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Onderhoud: Auburn, sjef David Bancroft in Alabama

Onderhoud: Auburn, sjef David Bancroft in Alabama


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Tydens die Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in Atlanta het sjef David Bancroft ons regtig beïndruk by die proeftent van die Southern Grown met sy gereg Buckwheat Noodle “Take-Out” saam met Nduja Vinaigrette & the Acre Garden. Daarna het sjef Bancroft 'n bietjie van sy agtergrond gedeel en ons vertel van sy nuwe restaurant Acre.

Wat is jou agtergrond? Hoe lank werk jy al met kos?
Ek is gebore in Mobile, Alabama, maar het grootgeword in San Antonio, Texas. Ek was mal oor die kuns van stadig-rolende Texas-vleisbraai. Op hoërskool sou ek borsies op die roker gooi en na 'n vroeë dubbele kop bofbalwedstryd gaan. Na die eerste wedstryd sal ek terugkeer huis toe om die vuur aan te vul, en dan terug te keer vir die tweede wedstryd. Na die tweede wedstryd het ek en ek teruggegaan huis toe om 'n bors te sny terwyl my ouer broers vir ons 'n Lone Star Light geskenk het.

Ek het in 2001 by Auburn University ingeskryf om besigheidsbemarking te studeer. Ek is in my broederskap as kombuisbestuurder verkies, want al wat ek ooit gedoen het, was kook. Ek was versot op die oorspronklike Ysterkok en begin eksperimenteer met meer uitgebreide resepte. In my ouer jaar het ek my ouers gevra of ek by die Culinary Institute of America kan inskryf in plaas van na die nagraadse skool te gaan. Hulle het my aangemoedig om eers by 'n plaaslike restaurant aansoek te doen. Na my eerste jaar in die bedryf is ek die pos van die uitvoerende sjef aangebied. Ek het ses en 'n half jaar by die restaurant gebly en dit oorgeskakel na 'n plaas-tot-tafel-konsep nadat ek 'n tuin van een hektaar agter die gebou geplant het. Daarna, in September 2011, het ek begin om Acre op 'n volle akker grond oop te maak. Ons het die eiendom gedurende die herfs van 2012 gekoop en begin bou in Januarie 2013. Ons het amptelik op 22 Augustus 2013 geopen.

Wat is die konsep van Acre en die tuine rondom die restaurant?
Ek het my restaurant op 'n presiese akker grond in die middestad van Auburn gebou, waar ons volhoubaar probeer werk. Ons het 'n volwaardige groentetuin en vrugtebome wat die hele stuk grond as ons eetbare landskap omring. Tans verbou ons broccoli, Brusselse spruite, rooikool, groenbessies, beet, radyse, romaine, kruie, olywe, bessies, bloubessies, perskes, pruime, appels, pere, vye, persimmons, granate, Meyer -suurlemoene, mandaryn -lemoene, koejawel , en lourier. Die voedsel wat ek nie in groot hoeveelhede kan kry nie, kry ek van plaaslike produsente. Ek het nie 'n spesiale styl of voedselfilosofie nie - behalwe suidelike gasvryheid - ek weet net waar my kos vandaan kom.

Wil u u inspirasie deel vir die proe-tentgereg wat u tydens die fees aangebied het: Buckwheat Noodle “Take-Out” met Nduja Vinaigrette & the Acre Garden?
Ek geniet die konsep van straatkos baie. Na my eerste reis na die Atlanta Food & Wine Festival twee jaar gelede, het ek besluit dat ek straatkos na die fees wou sluip. Verlede jaar het ek 'Redneck Tamales' bedien, met tuisgemaakte kolwerblare gevul met mieliebrood met patats en merguez en met 'n warm sous van die beet. Hierdie jaar lyk dit asof almal mal is oor noedels. My doelwit vir AFWF-2014 was om ons charcuterie-program aan te bied. Dit was 'n bietjie ingewikkeld om die verband tussen charcuterie en Chinese afhaal te vind. Deur nduja in 'salami vinaigrette' te verander en soba as 'n voertuig te gebruik, kon ek ander eenvoudige bestanddele kombineer om skoon trooskos voor te sit.


Roadtrip -restaurantresensies: Auburn, Alabama

Dit is my derde inskrywing in 'n reeks wat ek 'Roadtrip Restaurant Reviews' noem. My eerste twee was onderskeidelik in Savannah, GA en New York. Vir my derde reis het ek na 'n stad gegaan wat meer bekend was vir sy universiteitsvoetbalprogram as om 'n eetplek te wees. Die gekombineerde stede Auburn en Opelika, AL, groei egter stadig in die verskeidenheid en reputasie van restaurante.

Auburn en Opelika (uitgespreek: o-puh-LI-ka), AL, is reg van die Interstate 85 in die ooste van Alabama geleë. Alhoewel dit twee afsonderlike stede is, sit hulle reg langs mekaar, sodat u nie kan weet waar die een stad eindig en die ander begin nie. Nabygeleë groot metrogebiede sluit in Atlanta, GA ongeveer 2 uur noord, Columbus en Fort Benning, GA ongeveer 30 minute oos, Montgomery, AL ongeveer 'n uur wes, en Birmingham, AL ongeveer 2 uur noordwes.

Auburn/Opelika is die belangrikste suidelike Smalltown, VSA (gesamentlike bevolking ongeveer 93,000). Albei het bekoorlike woonbuurte en is die lewende verpersoonliking van Southern Hospitality. Die gebied is veral bekend as die tuiste van die Auburn University, twee keer (of 8 keer, afhangende van wie u vra) NCAA D-1 voetbalkampioene. Enkele opvallende alumni sluit in die dubbelsport -superster, Bo Jackson, Carolina Panthers, quarterback Cam Newton, Apple se uitvoerende hoof, Tim Cook, en die topverkoper -raaiselskrywer Ace Atkins.

Ek het die grootste deel van die 9 jaar in Opelika gewoon, van 2005 tot 2014. Ek het my tyd daar geniet en gekyk hoe die gebied groei in bevolking, handel, nywerheid en diversiteit. Ons was die naweek in die stad om die Auburn -wedstryd teen Liberty University te kyk, en terwyl ons daar was, het ons 'n paar van my ou gunsteling restaurante raakgeslaan, en 'n nuwe gunsteling wat ek hoop 'n teken is van die komende dae in die Auburn/Opelika restaurant toneel.

Ek en my vrou het die meeste Saterdae, veral die Auburn -tuiswedstryde wat ons bygewoon het, 'n tradisie gehad: ontbyt by Chappy's Deli voor die wedstryd. Dit was wonderlik om hierdie tradisie saam met die kinders en kleinkinders weer te besoek tydens die naweek se tuiswedstryd. Chappy's is 'n plaaslike gunsteling met plekke in Montgomery, Prattville en Auburn, AL. Hul leuse is "New York Flavor, Southern Hospitality." Chappy's bedien 'n paar toebroodjies wat deur New York geïnspireer is, insluitend Ruebens en Pastramis en Switserse sowel as tradisionele gunstelinge soos klubs en French Dips. Die meeste van my besoeke aan Chappy's was vir ontbyt. Hulle bedien 'n volledige ontbyt -spyskaart met verskillende omelette, pannekoek, wafels, ens. Vir hierdie besoek het ek saam met my gewone: The Conecuh Omelet. Conecuh -wors word plaaslik in Evergreen, AL gemaak en oral in die VSA gestuur. Hul Hickory Smoked Wors is my gunsteling, 'n perfekte mengsel van speserye met net 'n bietjie voorhitte. Dit oorweldig nie en laat jou delf vir meer. Die Conecuh-omelet is 'n omelet met drie eiers gevul met bogenoemde wors, gerasperde kaas en geroosterde hashbrowns. Die wors was perfek gaar met 'n lekker happie by elke happie en die hitte meng goed met die hashbrowns en kaas. Dit is 'n stewige ontbyt en bly 'n volle dag Auburn Football by u.

