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1. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Chef Jennifer McCullough (Chef Jenn) will speak. Lunch fee is $20. RSVP to bethhaag@comcast.net.

2. Food-Focused Nonprofits Join Under Memphis Tilth Banner -

Meet Memphis Tilth. Four of the city’s food and farming nonprofits, which cover areas ranging from soil health to food justice to produce distribution, are convening under a single banner.

The Memphis Tilth organization can offer a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to building a better local food system by combining the efforts of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith, GrowMemphis, Urban Farms-Memphis and Bring It Food Hub.

3. Events -

Lifeblood will host its third annual “Bears for Le Bonheur” holiday donation program Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 15 at any donor center or mobile blood drive. For each donor that gives blood or platelets, Lifeblood will donate a stuffed bear to a Le Bonheur patient. Visit lifeblood.org or call 800-LIFEBLOOD for details and to schedule an appointment.

4. Events -

Holiday Fun in Cooper Young, hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association, will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Businesses will light up their windows and outdoor displays for the annual “Unwrapped” contest; the Peabody School Choir (5:30 to 6) and Memphis Men of Harmony (6 to 6:30) will perform in the gazebo. Call 901-276-7222.

5. I Choose Memphis: Amy Grow -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Amy Grow

Job title and company: International Paper, Communications Department, Meetings & Events

6. Design Board Approves New Peabody Place Facade -

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board approved a multitude of Downtown projects Wednesday, Nov. 4, including new Peabody Place Tower signage and Central Station plans that include an outdoor Malco movie screen.

7. AARP Launching Healthy Food Incentive Program in Memphis -

The AARP Foundation, with help from UnitedHealthcare and Kroger, is bringing its Fre$h Savings Program to Memphis.

Fre$h Savings makes fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients.

8. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

9. Central Station Design Plans Come Into Clearer Focus -

A six-screen movie theater and nine multistoried apartment buildings with a total of about 200 units are among the updates in the recently submitted plan for the redevelopment of Central Station.

In its application to the Design Review Board, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, developers submitted their $55 million proposal to turn the Downtown train station into a vibrant mixed-use campus.

10. Dunavant Touts Direct Sales -

Woodson Dunavant and Don Lake are used to the question now that Dunavant Enterprises is through its non-compete with Dreyfus Commodities, the company that bought its global cotton operation in 2010.

11. Curb Market Set to Open In Midtown -

A new market for locally sourced meat and produce, which brings a sense of heritage to its name and operation, is set to arrive in Midtown before the end of the year.

The Midtown Easy-Way location at 596 S. Cooper St. will soon reopen as The Curb Market, part of Memphis businessman Peter Schutt’s plan to add to the area’s growing nexus of locally produced, healthy food businesses.

12. Monsanto to Eliminate 2,600 Jobs, Posts 4Q Loss -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will eliminate 2,600 jobs as part of a cost-saving plan designed to deal with falling sales of its biotech seeds and herbicides, which pushed its quarterly losses deeper into the red.

13. Mixed-Use Midtown Market on Tap for Long-Vacant Corner -

Rumors and speculation have long run rampant about potential development at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, one of Memphis’ busiest intersections.

Some of the speculation involved keeping the eight-story hotel, which was built in the late 1960s, as the central feature of whatever came next. In other scenarios it would be demolished.

14. Fair Trade: The Mid-South Fair’s transition to Southaven -

A FedEx jet turned for Memphis International Airport just north of Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday, Sept. 26, the opening weekend of the Mid-South Fair.

Below it, a ride on the parking lot of the arena made a perpetual turn in the other direction under the same overcast skies.

15. Conference Brings Creative Best to Memphis -

Josh Horton loves Memphis, but in 2004 he thought he needed to leave the city to advance his career.

Enjoying his work as a graphic designer was fine, in theory. But he didn’t believe his work stood up to peers across the country.

16. Socially Conscious Lesouque Curates Global, Ethical Designs -

Gokben Yamandag recalls fond childhood memories visiting open markets for hours on Saturdays in her native Turkey.

These bazaars, called souks, were the biggest entertainment going for children on a Saturday. Imagine a farmers market, only a hundred times bigger, with clothing, scarves and numerous other unique items.

