins. “I feel really lucky to have had such a culturally diverse upbringing. Being a Louisiana Creole, we’re a mix of African, Spanish, French, and Native American. You can see that in my cousins: we are shades of every color and a really beautiful group of people.” As the only child of parents in the music business, she often joined them as they traveled and performed. In addition to her own musical DNA, she was surrounded by renowned music legends such as Taj Mahal, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, and Dr. John. “It really helped to broaden my perspective at a young age,” she recalls. “It was a very enriching way to grow up. It was a family affair - the music was our life.” While Marcella was a student at MCA, she began playing solo gigs, singing and playing her accordion. She began meeting fellow musicians, collaborating, and performing everything from folk to hip hop. “I’ve always had an open mind with creating,” she said, “and I was welcomed into the music community.” Despite her dad playing the accordion, it wasn’t until she moved to Memphis that she began to play “his instrument.” But when she moved to Memphis,
leaving behind her parents and Louisiana, she wanted to bring along a little piece of home - the accordion. “Sitting on the back porch with my dad at my student housing apartment on Tucker, he taught me how to play two Zydeco songs. Then that’s all I really wanted to play! It wasn’t until I moved here that I wanted to; it was like bringing a token of home and my heritage. It’s really beautiful because now that’s what I’m known for here.” While attending school and playing gigs, she was also working as a server for Karen Carrier at her various restaurants, The Beauty Shop, Bar DKDC, Do Sushi, and Mollie Fontaine Lounge. “Karen is just amazing! I call her my Memphis mom,” she laughed. A couple of years post graduation in 2015, Marcella was able to leave the restaurant business and make music for a living. “I’m proud to say that I make the majority of my income here, playing in town,” she shared. “I feel really, really lucky to be able to do that.” Marcella’s voice is a rich blend of Memphis soul and her Creole roots. In her official bio, Memphis producer Boo Mitchell said she is “one of the most soulful artists I’ve heard since the glory days of Memphis soul music. Her sound and stage presence are constant reminders that soul music is still alive and well.” Not only does she have her voice as a powerful instrument, but she is also a very talented musician who plays accordion, guitar, autoharp, bass, and piano. She first learned to play piano when she attended a Montessori school, with art and music both offered daily as part of the regular curriculum. She also began writing poems and songs at a very young age. “That was my way of understanding the world; it helped me to understand myself and grow. The writing is a primary part of my experience as an artist and musician.” Marcella has coined the term “Swamp Soul Memphis,” and it perfectly sums up this Creole girl, brimming with Memphis soul. For links to Marcella & Her Lovers music, show schedule, and more, visit marcellaandherlovers.com.
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starring Marcella Simien
Spring fashion coincides with Spring fever which means sunshine, patio weather, and outdoor live music. Cue in our cover girl, Marcella Simien, and everything falls into place. The well-loved Swamp Soul Princess has long been known for her ardent lyrics and velvety voice performed on many patios and other music venues around town. Marcella hails from Cajun country and is the daughter of Terrence, a Grammy Award winning musician, and Cynthia, a fashion industry veteran. Her 46
style has always been very intentional with darker colors that reflect her incredible sultry voice; but it turns out, Marcella might have a little Spring fever herself. We thought she would be the perfect person to show off the biggest trends that fashion retailers here in Memphis have - along with her famous smoldering look translated in her own way. Enjoy the following pages of our Spring Trend Report starring Marcella in the freshest looks Spring has to offer.
