Do you think you can put together a team that has what it takes to smoke other local teams in a game of trivia? Can your team stomach a few pints of really fantastic beer? Would your team be proud to contribute to a worthy cause?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, I have the event for you. Sunday, June 12, the Fairhope Brewing Co. will be hosting Food for Thought, a sort of Battle Royale of trivia pitting brother against brother, turning friend to foe for three short hours, from 2-5 p.m.

Teams of six or fewer are encouraged to sign up for $50 per team, seeking prizes worth the effort, with all proceeds benefiting Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank), which is currently serving a 24-county area spanning South Alabama, South Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.

This organization stays busy, and last year alone distributed over 20 million pounds of food to more than 400 church pantries, soup kitchens and nonprofit organizations in our area. You may also have heard of its Summer Food Service, Afterschool Snack, Backpack, Disaster Relief, Community Garden, Mobile Pantry, Produce Drop, Cooking Matters and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach programs, all under this United Way agency.

Food will be sold at this event, and of course the beer is divine at Fairhope Brewing’s taproom, located at 914 Nichols Ave. in beautiful Fairhope. For more information about Feeding the Gulf Coast visit or see Fairhope Brewing Co. on social media and its website,

Cream and Sugar delights OGD with new menu items
The Oakleigh Garden District is getting a little bit richer at the corner of George and Savannah. It seems Cream and Sugar Café has some new sandwiches just in time for warmer weather.

Our little coffeehouse known for its cake balls and marvelous breakfast (including grits with gumbo) is upping the ante with some new vegetarian sandwiches added to their already carnivore-friendly menu.

The new Mediterranean flatbread comes with spinach, sliced tomatoes and cucumber with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce. It’s pretty close to a gyro without the lamb. Another new and soon-to-be favorite is the artichoke and spinach grilled cheese. Doesn’t that sound good? It’s taking grilled cheese to the next level.

Of course there’s still a fine selection of coffee and teas, and that familiar killer breakfast burrito has not left the building except in plenty of to-go boxes. You’ll always want to visit the popular spot, next to Kitchen on George, for a healthy dose of those ever-popular cake balls, currently featuring some really neat-looking graduation versions for our favorite seniors.

Congratulations to all of our graduating classes, and especially to Lucas, who is headed into middle school. You’ve made us all proud.