Memphis Fashion Week is always a cool experience for me, but this year they decided to do something special with a group of Mid-South Influencers and hosted us for sweet brunch at Restaurant Iris, a French-Creole concept restaurant in Midtown by Chef Kelly English.
Done in conjunction with Memphis Travel (they helped to bring a few of the out of town influencers here), we were treated to a cute mimosa cocktail station, a light brunch (I chose avocado toast with fresh greens) and coffee crème brûlée and beignets.
If avocado toast is on the menu, I will always choose it, lol. It was made with radishes and herbs on grilled country bread, so a more traditional version but tasty nonetheless.
The coffee flavor gave the crème brûlée a richer flavor; it was sweet and creamy, and the warm, fluffy beignets helped balance it out.
This was my first time visiting Restaurant Iris (I know, I’m terribly behind), and I loved the quaint neighborhood setting (it’s right off of Cooper Street in Overton Square). It has a really intimate feel to it, which was great for our group. Instead of everyone picking their own seat (and easily only sitting with their friends), we had mixed assigned seating, and that allowed for much more diverse conversation.
While some of us talked shop about blogging (pitching brands, blog conference experiences, and the changes with LTKI on IG were hot topics), deeper conversations about family and raising kids were had as well. Many bloggers are a little socially awkward when you first meet them, but events like this allow them to open up and make connections with people beyond a surface level.
I enjoyed my afternoon with my fellow bloggers; I typically only see a handful of them when we’re shooting/working, so this was a fun break from the norm. As for Restaurant Iris, I plan to go back soon to really experience the menu as I’ve only ever heard great things!
2146 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee, 38104