One of Mobile’s greatest attractions on a national level is the Senior Bowl, and for the past 13 years the festivities have begun with the Baumhower’s Senior Bowl Tailgate Challenge. This Saturday, Jan. 28, teams of amateur chefs will flood the parking lot of Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 9:30 a.m. to noon to compete for more than $3,000 in prizes in eight different food categories.

Best appetizer, seafood entrée, wings (careful, Bob Baumhower will be in attendance and he knows wings) and barbecue entrée will have some stiff competition. Best dessert must include Reese’s products (proud sponsor of the Senior Bowl) in the recipe.

“When Reese’s partnered with the Senior Bowl in 2014 it seemed a natural to add a Reese’s dessert to the mix,” Baumhower says. “Our judges definitely love it.”

Participants are judged on originality, presentation and the right combination of food, so the overall party theme is another category in play. And in keeping with the party spirit, there are alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage categories.

Judges for this year’s competition are not short of talent and accomplishments. Along with Baumhower of Alabama and Miami Dolphins fame we will have Hugh Green, who played 11 seasons with the Dolphins and the Buccaneers. Robert “Dr. Doom” Brazile Jr. of the Houston Oilers will be there with his teammate, legendary safety Vernon Perry. On a personal note, I am most excited about Mark “Super” Duper, a man I admired in his Dolphins heyday.

Also joining the NFL stars will be Dave “Gumbo Crusher” Holloway and Dauphin’s executive chef Steve Zucker. Roosevelt Patterson played for Vigor, went on to the University of Alabama and is now back in the Port City, where he remains heavily involved with football.

Entry forms for the Tailgate Challenge can be found at Baumhower’s Wings in Daphne. If you think you have what it takes to walk out on that field and receive the trophy you’d better act fast — spots are filling up. For more information, visit them online at www.baumhowers.com or on their Facebook page.

Low Brim seeks a future for craft beer in Foley
In the early stages of development, Low Brim Brewing aspires to be Foley’s first craft beer brewery.

Low Brim has plans for a taproom, a 15-barrel capacity brewery with 13 tanks and all the necessary equipment overseen by head brewer Jacob Waters, a passionate home brewer for the past several years who has a background in the chemical manufacturing industry. Sales and distribution will fall under the watchful eye of Patrick Burke.

According to Low Brim’s website, they are already honing a few recipes while generating funding and building out the brewery. These include: Checkmate, a light-bodied golden ale; the medium-bodied Dapper IPA; the Nightcap brown ale; and the dark wheat Dunkler Engel.

A crowdsourced fundraiser campaign is underway to offset building costs. Be a part of history and visit www.lowbrim.com to show your support.