Restaurant Iris to Host "Iris for Iris"

Streetdog Foundation and Restaurant Iris are teaming up to raise funds for Iris, a streetdog rescue. Please join us on July 27th at 4:00pm at Restaurant Iris for a casual event to support this great cause. Admission is $50 (tax deductible), which includes food and drink.

To register, click here and make your $50 donation. Please include "FOR IRIS ADMISSION' in the note section.

We hope to see you there. If you can't make it, we hope you will consider making a donation to this great local non-profit!

Join us for Le Bon Appetit


Created and hosted by Chef Kelly English and The Le Bonheur Club, Le Bon Appetit is a brilliant culinary showcase of the nation's most celebrated chefs, mixologists, pastry chefs and TV personalities, all working together to benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The event will be held on April 5 at Minglewood Hall.

English has paired 16 Memphis chefs with 16 guest chefs from throughout the country to create a one-of-a-kind culinary presentation expressing unique and individual talent. From the 32 chefs who were recruited for the event, five are Food and Wine Best New Chefs, 11 have been James Beard Award nominees or semi-finalists and two are winners of the prestigious James Beard award.  The evening's emcee will be Claire Robinson of the Food Network.

The funds raised from this year's benefit will go toward the purchase of a pediatric ambulance to assist Le Bonheur in providing the highest quality medical care for children in need. This year’s Honorary Chairs are Dina and Brad Martin and Laura and Dr. James Eason.

Tickets are currently on sale for $250 per ticket. VIP tickets are available for $500. Tickets may be purchased here.

Additional information is also available at, the event Facebook page or by calling Le Bonheur Club’s headquarters at 901-682-9905.


2014 Le Bon Appetit Chefs

John Currence: City Grocery, Oxford, MS

Barry Maiden: Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

Steven Satterfield: Miller Union, Atlanta, GA

Ashley Christensen: Poole's Diner, Raleigh, NC

Kevin Nashan: Sidney Street Cafe, St. Louis, MO

Gerard Craft: Niche, Clayton, MO

Michael Gulotta: MOPHO, New Orleans, LA

Ryan Prewitt: Peche Seafood Grill, New Orleans, LA

Tandy Wilson: City House

Derek Emerson: Walkers Drive In/Local 463, Jackson, MS

Eli Kirshtein: The Luminary, Atlanta, GA

Phillip Lopez: Root/Square Root, New Orleans, LA

Michelle Bernstein: Michy's, Crumb on Parchment, Miami, FL

Kelly Fields: Restaurant August, New Orleans, LA

Chris Shepherd: Underbelly, Houston, TX

Jeremiah Bacon: The Macintosh, Charleston, SC

Shannon Walker/Jeff Ross/ David Rule: Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Jayce McConnell: Edmund's Oast, (Mixologist) Charleston, SC

Kelly English: Restaurant Iris/The Second Line, Memphis, TN

Ryan Trimm: Sweet Grass/Next Door/Southward Fare & Libations, Memphis, TN

Andy Ticer/Michael Hudman: Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis, TN

Erling Jensen: Erling Jensen, The Restaurant, Memphis, TN

Ben Smith: Tsunami, Memphis, TN

Keith Bambrick: McEwen's on Monroe, Memphis, TN

Felicia Willett: Felicia Suzanne's Restaurant, Memphis, TN

Karen Carrier: Bar DKDC/Beauty Shop/Mollie Fontaines, Memphis, TN

Jonathan Magallanes: Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana, Memphis, TN

Patrick Reilly: The Majestic Grille, Memphis, TN

Wally Joe/Andrew Adams: Acre, Memphis, TN

Jason Severs: Bari Ristorante E Enoteca, Memphis, TN

Aaron Winters: Hog & Hominy, Memphis, TN

Jackson Kramer/Jason Dallas: Bounty on Broad and Interim, Memphis, TN

Mark Simpson: Morrison Healthcare at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, TN

Konrad Spitzbart: The Peabody Memphis (Pastry), Memphis, TN

Nick Talarico: Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen/Hog & Hominy (Mixologist), Memphis, TN


English to participate in City Grocery Pop Up


 OXFORD, MS--The wildly popular “pop up” dinner series hosted by City Grocery last January will return in January of 2014 with a similar array of talented chefs, but this time with a mission.

