Cooper Riverside Park will again host the Land Rover Gulf Coast Wine on the River wine tasting Saturday, Oct. 20, 4-8 p.m. This second annual event will have an “Around the World” theme focusing on selected cultural regions, with wine and beer available for purchase. Live music and food from local restaurants and food trucks sweeten the pot.

There’s plenty of time to get your tickets, but take advantage of early-bird pricing to attend on the cheap. Now through Aug. 6, tickets cost $39 plus tax. Thereafter (Aug. 7 through Oct. 19) tickets will cost $49, and $59 the day of the event.

Wine on the River is proud to maintain a charitable component by contributing proceeds and collaborating with Fuse Project, an organization dedicated to providing the spark for innovation, funding and implementation of projects benefiting health, fitness, education and social responsibility of our children.

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.wineontherivermobile.com.


Walk-Ons Bistreaux and Bar opens on Airport Blvd.

If you’ve ever visited 3673 Airport Blvd., you may have dined at Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen, Baumhower’s Wings or Bishop’s Grill and Bar. That interior space is now unrecognizable, transformed into Mobile’s latest sports bar, Walk-Ons Bistreaux and Bar.

With a name like that you can bet your bottom dollar the place has roots in Louisiana. With co-owner/partner Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, there is some celeb power behind this, as well as a heavy Cajun influence to the menu.

Yes, it’s a sports bar, but everything has a bit of a twist to it. Boudin balls are served with a Dijon horseradish sauce. Devils on Horseback are stuffed with cream cheese and pickled jalapeños, wrapped in bacon and deep fried. The gumbo is duck and andouille. Fried alligator is more tender than usual, and you can even get etouffee as a side. Definitely not your usual sports bar menu, but they still have burgers and wraps.

Certain tables have their own taps so guests don’t have to wait for a server to refill their glasses. The taps record how much you drink and tally up your check. That sounds delightfully dangerous!

The staff seems knowledgeable, as if spring training went well. With plenty of TV screens, I’m certain this will be a football destination for those in the Airport/I-65 area. It opened Monday, so try it soon. For a complete menu and the backstory of this growing chain, visit www.walk-ons.com.


Bay Bites finalized food truck list seems promising

It’s last minute, but Bay Bites Food Truck Festival has assembled a smart-looking list for its July 25 event. BFF Food Truck, Frios Gourmet Pops, The Hotdoggery, Katie’s Kotton Kandy, Kraken Katering Co., Maya Luna, Mother Shuckers Corn Roasters, Southern Grill BBQ, Soul Heaven Café, Tin-Tin’s Rock and Roll and WeMo’s Wings will be in attendance. That’s a mouthful!

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