Trend: Jumpsuits Jumpsuits are making a strong appearance and this one is so perfect with its moody tones and supple fabric. The lavender trench brightens it up and the structured purse grounds the look. An art-deco style butterfly and raw agate necklace adds rockstar power to the look and Marcella has her own feminine flair with ruffled heels. Jumpsuit from Sorelle Boutique Trench from Betty Hays Boutique Purse from Joseph in Laurelwood Necklace by Brave Design from Oak Hall
Trend: Color Pop Neutral trousers are the perfect Spring staple, especially when paired with pops of bold colors. Spice up your basics with retro floral and lace elements. Marcella modernizes her vintage look with edgy heels. Pant and shoes from Southern Muse Top from Oak Hall
Let your true colors show through with this transparent rain slicker. Who says rain days are blah? Rain jacket from Southern Muse
Trend: Sheer Chic Spring calls for lighter, softer, sheer pieces. Marcella pairs rose gold metallic for a harmonious balance of textures. A scarf brings a playful pattern and feminine power. Pant, top, and camisole from Oak Hall Scarf from Joseph in Laurelwood Earrings from Oak Hall Shoes from Southern Muse
Trend: Structured Blazer and Purse Power dressing continues to make its way for women in the form of blazers and purses with clean lines. This blazer with its bold stripes and pattern will give your wardrobe a jolt for spring. Marcella shows us where she is-right on trend and looking confident. Blazer and earrings from Kittie Kyle Dress from Lori James Purse from Joseph All stores in Laurelwood
Trend: Monochrome Lots of color is trending but so is the absence of it in monochrome looks. Layering shades and textures keep things interesting and Marcella shows how to pull it off with ease. Dress from Lori James Purse from Sorelle Boutique Woven hat from Oak Hall Arrowhead earrings by Brave Design from Oak Hall
Trend: Bright Pastels and Kitten Heels One of the most trustworthy names in fashion is Lilly Pulitzer, so when Marcella pairs it with her own rocker denim jacket and lanikai ukulele, she commands attention. Adding this seasonâ€™s kitten heel adds feminine charm to the trending bright pastels for Spring. Pants and button down top, both from The Pink Door Kitten slingback heels from Southern Muse Necklace by Brave Design from Oak Hall
Trend: Yellow Yellow is Springâ€™s biggest color and Marcella wears it well. The best accessory is her vintage Hohner Accordion and of course, yellow patent shoes. The tie-front bow blouse in yellow gingham and floral skirt bring out the Louisiana country farm girl in Marcella. THANK YOU:
Top, skirt, earrings, all from Kittie Kyle Shoes from Joseph in Laurelwood
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emphis Fashion Week’s (MFW) Emerging Memphis Designer Project (EMDP) was built out of a need in the Memphis community for local emerging designers to present their pieces to a wider audience. Memphis Fashion Week works with selected designers through a seven month process to fine tune designs, pick fabrics, fit models and complete designs for the runway. At the end of the process MFW hopes to see their designers grow their skills, promote their businesses and enhance the design industry in Memphis.
Photography: Liquid Photography Location: Ballet Memphis
MFW issued a call for sketches of Spring/Summer 2019 designs in the fall. Completed designs are judged based on construction, creativitiy and relevancy. Top designs are invited to present on the runway at the Saddle Creek Emerging Designer Shows at Memphis College of Art, Saturday, April 13th. Memphis Fashion Week is proud to be part of Memphis’ bicentennial moment, ushering in a New Century of Fashion and celebrating creatives across the city and county. Designs walking the runway will be eligible for The New Century of Fashion prize and a Memphis Fashion Design Network membership. Winners are decided by audience choice ballots at the runway show. Join us to see the most fashion forward desginers in Memphis as they present their 2019 Spring/ Summer collections on the runway.