Chappy ’s Deli – Conecuh Omelette

Nadat ons die Liberty University van Auburn 53 - 0 gekyk het, was almal lus vir pizza, en ons is na die Brick Oven Pizza Company in die grootste winkelsentrum in Oos -Alabama: Tiger Town Shopping Center. Brick Oven is een van die beste pizza -plekke in die Auburn/Opelika -omgewing. Die meeste pizza -plekke is kettings, dus dit is fantasties om 'n plaaslike opsie met 'n baksteenoond te hê. Ons het 'n knoffel Parmesaan -broodvoorgereg bestel, genaamd "Dadgum Bread." Dit is 'n dik ronde brood. Dit is dig, taai en smaaklik. Dit is 'n interessante kinkel op die tradisionele knoffelbroodvoorgereg. Vir die pizza bestel ons 'n eenvoudige kaaspizza en die Brick Oven Classic 'n kaaspizza bedek met pepperoni, wors, spek, sampioene, groenrissies, uie, tamaties en swart olywe. Die baksteen -oond gee die kors 'n lekker aartappel met die effens gebrande bodem wat 'n ligte bitter smaak gee om die rykdom van die kaas en toppe te vergoed. Die deeg wat gebruik word om die Dadgum -brood te maak, word ook gebruik om die pizza -kors te maak, en dit het dieselfde taai tekstuur. Die kaaspizza was wonderlik, maar die Brick Oven Classic is 'n uitstekende pizza.

Brick Oven Pizza – Cheese Pizza en 'n kleinkind

Ek het hierdie restaurant vir die laaste gered, al was dit een van die eerste plekke waarheen ons gegaan het. Bow and Arrow BBQ het pas op 5 November 2018 oopgemaak en bedien BBQ -styl in Texas -styl. Dit is ook die nuutste onderneming deur die gevierde plaaslike sjef, David Bancroft en sy opkomende uitvoerende sjef, Caleb Fischer. Chef Bancroft se eerste Auburn-restaurant, Acre, het in 2013 geopen en die lekker eetplekke in Oos-Alabama herdefinieer, en het baie bestanddele verkry uit 'n tuin op die perseel, sowel as plaaslike boorde en plase. Bancroft is gebore in San Antonio, TX, maar het baie jare in Alabama deurgebring en aan die Auburn -universiteit gegradueer. Hy is ook 'n 3-jarige halfeindronde (2016, 2017 en 2018) vir die James Beard-toekenning vir "Best Chef: South." Hy verskyn in die Iron Chef Showdown van Food Network in 2017 en verslaan Iron Chef Jose Garces. Een van die sous -sjefs in sy wenspan was Caleb Fischer, wat self in die lente van 2018 op die "Spring Baking Championship" van Food Network verskyn het.

Nadat ek by Acre geëet het toe hulle die eerste keer oopgemaak het, was ek baie opgewonde om Bow and Arrow te probeer. Dit is 'n ander konsep as Acre. Terwyl Acre lekkerder is, is Bow and Arrow 'n vinnige, gemaklike konsep met pryse en sitplekke in gesinsstyl. As u daar instap, voel u asof u in 'n jaglokaal gestap het met die talle takbokke wat teen die mure, natuurlike hout -aksente en tafels, balke blootgestel is, en selfs 'n jag -tema -videospeletjie in die hoek. Dit is 'n pragtige ruimte.

Boog en pyltjie

Bancroft beskryf Bow and Arrow as "South Texas BBQ meets Alabama Pot Luck." Brisket is sterk op die spyskaart, saam met braai -krammetjies soos varkvleis, hoender, wors en kalkoen. As u tot by die bestellyn kom, word u ontmoet met wat ek slegs kan beskryf as 'n vleissnit. Dit is 'n drie-roker wat draai sodat die pitmaster die vleis kan kry wat u wil hê. Die reuke wat voortspruit uit die wonderlike uitrusting, vul die kamer en waai deur die ruimte. Almal wat instap, ruik onmiddellik na rook en vleis, gesprekke stop, koppe kantel effens opwaarts en neusgate flikker sodat die reuk senuwees soveel as moontlik van die reuk kan inneem. Dit is 'n wonderlike eerste indruk.

Bestel word a la cart gedoen. Ek het besluit om groot te gaan. Ek het 'n maer en klam bors bestel, varkskouer, St. Louis -ribbes, vier kante, 'n nagereg en 'n patrys in 'n peerboom. Ek wou die gerookte halwe hoender bestel, maar dit word slegs op Saterdae en Sondae bedien. Hulle het ook die wors opraak en 'n afleweringsongeluk met die kalkoen gehad, anders sou ek dit ook bestel het. Vir die kante bestel ons aartappelslaai, mac & amp kaas, Potlikker Greens en die Tater Tot Casserole. Vir nagereg het ons 'n paar van Memaw se Éclair bestel. Ons bestelling het tuisgemaakte tortilla's en 'n verskeidenheid braai -toebehore soos tuisgemaakte brood en botterpiekels, ertjie -chow -chow, gemarineerde uie, verskillende salsa's, ens. BBQ vleis. Vir die souse bied hulle 'n mosterdsous in Carolina -styl, 'n rooi sous in Texas -styl en 'n wit BBQ -sous in Alabama -styl, weer tuisgemaak. Niks in Bow and Arrow is vooraf gemaak of in 'n mengsel nie. Alles word van nuuts af gemaak, in die huis.

Buig & amp Arrow – Platter

Die borsstuk is fantasties. Selfs die maer bors was nog klam. Die vogtige (vetterige) borskas was my gunsteling van die twee, met vetgrootte stukkies vet wat deur die borskas loop om dit klam te hou. Dit smelt in my mond en proe fantasties. Ek is gewoonlik 'n "take-it-leave-it" -man met borskas, sonder sterk menings, maar die vetterige borskas was briljant.

Die gevulde varkvleis was ook lekker, maar in kombinasie met die Texas Red Sauce en toegedraai in een van die varsgemaakte tortilla's, was dit regtig 'n wonderlike ding. Die tortillas was warm en sag, maar belangriker nog, struktureel gesond, die stapel vleis wat daarop geplaas is, kon hanteer vir maksimum varkvleis in my gesig. Die vark self was sag en pragtig gerook.

Maar die ware hoogtepunt van my slagterpapier met metaalbak was die varkribbetjies in St. Louis -styl. Hulle het 'n pragtige bas en net soos die bors, 'n pragtige pienk rookring oral rond. Die vleis het bietjie kou, maar was nog steeds sag en het heerlik uit die been getrek. Ek het in die ribbes gebyt en die sap het na my mening 'n teken van 'n wonderlike ribbes gehardloop. Ses ribbes het 'n halfrek bestel, en voordat ek dit besef het, was daar vier skoon ribbes op my skinkbord voordat my vrou nog 'n kans kon kry. Hierdie ribbes was rokerig, 'n bietjie soet, 'n bietjie hitte en baie smaak. Voorwaar van die beste ribbetjies wat ek geniet het. Dit het my brein heeltemal heroorweeg oor hoe ek dink ribbes moet wees.

Vir die kante was die hoogtepunte die mac & amp kaas en aartappelslaai. Die mac & amp -kaas het my regtig herinner aan 'n paar van die macs en amp -kaas wat na baie kerkbyeenkomste gekom het. Die kaas was glad en romerig en die noedels was perfek gaar. Die aartappelslaai was 'n suidelike styl, mosterdgebaseerde aartappelslaai. Dit het lekker groot stukke al dente -aartappels en 'n ligte wyngeur van die mosterdbasis. Die Potlikker Greens was goed, maar ek is oor die algemeen nie 'n groot fan van setperke nie. My vrou het daarvan gehou, maar het gedink dat sommige stukke te veel stingel aangeheg het en hulle te taai gemaak het. Die enigste ware teleurstelling by die item was die tater tot -oondbak. Ek het uitgesien na hierdie een, want ek is mal oor tater tots, maar ek het die braaipan 'n bietjie droog gevind en wou graag 'n bietjie gesmelte kaas of 'n soort romerige sous hê. Nie 'n ooreenkoms nie, maar het meer verwag. Die tuisgemaakte brood en botterpiekels was die ster van die komplimentêre speserystaaf. Hulle was perfek knapperig en het die regte hoeveelheid suur om die moegheid van die mond te beveg weens al die rokerige goedheid. Eet 'n paar ribbes, eet dan 'n paar brood en botterskyfies om 'n tweede wind vir die res van die maaltyd te kry.

