Celebrate Dining Out for Life at Tart Cafe and Cafe 1912 on April 27

I am excited to serve as ambassador for two of my favorite restaurants on Cooper Street for Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 27, 2017. I look forward to eating great food, supporting generous restauranteurs and chefs, and raising funds for Friends for Life in our community.

Breakfast and Lunch

Tart Cafe will be donating 25% of all food purchases from 8 AM to 2 PM on April 27. Start your day with their French pastries and breads, Eggs en Brioche, a latte or pressed coffee. Then come back for lunch for the Croque Monsieur with melted Gruyère on pan de mie with dijon and béchamel, but be sure to ask about the Terrine or Tartine du Jour and other specials before making a final decision.

Chef Sleepy Johnson began serving a creative rustic French menu adapted to the seasons and locally sourced ingredients when he took the helm at Tart a few years ago (He’s even open a second location downtown with Tart Express with expanded daily offerings of fresh breads).


I’m also thrilled to dine at Cafe 1912 for a great cause. Cafe 1912 will donate 25% of all food and non-alcohol menu items purchased between 5:30 to 9:30 PM to Friends for Life on April 27.

Francophiles Glenn and Martha Hayes brought inspired French cuisine to Memphis at La Tourelle in Overton Square beginning in 1977.  Some of the best chefs in Memphis started at La Tourelle, so the Hayes’ impact on the Memphis restaurant scene runs deep. Glenn and Martha closed La Tourelle in 2007 and refocused their energy on Cafe 1912 (named after the building’s year of construction) which serves a French bistro menu. Current favorites include:

  • Onion soup gratinee
  • Crispy chicken breast stuffed with ham and provolone, mashed potatoes, creamy sauce of diced carrots, onions, and celery
  • Braised lamb shank, potato gratin, port wine and apricot sauce, and crushed walnuts
  • Pan-seared grouper, roasted pepper and asparagus risotto, and sun-dried tomato beurre blanc
  • Bleu cheese burger with roasted garlic aioli and perfect pommes frites.

Ask about daily specials too. I love Glenn’s pâté whenever it appears on the specials menu. Call 901-722-2700 to reserve your table today.

On April 27 I invite you to declare “Vive la France” and dine with me and fellow supporters of Friends for Life at both restaurants. All proceeds benefit clients of Friends for Life living with HIV. And remember their generous support for Dining Out for Life by visiting them the next time you crave French cuisine.

Tart Cafe
820 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
8 AM – 2 PM on April 27

Cafe 1912
243 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
5:30 – 9:30 PM on April 27

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