Top L to R: La Keisha Jackson, Lauren Denton, DeVario Looney, Jeanyne Lewis, Emerson White, Trakeia Williams, K. Nicole Covington, Jalicia Owens, Ramona Sonin (EMDP Liaison), Morgan Burns Rylie Furlong, Kira Cunningham, Dyneesha Bradley, Jayla Slater | Middle: Jeannine La Bate, Jo Carol Harris, Breanna Mansel, Symiah Saulsberry, Jessie L. Woodson, Lacey Mitcham, Antzee Magruder Kaylah Kinney , Patrice Muncel, Shaw-Brunson, Meagan Partee, Erica Buckley | Bottom: E’riel Sade Seaberry, Erik Lawriski, Aggie Muller, John Durden | Not Pictured: Fatia Webb, Jenni Graham, & Avianne Robinson
April is a treasure horde of arts experiences. There is almost too much to do, and I’m afraid we’re going to have you start using a tiny font if this keeps up! No, we are simply blessed as a city and region with performers, creators, promoters, and supporters that allow this wondrous outpouring of opportunity. Shall we say something for everybody? Jazz shows, art shows, fashion runway shows, historic home tours, lectures, Shakespeare to Sedaris. Rising to that top of this exciting list is the premiere of a new, written-in-Memphis opera called The Falling and the
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Rising (see what I did there). Poor word play aside, this is a poignant and important work created from compiled interviews with returning soldiers at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Arlington Cemetery, and Fort Meade. The Falling and the Rising is an inspirational story of service, sacrifice, and connection inside uncertainty - and it is just one of many experiences offered by our Midtown Opera Festival. Please join me in over-committing and doing too much; this list is life on a platter and life comes with few or no do-overs. Enjoy it! - Ken Hall
APRIL ART EVENTS Crusaders, Gangsters, and Whiskey author talk
West Tennessee Historical Society, Memphis University School, 7pm Patrick O’Daniel discusses his new book on Memphis history.
Culture Wars: Publishing World Literature in the Age of German Nationalism
Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, University of Memphis, University Center Room 342, 6pm Lecture by Meike Werner, Associate Professor of German and European Studies at Vanderbilt University.
Art in the Loop
Ridgeway Loop Road Three days of arts, crafts, food, and music; through April 7th
Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square; through April 14th One of the great annual arts event in Memphis, the multi-day festival encompasses opera, panel discussion, cartoons, cabaret singing, aerialists, and fun of all kinds.
The Falling and the Rising
Metal Museum, 6-9:30pm, dinner and auction
Midtown Opera Festival
Opera Memphis, Playhouse on the Square Showing April 6th, 12th & 13th
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FourSights II group art show
Gallery Ten Ninety-One at WKNO Studios, 2-4pm Paintings by Sandra Horton and Frederick Lyle Morris, and photography by Becky Ross McRae and Jon Woodhams will be on display through April 26.
Past Perfect photography by Sam Beasley 430 N. Cleveland, through April 13th
Memphis Fashion Week
Reflections art by NJ Woods
Memphis Botanic Garden, 2-4pm; showing April 1st-30th Novel, 6pm The painter discusses the book containing 150 images of her artwork.
Africa in April Festival
Robert Church Park, through April 20th
Circuit Playhouse, through May 12th
An Evening with David Sedaris GPAC, 8pm
Collage Dance Collective Halloran Centre, 2:30pm
Jill Steenhuis art show
Church Health; April 25th, 5-8 pm / April 26th, 9-noon Based in Provence, painter Jill Steenhuis and her son, sculptor Sergio Ruffato, present A Celebration of Art: Recent Works from the South of France. This rare Memphis visit will benefit Church Health.
Harrell Theatre, through May 5th
Double Decker Arts Fest
Kafe Kirk with Grace Kelly
Halloran Centre, 6pm Grace Kelly, the 26-year-old Korean-American saxophone phenomenon who wrote her first song at age 7, recorded a CD at 12, performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14, and played at President Obama’s inauguration at age 16, will join Kirk Whalum onstage at the Halloran Centre for what will be an incredible, high energy, jazz-R&B-genre defying musical experience.
Memphis Symphony April 13th, U of M Harris Hall, 7:30pm April 14th, Playhouse on the Square, 7:30/2:30pm
Ali Cavanaugh: Modern Fresco Paintings
U of M Opera, Harris Hall, April 5th, 7:30pm / April 7th, 3:00pm
Forging on the River
Beethoven and the Beatles
Five Fridays of Free Jazz
Vollintine-Evergreen Artwalk Main Library, 3030 Poplar, 11am Annual local author’s festival with speakers, seminars, food trucks, and more.
