When it comes to farm-to-table, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital’s Local Goodness event is one of the best. This year’s experience is sponsored by Hancock Bank and will be held Sunday, May 1, 4-7 p.m. at the City of Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal.

Guests should expect to dine on local meats, seafood and produce of the highest quality as Local Goodness pays tribute to local art, music and cuisine while raising awareness and support for their mission of providing the highest quality health care for children and women in this region.

The food has always been amazing at this event, with Bay Gourmet at the helm this year. Live music will be performed by Fat Man Squeeze for local bluegrass befitting this type of multi-course dinner. Along with wine and adult beverages, there will also be a Fat Man Squeeze cocktail! Don’t miss the silent auction and the camaraderie as we enjoy another gathering of what makes this city great.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by calling 251-415-1636 or visiting www.usahealthsystem.com. We will see you there.

Five set to open Thursday
There’s been a lot of buzz about the restaurant Five coming to downtown’s former Bull. The wait is finally over, as the restaurant will open this Thursday, April 28. No grand fanfare, the opening seems to be what you’d expect from future daily operations at Five. This “Gulf-to-table” restaurant gets all of its seafood from Harbor Docks in Destin, Florida, and procures as much local produce as possible. The hand-cut steaks are fresh, never frozen, as are the hamburgers (the latter of which excites me because of the two thin patties with a slice of American cheese in between, a departure from the giant hamburger trend we’ve been seeing for over a decade).

The restaurant is almost unrecognizable from its former self, from front to back, but fans of the Bull should rejoice that you will see some of your favorite familiar faces waiting tables and tending bar.

Finalists announced for Alabama Seafood Cook-Off
The 2nd annual Alabama Gulf Seafood Cook-Off is just around the corner. The Wharf in Orange Beach will host the event Wednesday, May 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Our local favorite, Chef Gillian Clark of Kitchen on George, will be competing with Leonardo Maurelli III (Ariccia Trattoria, Auburn), south Baldwin headliner Brody Olive (Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach) and Josh Quick (Odette, Florence) for the top spot.

Winner of that event goes on to compete in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off (GASCO) in New Orleans and will be an automatic qualifier in the 2016 World Food Championship to be held at The Wharf later this year. Best of luck to all of you.

Lebanese American Club presents Hafli
Saturday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. enjoy Lebanese dining, dancing and silent auctions at St. Mary Catholic School gym. The menu is very attractive. Tickets are $25 per adult, $10 14 and under. All proceeds benefit the LAC Scholarship Fund and their charities. Contact Kamal Constantine at 251-709-7499 or kcmobile@comcast.net.

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