17. Karlen Evins Finds Her ‘Most Authentic Self’ in Farming -

A diminutive Karlen Evins walks from her vegetable garden to the reassembled church in which she lives, her arms full of just-picked corn, tomatoes, herbs and okra, and drops them on her kitchen counter.

18. Karlen Evins Finds Her ‘Most Authentic Self’ in Farming -

A diminutive Karlen Evins walks from her vegetable garden to the reassembled church in which she lives, her arms full of just-picked corn, tomatoes, herbs and okra, and drops them on her kitchen counter.

19. New Federal Food Safety Rules Issued After Deadly Outbreaks -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Food manufacturers must be more vigilant about keeping their operations clean under new government safety rules released Thursday in the wake of deadly foodborne illness outbreaks linked to ice cream, caramel apples, cantaloupes and peanuts.

20. MATA Seeks $200,000 Central Station Grant -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority is seeking a $200,000 grant from the Downtown Memphis Commission to expand shared parking at Central Station that would double as more space for the relocated Memphis Farmers Market.

21. Farmers First -

After all these years – 27 weeks of Saturdays for a decade – Jill Forrester calls it a “nice routine.” And by that she means she and husband Keith getting up at 3 a.m., loading their produce, herbs and flowers, and driving to the Memphis Farmers Market downtown.

22. Food for Thought -

If you’re shopping at Kroger or Wal-Mart, you might see Chef Jenn. She won’t be hard to miss in her white chef’s jacket, and a blue scarf around her neck, smiling out at you from inside the freezer case on a package of her buffalo-style shrimp dip or on a shelf housing a box of her new cheese grits or “hushpuppies with a bark.”

23. Opera Memphis Brings Back ‘30 Days’ Series -

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty takes an expansive view toward where his arts organization sits in a local entertainment landscape that presents abundant options for the public.

It’s not that he just sees Opera Memphis in competition for the same set of patrons who flock to The Orpheum Theatre or Theatre Memphis and the like. Rather, he’ll happily talk at length about how his organization is in competition with everyone and anything – every moment spent doing something like watching TV, in other words, is a moment not spent at Opera Memphis.

24. Events -

Rock for Love, the Church Health Center’s annual concert benefit, will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 6. Visit rockforlove.org for details on locations, times and entertainment lineup.

25. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

26. Fast Lane Flavor -

From a distance, Memphis' food truck operators like Terry and Allison LaRue might seem like the ultimate entrepreneurial renegades.

27. Cooking Companies -

One indication of the pervasiveness of an area’s startup culture is arguably the presence of incubators and accelerators focused on a variety of narrow purposes.

It’s why the Memphis area is home to plenty of such organizations focused on tech startups, social startups, medical device startups and startups led by women. And it’s why a kitchen incubator in West Memphis that launched in recent weeks is focused on startups in the food industry.

28. Brown Missionary Baptist Opening Farmers’ Market -

A Memphis-area church is celebrating a new offering of fresh, healthy food for the community.

Brown Missionary Baptist Church this week opened its new Farmers’ Market at 980 Stateline Road in Southaven.

29. Sisters Carry On Father’s Legacy at Bancroft Leasing -

For the Bancroft sisters, talking about best-fit leasing options for agricultural equipment comes as easily as navigating the Memphis streets they've known all their lives. Together, the pair make up the second generation of Bancroft Leasing, an equipment leasing brokerage company started by their father, Charlie Bancroft, in 1977.

30. Shelby Farms Greenline Gardens Gets Makeover -

The Greenline Gardens at Shelby Farms Park – the centerpiece of a handful of park programs including the Farm-to-Fork Fellowship and the Greenline Garden Club Workshop series – has been given a long-overdue makeover.

31. Nashville’s Long, Hot, Delicious Summer -

Summertime brings us wedges of juicy watermelon and drippy ice cream cones. It yields pies piled with blackberries and peaches so fresh they can fill a room with their aroma.

It offers jewel-toned tomatoes for slicing and piling onto BLTs.

32. State Gives Environmental Award To Agricenter’s Wilson -

Agricenter International president John Charles Wilson has received a lifetime achievement award from the state of Tennessee.

33. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis -

Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.

The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.

