Fans of the originator of the meal assembly industry, Dream Dinners, will be pleased to know the grand opening of the Daphne location is set for July 13. The event is open to the public. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 6 p.m.

The first 100 families in attendance will receive an herb-crusted flank steak to take home and enjoy.

The 1,600-square-foot facility at 1539 U.S. Highway 98, Suite 302, in Daphne’s Shore Oaks Center is owned by former Mobile location employee turned franchisee Heather Chopin, who says, “Dream Dinners can be a resource for busy parents, helping them to get wholesome, home-cooked dinners on the table without the hassle of going to the grocery store or even trying to think about what’s for dinner. I’m so excited to bring Dream Dinners to Daphne to help bring more families in our community together around the dinner table.”

Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit
The Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit is about to celebrate its fifth year, returning to The Wharf June 26 and 27. The event begins that Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and cook-off at Heron Pointe at The Wharf with emcee Martie Duncan. Finalists Brody Olive of Voyager’s at Perdido Beach Resort, Bryan Cates of Kitchen on George in Mobile, Kelly Grady Hargroves of Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Montgomery, and Jason Ramirez of Villaggio Grille in Orange Beach will battle it out.

Saturday, June 27, the Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit begins at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast at The Sands, and lasts until 2 p.m. with various programs throughout the day.

“The Seafood Summit is one full of educating attendees around critical issues, fellowshipping with like-minded industry peers and, of course, enjoying delicious Alabama Gulf seafood,” said Chris Blankenship, acting commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and program administrator for the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission.

“Alabama’s Gulf seafood is known worldwide for its impeccable quality, and we look forward to the upcoming summit where we will discuss how to continue to enhance this valuable contributor to the state’s economy,” said John McMillan, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

Registration is open and attendance is free. To register send your name, business, phone number and email address to

Naked Chicken Chips
It was odd when KFC had a sandwich where chicken replaced the bread. Now Taco Bell is throwing its hat into the weird game. Naked Chicken Chips are marinated white meat triangles of chicken cooked up to replace standard chips.

Served with nacho cheese, those brave enough to try the crispy poultry will be able to use the wedges to shovel the dip into their faces, perhaps avoiding some carbs.

A six-pack of these will cost you about $1.99 and 390 calories. Where were these when I gave up chips for Lent?!