A Bloody Mary is a staple at every Southern brunch as well as the morning after every SEC football game. We take our Bloody Mary recipes seriously. Now the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission (ASMC) is urging you to send in photos of your wildest recipes for an Extreme Bloody Mary contest that runs through Aug. 9.
Teaming up with E&J Gallo, the contest will feature the winery’s New Amsterdam vodka as contestants are asked to prepare, photograph and submit their images with or without a recipe to the Alabama Seafood Facebook page, promoting the image with the hashtag #extrememarycontest on all social media outlets. The top 20 images will be selected and voted on Aug. 14-29, with a winner announced Sept. 4.
The grand prizewinner receives a three-night vacation in Gulf Shores, VIP tickets to the 2015 National Shrimp Festival, a half-day of fishing with High Cotton Charters and lodging courtesy of Kaiser Realty by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.
“This is a first for Alabama Gulf Seafood, and we look forward to seeing what seafood and Bloody Mary fans alike come up with in terms of extreme and wacky recipe creations,” said Chris Blankenship, director of the Alabama Marine Resource Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and program administrator for Alabama Gulf Seafood.
Every photo submitted will help Alabama Gulf Seafood. E&J Gallo is prepared to donate up to $10,000 by monitoring the contest and local alcohol sales. For every submission they donate $1. For each vote over the course of the promotion they donate 25 cents. And for every bottle of New Amsterdam Vodka sold at participating Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC Store) accounts they will donate 50 cents.
Here is the best part. You spend a bit of your day making the most awesome Bloody Mary you can imagine. The next step is you get to drink it. For more information on this contest, visit www.eatalabamaseafood.com.
Kitchen on George wine dinner
Congratulations are in order for Nappie Award winner Best Chef Gillian Clark of Kitchen on George. Not one to rest on her new title, Clark and fellow chefs Anthony Osborne and Paul Wooten have an out-of-this-world wine dinner shaping up for Wednesday, Aug. 5.
The trio of chefs will be cooking up four courses with an intermezzo and pairings along with representatives from International Wines.
Crawfish-filled baby squash pirogues for the amuse bouche will lead to a chilled melon soup with Acrobat Pinot Gris. Fish course is spiced Alabama lump crab with St. Innocent Chardonnay. Guests will take a short break with Campari and orange sorbet, followed by the main course of braised hen with figs and risotto paired with Ken Wright Pinot Noir.
Dessert is roasted Chilton County peaches and blue ginger ice cream with Saracco Moscato and a selection of petit fours.
The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $80 per person and reservations are required. Phone it in at 251-436-8890.
NoMoCo Food Park opens in Prichard
Fresh vegetables and quality farm-raised foods are making their way to Prichard.
North Mobile County (NoMoCo) Food Park opened this past weekend at 204 Wilson Ave. in Prichard with the intent of providing an exciting venue that features live music, food trucks, local arts and crafts, and seasonal foods. This farmer’s market of sorts will be open the first and third Saturday of each month brightening the day at 7 a.m.
For more information about the NoMoCo Food Park, visit www.nomocofoodie.org.
Fairhope Policemen and Firemen Appreciation Day
American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope is giving back to its first responders with Policemen and Firemen Appreciation Day. On Saturday, Aug. 1, the Legion — at the “S” curve on Scenic 98 less than a mile South of the municipal pier — will host a dinner in honor of the local heroes with plates of barbecue and fried fish. The cost per plate is $10, and the event will be held in the hall and upper part of the grounds.
Supper isn’t the only attraction. Live music will be performed by Kerosene Soul. Everything starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. Police officers and firefighters eat free, as do their significant others. Proceeds will benefit the city of Fairhope fire and police departments, so bring your friends.
The American Legion is located at 700 S. Mobile St. in Fairhope.
Bistro Escoffier wine dinner rescheduled
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bistro Escoffier wine dinner with guest Chef John Weichman was postponed from July 17 to Friday, July 24. Along with the change of date comes a change of venue. The dinner will now be held at the Italian Fisherman location on Old Shell Road to accommodate more guests.
In the meantime, you can enjoy Bistro Escoffier and Chef Lee Thompson at 1714 Dauphin St., 251-450-2030. Recycle!
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