34. Bishop Hears Stronger Call After ‘Fighting God’ -

The reason Richard Stika entered the seminary was to get thoughts of being a priest out of his system

It didn’t turn out that way.

On Dec. 14, the bishop of the Knoxville Catholic diocese will mark his 30th anniversary as a priest.

35. Hops Growers Rush To Meet Rising Demand From Craft Brewers -

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) – These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.

36. Tennessee Farmers Start Planting Highly Regulated Hemp Seeds -

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) – No longer forbidden from growing hemp, Tennessee farmers have started receiving the highly regulated seeds to produce the state's first legal harvest of the crop in more than 70 years.

37. Making the Connection -

Archie Willis III had just earned his master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he returned to Memphis in 1981 to help his father, A.W. Willis Jr., redevelop the Adler Hotel Annex.

38. Tom’s Tiny Kitchen Gets a Whole Lot Bigger -

By adding a pinch of passion to a tried-and-true recipe, Tom Flournoy has grown a family-run business to having a five-state reach.

After he was unexpectedly laid off from his executive position in the automotive parts industry, Flournoy fell back on an appetizing venture: homemade pimento cheese. To make ends meet, he started preparing pimento cheese at home and selling it to friends and farmers markets under the name Tom’s Tiny Kitchen.

39. Backsplash -

In the beginning, there was Splash – the first legal casino in Tunica County following the Mississippi Legislature’s passage of the 1990 law legalizing “dockside” casinos in the state.

40. Budding Business -

When you enter the freshly opened Sprouts Farmers Market store in Lakeland, look up.

What you won’t see in the airy, openly designed grocery store are the aisle signs with numbers and product listings found in most grocery stores and retail outlets.

41. Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed As Game Changer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.

42. Farm Feast -

The first elementary school students came to Agricenter International for some hands-on education more than a decade ago. About 80 students went on a literal field trip, walking through the cotton, soybean and cornfields.

43. Proveaux’s Fuel Cafe Brand Covers Multiple Platforms -

When Erik Proveaux opened Fuel Café, it was because he wanted to set up roots after traveling the country for years doing film production catering. Five years later those roots have spread, and now he operates a multimodal brand that covers the restaurant, catering, food truck and small-batch production industries.

44. I Choose Memphis: Matt Harrell -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Matt Harrell

Job title and company: International Treasury Manager, AutoZone Inc.

45. Renowned Farm-to-Table Restaurant Hitting Memphis -

A restaurant chain known for propelling the national farm-to-table dining movement will serve up its acclaimed fare at two high-profile Memphis locations.

The Kitchen, which focuses on serving healthy, locally sourced meals, will operate restaurants at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis and Crosstown Concourse in Midtown.

46. Where to Park for Nashville Sounds Games -

The parking and transportation map is available at nashvillesounds.com/parking.

Additional parking and transportation options include the following:

47. Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors -

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!

48. House Passes Bill to Repeal Estate Tax -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Thursday to repeal the federal tax on estates, a politically volatile issue that affects few inheritances.

Republicans refer to it as the "death tax." They say it prevents small business owners and family farmers from passing businesses on to their heirs.

49. Consumers Buying More Organic Products, Despite High Prices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.

Sales of organics have been rapidly growing since the United States put strict rules in place and began certifying organic products in 2002. According to the Agriculture Department, the number of U.S. organic operations has more than tripled since then; the number grew 5 percent just last year.

50. Kiesewetter Joins Fisher Phillips Law Firm -

Jay W. Kiesewetter has joined the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP as senior counsel. In his new role, Kiesewetter advises clients on issues related to union organizing and elections, arbitrations, negotiations, strikes, lockouts and Labor Board charges.

51. Farming Quality -

Starting in August, a new crop of would-be farmers will settle in for a few months of classroom instruction led by the Roots Memphis Farm Academy, a sustainable farming incubator working to train and launch new farmers in the Memphis area.

52. Big Leap From Hollywood Hustle to Nolensville ‘Barn’ -

The step-grandmother of Clark Gable’s granddaughter leans back in her chair inside the Mennonite furniture store and holds up a foot.

“Look. I’m wearing orange socks. I must be eccentric,” says Linda Roberts as a gray, misty day chases me from Nolensville Road into the worn building tucked against Mill Creek.