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DeSoto Family Theater; through April 14th
New Ballet Ensemble, GPAC April 12th, 7:30 / April 14th, 2:30pm
Lewis Body and Eva Langsdon art show
Singin’ in the Rain
Dixon Gallery & Gardens, April 12th, 9am-4pm / April 13th, 9am-2pm
Ballet Memphis, Orpheum April 12th, 7:30 / April 13th, 7:30 / April 14th, 2:30pm
Buckman Performing Arts Center, through April 7th
Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Annual Plant Sale
Time Stepping by the Hot Foot Honeys
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 6:30pm Featuring Joyce Cobb with the Rhodes Jazz Band and Faculty Jazz Players.
Olive Branch City Park, 7pm, through April 14th Shakespeare in the Park present by the Kudzu Players.
David Lusk Gallery, 6-8pm, through May 4
L Ross Gallery, 6-8pm; through April 27th Holly Springs, MS, through April 7th
A MidSummer Night’s Dream
Robert Yasuda and Joyce Gingold art opening
Threshold art by Michael Barringer 81st annual Tour of Historic Homes
Painting by Ramadosco by Olivia Lichterman
UNTITLED ink Olivia Lichterman art opening
430 N. Cleveland; April 26th, 6-9pm / April 27th, 10am-1pm A rising star, Lichterman mounts an impressive solo show.
The Man Who Came to Dinner
An exciting series of events – trunk show, luncheon, runway shows – bringing excitement to our city and opportunities to emerging designers. Through April 13th
Theatre Memphis, through May 12th
Orbert Davis Sextet Halloran Centre, 7:30pm
East Buntyn ArtWalk Crying Out-Confessions of a Broken Saint play LeMoyne-Owen College, 6pm, through April 28th
Itamar Zorman with Iris Orchestra
April 27th, GPAC 7:30pm / April 28th, Brooks Museum, 3:00pm
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ERLING JENSEN JUDYPOUNDCAKE
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From family gatherings for Easter or Passover to book club get-togethers, a sweet treat is a scrumptious indulgence when we are with family and friends! 60
VA N I L L A C A K E W I T H I TA L I A N B U T T E R C R E A M I C I N G BU T TER CREAM:
½ cup salted butter, room temperature 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 tablespoons rosewater 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup almond flour 2 teaspoons cardamom Place egg whites in a mixing bowl of an electric mixer with the whip attachment. Combine sugar and water in a medium pot and stir over medium heat until 240 degrees. Whip egg whites to a soft peak and add in the sugar mixture. Add in all remaining ingredients to mixture after sugar is incorporated. Add in the butter last, at ½ tablespoon increments. Use immediately or store refrigerated in an airtight container.
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WHITE CHOCOL ATE BISCUIT STRAWBERRY S H O RT C A K E LEMON WHIPPED CREAM: 1 bag whipped cream 3 lemons, squeeze without seeds
Put whipped cream in bowl; fold in lemon juice slowly.
M A C E R A T E D S T R AW B E R R I E S : 1 quart strawberries 2 cups sugar
Put in bowl, stir, and let set overnight.
W H I T E C H O C O L AT E B I S C U I T S : 5 pounds biscuit mix 7 cups whole milk 2 pounds frozen, shaved butter 4 cups sugar 4 cups white chocolate chips 1/8 cup vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together; roll out and cut into biscuits. Bake biscuits at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until soft and golden brown. Assemble individual shortcakes with 1 white chocolate biscuit, 4 ounces strawberry mixture, 2 ounces lemon whipped cream, and garnish with fresh mint.
OWEN BRENNAN'S BREAD PUDDING
Take 3 loaves of stale bread and cube into ½ inch pieces. In a pot, mix 1 cup of buttermilk, 1 cup of heavy cream, ½ cup of sugar and seasonal spices; heat until simmering. In a mixing bowl, put 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks. Temper the eggs while adding the cream mixture. Once the liquids are mixed, pour over the cubed bread. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spray with a nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes and cool down before cutting.
