The Bay Bites Food truck Festival is once again making its way to Cooper Riverside Park on Wednesday, July 25, from 5-9 p.m. The list of trucks is still being finalized but we do know we’ll enjoy live music by Roadside Glorious, craft beer from Sweetwater Brewing, lawn games and kids’ entertainment.

Strike now to get advance tickets for only $15 through July 8. Prices go up to $20 the 9 and $25 on the day of the festival. One ticket includes three drink tokens (beer or Coke products) and access to the trucks. Food is sold separately.

The event is rain or shine and does have a tendency to sell out, so act fast while it’s on the cheap. Visit to purchase.

Callaghan’s keeps winning

It’s hard keeping this place a secret when they keep winning awards, but I can’t say Callaghan’s Irish Social Club doesn’t deserve it. The readers of Alabama magazine must feel the same way, as they have voted our beloved Cally’s the Best Burger in Alabama seven years in a row! That’s strong praise. Another reason to get there early, I suppose.

Congratulations, John Thompson and crew. You guys are doing a great job and are food ambassadors for our fair city.

Cheese Cottage hosts cheese classes

Cheese 101 is ready for summer enrollment at the Cheese Cottage. These two-hour events will be an educational experience, where each participant will learn the history, uses, types and pairings for different types of cheese. A sampling of each and a wine specifically selected to pair will be provided. July dates are sold out, but be on the lookout for August and September. Perhaps another date will pop up soon enough? Fingers crossed.

Grilling woes? Call Longhorn!

Maybe you’re a novice, maybe you want to try something different, but if you’ve got troubles at the grill Longhorn Steakhouse has the answer. For the first time ever Longhorn will have our country’s top grill masters as the certified experts on hand for their Grill US Hotline.

Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m eastern time, backyard chefs in need will be able to call 1-855-LH-GRILL (1-855-544-7455) to speak with a group of finalists from Longhorn’s Steak Master Series competition, in which top-performing grilling experts from around the country have been competing since February. The finals took place June 28.

Gather your questions and call before you do something stupid, like set your deck on fire or serve a ribeye with ketchup. Remember, mid-rare is a job well done.

Haberdasher launches new menu soon

In our next issue we’ll provide details, but a heads up that the Haberdasher will launch its new menu July 5. Get ready!