Keep the DeLorean under 88 mph when you head to the Fairhope Brewing Company for their second anniversary “Back to the Future” party. Saturday, Jan. 24 is the date to save as you celebrate the past, present and future of our landmark local beer from 4—11 p.m. at the taproom of FBC at 914 Nichols Ave.
Representing the past, lower Alabama’s only craft brewer will be serving up the suds that put them on the map with Everyday Ale, Fairhope 51, and the Paint it Black IPA that we’ve come to know and love. You see these brews in recipes, at festivals, and spilling from taps in Mobile and Baldwin Counties at bars.
The present is the celebration, and for this the boys are working overtime. Expect more than 20 small batch signature beers and seasonal brews produced just for this event.
So what does the future hold? Well that’s the big news. Fairhope Brewing Company is unveiling its plans for bottling in 2015! Guests can check out bottle designs and sample some of the latest recipes.
Entry is only $10 and includes a commemorative glass and the beer of your choice. Live music begins at 4 p.m. with Mitch Johnson followed by Rondale and the Kit Katz at 7 p.m. Hoot Wheels, the Hungry Owl food truck will be on site as well as Bean and Bistro providing you with delicious fare so you don’t have to drink on an empty stomach.
So call Lorraine. If you don’t take her out to this event Darth Vader will come down from the planet Vulcan and melt your brain!
Last Italian Fisherman wine dinner finalized
The menu is in for the Thursday, Jan. 29 wine dinner at the Italian Fisherman at 2503 Old Shell Road. Celebrating the final wine dinner in the successful series, Chef John has called upon the wines of Terra D’Oro Winery from Plymouth, Amodor County, California.
The reception is a Pinot Grigio, Chenin Blanc/Voignier for the first course followed by an Amador County Zinfandel. Third course is a Barbera, ’12 and a grand finale is a strong close with Zinfandel Port.
Expect some surprises with the food, but we know for sure we will see duck breast, orzo, Chateaubriand, roasted carrots, and dark chocolate truffles.
This is your last chance for one of these events at this location. I am certain this one will be memorable as the doors will be closing after the last 2015 Valentine dish is served. Cost is $60 per person and reservations are required. Call now, as it should fill up quickly, at 251-478-2881. Start time is the usual 7 p.m.
Pour Baby hosts wine dinner with Mac McDonald
As one door closes another one opens. West Mobile newcomers Pour Baby are getting into the wine dinner game with a menu put together by Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars, Mike Toups of Rush Wines and Pour Baby Chef Josh Lear.
The event is also Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. This one will feature four courses beginning with a Blanc Gris, a Pinot Noir from Sonoma, a Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, and a Rose’ Pino Noir from the Russian River Valley.
Of course the Pour Baby menu gets a bit eclectic with some amazing tastes. Starting with seared scallop and sweet potato gazpacho the dinner makes its way toward clams, spicy sofrita, St. Louis style ribs, and a carrot soufflé. Chef Josh won’t disappoint.
The price is $59 per person, plus tax and an 18 percent gratuity. Location is 6808 Airport Blvd., Suite H out in WeMo. Call for reservations at 251-343-3555.
Benjamin’s enters the food truck business with eclectic burgers
Add one more to Mobile’s meals on wheels group. MiMo’s Benjamin’s at 2101 Airport Blvd. is known for a wild menu of burgers and gastric craziness like meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato icing. They are keeping their dinner and weekend brunches going but are putting on the brakes for weekday lunch service in order to hit the gas on their new food truck, the Burga Kaboose.
They just entered the scene but got off to a rolling start. They do have pimiento cheese, chicken salad and the like, but the main focus is burgers. Expect this truck to have a burger of the week, which could be one of many of what they call “burger personalities.” I have heard of their King Cake burger. There is even talk of deep fried pizza with a patty in between. Have they gone off the rails or is it pure genius? You be the judge. Check Facebook updates for daily truck locations.
Cuisine for Kids huge fundraiser for CAC
It’s one day out of the year, but it’s for a worthy cause. Cuisine for Kids is scheduled for Jan. 27 and will raise funds for Mobile’s Child Advocacy Center. Simply put, restaurants from our area have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds from that Tuesday to help victims of child abuse.
Some are national chains, some are regional chains, and some are 100 percent local, but these Mobile restaurants all have their heart in the right place. And it seems Mobile’s restaurant scene is considerably generous. At the time of this writing there are over forty restaurants participating in this fundraiser. The complete list is at www.cacmobile.org. You have one job: dine out!
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