Baksteen Oond Pizza – Dadgum Brood

Ek het wel 'n bietjie ruimte gespaar vir nagereg en dit het nie teleurgestel nie. Memaw's Éclair is regtig 'n taartweergawe van die gewilde hand -nagereg. Onderaan is 'n graham cracker -kors, dan 'n laag sjokoladeganache, dan bedek met éclair -room en nog meer graham -crackers. Die graham -beskuitjies het die sjokoladeganache ingedrink en 'n bietjie tekstuur vir 'n baie gladde nagereg gebied. Dit was 'n wonderlike einde van ons ete.

Oor die algemeen word ek aangemoedig met die uitstekende restaurante wat in die Auburn/Opelika -omgewing begin verskyn. Kettings het jare lank die eetplekke beheer, maar al hoe meer restaurante in plaaslik besit begin hul merk maak. Nie net die plekke wat ek hierbo nagegaan het nie, maar ook wonderlike plekke wat ek gedurende my jare daar besoek het, soos Ma Fia's Ristorante in die herleefde historiese Opelika -omgewing, met 'n uitstekende Italiaanse kos.

Daar is ook Irish Bred Pub in dieselfde Opelika -omgewing, wat wonderlike dinge doen met die eenvoudige Beef Stew.

En Warehouse Bistro, 'n gewilde Opelika -eetrestaurant wat in 2017 'n groot brand opgedoen het, maar in November 2018 teruggekeer en heropen het onder die nuwe uitvoerende sjef en eienaar Paul Diaz.

Baksteen Oond Pizza – Binne

Of MK's Asian Kitchen, 'n plek wat ek so gereeld besoek het toe ek in Opelika gewoon het, dat die eienaar, selfs nadat ek na Jacksonville verhuis het, na vier jaar nie daarheen gegaan het nie, my naam onthou en my gewone bestelling geken het toe ons die naweek daarheen gegaan het.

Of Amsterdam Café in Auburn waar sjef Bancroft jare lank uitvoerende sjef was voordat hy op sy eie saam met Acre sou uitgaan.

En ek is mal oor 'n goeie suksesverhaal oor voedselvragmotors, so ek moet noem Butcher Paper BBQ in Opelika, wat deur Mark Coxwell besit en bedryf word. Wat as 'n nederige koswa begin het, is nou 'n florerende baksteen-en-mortier-restaurant en spysenieringsonderneming wat 'n heerlike braaivleis in die stad gooi.

As u dus op I-85 noord of suid beweeg, moet u nie te vinnig deur die Auburn/Opelika-gebied ry nie. Kom langs en neem die oulike sentrum van die Opelika -omgewing in, of gaan na die legendariese Toomer's Corner in Auburn. Probeer 'n paar van hierdie restaurante terwyl u daar is, en 'kom almal nou terug, hoor jy?'


Hoe u slagoffers van die tornado's in Alabama kan help

Op 3 Maart het 'n reeks verwoestende tornado's deur die suidooste van Alabama geskeur. Minstens drie en twintig mense is dood en nog tientalle beseer in wat amptenare die dodelikste Amerikaanse tornado-uitbraak in ses jaar noem. Veral swaar getref deur die storms-wat ook dele van Georgië en Noord-Florida geraak het-was Lee County, Alabama, waar al drie en twintig van die aangemelde sterftes plaasgevind het, en veral die gemeenskap van Beauregard. Ons het 'n lys opgestel van hulpverlening op die grond, maniere om van ver af te help en hulpbronne vir diegene in die omgewing.

Alabama Governor's Relief Fund

Die goewerneur se kantoor van vrywilligersdienste hou toesig oor die noodhulpfonds van die goewerneur en aanvaar nou skenkings vir direkte tornado -hulpverlening.

Die in Louisiana gebaseerde soek-en-reddingspan het lede Maandag na Alabama gestuur om te help met hulpverleningspogings en te soek na diegene wat vermis bly. Besoek die groep se Facebook -blad om te skenk.

Gemeenskapsstigting van Oos -Alabama

Die Community Foundation van Oos-Alabama het 'n langtermynherstelfonds gestig. Besoek die webwerf of skenk direk met PayPal.

Die niewinsorganisasie stuur voorrade en spanlede na Lee County om te help met hulpverlening. Skenk hier aan die organisasie.

Die ramphulporganisasie het sy span professionele sjefs na Lee County ontplooi om vrywilligers, eerste reageerders en tornado -slagoffers te voed. Twee etes per dag word by Lazenby Farms in Auburn bedien. Donasies kan ook op die webwerf gemaak word.

Rooi Kruis van Oos -Alabama

Die Rooi Kruis bied verskeie dienste aan slagoffers, insluitend skuiling by die Opelika's Providence Baptist Church en help om nog steeds onverklaarbare geliefdes op te spoor. Donasies kan hier gemaak word.

Die Heilsleër het 'n volledige voorvalspan in die omgewing wat help met die herstel. Die Lee County Service Center van die organisasie voorsien ook maaltye aan eerste responders by ses mobiele voedingseenhede. Dra by tot die moeite deur aanlyn te skenk.

Samaritan's Purse U.S. Disaster Response

Samaritan's Purse het 'n span op die grond om te help met verskillende hulpverleningspogings. Skenkings vir die voortgesette werk van die organisasie kan op sy webwerf gemaak word.

United Way of Central Alabama

Die plaaslike hoofstuk van die nasionale uitreikorganisasie het 'n rampgebiedfonds van Lee County gestig - vind maniere om aanlyn te skenk.

Akker- en boog- en pylrestaurante

Die restaurante van sjef David Bancroft, albei in Auburn, samel geld in om aan te hou kook en maaltye in te pak vir eerste responders en diegene wat deur die verwoesting geraak word. Besoek óf die restaurant om deel te neem, of gaan na hul Facebook -bladsye vir meer inligting: Acre | Boog en pyltjie

Die gasvryheidsdiens het sy Open Homes -program vir slagoffers en eerste respondente geloods - vrywillig u verblyf aanlyn.

Die uitreiksentrum, ondersteun deur Church of the Highlands, het sy deure vir slagoffers en vrywilligers oopgemaak en versamel donasies van gebottelde water, granola bars, doeke, baba formule, babadoeke en higiëneprodukte.

Studente en personeel van die Auburn High School aanvaar skenkings op die kampus. Hou opdaterings en inligting op hoogte van Auburn County Schools op Twitter.

Kerk van die Hoogland

Die grootste kerk in Alabama mobiliseer vrywilligers in die gebiede Auburn, Opelika en Columbus. Om meer te wete te kom, versoek die kerk dat vrywilligers die woord "antwoord" na 74000 stuur vir opdaterings en diensgeleenthede.

Die gebraaide hoenderrestaurant van Smiths Station bied gratis etes aan alle eerste respondente.

Die plaas by Rocky Top

Die Opelika -plaas en geleenthede bied tydelike behuising aan gesinne wie se huise deur die storms vernietig is.

Die Opelika -winkel aanvaar meubelskenkings om gesinne te help wat hul huise en/of besittings verloor het. Werknemers is beskikbaar om items af te haal indien nodig.

