Things are shaping up at Bistro Escoffier. Chef Lee Thompson is knocking it out of the park with a refined daily menu. As if his skills aren’t enough, Thompson is teaming up with guest chef John Weichman to present “A Summer Celebration of Wine and Food.” This event will be held Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. and is worthy of some serious attention.

The courses begin with shrimp Napoleon and crab and lobster cream sauce paired with a Chalk Hill Estates sauvignon blanc, followed by a mango-citrus and walnut spring mix. Weichman is bringing his popular scamp almandine with a meuniere sauce and summer squash, paired with a fruit-forward Chalk Hill chardonnay. Pork tenderloin supreme medallions are done in a cherry-pinot noir reduction with potatoes Boulangere, along with the lively Argyle pinot noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon. The evening will be capped off with grilled peaches and fresh berries with toasted pecans, paired with the heavily anticipated Sophra sparkling rose from New Zealand.

Reservations are required, so call 251-450-2030 to get a jump on the limited seating. Cost is an all-inclusive $65 per person. Bistro Escoffier is located at 1714 Dauphin St.
 
Food Truck Fest benefits Mobile Baykeeper
Any excuse to pull a bunch of food trucks together is a good one. The Bay Bites Food Truck Festival provides such an excuse. Wednesday, July 8, from 5-8 p.m. at least 10 grub vehicles will be congregating at Cooper Riverside Park on Water Street for a tasty event that will have you wishing you could try everything.

Sample the wares of Mobile’s most popular dining cars such as Bacon My Day, Grits and Grub, Von’s Food Truck, Geaux Boy, Ben’s Burga Caboose, Frio’s Gourmet Pops, Kona Coastal Alabama, Chill Yogurt Café, Pita Pit and Saucy Q Barbecue.

Advance tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. The price gets you into the event and includes three beer tickets for those of age. Once in the event, you’ll be able to purchase food from these excellent vendors. Kids 12 and under get in free. Purchase tickets at www.mobilebaykeeper.org.

Cream and Sugar adds new menu items
George and Savannah in the OGD is getting a little tastier, with six new menu items at Cream and Sugar. The Buffalo chicken wrap is a hit, but many are going crazy for the spinach and artichoke grilled cheese. Lunch is better with a new spinach salad and a Cobb salad, but the fruit and cottage cheese plate would be just as great as a breakfast item as it would at lunch.

The new vegan taco soup has black beans, fresh corn, roasted tomatoes, and garbanzo and kidney beans. There’s another vegan option in the vegan panini, with spinach, roasted peppers and portabella mushrooms.

Don’t forget they have Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream and Frios Gourmet Pops plus yogurt smoothies!

Tilmo’s opens at old Foosackly’s location
We told you weeks ago it was happening. The day finally arrived. Last week Tilmo’s Barbecue opened to an enthusiastic crowd making it “one for the books,” as put by sibling owners David and Ryan Tillman. With the popularity of their downtown restaurant Cotton State Barbecue, no one expected anything less than early success for the Brothers Tillman in their latest venture at Dauphin and Interstate 65.

The former Foosackly’s location is set up for barbecue on the go as they sling the smoky stuff through the drive-thru window. The simple menu consists of pulled pork, chicken, brisket and chicken salad served in a sandwich, on a potato, or atop a salad. Banana pudding is a regular dessert at any Alabama barbecue institution, but the welcomed surprise of Sno Biz shaved ice treats places them as the closest thing to a snow cone stand near my house.

There is also a kids’ menu, so you have no excuse to not grab some ‘cue on the go Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Benjamin’s closes a door and opens a window
You heard it here when Benjamin’s closed down. Then the eatery at the loop reopened with some hours that were hard to keep. Now they have shut the doors to their eclectic Midtown restaurant and are solely focusing on serving food through the window of their Burga Kaboose trailer. While the brick-and-mortar restaurant’s Facebook page is still up and running with sporadic updates, fans of the crazy burgers you came to love should follow the new page for the food truck.

Downtowners transitions to Pizzeria Delfina
Fans of Italian food should be happy to know that the former Downtowners location will soon become Pizzeria Delfina. This prime spot near Royal St. is in good company across from Panini Pete’s and a hop, skip and a jump from other hot spots such as Dumbwaiter, Noble South and the Haberdasher.

Expect more than just pizzas from owner Richie Gambino. Traditional Italian fare and new favorites are a part of the plan. A hard opening has not been set but things are getting close to being finalized. We will let you know as soon as there is something more concrete, but diners should be excited about a new Italian option in LoDa.

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