Cancel any plans for Friday, Nov. 20, and get ready for Art Soup 2015 at the Center for Living Arts at 301 Conti St. This is the annual fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit organization that supports the services provided by 15 Place, Family Promise, McKemie Place, Ransom Ministries Café and other local homeless groups.
The event features bowls artfully crafted by local artists. What to put in those bowls? There will be soup from local restaurants to warm your bellies and hearts along with desserts, beer, wine and soft drinks. If that doesn’t get you into the party spirit then hopefully live music will. Entertainment will be provided by Fat Man Squeeze and rumor has it there may be a guest appearance by Nathan “Sugarbear” Friedlander, as if you needed another reason.
This charitable event begins at 6 p.m. and ends at an early 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at http://art-soup.bpt.me. The tax-deductible ticket price includes entry to the event, one bowl, two drink tickets and soup. For more information, check out Art Soup on Facebook or call 251-379-0564. Don’t miss this one!
Stamp your passport at International Fest
The 32nd annual Mobile International Festival is coming to the Mobile Civic Center this Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Tall Tales: A Journey through the World of Folklore.” Festival-goers will be treated to the telling and retelling of tales by storytellers from abroad, who will bring fables that originated in their home countries. Here’s your chance to hear stories from more than 70 different nations.
I believe it unwise to take all this in on an empty stomach. The Mobile International Festival has you covered in this area as well. From the spicy to the mild, the exotic to the tame, food from 30-plus countries should provide enough options to satisfy your entire group. Imagine all of this under one roof. With so many styles of cuisine, you can be as adventurous as you wish. You may even find a new idea to employ this Thanksgiving.
Wrap your taste buds around something foreign to your palate while taking in the music of each culture. Plenty of entertainment is scheduled, ranging from singing groups, guitar players and drummers to dancers and storytellers.
Ticket prices are $12 per person for those aged 13 and older; admission is free for age 12 and under if accompanied by a ticketed adult. You may purchase tickets in advance by calling 251-208-1556 or by visiting the Mobile Civic Center ticket office. For more information go to www.mobileinternationalfestival.org.
The cookbook to serve and protect
The Mobile Police Foundation is currently selling a cookbook on behalf of our men and women in blue. “Mobile Police Department Favorite Recipes” costs a mere $15. Your purchase of the spiral-bound collection will benefit Mobile Police Chief James Barber’s various community outreach programs such as You Still Have a Choice, Second Chance or Else, Respect for Everyone and Everything about Spice is a Lie.
Recipes are from current and former employees of the Mobile Police Department and their family members. The dividers in the cookbook display MPD photos from the 1800s and 1900s.
Cookbooks may be purchased by calling MPD headquarters. Reach Tonya Hopkins at 251-208-1723 and Kathy Battiste or Lisa Levins at 251-208-1885. At the Western Administrative Complex, call Glenda Chambers at 251-208-1266. Gary Owens of Crime Prevention can sell you one if you call 251-208-1938. In Communications, Heidi Robinson will field your call at 251-208-1009. Fourth Precinct folks can contact Earl Smith at 251-208-1300.
Turkey butter craze is sweeping the city
I am a man of nontraditional traditions. I think this year I have found my new Thanksgiving vice. Thanks to my friend Lissa’s discovery while shopping the aisles of Rouse’s in Spring Hill, I don’t believe I’ll be able to give thanks next Thursday without turkey butter. Um, it may not be what you think.
What I speak of is 4 ounces of butter sculpted into a turkey. Only in America can we have such an amazing thing on our dinner table. The pale yellow bird is put out by Keller’s Creamery and is all the rage right now.
This begs the question of whether there will be a Christmas or Hanukkah version. What about Easter? I would say for butter in the likeness of Saint Nick, you must eat the beard first, but for now we only have turkeys. Have fun with this one.
Ollie’s Mediterranean closed
It is always sad to see one fade into the sunset. I noticed the other day that Ollie’s Mediterranean Grill at the corner of Airport and Old Government has closed down. The restaurant had a more than fair lunch and dinner and the bar had some amazing happy hour prices as well as hookahs. Don’t worry about getting your Mediterranean fix, though, the Ollie’s on Hillcrest is still going strong.
What will become of the famed corner building that once was home to Hemingway’s and later Bilotti’s? In this week’s business column, Ron Sivak has a lead that it’ll be a sports bar. We shall let you know as soon as we confirm.
Updated Nov. 24 at 1:15 p.m. to correct information indicating Ollie’s Mediterranean Grill on Hillcrest Road had closed. It remains open. We regret the error.
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