Easily becoming one of the best events Mobile has to offer, USA Children’s and Women’s 2017 Local Goodness will take place Sunday, May 7. This marks the fourth year of the fundraiser, which runs 4-7 p.m. at the new USA Health Strada Patient Care Center overlooking the Geri Moulton Children’s Park on the hospital’s campus.

The farm-to-table dinner has always delivered a remarkable spread. With amazing food and drink, a silent auction and live music by Fat Man Squeeze, it’s always a great time. Expect local seafood, meats and produce prepared by some talented chefs.

Local Goodness is a tribute to local cuisine, art and music while raising awareness and support for the hospital’s mission of providing the highest quality health care for the children and women of this region.

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased by calling 251-415-1636 or contacting Beth Mattei at bmattei@southalabama.edu. Join us for a fun, delicious event that literally changes lives.

Lucy Buffett releasing new book

Not to be outdone by her brother, Lucy Buffett is a celebrity in her own right. We’ve been enjoying LuLu’s since before it moved to Gulf Shores and Buffett opened a second location in Destin, Florida. Speaking of seconds, her second book, “Gumbo Love … Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining and Savoring the Good Life,” hits the shelves May 9.

This follow-up to “LuLu’s Kitchen, a Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life” is described as a love letter to the Gulf Coast’s vibrant food culture with more than 100 new recipes mixed with old classics, covering Cuban, Caribbean, Cajun, Creole, Mexican and Old Florida influences.

Grab your copy soon, but mark your calendars. Miss LuLu herself will be holding a book signing at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores on Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bojangles coming

The first time I had Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits was on tour in Charlotte, North Carolina. That’s where it all began. Spreading throughout the South like wildfire, Bojangles will be making a home in Mobile at 3213 Dauphin St., in good company with Chick-fil-A, Foosackly’s and other purveyors of chicken in the immediate area. We’ll let you know when an opening date is set.

Cinco de Mayo

Listen up, taco soldiers. It’s time to spread the word: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. That is actually Sept. 16, and it deals with Spain. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of a heavily indebted and outgunned Mexican army defeating their French creditors in the Battle of Puebla during the time of the American Civil War.

When news of this military miracle reached the pro-Union California Latinos, it spurred them to form a network of patriotic organizations linking the struggle of Mexico to the struggle of our Civil War.

So this weekend, as you reach for your taco, jam the lime down the throat of your Corona or salt your rim for that perfect margarita, take a moment to let your drinking partner in crime know the 5th of May is not Mexico’s 4th of July.
But party like that’s exactly what it is.