Lee County Association of Realtors

Die LCAR is op soek na onderdele, hotelle of woonstelkompleks of ander behuising vir eerste respondente wat in die omgewing werk. Kontak Karen Turner, president van die organisasie, om 'n plek aan te bied.

Opelika Dierehospitaal

Die dierehospitaal het aangekondig dat hy gratis diens aan ontheemde diere bied. Dit neem ook skenkings.

Southern Souls Animal League

Die Eufaula -dierekliniek en -skuiling, wat deur die storm beskadig is, benodig dringend huise vir sy diere. Vind meer inligting op hul Facebook -bladsy of skenk aan die saak via GoFundMe.

U-Haul van Sentraal-Alabama en Suid-Georgia

Die plaaslike takke van die onderneming bied tydelike gratis selfopberging en U-Box-houergebruik aan tornado-slagoffers. Kom meer te wete op die U-Haul-webwerf.

Die pleegsorg en aannemingsbediening van die dorp

In Smiths Station versamel The Village items om na die betrokke gebiede te vervoer. Geskenke wat versoek word, sluit klere, komberse, versnaperinge, baba -benodigdhede en toiletware in. Die organisasie benodig ook vrywilligers om donasies te help organiseer en te versprei.

Raadpleeg vir meer inligting oor 'n liefdadigheidsorganisasie voordat u skenk Liefdadigheidsnavigator .


Toerisme Dinsdae 23 Februarie 2016

Die skrywer van die Amerikaanse klassieke “To Kill a Mockingbird ” is Saterdag ter ruste gelê tydens 'n privaat seremonie wat slegs die naaste van vriende en familie bygewoon het, 'n weerspieëling van hoe sy geleef het.


Harper Lee, wat Vrydag op 89-jarige ouderdom oorlede is, is in 'n kerk in die klein stad Monroeville in Alabama, wat die skrywer gebruik het as model vir die denkbeeldige stad Maycomb, die toonsetting van haar Pulitzer-bekroonde roman gebruik.

'N Paar dosyne mense wat uit die intieme kring van Lee ’ bestaan ​​het, het by die First United Methodist Church byeengekom om 'n lofprysing Saterdag te hoor deur haar jarelange vriend en geskiedenisprofessor, Wayne Flynt. Daarna is haar kis deur 'n silwer lykswa na 'n aangrensende begraafplaas geneem waar haar pa, AC Lee, en suster, Alice Lee, begrawe is.

Flynt, 'n jarelange vriend van Lee, het gesê hy lewer 'n lofrede wat Lee jare gelede spesifiek versoek het. Geregtig, “Atticus in onsself, ” is die lofrede deur Flint geskryf vir 'n toespraak wat hy in 2006 gehou het as 'n huldeblyk aan Lee toe sy die Birmingham Pledge Foundation -toekenning vir rasse -geregtigheid wen.

Flynt het gesê Lee hou so baie van die toespraak dat sy wou hê dat hy dit as 'n lofrede sou gee.

Ek wil hê jy moet presies dit sê, en Flynt het Lee destyds aangehaal. “ Nie een ding meer nie, en nie een ding minder nie. ”

As ek een graad sou afwyk, sou ek hierdie wonderlike stem uit die hemel hoor, en dit sou nie God wees nie, het Flynt in 'n vorige onderhoud gesê.

Besonderhede oor die diens is streng bewaak. Volgens familielede wou Lee 'n vinnige en stil begrafnis hê sonder om te pronk.

Ons het gehoor gegee aan haar wense, en Jackie Stovall, Lee se tweede neef, het gesê.

Die stad was redelik somber 'n dag na die dood van hul geboortedogter.

Ann Mote, eienaar van die Ol ’ Curiosities & amp Book Shoppe in Monroeville, het gesê dat sy gedink het dat die stad altyd met Lee verbind sal word.

Jared Anton, van Hollywood, Florida, het buite die ou hofgebou in Monroeville gesit tydens 'n deel van sy beplande vakansie deur die Suide wat saamgeval het met Lee se dood.

Anton het gesê dat die lees van die boek-waarin advokaat Atticus Finch 'n verkeerdelik beskuldigde Afro-Amerikaanse man verdedig-een van die redes was waarom hy besluit het om advokaat te word.

Dit het 'n impak op my gehad toe ek jonger was. Ek wou die regte ding doen, teenoor mense opstaan, die onskuldige verdedig, as jy wil, ” het Anton gesê. Dit is die grootste Amerikaanse roman. Noem een ​​wat werklik 'n groter impak op Amerikaners gehad het as die boek. ”

Spogvoëls tjirp en baljaar tussen bloeiende kameliabosse buite die hof op die warm Alabama -oggend wat die vroeë lente aankom.

Die hof was waar Lee as kind, net soos haar skepping Scout Finch, van die balkon af sou afklim terwyl haar pa sy sake in die hofsaal verhoor. Die suidelike stad was die tuiste van die kindervriende Truman Capote en Lee, wat sy bynaam gegee het as die letterkundige hoofstad van die Suide.

Sy is 'n deel daarvan en sal altyd wees, het Mote gesê.

Hulde aan die roman van Lee ’ spreek die stad. Die hof is 'n museum wat hul skepping hulde bring. Daar is die Mockingbird Inn aan die rand van die stad en 'n standbeeld van kinders wat lees “Mockingbird ” op die hofplein.

Kaartjies word binne 'n week verkoop vir die stad se jaarlikse “To Kill A Mockingbird ”, het Mote gesê. 'N Swart rouboog het bo -op die bord by die boekwinkel aangetrek, waar 'n stapel harde kopieë van “Mockingbird ” saam met 'n DVD van die film op die toonbank gesit het.

Die stad het hierdie somer 'n viering gevier vir die vrystelling van “Go Set a Watchman ” - Lee se eerste ontwerp van die verhaal wat sou word “Mockingbird ” - al het baie inwoners ambivalente gevoelens oor die vrylating daarvan.

Lee was die afgelope jare grootliks ongesiens in haar tuisdorp, aangesien sy eers privaatheid gesoek het en toe afgesonder was in 'n woonstel met 'n woonstel. Veiligheidswagte sou die onvermydelike mengsel van verslaggewers, nuuskierige kykers en ou kennisse wat nie op haar lys van goedgekeurde besoekers was nie, wegskram.

U sou haar in die omgewing sien, maar ons sou nog steeds voldoen aan haar wense om 'n baie privaat persoon te wees. Die impak van nou af, ek dink dat ons die volgende paar weke 'n toestroming van mense hier sal hê wat net rondkyk, en op 'n stadium - soos wanneer iemand sterf - keer dit weer terug na normaal, &# 8221 sê Tim McKenzie, voorsitter van die museum se raad van direkteure, wat ook in die toneelstuk optree.

McKenzie het gesê die beste manier waarop aanhangers die geheue van die skrywer kan eer, is deur die waardes in “Mockingbird ” toe te pas op die manier waarop hulle ander behandel.

Daardie storie - ek is bly dat dit nou byna al die skole is, want dit is 'n storie wat almal moet hoor, en hy het gesê.

As u voldoen aan die waardes wat sy in daardie boek gestel het - as almal dit gedoen het - sou ons in 'n baie beter wêreld geleef het. ”

Wat 'n paar van die Suid -Afrikaanse voedselskrywers oor Birmingham by Food Media South oor Birmingham gesê het

Deur Bob Carlton, AL.com, 22 Februarie

Voedseljoernaliste uit die suide het Birmingham met 'n goeie smaak in hul mond verlaat, letterlik en figuurlik gesproke, na die tweede Food Media South -konferensie wat die Southern Foodways Alliance hierdie naweek aangebied het.

Honderd-en-vyftig kosskrywers, storievertellers, videograwe, bloggers en ander mediaberoepe uit Atlanta, Houston, Louisville, New Orleans, Charleston, SC en elders in die suide het die kosgerigte simposium bygewoon.

Die spyskaart bevat besprekings oor sulke gewigtige kwessies soos “Race & amp Racism at the Table en in die News ” en 'n lewendige “Chef Meets Critic ” -gesprek met die Eater nasionale restaurantkritikus Bill Addison en die sjef Frank Stitt, Highlands Bar and Grill, sowel as sessies oor praktiese aangeleenthede soos visuele storievertelling, die bou van 'n handelsmerk en die deel van resepte in die digitale era.

Die kern van wat ons organisasie doen, is dat ons voedsel gebruik as 'n manier om die Suidelike kultuur te ondersoek en die kwessies wat die Suidelike kultuur ondermyn, beide goed en sleg, ”, direkteur van Southern Foodways Alliance, John T. Edge. “ En dit beteken rassisme en die impak daarvan op die streek. Dit beteken klasverskil. Dit beteken geslagsongelykheid. Al hierdie dinge is wat die SFA nou al byna 20 jaar lank aanpak, van die begin af. ”

Daar was ook kos om te eet.

Voor, tydens en na die Saterdag se seminaar by WorkPlay, het die Food Media South-gaste op 'n vegetariese vleistafel geëet tydens 'n openingsaandpartytjie by die nuwe Time Inc. Food Studios, gedrink aan Royal Cup-koffie, aan die ontbyt gesmul toebroodjies van Shindigs Catering, geëet op gebraaide hoender en tamales van Little Donkey, verslokte worsbroodjies van Sam ’s Super Samwiches en het die naweek afgesluit met skemerkelkies en klein geregte by

'n na-partytjie by Chris Hastings ’ nuwe OvenBird-restaurant.

"Ons is baie gelukkig met Birmingham as gasheer," het Edge gesê. Hierdie jaar sou ek sê dat die helfte van hierdie mense nog nooit in Birmingham was nie en miskien van Highlands of Hot and Hot (Fish Club) gehoor het, maar nie die kosplek in Birmingham geken het nie. Die deel daarvan hoor ek baie positiewe terugvoer oor. ”

Inheems in Georgië, Nicole A. Taylor, skrywer van “The Up South Cookbook ” en gasheer van die podcast “ Hot Grease, ” het gesê dat sy sal teruggaan na Brooklyn, waar sy nou woon, met 'n notaboek met nuwe idees en 'n netwerk van nuwe vriende.

Ek bedoel, dit is altyd wonderlik as jy 'n klomp Suid -Afrikaners in 'n kamer kry, nie waar nie? ” het Taylor gesê. Al die staaltjies, die heerlike kos, die lag en dit is lekker om langs die suidelike tafel te gesels oor kos en die dinge waarvan mense hou. . .

As ek wegstap van hierdie geleentheid, stap ek geïnspireerd weg, en het sy bygevoeg. Ek stap weg met 'n nuwe netwerk mense wat van Birmingham afkomstig is en van ander plekke in die Suide is waarop ek kan steun as ek raad of aanmoediging nodig het. ”

Kulinêre toneel in Alabama styg steeds met verskeie semifinaliste in die 'Oscars of food'

Deur Mitchell Kilpatrick, YellowhammerNews.com, 21 Februarie

Vier Alabama -sjefs en een Alabama -restaurant is as halfeindstryders aangewys vir die James Beard Awards 2016, die land se mees gesogte kulinêre toekenningsstigting. Die semifinaliste is verlede week aangekondig, en hierdie lys word op 16 Maart verder beperk tot die finaliste. Die wenners word op 2 Mei in Chicago onthul.

Daar word dikwels na die James Beard -toekennings verwys as die 'Oscars of food'.

"Die aspekte van die bedryf - van sjefs en restaurante tot kookboekskrywers en voedseljoernaliste tot restaurantontwerpers en argitekte en meer - is die Beard -toekennings die grootste eer vir voedsel- en drankprofessionaliste wat in Noord -Amerika werk," verduidelik die James Beard Foundation hul webwerf.

Alabama is in die verlede goed verteenwoordig in die James Beard -toekennings, en hierdie jaar gaan die staat se reeks voort.

Highlands Bar & amp Grill, in Birmingham, is aangewys as 'n halfeindronde vir die beste restaurant. Highlands was sedert 2009 elke jaar 'n semifinalis en finalis vir hierdie toekenning, maar moes nog nie die groot prys huis toe neem nie.

Highlands het 'n lang geskiedenis in Birmingham. Dit is in 1982 geopen.

Een van die Highlands -werknemers is uitgesonder as 'n ander halfeindstrydster: Dolester Miles is 'n halfeindronde vir die beste banketbakker. Sy was ook 'n semifinalis in 2014 en 2015.

Die ander drie Alabama -halfeindstryders speel almal die prys vir die beste sjef in die suide.

Rob McDaniel is die sjef van SpringHouse in Alexander City. SpringHouse boasts a restaurant “that respects the land and a menu that features excellent, local products.” This is McDaniel’s fourth year as a semifinalist for Best Chef in the South.

David Bancroft runs the new restaurant Acre in Auburn. Bancroft focuses on Alabama-grown food, and “the kitchen sources from on-site gardens and orchards, local farms, and the bounty provided by the Blackbelt Region, reinterpreting the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine.” Bancroft has never been a semifinalist for this award.

Bill Briand is another first-time semifinalist for Best Chef in the South. He runs Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina in Orange Beach. Fisher’s offers two waterfront dining experiences, and the website states that “in addition to its breathtaking design and culinary excellence from seafood to steak, Fisher’s Upstairs offers craft cocktails, as well as a carefully curated wine list.”

Alabama donut shop makes list of 33 best in America

By Bob Carlton, AL.com, Feb. 22

Birmingham’s Heavenly Donut Co. has made the food and drink website Thrillist’s list of the 33 Best Donut Shops in America .

Here’s what Thrillist writer Liz Childers had to say about the Heavenly Donut Co.’s divine treats:

“In Southern tradition, kids turn to their parents for family recipes, so it makes sense that, when Kimberly and Brock Beiersodoefer — who knew nothing about donuts in a city that was late to catch on to the donut craze — decided to open a donut shop, they turned to Gibson’s (the grandpa of the Southern donut game) and current owner Don DeWeese.

“The couple did time in the kitchen at the East Memphis legend, learning trade secrets, which explains why there’s a hell of a lot more years of experience in each bite of their fried treats. While jokes like ‘Heaven is a place on Earth… when you have one of Kimberly’s custard-filled Bismarks’ or ‘the chocolate-covered sour cream is like a gift from heaven’ (Brock makes the chocolate in house) are far too easy to riddle off in full corny glory, well, I stand behind it. Gibson’s was just that good of a teacher.”

In celebration of National Donut Day on June 5, we asked some of our AL.com colleagues across the state to tell us their favorite donut shops. In addition to two pretty obvious and very big chains, we discovered seven other Alabama favorites. To find one that’s calling your name, click through our slideshow.

This is not the first time the Heavenly Donut Co. has gotten a national shout-out.

In 2014, Food Network star Alton Brown tweeted a thank-you to Heavenly Donut Co. for its “Southern hospitality” and “one heck of a breakfast” when he came here for his Edible Inevitable Tour at the BJCC Concert Hall.

And last year, Brown also included the Heavenly Donut Co. on his list of “My Favorite Doughnuts in the U.S.A.”

“I am especially partial to their old-fashioned,” Brown wrote.

The Heavenly Donut Co. menu features about two dozen varieties of cake and yeast donuts, as well as cream-filled Bismarks.

The donut shop is at 4911 Cahaba River Road. The phone number is 205-536-7200 and the website is www.theheavenlydonutco.com .

Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to midnight Fridays, 7 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

The donuts are also available on the Heavenly Donut Co. food truck .

Triangle attracting music tourists

By Robert Palmer, TimesDaily.com, Feb. 19

The cooperative efforts of state and local tourism agencies is paying off with the help of the Americana Music Triangle, officials said.

“Pass the ball,” said Aubrey Preston, a Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, businessman who founded the triangle.

