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Local Food

Mulan's booth at Cooper Young Festival.

Yolo Food Truck

Chitlins at the 4 Way Cafe

From fine to casual dining, Memphis is in the midst of a restaurant renaissance. We have the tasty pleasure of attracting incredible culinary talent and energetic entrepreneurs who know Memphis is more than traditional barbecue. And beyond the rich restaurant community, the food scene is shifting. With urban gardens, a host of farmer's markets, culinary competitions and food trucks rolling into town, fresh, local food is on the menu.

Local Food Features

A home-based bagel bakery has taken off in Memphis.

Dave's Bagels finds early success

David Scott relocated to Memphis from Portland in October, and within weeks began offering his homemade Dave’s Bagels. The business is quickly growing with new distribution opportunities in the works.

Porter Leath Childrens’ Home on Manassas Street is the oldest structure in Klondike/Smokey City. It was an orphanage until 1969 when it became a multi-service agency to serve more children in need.

Prosperity and decline shape Klondike Smokey City's history

Klondike Smokey City’s history tells a story of prosperity but also one of decline with shuttered factories, white flight and racial segregation at its core. 

DJ

Welding served with hot tamales at DJ’s on Summer Avenue

Entrepreneurship is runs deep in Dewayne Johnson's family. He's combined a welding practice with a love for cooking with his shop on Summer Avenue. Next is a restaurant near the Broad Avenue Arts District and investing in Memphis' next generation of metalworkers. 

NineteenthCenturyClub

Inside a Memphis mansion's $4 million conversion into an exclusive restaurant

The Nineteenth Century Club, which dates back to 1908, has been revived and converted into Izakaya, a Japanese-French fusion restaurant. 

Riverside

Layoffs led to entrepreneurship for Memphis native

Carter Beard started canning jams and jellies as a side project. When he was laid off in 2010, he amped up production and invested in what is now Riverside 1844 Artisanal Foods. As kitchen manager for First Congregational Church, he uses the commercial kitchen to scale his business and feed Memphians in need. 
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