• The first Crafts & Drafts
is this Saturday, November 14th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the parking lot behind Crosstown Arts.
It is what it sounds like: lots of crafts (some 40 participating artists) and tons of beer, including Goldcrest 51, Memphis Made Fireside Amber and Hundo IPA, High Cotton ESB and Chocolate Rye Porter, and more.
• Something for those with an opinion about everything: Memphis in May is holding a barbecue judging seminar on Saturday, November 14th. Topics include the judging process and rules, official meat categories, the scoring process, and blind, on-site, and final judging.
Participants will be qualified to judge at Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest after the seminar. Cost is $85.
Today (November 9th) is the last day to register.
• Napa Cafe
is once again hosting its annual Heart Full of Soul dinners benefiting the Stax Music Academy, Sunday, November 15th and Monday, November 16th, 5:30 p.m.
Each of the six courses is paired with a song from the Stax catalogue and a special wine from Sleight of Hand Cellars. There will be silent auction, and many notable Stax figures will be on hand.
On the menu is open face pulled pork ravioli, grilled lamb loin, and braised short rib. Guests receive a souvenir menu/album with a vinyl 45 RPM recorded by Stax Music Academy.
The dinner is $200. For reservations or more information, call Napa Cafe: 901 683-0441 or Tim Sampson; 901 485-8735, firstname.lastname@example.org
• And ... it's Downtown Dining Week
! Continues through Sunday.