IN DEPTH INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES
Chef Mike enjoys a good charcuterie board and is excited to serve as one of the vendors at this year’s Butcher Board Fest! “The festival is in our neighborhood in South Main and it’s a new festival!” He hopes it brings more people into the downtown area to see all the new and awesome things going on downtown.
When creating his own board, he likes to try a new cheese every time paired with a few of his favorites. Then, he suggests adding something spicy like a mustard and something sweet like local raw honey. One of his favorite to add to a meat and cheese spread is his chow chow, which will be featured at the festival.
Although he is not a native, Chef Mike has become a Memphis advocate with a big heart for those in and out of the industry. His actions make it clear that he cares about the city, his staff and what you eat. He shops locally when possible and uses his restaurant as an art gallery for up to 4 local artists at a time to display their work. He also spends much of his time giving back to the LGBTQ community, countless charities and even held a fundraiser at his restaurant.
Chef Mike is a man who unconsciously does more than he knows and for that, we are grateful to have him at the city and at the inaugural Butcher Board Festival.
Check out Rizzo’s Diner full menu here and be sure to one of your next meal with Chef Mike and the team. The Butcher Board Team suggests trying the Memphis Bandera, a delicious dish with deep fried pork belly, steak tips, andouille sausage, original Grit Girl Grits, avocado and sunny side egg. (Oh, and this goes dangerously well with their Bloody Mary too.)
Submitted by: Alex R. of Not a Food Cop
Pictures by Norocco, Alex Reed, Erin Ortastic, I Love Memphis Blog and Rizzo's Diner
492 S Main
Memphis, TN 38103
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Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm