About the Chef
It’s a familiar story around these parts: a love affair with food, born in Grandma’s kitchen. But Felicia Suzanne Willett knew early on that her Sunday afternoons spent frying chicken, baking pies, and learning her way around her grandmother’s kitchen would lead to something more. Felicia made her first foray into culinary enterprise at age 12, when her homemade cheesecakes became famous in her hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas. After a few years spent experimenting with flavors and creating recipes, Felicia’s curiosity took her to Charleston, South Carolina for formal training at Johnson and Wales University. Her next stop was New Orleans, where she spent eight years as renowned celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s assistant. After co-authoring cookbooks, producing Good Morning America segments, and gaining invaluable experience for eight years, she was ready to complete the journey she began as a little girl in Arkansas.
Nearly 15 years since her namesake restaurant opened its doors, Felicia is still finding new ways to branch out. Her line of pickles and preserves, Flo’s Homemade Goodness, is available online and in retail stores across the Mid-South. In 2015, the Memphis Business Journal named her “Executive of the Year.” She hosts a cooking series on The Southern Weekend. And she’s not done yet.
About the Restaurant
Standing at the corner of Main and Monroe in Downtown Memphis, Brinkley Plaza is filled with Memphis history. Built in 1924, this historic site has been home to iconic Memphis institutions, the Peabody Hotel and Lowenstein’s department store. Since 2002, it’s been home to Felicia Suzanne’s Restaurant and her distinctly Southern mélange of class and sass. Inspirations from all over the South pepper the menu. There are down-home staples from Felicia’s Arkansas childhood, seafood in both the Gulf Coast and Charleston low-country traditions, and (of course) Memphis’ soulful BBQ style. Felicia believes strongly in the farm to fork concept thus fresh, seasonal ingredients from regional farmers are showcased in every dish. That is why most Saturdays you’ll find Felicia shopping at the Memphis Farmer’s Market. If you see her, say hello and ask her for a sample of her famous pepper jelly.
Giving back is important to Felicia, and she is especially passionate about advocating for children in need. Since 2004, she has worked with Make-a-Wish to help fulfill its mission of granting wishes to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Not only has Felicia personally sponsored wish children, she hosts an annual benefit, Dishes for Wishes, at the restaurant. Dishes for Wishes showcases and celebrates Downtown Memphis’ finest chefs, featuring a one-of-a-kind live auction and a special cupcake factory run by wish kids. 100% of proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South.
80 Monroe Ave L1, Memphis TN 38103
We are located in downtown Memphis on South Main, between Monroe Avenue and Madison Avenue. The restaurant looks out onto the iconic Memphis Trolley Line.
Felicia Suzanne's: 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite L-1 Memphis, TN 38103 Phone: (901) 523-0877 Fax: (901) 523-0874