Author: Andy MacDonald

Cates steers Kitchen on George into sublime waters

The greatest part about visiting Kitchen on George is that every few years or so it’s going to change, usually for the better. Our little corner of George and Savannah is currently undergoing another one of those changes under Executive Chef Bryan Cates. Chef Cates comes to Mobile by way of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Charleston, with a few impressive stops along the way. Since he’s filled the void after Chef Gillian Clark left KOG, I’ve been waiting to stop in for an official review of the “new” place. A while back I was...

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The perfect combination

Thousands of pounds of crawfish, gallons upon gallons of gumbo, hot dogs and chips, Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream, Fairhope Brewing Co. and of course bluegrass! Yes, this is my favorite time of year, when the St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus hold their 15th annual Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza. This afternoon and evening of happiness will be held rain or shine Saturday, April 1, 4-9 p.m. on the grounds of St. Mary Catholic School. The corner of Old Shell and North Lafayette will be oozing with seafood and live music as Fat Man Squeeze (playing for our 14th consecutive...

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Teach them you must. Help you they will.

It hasn’t been an issue until now. The boys have not expressed an interest in cooking over the past few years, but all of a sudden they are begging to get into the kitchen. I have no idea what brought this on. I cook maybe three or four meals per week during our three days of “man time” so why do they now desire to work alongside me? This is not a complaint in any form. I’m ecstatic. It’s just that it came out of nowhere. One minute I couldn’t get either of them to butter their own toast,...

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Downtown Cajun Cook-Off returns Saturday

It’s time for the 3rd annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off this Saturday, March 18, at Cathedral Square. If you ever attend one of these you won’t miss another. More than 20 teams will be cooking up a storm and competing for bragging rights while you, the ticket holder, get to reap the benefits — tasting their creations, listening to live music and enjoying a cold beverage. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cacmobile.org for $13 (advance) or $15 (day of the event). Grab an advance pair at Bugmaster locations, Mellow Mushroom...

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Kazoola is one cool place — for food, drinks and jazz

There aren’t enough places in Mobile to catch live jazz. There is some jazz here, just not enough. Last Thursday night I picked up Catherine and we headed to Dauphin Street in search of something to eat, drink and listen to, and thankfully ended up at Kazoola. I’d heard a little about this place, mainly that it was a jazz bar and right up my alley, but until recently I was unaware they served food. We entered somewhere around 8 p.m. to a sparsely populated bar and plopped down for a Hendrick’s and tonic, just taking in the scene...

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