Get ready for Perdido Beach Resort of Orange Beach’s upcoming “Craft Brewed and Fine Food Festival on the Beach” this Saturday, Sept. 21. The event lasts from 5-7 p.m. at the beach deck of the beautiful resort located at San Roc Cay. Live music will be provided by 30 Degrees North.

The festival is a celebration of Alabama brewed beers paired with Conecuh sausage, local produce and Gulf seafood. You can’t go wrong there. Expect brews from Back 40 Brewing (Gadsden, Ala.), Blue Pants (Madison, Ala.), Fairhope Brewery, Good People (Birmingham) and Straight to Ale (Huntsville). Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 day of event. You may purchase these by calling (251) 981-9811 or by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/event453970.

Big screen televisions will be prominently displayed throughout the tent for those who don’t want to miss a second of the games. Proceeds will benefit the Jacob Morgan fund. Jacob is a 14-year-old who suffered a spinal cord stroke this past May. This rare condition paralyzed him from the midsection to his toes. He’s received treatment at the Shepherd Center for Spinal Cord Injury in Atlanta and recently returned home to continue his physical therapy.

The Morgans have given much to our community. Jacob’s father Matt Morgan is Chairman of the Gulf Coast Area National Shrimp Festival held every October. Don’t miss your opportunity to give back to this young man.


Moe’s BBQ in Mobile hosts fundraiser for Good Hike

Friday Sept. 27, Moe’s BBQ will play host to a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. for The Good Hike (www.thegoodhike.com), a team that raises money for a national food bank known as Conscious Alliance. Through fundraising and sponsorships the group hikes the 26-mile expanse of the Grand Canyon. Last year five team members raised $9,369. This year they doubled their members and therefore doubled their goal.

For Friday’s event you should expect live music, a silent auction, a large raffle and plenty of cue. We’ll see you there.


Guinness World Record brownie in Daphne

Something Sweet Bake Shop of Daphne went all in! Last week they attempted to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for largest brownie in the world, and the task was not without obstacles.

The ingredients had to be mixed in the same container, which was no small feat. Three dozen eggs, 75lbs of sugar, 25lbs of flour, 54lbs of butter, 3lbs of cocoa and a gallon of milk take up a good deal of space.

It had to be cooked in one pan. Fulton Haley Metal Products of Bay Minette donated their time and expertise to build an 11’x6’ brownie pan. I hope someone gets to use this as a fishing boat when it is over. So where do you find an oven large enough for an 11-foot pan? Bolttech Mannings of Theodoore designed a custom oven to aid in the record breaking and the brownie entered the heat at that facility on Thursday, Sept. 12 with the unveiling ceremony at Something Sweet’s 1712 Main St. location in Daphne at 10 a.m. on Friday the 13th.

Pieces of the record breaker were sold to raise money for one of my favorite charities, the Bay Area Food Bank, so everybody wins! Except the Alabama farmer. Why was their no farmer with a record breaking milk cow producing a record breaking glass of milk? What about the world’s largest cup of decaf? Don’t tell me giant a la mode didn’t cross your mind. I should be consulted for things like this.


United Way Fall Wine-Down

It sounds like this event could very easily turn into a Wine Fall Down, but the official name is the United Way of Southwest Alabama Young Leaders Society’s First Fall Wine-Down. It’s the perfect excuse to get tanked on Thursday, Oct. 3. Teams of three ($75 per team) bring four of the same bottles of Pinot Noir, three for tasting and one for the grand prize. The team with the best wine wins, you guessed it, the cache of wine.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Carnival Museum located at 355 Government St. Teams are limited, so contact Kari Ann Kendall of the UWSA Young Leaders Society at (251) 431-0107 and get your team together today.


Jamie Deen’s first solo cookbook a hit

Jamie Deen strikes out on his own with his first solo cookbook, and the best way I can describe it is impressive. The host of Food Network’s “Home for Dinner” show and son of Paula Deen has co-authored books with his brother Bobby in the past, but broke the mold this time with his very own “Jamie Deen’s Good Food: Cooking Up a Storm with Delicious Family-Friendly Recipes” (Kyle Books; September 2013; $29.95 hard cover).

The charming book is written in a casual, conversational style as Deen, like his famous mother, is very liberal with the “y’alls,” but unlike his mother his approach to cooking seems a bit healthier. Though there are plenty of references to the elder Deen recipes, this book is more focused on his immediate family and the way things work in his home kitchen. It’s a way of life for a family of four rather than a restaurant blueprint.

The bonus is when you flip the book over to find the back portion is a reverse print cookbook called Rooster’s Café by 6-year-old Jack Deen! Sixteen pages of recipes budding chefs will enjoy recreating. I actually let Lucas open the book in the car and he screamed with delight. This book is a must for any parent of a child who hangs around the kitchen. It is easily my favorite cookbook of the past 10 years.

Pick up a copy today. Jamie Deen will have a book signing at Page and Palette in Fairhope, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. For more information contact Page and Palette at (251) 928-5295 or visit www.pageandpalette.com.

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