Case Study

Restaurant Iris

Location: Memphis, Tennessee


Restaurant Iris, a French-Creole restaurant located in midtown Memphis, Tennessee, is the first restaurant of award winning Chef Kelly English. Opening in 2008, Restaurant Iris has been voted Memphis’ “Best Restaurant,” “Best Chef” and “Best Service” four years in a row by Memphis magazine readers. In 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009, Memphis Flyer readers voted English and Restaurant Iris “Best Restaurant” and “Best Chef.” Restaurant Iris was named “Editors Choice: Best Restaurant” by At Home Tennessee, “Best Bet Outside of Louisiana” by Louisiana Life magazine, and “Hot New Restaurant” by Delta magazine. Among Chef English’s many professional accolades are his recipes that have been featured in Food & Wine magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Bon Appétit and the cookbook Wild Abundance.


Chef Kelly wanted to fuse his love for the flavors and influence of New Orleans with his rich culinary background when he created Restaurant Iris. Focusing on creating a uniquely memorable dining experience for each guest, Chef Kelly specializes in a cuisine that features the highest quality local and seasonal ingredients. In April, 2010 Chef Kelly partnered with to overcome the challenges of procuring consistent high quality product in his local market while chasing his desire to feature exotic menu options not readily available. The team at got to work.


Engaging’s “dock to restaurant door” overnight service, Chef Kelly has been able to continue his pledge to use the highest quality product available.


Restaurant Iris has continued to earn numerous awards and recognition in the industry. Congratulations to Chef Kelly on his success with Restaurant Iris. is pleased to partner with and share success with such a great restaurant.

Best of luck on your next venture, “The Second Line,” scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013.

At restaurant iris, or any of our restaurants, we pride ourselves on a commitment to excellent food and service. That begins with the highest quality products we can find. has proved to be not only a purveyor, but an integral resource to my business. The quality of their products, knowledge of them, and care for them is unsurpassed. I know when I get an order in from them exactly what to expect, and I am excited every time I open the box.

Chef Kelly English