I doubt I have missed one since I moved to Mobile, and I don’t intend for this year to be any different. Greek Fest 2014 is upon us, and the October favorite turns 52 this year! Get ready for Greek music, Greek dancing, Greek coffee and Greek food galore Oct. 16, 17, and 18 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 50 S. Ann St.

There is always fun for the whole family, and true, I go for the food and the music. The festival runs each day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and admission is only $2, so what have you got to lose? But some of you may not have time to stop, park and stroll through the church grounds. For those hungry and in a rush there is a curbside drive-through service that runs from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Just follow the signs, but you may miss out on the charm of the pastry shop and the big family dinners to go.

You know anything that has been around for over 50 years is worth going to. Visit www.greekfestmobile.org for more information. We will see you there.

Red or White grand opening in new location

So part of me will miss Red or White being on Old Shell Road. I’ve received a healthy dose of Chef Arwen’s culinary skill in that building across from the Dew Drop Inn. But the other part of me is way more excited the team is moving to a new location. Embrace the change!

In the former True Midtown Kitchen at 1104 Dauphin St., the new Red or White is prepped and ready to go. With more space for retail and dining, our favorite wine restaurant has also received a kitchen upgrade in the form of a wood fire pizza oven! It’s really the only pizza I get excited about.

The grand opening is Oct. 16 with a reception from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Stop in to catch the innovative photography of Fairn Whatley. If you can’t make it for this you’ll have more opportunity. Expect this showing to be on display at Red or White until Jan. 15, 2015.

Hangout Oyster Cook-off and Craft Beer weekend gets better everyday

It is sure to be a big early November with the Hangout Oyster Cook-off and Craft Beer weekend on the 7, 8, and 9. We keep getting nuggets of information as this one takes shape. The latest news is a list of the celebrity chefs who will be involved in some fashion or another.

You’ve seen Jason Roberts on “The Chew” and “Rachel Ray.” Food Network Star has provided multiple seasons of winners and runners up that are making their way to the Gulf Coast. These include Michele Ragussis, Ippy Aiona, Linkie Marais, Nikki Martin and Martie Duncan. The last of whom is, of course, the pride of Alabama, and we are impatiently waiting for the release of her new cookbook. I’ll keep you posted.

Music will be provided by Nashville’s Steelism and our very own Mulligan Brothers, who have taken time from recording and constant touring to blow you away next month.

For those interested in the craft beer portion of the three-day event check out www.hangoutcookoff.com/breweries for a list of participants.

No confusion, just Fusion

Have no fear, the Crooked Martini has just changed names and gone in a completely different direction — 7939 Cottage Hill Road is now known as Fusion. The new name and new menu are bringing an Asian flair to West Mobile. The offerings are plentiful with a large number of appetizers, tons of traditional sushi and signature rolls, traditional stuff from the grill, and an interesting section where you select a curry, then a meat and then a heat.

There is still a full service bar if you wish to get a little crooked.

Zea’s goes pink for October

We all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s high time we all went pink. Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill has done just that. The successful chain that began in Harrahan, La., and made its way to University and Airport is offering special drinks to raise money for the important cause.

There is an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version so both kinds of diners may contribute. For every glass of pink lemonade sold a dollar will be donated to the Susan G. Koman Foundation helping to raise awareness for this dreadful, but in many cases stoppable, disease. For those who imbibe, Zea’s has created the Pretty in Pink cocktail which credits $2 to the same foundation.

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who has not been affected by breast cancer. I know those suffering right now. Early detection is the key, so give ‘til it hurts. Go Team Pink!

International Wine and Food Society to form Mobile Chapter

Prepare your glass and palate for a presentation discussing the formation of a local chapter of the International Wine and Food Society. The IWFS has chapters worldwide and basically brings like-minded people together to discuss and enjoy wine and food. Every chapter governs itself, so it basically gets only as fancy as the comfort zone of its members.

Tuesday Oct. 14 the Italian Fisherman will play host to a presentation on this topic if you’d like to find out more about the organization. An IWFS member from the New Orleans area will be speaking, and one can expect appetizers and, of course, wine. Cost of admission is $25 per person to cover the food and beverage.

The presentation should last an hour or so, and it begins at 7 p.m. Call for reservations at (251) 478-2881. Leave your name, number of people in your party and a good number to be reached on Monday. If not enough people sign up by Monday the event will be canceled. I seriously doubt that happens. I’ll see you there.
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