The Americana Music Triangle is a web-based guide to cities where American music such as jazz, country, rock and soul were created. The points of the triangle touch Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.

Tourism officials from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas attended a meeting this week at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame to discuss strategies for attracting more visitors interested in music.

Preston, who launched the website and Facebook page, said using all media platforms has proved successful since the website went live almost a year ago.

Debbie Wilson, of the Alabama Tourism Office, said Americana Music Triangle maps are being placed in visitors centers, and a Tennessee tourism official said they’re being placed in their visitors centers, as well.

Alabama and Tennessee have been especially cooperative with music tourism the past two years. The Muscle Shoals and Nashville musical connection is especially strong, and Franklin and Florence have become connected.

There is no cost to tourism to be a part of the triangle.

It has no paid staff and exists as a virtual map and guide that can be used by tourists.

But tourism agencies can tap into and post upcoming events and news.

Susann Hamlin, director of the Colbert County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said her staff actively markets the Shoals to Europeans interested in the music heritage of the area.

“The ‘Muscle Shoals’ movie has been really good for us,” she said. “It was released about the same time the Americana Music Triangle launched.”

Preston said the launch of the site generated 6 million media impressions, which was coupled with a weeklong bus tour around the triangle. Preston encouraged tourism officials to work with each other and coordinate trips to other events when possible.

“When one of us wins, we all win,” he said, pointing out that visitors from outside the region are not interested in state lines that would otherwise separate efforts to promote the region’s music.

Airbnb will begin paying taxes on behalf of its Alabama hosts next month

By Lucy Berry, AL.com, Feb. 18

A popular online resource for short-term lodging has reached a tax agreement with the state of Alabama.

The Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) said Airbnb will begin collecting and remitting taxes for

its hosts across the state March 1. It was previously the host’s responsibility to remit funds for properties booked through Airbnb.

As part of the deal, Airbnb will collect the Alabama Transient Occupancy Tax and local lodging taxes if they have been assigned to the department.

“This agreement will increase compliance in this area, and I commend Airbnb’s willingness to take the steps necessary to ensure that the appropriate taxes are being remitted,” said Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee in a statement. “It’s a win for both the state and for Airbnb customers.”

Airbnb allows hosts and travelers to list and book unique accommodations in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries around the globe. Lodging ranges in price and style from vintage Airstream trailers or apartments to castles or villas.

The fast-growing California tech firm was founded in August 2008 and named the 2014 Company of the Year in Inc. Magazine. As Airbnb expands its presence in Alabama, the agreement to collect and remit lodging taxes provides revenue for the state, as well as local cities and counties.

ADOR spokesman Frank Miles said the agreement could generate as much as $300,000 for the state over the next year.

“We expect a healthy future revenue stream from this source,” he said.

Dauphin’s sends Mobile Bay dining sky-high

Bob Baumhower’s newest restaurant concept is open

It’s a view that stopped the French in their tracks more than 300 years ago. Spanning more than 75 nautical miles of Mobile Bay, Dauphin’s dining panorama high atop downtown Mobile’s Trustmark Bank Building almost upstages the remarkable menu. “We like to think we’re re-introducing this city to its own waterfront,” offers General Manager Craig Parker. “The view is nearly 360 degrees from far up the Mobile River south all the way to Dauphin Island on a clear day. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the region, and our goal is an overall dining experience that’s just as overwhelming.”

Dauphin’s offers a menu of “classic coastal cuisine with hints of Caribbean and Creole soul” as Executive Chef/Partner Steve Zucker describes. “Our absolute focus is locally-sourced products and foods. We’re finding fish and produce from the Alabama Coastal Farm and Fish Market, and cheeses from Sweet Home Farm in Elberta and Belle Chevre in Elkmont. Our chops come from the Alabama Fatback Pig Project, and we use a completely natural meat from SRA Butcher in Birmingham,” says Zucker.

“Baumhower Restaurants were some of the first to serve only Alabama Gulf Seafood. We’re excited to add a locally-sourced gourmet oyster grown right here in Mobile Bay and now getting attention all over the country.”

That commitment to seafood seems natural when….you’re a dolphin. As in legendary NFL footballer and former Miami Dolphin Bob Baumhower. The name Dauphin’s is a playful twist on his own history and Mobile’s too: the “dauphin” was the title of the French crown prince when that country founded Mobile in 1702.

Dauphin’s is the latest ingredient to Baumhower’s restaurant gumbo known as Aloha Hospitality, a diverse 13-restaurant celebration of southern comfort food, island-style seafood and now classic coastal with a French Creole soul.

“French Creole is misunderstood,” says Baumhower. “People think it’s French New Orleans. But French Creole is really a much older mix of many influences that made their way to Mobile and New Orleans.

That heritage is Spanish, French, Native American, African and more. It’s a culture that’s essential to our menu.” Baumhower’s boat-hopping through the Caribbean and up to Mobile during his Miami football days inspired the love of creole flavors he maintains today.

Dauphin’s represents 7000 square feet of arguably the most coveted bit of restaurant real estate in the region. The Retirement Systems of Alabama – which owns the Trustmark Building – renovated the 34 th floor space known since the late 1960’s as the Bienville Club to its new “comfortably sophisticated” hip look. Custom work from local artists joins brilliant Italian glassware by a magnificent baby grand in the piano bar surrounded by shades of blues that mirror the waterfront view.

Perhaps the best view in the house is found in the kitchen, home to the area’s first and only chef’s table.

Diners of 4-6 enjoy unique kitchen and chef interaction over a southwest sun setting over the city skyline.

Chef Zucker and team share the “Farm to Table” philosophy pioneered by chefs like Mary Cleaver of “The Green Table” in New York. She’s credited with launching the movement in the 1970’s, hunting a local tomato for a customer at her Chelsea Market café and realizing our produce system was broken to the detriment of healthy dining. Today Cleaver is a friend and mentor to Dauphin’s.

Offerings include a mix of classic and current dishes – all with regional significance. West Indies salad is a crabmeat delicacy with 60-year-old roots to the beloved Bayley’s Seafood on Dauphin Island. Dauphin’s also serves fried crab claws, another iconic dish born at the still-thriving restaurant. Flip the menu to an entrée rack of lamb or “Burger with a View” featuring a ½ pound blend of Wagu Beef Brisket, dry aged short rib and chuck roast on a bun. Chef Zucker’s version of Gumbo Z’herb was just named one of Alabama’s “100 Dishes to Eat Before You Die.”

The commitment to “local” doesn’t stop at the dining table. Bar Chef Rachel Ferrand is zealous in the hunt for locally sourced additions to her classic and craft cocktails. Perhaps locally-infused honey or a touch of mint from the roof-top greenhouse. Dauphin’s pours Alabama-proud craft beers and “Alabama Moonshine.”

Baumhower likes to think there’s a common “roux” in the new culinary mix simmering downtown.

Dauphin’s joins other hot Mobile restaurants serving upscale Southern innovations like Noble South, Dumbwaiters, NoJa’s and more. “In that sense I’d love to see Mobile join Birmingham and other cities in this region seeing a real culinary renaissance,” he says. “It’s the rising tide theory. We’re all about supporting each other in what I hope can be a destination dining district.”

Dauphin’s is now open with reservation seating for dinner and lunch beginning this spring.

For more information visit: www.godauphins.com .

Alabama Tourism Workshop date change

The Alabama Tourism Department will host the semi-annual Tourism Workshop in Montgomery on Wed., April 27. This workshop is for new tourism industry members, event organizers and anyone interested in enhancing tourism in their area.

Watch upcoming editions of this newsletter for more information on the workshop.

For additional information, please contact Rosemary Judkins at 334-242-4493 or via email at [email protected]

Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) upcoming events

April 27 Alabama Tourism Department Workshop Montgomery

Tourism Tuesdays is a free electronic newsletter produced by the Alabama Tourism Department. It contains news about the state tourism department and the Alabama tourism industry.


