Last week many of us went to our mailboxes to find this month’s Cooking Light magazine with a cover that read, “The Farewell Issue.” The magazine — born as a spinoff of Southern Living in 1987 — is losing its hard-copy status but will still have recipes on The Cooking Light Diet will still serve folks in need of healthy meal planning tools and advice, according to Executive Editor Ann Taylor Pittman.

Printing giant Meredith Corp., which took over Time Inc.’s collection of 22 food and lifestyle magazines this past year, announced it will be merging Cooking Light with its other healthy title, Eating Well, under that brand. Subscribers will begin receiving that magazine in 2019 with the January/February issue.

Cooking Light will still publish a half a dozen issues or so per year available only on newsstands, and Meredith’s food headquarters will continue to operate in Birmingham. This includes Southern Living as well as Food & Wine. Please don’t take those subscriptions away.

To learn more about your subscription you can email or call 800-336-0125. If you’d like to learn more about Eating Well, visit

Cheese Cottage hosting Black Friday Brunch

Your go-to place for all things cheesy should be The Cheese Cottage at 650 St. Louis St. I don’t do big-box stores the day after my favorite holiday; I happily avoid the sales, but if you want to meet me for brunch I can pull myself out of my food coma and muster up the courage for a glass of wine and some cheese!

These guys will be serving a Lazy (not Black) Friday Brunch, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at which time they’ll be closing early. Drink specials and the cheesiest menu in town should coax you into leaving the mall. Visit their social media pages for more details. Get out that cellphone and say, “Cheese!”

Don’t “poke” the bear

Serda Brewing Co. is really on the educational track these days. Prepare yourself for their latest continuing education event as they have their Mobile Beginner Sushi Class Monday, Dec. 3, and Mobile Poke Class Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn how to make perfect sushi rice, where to shop and how to buy sushi-grade tuna. You’ll also learn the secrets behind the sauces, how to cut veggies, roll your own sushi and assemble the traditional Hawaiian poke bowls we all love.

It’s a good break from the holiday hustle and bustle. Visit Serda’s Facebook page for more details and ticketing information on these two events.