Fairhope Brewing Co. continues to grow. Its latest addition to the family is brewer Gil Peterson, who comes from a brewery in Nebraska. What better way to welcome a Midwesterner to the Deep South than by throwing a party in his honor.

Gilapalooza will take place at the Fairhope Brewery Taproom, 914 Nichols Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. Come celebrate Gil’s arrival with live music, food and some of the best beer our area provides.

The featured beer of the event is the delicious Kingslayer Imperial Stout, a true pleaser. Bean and Bistro will be serving up festival-style food to help soak up the suds. You know you’ll love the latest tunes from Ryan Balthrop starting at 2 p.m., followed by This Side of 49 cranking up about 4:30 p.m.

This is the beginning of a fun season, with more in store for you at Fairhope Brewing in the coming months. We will keep you posted.

Chef Nutter opening downtown Mobile restaurant
You don’t really think of airports when you mention the words “fine dining,” but Atlanta’s Hartsfield/Jackson International has a heavy hitter in its One Flew South. The restaurant was nominated twice for James Beard awards for “Outstanding Service” in 2014 and 2015. At the helm of that restaurant was Chef Duane Nutter.

Chef Nutter and operations manager Reggie Washington have since branched out on their own and have big plans for the Port City. As business partners they are on their way to opening multiple restaurants, one of which is Southern National in the 360 Dauphin St. location.

Just across from the cathedral, this facility is in the heart of our arts and entertainment district, and although it will have offerings from our waters, they don’t see this being a seafood-heavy menu.

Nutter said the food will be “personality driven” and reflect his experiences. “The food I cook has been influenced by where I’ve been and who I am as a chef and where I’d like to go.” Nutter was raised in Seattle, so “there’s a little Pacific Northwest nod to everything I do.”

Uncorked Festival ready to go
“This is a paramount year for The Wharf, and as we approach the third year of the Uncorked Food and Wine Festival we will continue to build on the success,” Sheena Mizell, marketing manager at The Wharf, said. “We are proud to bring this event to the Gulf Coast again and invite all wine and food enthusiasts across the area to join us for the three-day celebration.
Here are the events:

Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. — The Chef Showdown begins at The Palms. Chris Sherrill of Flora-Bama Yacht Club faces off against Brody Olive of Perdido Beach Resort. Individual tickets are $25.

Friday, Sept. 16 — Many of The Wharf’s restaurants will host wine dinners. Make reservations through the individual restaurants.
Saturday, Sept. 17 — The Grand Tasting runs from 4-8 p.m. Last-minute ticket pricing is $70 but you’ll get fine wines and small bites. Visit www.thewharfuncorked.com for more information.