2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup milk 3 tablespoons dark rum Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix together the sugar and cornstarch, and stir into the butter. Pour in milk, and cook stirring frequently until the mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Serve warm.
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2 cups fresh blueberries, divided 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
C R U S T:
6 ounces cinnamon graham crackers 1 tablespoon sugar 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
8 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped 2 8 ounces pkgs cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons sugar Zest from 1 lemon, divided 2 large eggs, room temperature ½ tablespoon vanilla 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Place a fine-mesh strainer over a small bowl and push the puree though, leaving any skin/large chunks behind. Allow mixture to cool completely before using. For the crust, finely grind the graham crackers and sugar together in a food processor to fine crumbs. Add butter and process just until moist clumps form – you may not need all of the butter; the mixture should be like wet sand. Line 2 muffin tins with liners and gently press a spoonful of the crumb mixture in the bottom of each cup. Set aside. Over a double boiler, melt white chocolate. Cool to lukewarm, stirring occasionally.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Set aside ½ cup of the berries. In a small saucepan combine blueberries and lemon juice; bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly and gently smashing the blueberries smooth, until thickened into a deep, dark blueberry reduction, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar and half of the lemon zest together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined after each addition. Beat in vanilla and lemon juice. Carefully spoon the filling into the prepared cups. Spoon ½ teaspoon of the cooled berry reduction into the centers of the cakes, swirling with a knife but taking care to not drag along the bottom. Bake until the cakes are slightly puffed, about 15-20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a rack for 3 minutes, then carefully remove the cups and transfer to a cookie sheet. Refrigerate to cool completely before serving. Mix the reserved fresh berries in the berry reduction and spoon over the cooled cakes; garnish with the remaining lemon zest.
I T TA B E N A PECAN PIE
½ pound honey ¼ ounce vanilla 2 ounces bourbon 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar 4 eggs, whole 3 egg yolks 2 cup chopped pecans
Mix together honey, vanilla, bourbon, powdered sugar, and eggs. Place pecans in bottom of pie crust; pour filling over pecans. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
JUDYPOUNDCAKES One of Judy Douglass’ first memories is getting shooed out of the kitchen by her mother. While most children might have been deterred, this only piqued her curiosity. “My mom was known around town for her amazing cooking, “ she says. “Everyone knew her.” Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Judy says she grew up wanting to do something, anything, but she couldn’t quite find her calling. A smart cookie, for sure, she graduated from Millsaps College, but couldn’t find where her passion lay. “I didn’t know what my talent was,” she said. “I couldn’t sing, draw or dance.” Crestfallen, Judy turned to her mom, who espoused this advice: Just be good to your friends and make good food for them. “This wisdom drove me,” she says. “It gave me a true purpose as it sparked my love for something.” With this in mind, Judy learned how to make pocket yeast rolls with her mom in her early 20s. This time around, Judy was impressing her mother by skipping steps and making the process easier. Her first business foray was selling yeast rolls. But at $3 a bag, the work was laborious and she wasn’t making any profit. While she enjoyed baking, she needed to find a product she could sell that was cost-effective.
