The switch from journalism to PR is a natural one that a ton of reporters make at some point in their careers. I never thought I'd do that though. I loved working at the Memphis Flyer, adored my co-worker family, and truly believe in the importance and the power of indie media. But, as a Crosstown resident and supporter of local arts, I couldn't think of a better position for me than the one I'll be taking at Crosstown Arts. I want to be part of the positive change in my neighborhood. I want to help spread that message.
But man, I'm going to miss my Flyer family like crazy! My last day there is Tuesday, but on Friday, they threw me a going-away keg party on our loading dock at 2 p.m. (technically, it was supposed to start at 3 p.m., but hey, there was a cold keg of Memphis Made Lucid Kolsch downstairs, so we got our pre-game on).
Here's the most of the Flyer editorial team, minus theater critic/arts writer Chris Davis, who showed up later.
Brian Groppe, the art director for our sister pub Memphis Magazine, made this "historical marker" for the occasion.
My managing editor Susan organized the whole thing, and she decided it should be potluck. I didn't expect my non-vegan co-workers to bring vegan snacks! But they did! There were all manner of hummus, guac, salsa, chips, and even vegan dessert! Of course, there were non-vegan snacks too.
I made Vegan Pigs in Blankets because they're super-easy to throw together. Just Smart Dogs and Pillsbury crescent rolls.
And I made the Rosemary White Bean Hummus from Thug Kitchen because it had, like, five ingredients and was just a matter of turning on the food processor. This has white beans, tahini, rosemary, and balsamic vinegar. It has a yummy twang. I had some leftover that I plan to make pizzas with later this week!
Here's my plate with guac, salsa, and a few kinds of hummus. Plus pita, bagel chips, and tortilla chips.
Shara made Homemade Boiled Peanuts! I love boiled peanuts so much. If you've never had them, imagine a spicy peanut with a soft beany texture. She sent me home with a bunch, so I've been snacking on them all weekend.
The coolest surprise of the day was this Vegan Caramel Pie! Susan knows it's my favorite pie from Imagine Vegan Cafe (baked by my friend Stephanie), so she ordered one from Stephanie! It has a creamy caramel layer atop a graham cracker crust, and it's topped with vegan whipped cream. I had a giant slice at the party, and a few others had some. But half the pie was leftover, so guess who has pie in her fridge? I'm going to be eating pie every day this week!
Frank brought Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Whole Foods bakery. I may have dipped my cookie in my pie slice. No shame.
Here's me and editor-in-chief Bruce (a.k.a. Flyer dad). Fun fact: His son, Andrew, is in MGMT. So Bruce is basically a rock star dad.
A few of us did some tequila shots. Here's a before pic.
And the after pic. The looks on Jackie's (the girl sitting down) and Bruce's faces!
I wish I would have gotten selfies with everyone! But I did take a lot of random pics. Anyway, I'm gonna miss these dudes so much. Of course, I'll still show up at every Flyer event or function around town!