Let’s face it. Scotch and cigars go together like greens and cornbread. If you’re a fan of the spirit and the rich tobacco flavor that complements it, then get your tickets now for The Battle House’s “Sips and Smokes” event.

Saturday, Oct. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., the terrace garden rooftop will come to life as the Tinder Box joins forces with The Battle House Hotel to present five different single malt Scotch whiskies from the Macallan distillery — plus a cigar. The event is limited to 40 people. Tickets cost $42 per person and can be purchased at Royal Street Tavern, on the ground floor of The Battle House.

Midtown Smoothie King moving
Fans of smoothies will rejoice to know the Smoothie King at the loop will soon have new digs. Now located at 2029-D Airport Blvd. next to the UPS Store, Smoothie King will soon be just across the parking lot at the former Sugar Rush Donut building facing Mellow Mushroom.

A spokesperson from Smoothie King said the opening date should be Oct. 19. Maybe they should keep both open and eventually put a Smoothie King inside of a Smoothie King. Everybody wins!

Great Chefs of Oakleigh sold out
The second annual Great Chefs of Oakleigh Food and Wine Festival, to be held Sunday, Oct. 8, has sold out. I hope you have a friend with spare tickets or you will miss out on great food from local cooks, wine pairings from Red or White, and draft and bottled beer from Griffith’s and Callaghan’s.

The event is 4-7 p.m. You’d better get searching for those $30 tickets.

Gumbo Champion having holiday sale, classes
It’s a great time to learn to make gumbo, and Gumbo Queen Bettie Champion is now teaching classes in pairs.

If you don’t have a friend interested in taking the class, she will gladly pair you with another.
Furthermore, she’s looking to open up freezer space with a holiday gumbo sale. For only $8 per pint, $16 per quart and $62 per gallon, you can have your party or dinner rocking with minimal effort.

Call 251-458-1570 or email championbettie@hotmail.com for more information.

Ruby Slipper Café coming to Mobile
In spring 2018, Mobile will be getting its own Ruby Slipper Café at 100 N. Royal St. in the historic Staples-Pake building currently under renovation. After Orange Beach got theirs, I knew it was a matter of time before this small New Orleans chain found its way to the Azalea City.

Get ready for some of the Crescent City’s decadent breakfast dishes and wild cocktails. We’re mature enough to have cocktails with breakfast foods, right? I thought so.

This will be their ninth location overall and their second in Alabama.

Wine Fest Oct. 12
Catholic Social Services of Mobile is hosting Wine Fest at Cotton Hall, 911 Dauphin St., on Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy food and wine throughout the evening from Red or White, Old Shell Growlers, Noble South, Rooster’s, Butch Cassidy’s, Naman’s Catering, Original Oyster House and Pizzeria Delphina.

Single tickets cost $75 and are available at catholicsocialservicesmobile.com.