"Just be good to your friends and make good food for them." Judy thought back to her mom’s specialty: Cinnamon Pecan pound cake. “I used to bring it as a teenager to my friends’ houses and they would just flip out over it,” she says. Judy tinkered with her mom’s recipe and expanded on the flavors – her newest, Just Coconut, launched a few weeks ago. She also carries mini cakes. First selling to friends, customers can now find Judypoundcakes at: Whole Foods, Miss Cordelia’s, Superlo Foods, Buster’s Liquors and Wines, High Point Grocery, Palladio Antiques, and Doc’s Wine, Spirits and More; and online at judypoundcakes.com. In 2013, Judy leased a commercial kitchen to keep up with the demand. She is offering Mother’s Day Minis - little poundcakes - as part of her Spring promotional campaign, She Takes The Cake. While Judy remains modest and humbled by her success, she says the secret ingredients are truly no secrets at all: “I always tell people my cakes are made with butter and love,” she says. “A house is not a home without a Judypoundcake.” APRIL 2019
When &Why TO HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER By Lesley Harris Colvett
Cindy McCord Design 1289 South DuBray Place Collierville, TN 38017 901.647.0064 cindymccord.com Cindy says there are several reasons you should consider hiring a designer on your next project -- either large or small. In the long run, an experienced designer can save you both time and money by helping you avoid potentially costly mistakes from project conception to completion. Additionally, you might know what you want to do but not know quite how to get there. The designer can give you a professional assessment of your proposed project and develop a detailed plan of action to accomplish your project. An experienced designer also has the qualified contacts necessary to get the project done. Sourcing materials and furnishings from quality vendors and hiring skilled and reliable craftspeople is essential. And whether you plan on a significant remodel or purchasing a few furnishings, you will likely be making a significant investment in your home. The designer is your advisor and should guide you to make wise decisions related to this investment. Finally, there is that intangible “wow” factor that you want. Designers conceptualize spaces and blend materials, textures, and colors into a unique vision and then make it into a reality. That's what they do. That's how they spend their time every day. If their design aesthetic strikes a chord with you, they will be able to deliver on that “wow” factor.
Inspiring home decor is at the tip of our fingers thanks to smartphones, BUT an interior designer is the one who can provide expertise to make it happen by pulling it all together and turning a house into your home. Working with an interior designer will not only ease the stress but will also add value to your home. Our interior designer partners advise “when and why” to hire an interior designer.
A. Shaw Style 2485 Parkway Place Memphis, TN 38112 901.454.6200
As a designer, I get calls from people looking for guidance - either for renovation design (especially for the bathroom or kitchen) - or for full home aesthetics from paint, furniture, fabric, furniture layout, and flow. There are several things to keep in mind when hiring a designer so look for someone who: 1. Understands more than one style: For instance, you may think you want a traditional home, but your Mediterranean house does not support that type of design. Instead, I like to show my clients different, unexpected views on their home that takes them outside of their "box", but keeps the design of their home within their personality.
A well-appointed sitting area by Anthony Shaw
2. Avoids Trends: Trendy ideas are out of style within a year, so avoid them on large ticket items. 3. Fits your needs: It is your home so you need to be happy with it. 4. Listens to you and hears what you are telling them: A good designer will tell you when you are making a mistake and will correct the problem, so trust the designer's expertise. 5. Keeps spending in check: A good designer should ensure sure you have not spent more money in a home than you can get out of it, and should stay within a budget. 6. Has your best interest in mind. Cindy McCord Design Pickwick Lake house project
Visit Art by Design May 8-11th to view several great designers' vignettes and enjoy the variety of design they have to offer.
“Hiring an interior designer is a smart decision if you’ve invested a great deal of money into your house and want to showcase it to look its best. Whether you haven’t any idea of where to begin, have an idea but need help tying it together, or don’t have the time to do so - a designer serves that purpose,” Warner says. Here are a few good reasons Warner offers of when and why to hire a designer: 1. A designer can help you avoid costly mistakes and increase the value of your home. A designer will give you a professional assessment of your situation that will determine a plan of action. A trained set of eyes helps determine what needs to be edited as well as added.
Warner Moore Partner in Allyson James Design 3566 Walnut Grove Road Memphis, TN. 38111 901.281.8687 email@example.com Interior design is a skill and an art that will enhance your space and the quality of your life in that space. Hiring a designer raises the level of that experience and makes your house a home. A designer can help you tell your visual story. We have a special opportunity here in Memphis that showcases designers - Art by Design, a project of ArtsMemphis, that will be held May 8-12, 2019, with designer vignettes on display in the Pipkin Building. I encourage you to attend this event and see which designer you might like to hire! It really is a fascinating and beautiful display of Memphis talent.
