Chicken Salad Chick just announced a new winter menu and fans of the Hillcrest hot spot better get ready to turn up the heat. It’s all part of its “Cuddle up to Curry” promotion.

“Curry has such a rich flavor that is associated with warmth, which is perfect for winter,” Stacy Brown, Chicken Salad Chick founder, said. “When we asked our guests recently what they’d like to see from Chicken Salad Chick in the New Year, they told us to keep dressing up their favorite chicken salad with new and exciting flavors. So we’re thrilled to introduce the new flavor to our loyal guests and expand our chicken salad selection with the ‘Cuddle up to Curry’ winter promotion.”

The new items are scheduled for availability until Feb. 28 and are not limited to curry. A new salad and four new soups are also on the menu. The Curry Chicken Salad boasts authentic Indian curry seasoning and golden raisins. On the lighter side, the Cranberry Apple Salad is made of dried sweetened cranberries, Fuji apples, feta cheese and chow mein noodles on a bed of mixed greens served with poppy seed dressing.

To really warm you up Monday and Thursday, there’s Loaded Potato soup. Tuesday is reserved for Broccoli Cheddar. Wednesday is Chicken Tortilla and Friday is the ever-popular Chicken Artichoke Florentine.  
Sounds warm. Time to cuddle.

Serda’s plans Daphne location, Mobile brewery
For the past seven years or so, Serda’s Coffee has been downtown Mobile’s spot for fresh-roasted, award-winning coffee, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and fruit smoothies. Don’t forget the gelato. With the success of this location, John Serda and company decided it’s time to take this show on the road and open a future second location in Daphne. The bonus? An awesome farm-to-table breakfast and lunch menu.

The new Daphne location plans to use as many local ingredients as possible from area farmers, including but not limited to fresh farm-raised eggs, produce, fruits, meats, cheeses, honey and butter. The focus is on local, fresh and healthy.

The location is a brand-new strip center currently under construction on Highway 98 next to Popeye’s and across the street from Target. To aid in the opening of this project, Serda’s has launched a new Kickstarter campaign. Through Serda’s Facebook page or the Kickstarter website, you must see the clever video of Serda and his employees showing off their acting skills. The good news is the rewards are mostly coffee, food and bumper stickers. A hopeful opening date would be June 2016. Stay tuned as the story develops.

In case you missed it last week, Lagniappe also reported that the Mobile’s Board of Zoning Adjustment approved a variance to allow Serda to convert the vacant tire shop at 600 Government St. to a craft brewery and cafe. It’s a highly visible location in the Downtown Development District on the block bounded by Dearborn and Warren streets.

Serda has been planning a brewery for years and still has a lot of red tape to cut through, but the Zoning Board’s approval was a significant hurdle to cross.

While craft breweries have proliferated upstate, Serda’s will be just the second on the Alabama Gulf Coast, after Fairhope Brewing Company opened in 2013.

Fairhope Brewing Company celebrates 3rd anniversary
Speaking of Fairhope Brewing Company, the locally-owned brewery will offer a plethora (yes, a plethora) of their coastal brews in signature anniversary glassware that patrons can take home at a “Three Amigos” themed anniversary party this Saturday, Jan. 16, begining at 4 p.m. According to a press release, more than 30 beers will be tapped throughout the day including seasonal favorites and some Mexican themed ales brewed just for the occasion.

There will also be live music from an authentic Mariachi band followed by Mitch Johnston before RonDale and the Kit Katz take the stage. Food will be available for purchase from the Unique Streat Eatz Food Truck and Bean & Bistro.

The $10 admission price includes the commemorative glassware. Toast “¡Salud!” at 914 Nichols Ave. in Fairhope.

Apron squad rocking the cool kitchen fashions
Nerd alert: I secretly adore aprons. I guess it goes back to working in kitchens and such, but even at home I hang an apron around my neck and hope the strap still reaches all the way around my waist just to cook my boys some dinner.

Every apron has a story for me. Usually they are a swag item from working an event like a cook-off or Family Promise function. Some are gifts from thoughtful people who think I know how to cook. Nothing fancy, my aprons are all made to garner stains and holes. An apron unused is a useless apron. But this year I’ve noticed new styles of aprons at several high-end cooking events and I believe I have found a source.

Hedley & Bennett out of Vernon, California, are making some of the sharpest-looking aprons out there. Each apron is built to look good, to be used and to last. The products are made in the USA and come with guarantees.

To learn more of Hedley & Bennett’s interesting story and see the various styles, check out Be sure to watch the awesome video (rated PG) and be prepared to be hooked on the styles. Warning: they are not cheap. There are custom options available, unisex styles and even kid sizes. I think I may be partial to the standard PHO made of stretch denim and matte black hardware. I have a birthday coming up. Let’s see who’s paying attention.

Dauphin Street Cafe under new management
Dauphin Street Cafe at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St., is under new management. Many are excited that Naman’s Catering recently took over the facility and began serving Jan. 11. Expect reasonable pricing with daily lunch choices of two entrees, four to six sides, cold sandwich box-lunch items, prepackaged salads, desserts and short-order options.

The first week’s entree choices looked problematic in that I could not decide which dish I wanted more. Jambalaya, chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie, smothered pork chops, a taco bar and fried catfish all had my attention. Visit to keep up with all that’s going on.