Harvest Wine & Food Festival October 24-26

It’s my favorite time of year at the beach, October! That means cooler temps (still waiting), smaller crowds, and lots of festivities!

Following their most successful auction to date, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) has grand plans for the return of Harvest Wine & Food Festival to South Walton October 24-26 at WaterColor!

A three-day affair, Harvest Wine & Food Festival has been recognized as one of the premier fall festivals in the southeast. Patrons are provided the opportunity to sip and savor over 250 world-class wines paired with the best in regional Gulf Coast cuisine, all while enjoying the beautiful beach town of WaterColor. Special lodging packages are at the WaterColor Inn.

Currently ranked number four “Top Charity Wine Auction in the US” by Wine Spectator Magazine, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, raising money for 16 Northwest Florida children’s charities that assist at-risk youth in the local community by tackling a variety of issues including homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, education, medical care, and much more. In April, DCWAF raised a stunning $3.6 million for its benefiting charities.

On Friday, October 25, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting held on WaterColor’s Marina Park will offer festival-goers a selection of library wines that feature rare vintages not easily accessible in the marketplace. An array of perfectly paired culinary selections prepared by the nation’s most celebrated chefs and live music set to a breathtaking star-filled sky will make for a memorable and elegant evening.

The Grand Tasting, held from 1 to 4 pm Saturday, October 26 in Cerulean Park is the main event and is designed to highlight harvest season at the beach. Large seafood, barbeque, and provisional stations manned by celebrity chefs from throughout the southeast and complimented by the best restaurants along the Emerald Coast are combined with tasting stations featuring over 250 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirit tents and an exclusive VIP experience will also be available. Amongst a litany of impressive culinary talent, DCWAF is excited to announce the return of Atlanta-based barbecue gurus Johnathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.


“Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is well known for our wine events, but great wine goes best with wonderful culinary delights,” Russell said. “Along with the expected line up of wines, spirits, and craft beers, festival attendees will be able to taste their way through every staple of coastal cuisine ranging from freshly caught seafood to farm fresh vegetables and cheeses all the way to traditional smoked barbeque prepared by our friends the Fox Brothers. Last year our festival occurred just 17 days after Hurricane Michael made landfall. While the decision to proceed was difficult, we knew we had a duty to support our benefiting charities in their time of need. Jonathan and Justin understood that. They were generous enough to donate their entire talent fee back to those impacted by the storm, and we’re honored to have them back again this October.”

It wouldn’t be a DCWAF event without the opportunity to bid high and bid often. A silent auction featuring a variety of rare wines, staycations and unique experiences will open Friday, October 25 and will run through Sunday, October 27 at noon. The opportunity to purchase merchandise on-site will also be available throughout the duration of the festival.

This year, the festival will present four Celebrity Winemaker Dinners on Thursday, Oct. 24th, each headlined by a high-end winery and hosted at various homes and restaurants throughout the South Walton area on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 pm. The 3rd Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival proudly presents the following:

Bodega Catena Zapata with Chef David Bancroft in WaterColor presented by Good Grit Magazine and 360 Blue
Gamble Family Vineyards at Vin’tij Food & Wine
PRIME Cellars at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits
ROY Estate at Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood presented by RJH & Associates

Tickets to the dinners are $150 at www.HarvestWineandFood.com.

Bodega Catena Zapata’s Brand Ambassador and Sommelier, Marika Vida-Arnold, is teaming up with Auburn’s favorite son and celebrity chef, David Bancroft, to present a beautiful multi-course menu showcasing the Argentinian winery’s diverse portfolio of ultra-premium Malbec, Chardonnay, and other varietals that compliment Nicolás Catena Zapata’s vision of rich, unforgettable wines. Three-time James Beard finalist and winner of Iron Chef Showdown, David Bancroft, is the Executive Chef and Owner of Acre and Bow & Arrow in Auburn, AL. Known for his stylishly modern cuisine with roots deep in Southern soil, DCWAF is excited to welcome Chef Bancroft to Harvest Wine & Food Festival. Presented by 360 Blue and Good Grit Magazine, this dinner will be hosted in one of 360 Blue’s beautiful WaterColor properties.

National Sales Manager, Michael Kasper will represent Gamble Family Vineyards at Vin’tij Food & Wine. Kasper joined the Gamble team in March 2017 and brings with him over 15 years of experience handling luxury wine brands. Napa-based winery, Gamble Family Vineyards was founded by third-generation farmer, Tom Gamble, with a primary focus on Bordeaux varietals in addition to Sauvignon Blanc. All of Gamble Family Vineyards’ wines are produced in small quantities with careful attention to farming.

After working with grapes from all over California, PRIME’s winemaker, Ted Henry, launched PRIME Cellars with the 2005 vintage to focus on a prime piece of Napa Valley called Coombsville. PRIME Cellars team member, Laurence Koross will be pairing the winery’s beautiful portfolio of wines crafted over years of careful focus on the climate and soils of Coombsville with the talented cuisine of Bijoux’s Chef Jack McGuckin.

Presented by RJH & Associates, Harvest Wine & Food Festival’s final Celebrity Winemaker Dinner, hosted at Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, will feature Founding Vintner Shirley Roy of ROY Estate. A great friend to DCWAF, Shirley and her late husband established ROY Estate in 1999 with the objective of producing the very best Napa has to offer. The result has been two decades of beautifully complex, layered wines with a focus on the purity of the fruit.

Each dinner will showcase highly rated, luxury wines from each respective portfolio, complimented by a perfectly paired, multi-course menu provided by each restaurant. DCWAF staff recommends purchasing dinner tickets early as seating is limited, and they are expected to sell-out.

A powerhouse line-up of culinary talent is slated for the 3rd Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival. Eight award-winning chefs from across the southeast join a roster of iconic GulfCoastRestaurants to provide world-class cuisine to the area’s premier fall wine and food festival.

Festival goers have the opportunity to mix and mingle with the following celebrities throughout the weekend while sampling their famous fare:

Hugh Acheson | Athens, GA
5&10 Empire State South Spiller Park Coffee Top Chef Judge

David Bancroft | Auburn, AL
Acre Bow + Arrow

Rusty Bowers | Atlanta, GA
Chop Shop Pine Street Market

Jonathan & Justin Fox | Atlanta, GA
Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q

Kristen Hall | Birmingham, AL
The Essential

Sam Jones | Winterville, NC
Skylight Inn Sam Jones BBQ

Kaley Laird | Asheville, NC
Rhubarb

Pat Pascarella | Atlanta, GA
The White Bull

Friday’s Al Fresco Reserve Tasting will feature all of the listed chefs with the exception of the Fox Brothers and Sam Jones, both of which will be spearheading the barbecue installation during Saturday’s Grand Tasting along with Back Beach Barbecue. Chef Bancroft will also be headlining a winemaker dinner paired with wines from Catena Zapata on Thursday evening, and many of the other chefs can also be found throughout Saturday’s Grand Tasting.

“As one of the most successful charity wine auctions in the country, we have strong relationships in the wine industry that guarantee we will be pouring exceptional wine at any DCWAF event,” said DCWAF President John Russell. “We’ve been fortunate to have the continued support of several iconic Gulf Coast restaurants and are excited to further elevate our culinary offerings by welcoming celebrated chefs from across the nation to the 3rd Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival.”

Harvest Wine & Food Festival will also feature some of South Walton’s favorite restaurants while also celebrating the return of a few culinary favorites. More restaurants will be announced in the coming months:
Back Beach Barbecue
Clean Juice
Coastal Kitchen Catering
Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar
Destin Ice Market 30a
Evans Meats presents Southern Cheese Selections curated by Brian McMillan of Busy Corner Cheese
Jackacuda’s Seafood + Sushi
Maple Street Biscuit Company
Oysters XO Restaurant
Paradis
Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood

A three-day affair, Harvest Wine & Food Festival has quickly grown to be recognized as one of the premier fall festivals in the southeast. Patrons are provided the opportunity to sip and savor over 250 world-class wines paired with the best in regional Gulf Coast cuisine, all while enjoying the beautiful beach town of WaterColor.

