Calling all movers and shakers! If you’re looking to become a little more “cultured,” look no further than Mobile Museum of Art’s new Culture Kitchen series. These events include dinner with an artist, or other representative of a community, who prepares a meal for attendees while conversing over a set of guiding questions.
Nothing is off limits at these events.
The first in the series will be held July 23, from 6 until 9 p.m. It will be hosted by the Southeast Asian American Store Owners’ Association (SAASOA for short) and will involve yoga, meditation and Southeast Asian cuisine. Discussion topics will include integrating cultures, building wealth and the art of living well. Turns out I need help in all of these areas.
Seating is limited, so get your tickets today by visiting www.mobilemuseumofart.com. Price is a mere $15 so they will fill up fast. The Mobile Museum of Art is located at 4850 Museum Drive.
Windmill Market newcomers
A recent gig at downtown Fairhope’s Windmill Market opened my eyes to some new food businesses there. The market still has Mary Ann’s Deli, Sweet Olive Bakery’s fantastic pizza and Frios Gourmet Pops, but some new faces have appeared in old places.
Mister John’s BBQ is at the back corner of the market. Old-school patrons will remember it as the former Moe’s location. But this barbecue hot spot is a horse of a different color. You’ll certainly find smoked-meat sandwiches and plates, but you’re just as likely to cave for the meatballs, tacos, meatloaf and other specialty items.
With all the fresh produce sold right there at the market, the side items benefit from the proximity. The seasons often dictate the veggies, and that’s a good thing.
In keeping with the market’s emphasis on recycling, Mister John’s helps out by offering refillable growler jugs. The growlers go for about $5 and are yours to take home, wash and bring back for a fresh refill of Fairhope Brewing Company’s Everyday Ale or another brew of your choice.
The newest addition to the Windmill Market is the Fairhope Fruit and Nut Company. It’s hard to top fresh-roasted peanuts that come from as close as Baldwin County, Alabama, and as far away as exotic locales in Louisiana and Georgia. If fresh-roasted peanuts sound good, let them take it to the next level by grinding your peanut and almond butter on site!
Mardi Gras in July
We celebrated Mardi Gras once this year. Fairhope Brewing Company suggests we celebrate it again! King Cake time is coming as the taproom opens for “Mardi Gras in July” on Saturday, July 18.
The event begins at 2 p.m. with pet adoption from Baldwin Animal Rescue Center, followed by live music throughout the rest of the day. The incomparable Bay City Brass Band kicks it off with their usual brand of revelry, followed by Fat Man Squeeze getting you through the rest of the night. Expect 15 beers on tap, including Lil Poison Brown Ale (named after the Grayson Capps song) and King Cake Stout!
This is sure to be a fun event. Gentlemen, start your livers.
Escoffier wine dinner still has availability
The teaming of Lee Thompson and John Weichman at Bistro Escoffier on Friday, July 17, promises to be the wine event of the month. It’s approaching fast, so get your tickets now.
We told you about it last week and feel the need to remind you. The menu sounds incredible and the wines are top notch. Deemed “A Summer Celebration of Wine and Food,” this event should be one for the record books.
If sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and a sparkling rose from varying vineyards are calling your name, then behold the menu: mango citrus salad, scamp almandine, pork tenderloin and grilled peaches with fresh berries.
Call 251-450-2030 to reserve your seat now. Cost per person is a more-than-fair $65, all inclusive. Bistro Escoffier is located in the old Mobile Popcorn building at 1714 Dauphin St.
Kitchen on George introduces fish tacos
Kitchen on George has always had a pretty good happy hour, from 4 until 6 p.m. seven days a week. Well, it’s about to get better. Beginning Monday, July 13, KOG will be offering fish tacos for happy hour only. I can’t wait to see what Chef Gillian has come up with for this dish.
As if that Monday wasn’t reason enough to celebrate at George and Savannah streets, every Monday is special with their Monday Wine Dinners. Thirty bucks gets you three courses, three wines and three reasons to smile. Make your reservations through Open Table or call 251-436-8890.
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