Feeding the Gulf Coast’s 19th annual Alabama Chef Challenge is set to dazzle taste buds Thursday, Aug. 31, 6-9 p.m. at Fort Whiting, 1630 S. Broad St. This is the annual fundraiser to increase awareness for those struggling with hunger along the central Gulf Coast.

Every year this event marks the beginning of September as Hunger Action Month, with Feeding the Gulf Coast leading the charge. Guests will enjoy tastings from local chefs and restaurants, ultimately voting on their favorite dishes. The overall winner will qualify for a spot in the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, so vote responsibly!

Also enjoy live music by Roman Street, a silent auction and complimentary beer and wine. Guests must be 21 or over. All proceeds will be used to help those in need within Feeding the Gulf Coast’s nine-county service area. To purchase tickets, contact Kim Getto at 251-653-1617, ext. 130.

Balance closes, FOY endures
Since Balance closed its Airport Boulevard location a couple of months ago (social media says “temporarily”), we’ve been waiting patiently for another paleo-style restaurant in midtown. For the time being we will have to rely on its sister restaurant, FOY (Fountain of Youth) Superfoods at 119 Dauphin St. on Bienville Square.

These guys are still cranking out the healthy stuff, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Be sure and ask for the Grack!

Five Guys shuts Spring Hill location
In other sad news, Five Guys has not survived the Hill. Five Guys burgers and fries closed its Old Shell Road/McGregor location just in time for school to start. Other locations, such as McGowin Park, can provide your fix should the craving get to you, but let’s hope rumors of other closings are not true.

National Waffle Day Aug. 24
I’m not giving you much notice, but Thursday, Aug. 24, is National Waffle Day. The boys and I plan on celebrating the way we usually do, which is crashing a Waffle House so Graham can eat his waffle like a pizza, saving the edge for the trash bin because he “doesn’t like the crust.” Where does he come up with this stuff?

National Potato Day was last week. I missed it. I guess the only thing to do is to go with the scattered, smothered, covered, chunked, topped and diced. You know, because I’m old school.

New restaurants for Beer Fest
Get your Uber and Lyft apps handy and get ready to get wild at the Dauphin Island Beer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26. I always like to remind those drinking locally to be sure and eat locally. You won’t enjoy it if you don’t eat, trust me.

From Royal Scam to Dauphin Street Taqueria, you’ll have ample opportunity. This year we have new offerings such as Rooster’s Tacos, Eugene’s Monkey Bar, Hole in the Wall, Kazoola and The Haberdasher. Tastiest Beer Fest ever!