To kick off Hunger Action Month, Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank) is holding its annual Chef Challenge Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal from 6-9 p.m.

Guests will enjoy tastings of the cream of the crop of what our area chefs have to offer as they compete to win votes for the night’s best dish. You know these guys will have their game faces on.

Not only will you enjoy the food, but complimentary beer, wine and spirits should lift your inner spirit for the vast silent auction, as well as lubricate your dancing legs as you groove to the lively sounds of Roman Street. Your generous support is what enables Feeding the Gulf Coast to serve more than 80,000 struggling families each year.

There are many levels of tickets/sponsorships, with all proceeds going to an important cause, so donate to your level of comfort by searching the event on Facebook or visiting

Old Shell Growlers debuts strong menu
Mobile is ready for a growler station and has been watching the corner of Old Shell and Kenneth with much anticipation. The wait is over as this past week gave birth to Old Shell Growlers in the Nixon Drugs building.

As the name implies, you can take home a growler of your favorite brew, build a six-pack from 250 bottled choices, have a pint or two on-site or enjoy a glass of wine. But don’t neglect the menu.

This isn’t your typical bar food. Smoked duck skewers, steak tartare and beer-braised mussels are enough to get you there. The Tuna Poke Martini sounds even better than the escargot-stuffed mushrooms with shaved Parmesan cheese and caper beurre blanc. There’s even a diver scallop ceviche and an ice cream dish that is in need of the perfect beer pairing.

Forgo the chicken wings and nachos for once. You want something different? These are just a few of their options. Keep your eye on this one.

G’s Bakery taking over Bistro Escoffier address
Around the corner from Old Shell Growlers, a bakery/café is coming soon to 1714 Dauphin St. G’s Bakery is set to open in the former Bistro Escoffier space with breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with old-timey bread, pastries and desserts. We’ll keep you in the loop as to when they swing the doors wide.

Saucy Q opens for breakfast
The Government Street location of Saucy Q Bar B Que is now open for breakfast Monday through Friday from 6-10 a.m. You can get everything with grits, including fish, shrimp and salmon patties. Pancakes, breakfast bowls and sandwiches can make dining in or on the run a cinch. Start your day right with the most important meal at 1111 Government St.