53. Memphis Farmers Market Kicks Off New Season -

The Memphis Farmers Market opens its 2015 season Saturday, April 4.

The Downtown market also announced it has promoted Allison Cook to MFM executive director. Cook previously served as market director and has been with the organization since 2012.

54. Sprouts Hiring 125 for New Store in Lakeland -

Sprouts Farmers Market is in hiring mode for its new Lakeland store.

The grocery store at 9050 U.S. 64, set to open May 13, is looking to hire 125 people in the bakery, meat, produce, vitamin and cashier departments. Applicants can schedule an interview online through Snagajob by visiting www.snagajob.com/lakelandsprouts. Sprouts is a neighborhood grocery store with the feel of an old-fashioned farmers market.

55. Events -

Autobahn Indoor Speedway will hold a grand opening event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tuesday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 6399 Shelby View Drive. All proceeds from races will be donated to St. Jude. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the speedway will be held at 1 p.m. Visit autobahnspeed.com.

56. Memphis Civil Rights Map Broadens History’s Reach -

The civil rights history of the Memphis area is so rich and so deep that a new GIS map of historic sites by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change will probably be a work in progress for some time.

57. Memphis Farmers Market Kicks Off New Season -

The Memphis Farmers Market opens its 2015 season Saturday, April 4.

The Downtown market also announced it has promoted Allison Cook to MFM executive director. Cook previously served as market director and has been with the organization since 2012.

58. Tennessee Fruit and Vegetable Farmers May Qualify for Reimbursement -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is administering a reimbursement program for farmers who grow fruits or vegetables and have received Good Agriculture Practices certification.

59. Sprouts Hiring 125 for New Store in Lakeland -

Sprouts Farmers Market is in hiring mode for its new Lakeland store.

The grocery store at 9050 U.S. 64, set to open May 13, is looking to hire 125 people in the bakery, meat, produce, vitamin and cashier departments. Applicants can schedule an interview online through Snagajob by visiting www.snagajob.com/lakelandsprouts.com.

60. Central Station Project Relies on Local Institutions -

At $55 million, the proposed redevelopment plan for Central Station that debuted last week isn’t quite the “vertical village” that Crosstown Concourse is. The price tag, all except $3 million of which is private financing, is about a quarter of the $200 million cost of Crosstown.

61. Plans Revealed for $55 Million Central Station Project -

Conceptual plans were revealed Friday for the widely anticipated redevelopment of Central Station.

Archie Willis of Community Capital and developer Henry Turley outlined the $55 million plan for the finance committee of the Memphis Area Transit Authority.

62. USDA Proposes Definition of Farming, Limiting Some Subsidies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do any of the work would receive less government cash.

63. This Week in Memphis History: March 20-26 -

1980: Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush headlined at the Mid-South Coliseum at the top of a busy bill that included a reformed Humble Pie led by Steve Marriott, Mother’s Finest and Angel.

64. Events -

Memphis Area Master Gardeners will host its 2015 Spring Fling Garden Show and Plant Sale, themed “Growin’ Down the Garden Path,” Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farmers Market Big Red Barn at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The event will include more than 50 vendors, presentations and hands-on demonstrations, children’s activities and more. Admission and parking are free. Visit memphisareamastergardeners.org.

65. Don’t Make a Shrine of Your Success -

There is a scene in the black-and-white section of The Wizard of Oz when one of the farmers (who later transforms into the Tin Man) tells Auntie Mae, “They’re going to make of a statue of me one day!” Her response handled the ego inflation with a dose of pragmatic farm wisdom. As she pointed to his next chore, she retorts, “Don’t start posing for it now.”

66. Leaving a Life They Love at Nashville Farmers’ Market -

Charles Hardy needs help loading a huge piece of his life: a massive white refrigerator that was part of the Nashville Farmers’ Market home he’s leaving – likely for good – after almost a half-century.

67. Roy’s Events Take Wine, Travel, Even Chocolate to New Audience -

Entrepreneur Maja Djorcev Roy knows the value of connecting people, sharing stories and developing an appreciation for artisan quality goods

Roy, a native of Slovenia, follows her passion and shares her knowledge of wine and the stories of the vineyards through her business, Wine Forté.