2. The designer can help you budget and save time. They know where to go for all resources related to your needs. This can save you lots of time and frustration. 3. The designer is able to build bridges between you and your architect or contractor. From the start, the decorator is trained to cover details such as lighting, window placement and room size as related to furnishings...details that might be overlooked. 4. Designers have many resources that are not available to the public. By using these resources your space will look more collected, unique and pulled together. The designer will give your home a distinctive look all its own. We think outside the box! 5. A designer can add value to the aesthetic of your home. This will greatly enhance showing and selling it. 6. A decorator is also trained to be able to tell you what is wrong with a room and how to correct it. It’s sometimes hard to look at one’s own space objectively. The designer will help you work through that problem.
Warner Moore designs a peaceful, monochromatic living room where texture is all important
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Local Artist: Molly O’Connor
Hi my name is Laila Travillion and I am a Junior at Collierville High School. I am one of the writers for Memphis Impact’s Arts Staﬀ. I’m so grateful to be apart of Impact and love connecting with my community.
Haley Clift, Editor Mary Hunter Adair Ellie Weeks
Memphis School Mascots My name is Ellie Weeks and I’m a Senior at Hutchison. This is my third year on the 4Memphis Impact staﬀ and I currently serve as the Sports Editor. I particularly enjoy how being a part helps me engage with events and improvements around the city. I am so excited to see how Impact will continue to grow and improve!
Caroline Weakley, Editor Embry Bird Hannah Hussey Shade Webb LIFESTYLE
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My name is Ruth Callicott, and I am a Sophomore at St. Mary’s. I am extremely excited to be on the 4Memphis staﬀ and I’m looking forward to capturing our beautiful city.
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A Day of Caring My name is Ruth Ellen and I am a Junior at St. Agnes Academy. I am joining the staﬀ for my second year along with being a part of my school’s cross country team, Fine Arts department, and Student Government Association. I love writing and I cannot wait to cover all of the amazing people, places, and events impacting our city of Memphis.
Graphic Designer My name is Emma Yates, and I am a Junior at Briarcrest Christian School. This is my second year on the Impact Staﬀ, and I have loved it so much. I can’t wait to see all the great things our team creates.
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A Day of Caring By: Ruth Ellen Berry
Students with Horses at War Horses for Heroes
It was a cold morning on Friday, March 1, when St. Agnes students got dressed and packed their lunches to go to school. As they began to gather in the hallways, chatter started about the day ahead of them. However, this wasn’t the typical talk about weekend plans or test grades, but rather about the many nonproﬁt organizations around Memphis that they were going to serve. Every year the St. Agnes Academy upper school holds their Day of Caring, in which the entire high school student body and teachers work with over twenty diﬀerent organizations in the Memphis area to serve the community. This year, service sites included places such as Hope House, Page Robbins Adult Day Center, War Horses for Heroes, Madonna Learning Center, and the Saint Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. By working with the many unique nonproﬁts, the students were able to gain meaningful service experiences beyond bringing canned goods to a food drive in order to truly connect with the young, elderly, disabled, and impoverished across the city.
Students with kids at Perea Preschool
As a junior, this was my third Day of Caring and I went to a preschool with a small group of girls and our teacher group leader. As soon as we walked through the door we were greeted by the welcoming, smiling faces of kindergarteners and teachers alike who were eager to get to know us throughout the day as we helped with tasks around the school and played in the classroom. Immediately, a little boy with round glasses asked to be my buddy for the day. We became fast friends as I read him stories, helped him with crafts, and played “monsters” with him on the playground. When the day was over and it was time to leave, I was sad to say goodbye, but I was happy that I had made him smile and been able to connect with someone who would otherwise be a stranger to me. Day of Caring has been a St. Agnes tradition for over ten years and continues as an annual event that is looked forward to by the students to not only share kindness to our community, but also receive the joy of serving others.
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A student happy to serve at Sisters of Charity
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Memphis School Mascots
Since the 19th century, it has been a tradition for schools to be represented by mascots. We usually refer to these mascots in relation to competitions and athletic events; however, if we were to be asked what our school mascots meant, would we really know? Each school’s mascots contains meaning that often displays the role the students were intended to play in representing the school, and the history behind each mascot brings to life the goals from its founders. Here we have investigated into the history of our high school mascots in Memphis.
