The American Cancer Society’s 2019 Chili Cook-Off is this Saturday, March 30, at downtown Mobile’s Mardi Gras Park. This is the event’s 30th year, so it’s sure to be a big one. You might say this is our area’s “hottest” annual event, and many of you expressed how happy you are that it’s downtown again.
Teams will assemble early that day, at the corner of Government and Royal streets, to prepare gallons upon gallons of the red stuff in hopes of taking home the title. The gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. You know the old saying — it goes something like, “You can’t eat chili all day if you don’t start early in the morning.”
There will be drinks, live music and fun for the whole family. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Of course, all proceeds go to the ACS for its efforts to end this dreaded disease.
UCP Mobtown Mac ’n Cheese Fest at Cathedral Square
Why? Because everyone loves mac and cheese. That’s good enough reason for United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile (UCP) to start a new Mobile tradition with its Mobtown Mac ’n Cheese Fest.
Scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from noon to 3 p.m., the event will be held at Cathedral Square and feature teams offering a variety of mac ’n cheese recipes for sampling. With classic and gourmet styles, you’re sure to find a favorite that will keep you coming back for more.
Beer, soft drinks and water will be available, as well as live music from our buddies, SWING! Tickets are available at upcmobile.org for $12 in advance or $15 day of the event. If you want to feel like Mr. Big Gouda, maybe you should consider a VIC (Very Important Cheese) pass for $25. This allows you entry into the event at 11 a.m. so you can get a jump on the crowd.
Be sure to vote in the People’s Choice category and stick around to see who takes home the gold, silver and bronze. All proceeds benefit UCP, one of Mobile’s oldest and most respected charities.
Queen G’s first in Restaurant Revival series at Colonial Fort
The Colonial Fort of Mobile is introducing a fresh take on dining al fresco with its Restaurant Revival: A Summer Supper Series. This is a chance to have one more taste of the legendary restaurants we know, love and miss.
First in the series will be the beloved Queen G’s, which many of you know fell in the name of progress to what is now the Publix Shopping Center near Florida Street on Old Shell Road. What began in 1989 under the keen ownership of Queen Gaynell Mathers was eventually passed down to her daughter, Carolyn Mathers-Provost, in 2000 and flourished until 2016.
Known for her fried oysters (the best I’ve ever had), Carolyn will be running the show Saturday, April 6. A little birdie told me she’s bringing in Lisa G to make the dinner as authentic as it can be. You’ll have your choice of fried oysters or shrimp creole, two sides, salad and dessert plus live music. Ticket price includes dinner and two cocktails. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Early bird prices start at $49 and may be purchased at colonialmobile.com.
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