Earlier this month, DCWAF announced the festival’s 2019 winery headliners. PRIME Cellars, ROY Estate, Bodega Catena Zapata, and Gamble Family Vineyards will all headline this year’s event. Celebrity attendees from each winery will be pouring at the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting and in the VIP tent of the Grand Tasting.

Currently ranked number four “Top Charity Wine Auction in the US” by Wine Spectator Magazine, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, raising money for 16 Northwest Florida children’s charities that assist at-risk youth in the local community by tackling a variety of issues including homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, education, medical care, and much more. In April, DCWAF raised a stunning $3.6 million for its benefiting charities.


A-Day Eats

Football fans, rejoice! A-Day is once again upon us.

This Saturday, thousands of Auburn students, alumni, families and fans will converge on Jordan-Hare Stadium for the team’s spring scrimmage.

Where will those thousands of people eat? For many, lunch and dinner will consist of a quick walk to a local eatery. Good thing we’ve got plenty of walking-distance options.

Many will likely stroll across South College Street to Taziki’s, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, or the old standby, Price’s Barbecue House.

For those who head to the downtown strip, the range of options is huge. Here’s an overview:

If you’re willing to walk a little farther to Glenn Avenue, you can drop by Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Island Wing Company, Waffle House, or Wild Bill’s Kitchen.

So for anyone in need of dining plans on A-Day, hope this helps. War Eagle, y’all!


Auburn has its own Iron Chef

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Iron and Auburn have made a pretty good combination in the last year. First the Tigers football team picked up a big Iron Bowl win over Alabama in November. Then in December, things really got cooking, when an Auburn chef got a chance to show his skills on the Food Network show Iron Chef Showdown.

"You're talking about the Super Bowl for chefs," said Acre Owner and head chef David Bancroft. "It's basically cooking in a pressure cooker and trying to get five courses out in an hour to the hardest judges imaginable."

The chance kind of came out of the blue. Bancroft says he got a call from someone on the show. They did some Skype and phone interviews and then all the sudden he got the call.

"I had the opportunity to call my wife and say, 'Hey, we're going on Iron Chef.'"


Tourism Tuesdays January 2, 2018

OWA named 2018 Attraction of the Year
The Alabama Tourism Department has named OWA its Attraction of the Year in the 2018 Alabama Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events.

OWA is a $500 million-plus complex that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians built in Foley within 10 miles of Alabama’s pristine white-sand beaches. It includes the 14-acre “Park at OWA,” which houses more than 20 rides and four roller coasters, including Rollin’ Thunder, one of the longest in the country. If stretched out, Rollin’ Thunder’s track of would be 2,234.3 feet, longer than seven football fields put together.

Visitors can also find bargains at new, upscale shops. Stay in luxurious accommodations, and eat at top-notch restaurants. Among the dining options is Wahlburgers, an upscale burger restaurant that chef Paul Wahlberg founded in 2011 with his famous brothers, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg. It is part of the shopping and dining area, which includes other eateries and numerous stores. The 150- room Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel is the first of several lodging options to open.

Future plans include a waterpark, a condominium complex and a resort-level RV park. OWA is adjacent to the city of Foley’s $40 million sports-tourism complex, which features 16 state-of-the-art outdoor fields and a 90,000- square-foot indoor events center.

The state tourism department also released its list of top 10 events for 2018. The 10 events in chronological order are the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, performances of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the 50th annual 911 Festival, Birmingham’s Sloss Fest, the Jubilee Festival of Arts, the Alabama Coastal Birdfest, the National Shrimp Festival, the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, the GATALOP 35 Renaissance Festival and the 75th anniversary of Dothan’s Annual National Peanut Festival.

The state tourism department selects the top 10 events based upon significant anniversaries and the uniqueness of the event. The events listing is featured in the 2018 Alabama Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events that is available at the eight state welcome centers, local tourism bureaus and online at www.alabama.travel. The 204-page magazine-size publication contains colorful photos and covers the state by geographic regions with an introduction section, a city-by-city listing of attractions and accommodations and profiles of the state’s major cities. The calendar section lists more than 700 annual and special events from across the state.

There are also features on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the best places to eat, drink or watch the sunset, unique must-visit sites, outdoor adventures and a listing of free smart phone apps from different tourism organizations across the state.

Below are more details about the top 10 events for 2018:

The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee
From March 1-5, this annual event celebrates one of the most important events in American’s Civil Rights Movement – the Selma to Montgomery march. www.selmajubilee.com

Play productions of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”
From April 13-May 19 actors from the author’s hometown of Monroeville perform her classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the town that helped inspire it. www.tokillamockingbird.com

The 911 Festival
On June 1 and 2 Haleyville celebrates its 50th annual 911 Festival, memorializing the first 911 call ever made. www.911festival.org

Sloss Fest
This Birmingham music festival, scheduled for July 14-15, was named by Southern Living as one of the best music festivals in the South. wwwslossfest.com

The 30th annual Jubilee Festival of Arts
The festival, equal parts arts, crafts, food and put Southern charm, is on Sept. 29 and 30 in Daphne. www.eschamber.com

The Alabama Coastal Birdfest
From Oct. 3-6 in Spanish Fort, bird watchers fly in from all over the country to view more than 100 species of migrating birds that are doing the same. www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com

The Annual National Shrimp Festival
This four-day food and music festival that takes place in Gulf Shores from Oct 11-14 attracts more than 250,000 visitors. www.myshrimpfest.com

The Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Crowds flow into Northport on Oct. 20 and 21 for some of the best folk art in the country, along with some of the South’s best storytellers and live music. www.kentuck.org/the-festival

The 35th Annual Renaissance Festival, GATALOP 35
The Oct. 26, 27 festival in Dauphin Island is one of the state’s biggest and best Renaissance fairs. www.dauphinisland.org

Dothan’s 75th Annual National Peanut Festival
The festival, whose first speaker was George Washington Carver, celebrates its 75th anniversary from Nov 2-11. It attracts about 200,000 visitors with its amusement park rides, animal attractions and concerts. www.nationalpeanutfest.com

The 2018 Alabama Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events is available at the eight state welcome centers, local tourism bureaus and online [email protected]

The 31 most beautiful places in Alabama
From the article by Tamika Moore on AL.com:

Alabama is filled with natural wonders, hidden gems, and charming towns all packed with fascinating history. Equipped with a giant map, I set out to find some of the state’s most beautiful places based on reader suggestions and documented them on Instagram at This is Alabama.

Get ready to hit the road, because there are many breathtaking places in Alabama to explore.

Attendance Figures needed from state attractions and events
The Alabama Tourism Department is asking representatives of state attractions and events to turn in their attendance figures for the year 2017. These attendance figures are the basis for the annual “Top 10” listings. The figures serve as a vital guide for state government, local organizations and the media.

*In order for you to be counted we must have your data by Wednesday, Jan. 10. The online reporting process should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Please follow this link to enter your attendance figures: https://tourism.alabama.gov/forms/attendance-reporting/

Note: There is only one event or attraction per online form and only one classification can be chosen. The Alabama Tourism Department reserves the right for final determination of classifications.


Battle of the Breakfast Giants

In Taylor Swifts song 󈬆,” the blond-haired country-pop star sings, “It feels like a perfect night/ For breakfast at midnight.”

Well, seems like quite a few Auburn students agree. Most anyone you ask will say they’ve had a midnight, or more popularly 2 a.m., breakfast at one of two places: Waffle House or IHOP.

But where do students die meeste like to go to satisfy their late-night hankerings? Check out this Storify I made to find out.

Here’s the link, if the hyperlink is acting up: https://storify.com/mksherer/battle-of-the-breakfast-giants.


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