By: Ellie Weeks
On January 3, 1973, the Education Survey Committee recommended the establishment of a private, church-sponsored school. The property that was purchased was previously named Briarpatch Estate by its owners. Mrs. Maxine Ford, a member of the church, suggested the school name as Briarcrest by using the word “briar” from the original name and “crest” because the founders fully expected to have the top school in the area. The school colors were selected by Pastor Allen because his alma mater, Central High School, had the colors green and gold. The mascot, a St. Bernard dog, was adopted in accordance with the student body who was known as the Saints to reference to the school’s Christian beliefs.
Originally, St. Agnes’s mascot was the school colors, Blue and White. Then, in the early 1980s a former alum and present staﬀ member was looking at the St. Agnes logo and inside the logo were stars. Upon this recognition, Casey Tidwell encouraged the administration to consider the idea of adding the mascot for the St. Agnes girls to be the stars, and the St. Dominic boys to be the suns. The board voted and approved of the St. Agnes Stars.
COLLIERVILLE Until 1905, when Shelby County schools merged Collierville Male Academy with Bellevue Female College to become Collierville High School, the students were dubbed the ‘Maroons’ in relation to their school colors. The school colors maroon and white were selected by the principle in reference to his favored college, Mississippi State. However, upon the consolidation of both campuses the school adopted the Tiger as the oﬃcial school mascot. Yet this would all change in 1934 when the girls’ basketball coach Maurice Moore decided to make them the “Dragons” following a successful win at the State Championships. Till this day the beloved Collierville Dragon also known as ‘Blister the Dragon’ continues to represent the ambitious and driven faculty and student body of Collierville High School.
Mus Owl Mascot
MUS In 1893, the owl was selected as the mascot for Memphis University School. In keeping with the school’s academic focus, the owl was chosen because of its association with wisdom and intelligence. Sometime after 1955, the MUS mascot was lovingly dubbed Lloyd Owl. However, Lloyd is not the only mascot that represents the school. In 1970, a group of students concluded that an owl lacked the intimidation factor and commissioned the painting of a buzzard on the gym wall. Subsequently, the buzzard was adopted by the basketball team as well as the lacrosse team and many a rec. basketball squad.
In the beginning, St. George’s mascot had been the dragons since its foundation in 1959; however in 2002 when they created the Collierville campus, they countered a problem: the local public school in Collierville’s mascot was also the dragons. As a result, they were forced to choose a new mascot, so St. George’s became the Gryphons, a legendary creature that represents both the strength of a lion and the intelligence of an eagle. This mascot was chosen to portray the ideals St. George’s wishes to instill in its students.
Collierville, Houston, St. Georges and Briarcrest Mascots
St. Agnes Star Mascot
LOCAL ARTIST MOLLY O’CONNOR By: Laila Travilion
From Collierville High School
Molly O’Connor is a young self- taught artist and a student at Collierville High School. She was initially introduced to art in elementary school by her father and became more interested throughout middle school. Currently, she does original work and commissions ranging from Abstract to Impressionist styles. Along with these styles, she specializes in a variety of mediums including acrylics, oils, watercolors, and pencils. She has become more intrigued by the abilities of famous artists, which led her to study and imitate their techniques to further develop as an artist. “I love the way Van Gogh and Monet can abstract images while still retaining the essence of their subject,” said O’Connor. “Their works are light and uplifting while still maintaining a high degree of complexity.” O’Connor’s artwork has been displayed across the midsouth including the Morton Museum and the Collierville Town Hall. She has also had a piece in the Scholastic Art Awards competition at the Brooks Art Museum and was recognized as ‘Artist of the Month’ at the Collierville Burch Library. “I want to pursue art for fun without any particular aim in mind,” said Molly. “I plan to continue painting and experimenting, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.” 72
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