Poke Salad Revue — Issue #22

It’s wild. It’s Southern…and it grows anywhere there’s sun! Stay tuned each week for new episodes with Shawn and Kelly and the Poke Salad Podcast at www.pokesaladpodcast.com.

Mississippi

Mississippi House would let craft breweries sell beer on site www.sunherald.com
Craft breweries are closer to selling their beers at home.

Smoothie King a sweet success for two Coast businessmen www.sunherald.com
The owners of Smoothie King locations in South Mississippi will open a Gulfport store north of Interstate 10 in February.

Coast company developing temporary housing alternative to FEMA www.wlox.com

The company is preparing to make a pitch to government agencies with the hope that they can help with the demand of temporary housing before the next disaster.

Early signs of spring in Natchez

www.natchezdemocrat.com

Spring Pilgrimage begins on March 18.

A New Executive (Chef) in Town www.jacksonfreepress.com
Though chef Nicole Medrano has only been in Jackson for a year, she is making waves in the local culinary scene. After Jesse Houston stepped down as executive chef at Saltine Oyster Bar, Medrano took the helm in early January.

Hey, Bo Diddley! Mississippi road could get blues man’s name www.msnewsnow.com
Mississippi is on track to honor a blues and rock legend who sang about being a “road running man.”

Garth serves as Aberdeen’s first African-American female alderwoman djournal.com

Ward 2 Alderwoman Lady B. Garth isn’t the first female to have a seat on the Aberdeen Board of Aldermen, but she is the first African-American female to have a vote through the city’s government.

Local Artists Take Original Play To The Big Screenwww.wcbi.com
Movie based on original play entered into independent film fests.

The South

The Saenger Theatre at 90: A look back at the birth of a New Orleans landmark www.nola.com
Part of a tricentennial series looking back at the people and events that made New Orleans.

‘Girls Trip’ movie trailer has Queen Latifah and company cutting loose in New Orleans www.nola.com
Universal Pictures comedy was filmed partly during the 2016 Essence Music Festival.

See free screenings of films that inspired artist Mickalene Thomaswww.nola.com
They will be shown in conjunction with “Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on Prime-Time Star,” on view through April 9 in the Uptown museum.

Garth Brooks kicks off Memphis tour dates www.wmcactionnews5.com
Excitement is building as the thunder rolls into Memphis.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in Memphiswww.commercialappeal.com
Garth Brooks performs his first show of four concerts at FedExForum.

Neosoulville blogger Tonya Dyson nurtures Memphis music culturewww.commercialappeal.com
“Jill of all trades” Tonya Dyson is a singer, blogger, teacher, event planner and nurturer of Memphis soul music culture.

New Projects On Deck for Downtown www.memphisflyer.com

Work will begin soon on three Downtown projects that will breathe even more life into the surging district.

Study: Tennessee ranks 8th most dangerous state for online dating www.fox13memphis.com
Online dating applications like Tinder and Plenty of Fish are popular among many singles.

Houston shop specializes in custom cowboy bootswkrg.com

Not all cowboy boots are created equal and at Tejas Custom Boots, they know why.

In ‘Hidden Figures’ girls from Birmingham see themselves www.al.com
The Birmingham Mayor’s Office hosted two private screenings of “Hidden Figures” for girls interested in STEM.

New podcast from ‘Serial’ producers will be focused on Alabama murder, but which murder? www.al.com
But which murder? That’s unclear. The title of the podcast is ‘S-Town,’ so presumably it would be set in a town with a name that starts with S.

Etc. Etc.

Bacon lovers, rest easy. You do not need to fear a shortagewww.wwltv.com
Meat processors are paying 30% more than they did a couple of months ago for the cut of pork from which bacon is made, raising the possibility that those cost increases could eventually show up at supermarkets.

This Girl Said She Didn’t Like Flowers, So Her Boyfriend Bought Her A Bouquet Of Chicken Instead www.buzzfeed.com
“I used to drop hints that I didn’t like flowers and instead wanted a bouquet of chicken nuggets or chicken wings. Little did I know that…

Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow on Groundhog Day, predicting 6 more weeks of winter www.nola.com
Phil has now predicted more winter 103 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times.

How Millennial ‘Foodies’ Are Challenging The Supply Chain From Farm To Tablewww.forbes.com
Co-packers should be concerned, along with distributors, farmers and even, heck, grain elevator operators. Their worlds are incrementally turning upside down. And it doesn’t seem that they’re ready for it. Slowly but surely, Millennial demands are putting pressure on an archaic food system set in its ways.

Why every year feels shorterwww.theatlantic.com
We asked a time expert.

Facebook Knows What’s in Your Photos, Thanks to Artificial Intelligence www.inc.com
The company’s artificial intelligence goes beyond just scanning captions.

Amazon’s Holiday Quarter Doesn’t Match High Expectations www.nytimes.com

I sure did my part to help them meet expectations… What about you?

Play of George Orwell’s ‘1984’ coming to Broadway this yearwww.wdsu.com
A new British stage adaptation of George Orwell’s chilling dystopic novel “1984” is coming to an America

Super Bowl!

A Super Bowl Ad Is the Equivalent of Lighting Money on Fire (Which Can Be More Strategic Than It Sounds)hbr.org
Companies do it to prove how profitable they are.

Is The Era Of The Iconic Super Bowl Ad Over? www.fastcompany.com
Co.Create looks back at some iconic ads, and why brands still go all in on the big game.

10 Alternate Uses for Your Fondue Pot mentalfloss.com
Fondue pots can be used for much more than cheese and chocolate.

Are ‘food comas’ real or a figment of your digestion?www.wdsu.com
The phenomenon refers to the tired, sleepy feeling that many of us experience after eating a big meal

Passionately curious.