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The Grilled Cheese Meltdown, a fundraiser for retail incubator Urban Emporium, returns to Cathedral Square Thursday, Oct. 11.

No, not those kinds of corks. The Forks and Corks Culinary Gala will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) Estuarium. This event will showcase the talents of the Mobile County Public Schools’ Hospitality and Tourism Program as students from Davidson, Vigor, Baker, Alma Bryant, Murphy, Williamson, Theodore and Blount high schools take part in a culinary arts competition.

Forks and Corks opens the ArtSeaLab Festival weekend at DISL. ArtSeaLab festival is a marriage of art and science used to illustrate the conservation and preservation of our coastal habitat, our economy and our way of life on Alabama’s Gulf coast. You will be entertained and educated across the campus with a juried art show, a 3D marine debris art competition, live music and hands-on art and science learning experiences. Middle and high school students may want to try their luck at the online arts competition.

Judges for the Forks and Corks culinary competition are David Holloway of, University of South Alabama special events coordinator Frances Henson and yours truly. Tickets for the Forks and Corks Gala can be purchased online at (see the special events section) or in person at the DISL Estuarium at 102 Bienville Blvd. or at Art Does It, 1101 Bienville Blvd., both on Dauphin Island. Tickets are on sale now at $30 per person or $50 per pair. Call 251-861-2141 for more information.

Fairhope Brewing holds Wandering Oyster event, Banjo Brunch

It’s the flight of the oysters Thursday, Oct. 4, at Fairhope Brewing Co., 6-8 p.m. Beth and Bill Walton from the Wandering Oyster will grace the brewery with their presence to discuss everything there is to know about oysters.

A $25 ticket gets you nine world-class oysters sourced from three distinct Gulf Coast locations. The oysters will be paired with samples of Fairhope Brewing Co. beer, including an Oyster Stout brewed specifically for this event. Reserve your spot today by emailing, and be sure to check out the Wandering Oyster at for all your oyster catering needs.

Also get ready for Fairhope Brewing’s Dueling Banjo Brunch, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be a heavy day of picking, drinking and eating with Tin-tin’s Rock and Roll Food Truck and Painted Black IPA. More details to come!

Urban Emporium holds 2nd annual Grilled Cheese Meltdown

It may be the cheesiest event of the year as the Urban Emporium of Mobile holds its 2nd annual Grilled Cheese Meltdown Thursday, Oct. 11, in Cathedral Square, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Two categories, 10 teams and 40 delicious sandwiches to sample are reason enough to get downtown and help decide who wins the Golden Spatula.

Team registration is $50 and general admission costs $8. Get your tickets at (search Grilled Cheese Meltdown 2018). All proceeds go to the Urban Emporium, Mobile’s retail incubator.