He’s one of my favorites, so get ready for a great lesson from Rob Stuart of R. Stuart wines as he makes his way to Fairhope Inn on Wednesday, April 6, for a wine dinner you are sure to remember.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the fantastic Big Fire rosé as the reception. The appetizer is a seared sea scallop with parsnip puree that should complement the White Sky blend. The second course is a cornmeal-crusted Gulf snapper over spring vegetables and sauce meunier with Love pinot noir. This is one of his newest additions and carries a price point under $30.

If you’ve never had the slow-braised short rib at Fairhope Inn, you are in for a treat. This one will be served over garlic smashed potatoes and spring asparagus with the sturdy Vignette pinot noir. You will notice a difference between these two pinots but they are both amazing.

Dessert is a strawberry semifreddo with an almond crust. I’m melting right now.

The cost per person is $65 excluding tax and gratuity. To reserve your spot call 251-928-6226. I’m certain this will sell out fast.

To learn more about Rob Stuart and what Oregon does best (pinot noir), visit his site at www.rstuartandco.com.

St. Mary’s KOC Crawfish and Bluegrass lineup ready to feed the masses
Of course it’s my favorite event of the year. Where else in this city can you get thousands of pounds of crawfish, gumbo, ice cream and, pound for pound, the best bluegrass in the area? Look no farther than the St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Crawfish and Bluegrass extravaganza.

Saturday, April 16, is the date. Gates open around 4 p.m. and the crawfish will be coming out hot. Price per person is $30 in advance, $35 at the door; high school students get in for $15 with a student ID. Kids 12 and under get in free. Get your tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2518050 or in person at Mobile Popcorn, Zoghby’s Uniforms or at St. Mary’s School.

To aid in your digestion, you will be treated to the sounds of Eldon Bryson and Azalea Bluegrass Band, Fat Man Squeeze, the Cottage Hillbillies and the Steel City Jug Slammers. It is also asked that you bring canned goods for a food drive that benefits www.feedingthegulfcoast.org (formerly Bay Area Food Bank).

Garage enters the crawfish game
We knew it was only a matter of time until the Garage began its crawfish season. As last year’s winner and this year’s second-place winner of the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off, it was time for them to crank up the gas and shovel in the mudbugs.

Sundays are the day, so come down to Washington Street for an afternoon of live music, head sucking and tail pinching. Remember, it is free if you’re drinking. Raise your sodium levels every Sunday from now until the end of June.
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