68. ‘Magnificent’ Vineyard in Perrin’s Blood -

The grapevines are still brown and bare as they wait for spring, but the work at Richland Vineyards doesn’t stop for winter.

Connie Perrin has been working these grapes with her late husband, Troy, for more than 20 years. The vineyards now belong to his children, who purchased the farm from the estate, but Connie remains involved and shares her years of grape growing to help them as they learn the business.

69. The Wine That Saved a Knoxville Landmark -

Linn Slocum started making wine from kits because she enjoyed it, later surprising herself by parlaying her hobby into a winery business that has enlivened downtown Knoxville, led to the renovation of a historic site and showcased East Tennessee’s farm-to-table food movement.

70. Farm & Gin -

Jacob Waters isn’t old enough to drive a car yet. But, by his own account, he has driven a tractor a few times.

71. New Pancake-Focused Restaurant Coming to East Memphis -

It’s a tradition in Tressa Ogles’ house for the family to sit down together on Saturday mornings and enjoy a pancake breakfast.

Often, she’ll go out for a run, and by the time she’s back, her husband and children have the pancakes ready. It was no surprise, then, that when she and husband Bill Ogles – both lifelong Memphians – decided to go into business for themselves and open a restaurant, it would be a breakfast joint.

72. Real Estate Pros Upbeat -

After finally latching on to the broader national economic recovery in 2013, the Memphis-area commercial real estate market shook of the last vestiges of the Great Recession and roared back to life in 2014 with the office, retail, industrial and apartment sectors all producing solid gains.

73. Fresh Selection -

It would seem I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield was correct last year with a forecast that called for a “permanent Foodnado” in Memphis.

74. Fruits and Vegetables Get a Star-Studded Marketing Push -

NEW YORK (AP) – What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips?

A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and NBA star Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables.

75. Sprouts Opening Lakeland Store May 13 -

Sprouts Farmers Market, a fast-growing specialty grocery chain, has set an opening date for its first Memphis-area store.

Phoenix-based Sprouts, which replicate the look and feel of an indoor farmers market and specialize in fresh, organic and healthy food, will open a 28,000-square-foot store in a former Kroger at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland on May 13.

76. House Votes to Make Expired Business Tax Breaks Permanent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Friday to make permanent an expired tax break designed to help small businesses invest in equipment and property, defying a veto threat by the White House.

77. Farmers Expected to See 32 Percent Drop in Income in 2015 -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Net income for U.S. farmers is expected to fall by nearly 32 percent this year because of low crop prices and increasing expenses, placing many farmers in an unprofitable situation.

78. Coke Bets on 'Premium Milk' to Boost Declining Category -

NEW YORK (AP) – Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as much for it.

The national rollout of Fairlife over the next several weeks marks Coca-Cola's entry into the milk case in the U.S. and is one way the world's biggest beverage maker is diversifying its offerings as Americans continue turning away from soft drinks.

79. Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy Folks' -

NEW YORK (AP) – The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy.

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other perceived enemies getting louder online.

80. Morris: Public Transit Tops Downtown Goals -

A stronger and more vital public transportation presence in Downtown and a plan for development of land south of Central Station are two priorities of the Downtown Memphis Commission for the coming year.

81. Tobacco Auction System is All But Snuffed Out -

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Tripp Foy's sing-song chant rang out like a sentimental oldie for die-hard farmers clinging to the old way of selling tobacco, as a small procession of buyers shadowed him down long rows of reddish-brown leaf piled in bales.

82. Retailers Setting Eyes on Memphis -

The Memphis-area retail sector, fueled by several new retailers entering the market and a massive amount of grocery-based activity, experienced a strong 2014.

Grocery store activity came into full bloom this year, with market leader Kroger investing heavily in its stores and higher-end, organic-focused chains targeting the market for growth.

83. Cauliflower as Main Course? Restaurant Trends for 2015 -

To know where we’re headed, as the adage goes, we must first understand where we’ve been. And in Nashville, where we’ve been is eating at restaurants. Many, apparently.