Rodney Scott, pitmaster at the eponymously named Hemingway, South Carolina BBQ joint, suffered a tragic pit house fire this past November which wiped out his in ground pits. Scott the ever-ambitious workhorse, brought in trailered pits in order to immediately get the restaurant back up and running, but rebuilding costs for the original structure proved to be overwhelming.

A group of close friends within the industry, who have cooked together for the past several years and used their collective influence to help with individual philanthropic efforts as the Fatback Collective, saw the opportunity to help their friend and to give a clearer definition to their mission. The result is the “Rodney Scott In Exile Cooking Tour.” Scott will stop in Nashville, TN, Oxford, MS, New Orleans, LA and Atlanta, GA before finally returning to Charleston, SC to wrap up.

The City Grocery pop ups, which will happen on each Monday in January at City Grocery will extend the reach of that tour. “We just had a number of friends who wanted to do something to help, but Rodney could not stop everywhere, so we decided to have the pop ups again so we could involve as many folks as possible,” says John Currence of City Grocery Restaurant Group. “We could not be more excited about having these guys in our kitchen to cook and know they are equally excited about helping the Fatback Fund and Rodney.”

Dinner schedule is as follows:

Monday, January 6  

“The Memphis Mafia”

Kelly English- Restaurant Iris, Second Line

Andy Ticer/Michael Hudman- Andrew/Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog and Hominy

Monday, January 13         

Eli Kirshtein- The Luminary

Andrea Kirshtien- The Spence

Monday, January 20         

Ashley Christensen- Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken and Honey, Chuck’s, Joule Coffee

Monday, January 27

Rodney Scott- Scott’s BBQ

“To be clear, we are not simply trying to put on fundraisers for Rodney. The funds raised will go the Fatback Fund and will be used to continue doing work within the communities from which each of us makes our living. It just happens the Rodney happens to be the person in need at the moment,” explains Currence. “You could make the case the rebuilding Willie Mae’s Scotch House after Hurricane Katrina was the original Fatback initiative. A lot of the same people were involved.” Sam’s Barbecue in Humboldt, Tennessee was another project several years ago after it burned. Each of these projects were ones we could got our hands around. We have a responsibility to help.”

The dinners at City Grocery will be by reservation. They will be four course meals, paired with wines. Reservations are $65 and include an autographed menu/certificate of appreciation from participating chefs and Fatback members.

For further information please contact Angie Sicurezza, 662.234.9300

For reservations call City Grocery, 662.232.8080

Commercial Appeal: Best of 2013

Best of 2013: Dining

Casual ruled local scene in 2013

By Jennifer Biggs

Thursday, December 26, 2013

In April, Kelly English toasted the fifth anniversary of Restaurant Iris, and, on the last day of November, opened his second local restaurant, The Second Line, next to Iris; it was so popular they ran out of food the first night.

Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman celebrated more than the fifth anniversary of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen. They were named on Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2013 list and opened the Holding Pen, the dive bar attached to the back of Hog & Hominy, the restaurant they opened in 2012 and which was featured in GQ magazine and reviewed by The New York Times this year.

Ryan Trimm, with Sweet Grass and Next Door under his belt in Midtown, went east and opened Southward Fare & Libations in Regalia. Soul Fish opened its third location, smack on Poplar Avenue in the heart of East Memphis. Sekisui, which closed on Humphreys as 2012, reopened an East Memphis restaurant in October. Mellow Mushroom moved into the former AAA building at Park and White Station. Jeremy Denno put Rock ‘n Dough Pizza in at Park and Ridgeway, and Pyros Fire Fresh Pizza later opened in the same center.

Click here to read the complete article.