Since the recent departure of Chef Gillian Clark to open a café at the Mobile Museum of Art, Kitchen on George has had the good fortune to hire Bryan M. Cates to take on the executive chef duties.

As a graduate of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Charleston, Cates has found his way into some heavy-hitting kitchens, serving as executive chef at Birmingham’s Bellini’s Ristorante and Basico in Charleston, South Carolina. At some point along the way he found himself working as a line cook at Chef Chris Hastings’ nationally acclaimed Hot and Hot Fish Club, also in Birmingham.

“Chef Cates brings such a fresh, innovative cooking style, and his passion for locally sourced ingredients aligns perfectly with our farm-to-table philosophy and commitment to regional, seasonal fare,” says Kitchen on George General Manager Mallory McGowan. “We are looking forward to the delicious additions he will bring to the menu.”

Cates is already settling into the Port City. “I am proud to join the food team here at such a well-established and well-loved restaurant as Kitchen on George,” says the 2015 Limehouse Citrus Celebration Winner for Best Citrus Dish. “I am looking forward to continuing to develop local, seasonal menus for diners to enjoy, and I can’t wait to contribute to the ever-growing Mobile food scene.”

Welcome to Mobile, Chef.

TASTE of the Eastern Shore date changed
Those of you looking forward to TASTE of the Eastern Shore last week were in for a surprise if you showed up. The event date has been changed to Friday, Sept. 23, at the Daphne Civic Center. Tickets purchased for the Aug. 12 date will be honored.

The good news is the change of date is giving you more time to purchase tickets and/or become a vendor. Vendor registration and ticket sales are due no later than Sept. 1. To become a vendor visit and download the vendor application.

As of this week the current vendors are Buffalo Rock, Naman’s Catering, Rouses Markets, Café Del Rio, Ralph & Kacoo’s, and Hooter’s of Daphne. Tickets are on sale now for $25. You must be at least 19 years of age to attend. Grab a couple of tickets from most Daphne sports organizations and choirs or call the Civic Center at 251-626-5300.

Uncorked Food and Wine Festival returning
Sept. 15-17 is the third annual Uncorked Food and Wine Festival at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Get ready for three days of food and wine tastings as well as live entertainment, raising money for Make-A-Wish Alabama.

More details in weeks to come, but get your tickets for one or all three days at