A slew of new restaurants opened their doors in 2014, including showpieces like Prima in The Gulch and a few celebrity chef spots that made a stir, such as Adele’s from Jonathan Waxman, Sinema with Top Chef star Dale Levitski and Chauhan Ale and Masala House from Maneet Chauhan of Food Network.

84. US Companies Eager to Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

85. ‘Amazing Food’ Explosion -

John Minervini quickly turns giddy whenever he’s talking about the food scene in Memphis.

He’s such a fan of the scene, in fact, that this freelance writer and pro-Memphis foodie recently decided to start an online venture called “The Fork” he aims to make a one-stop shop where readers can read about chefs, learn about seasonal ingredients and find a new place to eat in their neighborhoods.

86. Poll: Americans Skeptical of Commercial Drones -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.

87. Immigrants Find Room to Grow in Nashville's Public Gardens -

With the growing season wrapped up for winter and the temperature hovering at 45 degrees on a recent Sunday, the community garden off Wedgewood Avenue looked to be draped in a brown afghan with just a few patches of green peeking through.

88. Goat Milk and Smart Marketing -

Maybe it was that last Facebook post that put them over the top. Or, maybe it was the #voteforgoats hashtag.

Little Seed Farm’s goats aren’t telling, but they do look a bit smug.

The goats, along with Little Seed Farm owners James and Eileen Ray, recently pulled in a cool $25,000 by snagging the top spot in furnishing retailer west elm’s, “We Love LOCAL Small Business’’ grant contest.

89. Brewing Opportunity -

When Memphians like Jimmy Lewis are leaving established careers to remake themselves as coffee roasters, it’s one sign that coffee culture in Memphis is abundant with opportunity and steadily coming into its own.

90. Congress Told US Lags Other Nations on Drones -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses told a House panel Wednesday.

91. Batch Gets Bigger With Storefront, Fourth City -

Batch is gonna need a bigger box.

The Nashville-based foodie subscription service, which curates amazing mini-collections of locally-made edibles and packs them up and ships them all over the U.S. and Canada, has added a fourth city – Austin – and a permanent storefront at the Nashville Farmers Market.

92. Trader Joe’s: No Immediate Plans for Memphis -

Trader Joe’s doesn’t have any immediate plans to enter the Memphis market, the company said Wednesday, Dec. 3.

“A Memphis/Germantown store is not in our two-year plan at this time,” said Rachel Broderick, a spokeswoman for the sought-after specialty grocery chain.

93. Treat Your Visitors to These Dining Treats -

Having been busy lately on a cookbook project, I haven’t been able to visit restaurants as often. So after my deadline, I worked on making up for lost time by hitting five restaurants in a couple of weeks.

94. Patrick Ready to Cook at Relocated Rizzo’s Diner -

Chef Michael Patrick reaches for a metaphor to describe what it will feel like once the new, more expansive version of his Downtown eatery, Rizzo’s Diner, opens in the next several days at 492 S. Main St.

95. Tenn. Farmers Ready to Grow Hemp, Unused To Rules -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – With a decades-long ban on hemp production in Tennessee finally lifted, some farmers say they want to grow the crop but aren't used to the government oversight that comes with it.

96. It’s Art -

“But is it __?” This clue is used in dozens of crossword puzzles. The answer is ART. At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, tucked away in the Northwest Arkansas hills, the question’s answer is “You’d better believe it!” My heart sings to know that Crystal Bridges, open now since Nov. 11, 2011, is a major world player in its field.

97. Overton Square Highlights Commercial Real Estate Positives -

The old owners of Overton Square had a plan to remove existing local tenants and retailers and replace them with national retailers.

They succeeded in emptying Overton Square of tenants, but couldn’t attract new national retailers, leaving what was left to twist in the wind.

98. Midtown Success Highlights Commercial Real Estate Growth -

Loeb Properties Inc. plans to build on the momentum it has created at Overton Square while turning its attention to other parts of Midtown.

99. Real Estate Rally -

Commercial real estate can offer insight into the strength of the local economy. Through the office, retail, industrial and apartment developments that mark the region the economy at work in the real world can be seen.

100. Mixed-Use Project Looms for Former Lakeland Mall -

Get used to the name Lake District. You’ll probably be hearing more about it in the near future. Lake District is the new name for the revamped project being planned at the old Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall site.