It may be the random fruit trees scattered about the property. Maybe it’s the eco-friendly environment and the great food. But whatever it is about Fairhope’s Windmill Market that attracts you to the corner of Equality and Bancroft, you’ll find there is another reason to visit at the end of this month.

Another installment of their Seafood Savvy series will be held Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. For those unfamiliar, these quarterly events are set up to enlighten consumers about seafood preparation with informative lessons on where to get it and how to cook it.

“I’m always amazed by the fact that we live so close to the water here in south Alabama, and yet many of us don’t know where to buy good seafood, how to handle it, where it comes from, or how it’s processed,” Maggie Lacey said.

Lacey is one of the Seafood Savvy organizers who hope the series will help turn consumers away from imported seafood and shed more light on what our gulf has to offer.

This quarter’s session will prove to be a special occasion as James Beard award winning Chef Ryan Prewitt speaks about fish from the water to the table. Prewitt is head chef of New Orleans restaurant Peche, a James Beard Award winner for Best New Restaurant 2014, found in the warehouse district of the Crescent City. It’s safe to say this man has a grasp on seafood.

Attendees will be treated to a lesson in how to shop for fresh seafood. Chef Ryan will show you how to properly clean and store seafood and how the home cook can make the most of the catch. The best part is he will demonstrate some of his favorite recipes and guests will have the opportunity to sample small portions of his creations.

For many of you this will be a first chance to have a James Beard award winning chef cook for you. I recommend it.

The doors open at 5 p.m. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine. This event is totally free, but is limited. For tickets to this quarter’s Seafood Savvy call 251-990-8883 or email Maggie Lacey at

Dumbwaiter is ready for grand opening
According to its Facebook page, Dauphin Street’s Dumbwaiter has set the grand opening date for Friday, March 20. Celebrate the first day of spring at Mobile’s latest most anticipated restaurant. The pictures online look amazing and they are accepting reservations.

Call 251-445-3802 or book your reservation online through Open Table. Dumbwaiter is located at 167 Dauphin St. in the former Samurai J building on the southern perimeter of Bienville Square.

They won’t let him close! Two more events at Italian Fisherman
On Valentine’s Day the final meal was served at Old Shell Road’s Italian Fisherman — or so we thought. It seems that over the past month there have been many requests for a final meal, and Chef John Weichman has decided to give the fans two chances to pay your respects.

The first is this Sunday, March 29. The restaurant will be open Palm Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., but don’t expect meager lunch portions. Full dinner portions and bar service will be served from a slightly smaller menu than the full Italian Fisherman book but your favorites will still be there.

Seafood gumbo, bisque and soft shell crab are a few of the appetizers. Scamp and snapper are fantastic, but thankfully he is including my favorite trigger fish available three different ways. Chicken or veal Marsala, Osso Buco, pastas, and the prime rib that put him on the map many years ago round out the dishes you’ve come to know and love. Reservations are highly recommended.

The second event is the final installment of the Italian Fisherman wine dinners. This time we will be treated to wines of Vinicola de Tomelloso, La Mancha Spain. Finca Cerrada gold medal white and a red, Cabernet and a Rose’ pair with grilled eggplant, seafood soup, chicken breast with Arogonese potatoes au gratin and a surprise dessert of Spanish flair to cap off a successful series. A vineyard spokesperson traveling from Spain will be on hand.

This event will be held Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m. The price is a low $60 per person and reservations are required. Call and reserve your spot for either of these events at 251-478-1762. Italian Fisherman is located at 2503 Old Shell Road, just east of Florida Street.

Cabo Coastal Cantina shuts down
You may remember 225 Dauphin St. as the old Hurricane Brewery location from a few moons ago. The latest tenant, Cabo Coastal Cantina finally closed its doors at the end of February citing the end of their lease as a good time to call it quits.

This begs the question of what will become of the corner of Joachim and Dauphin? It’s one of my favorite buildings and has wonderful neighbors in Loda Biergarten, T.P. Crockmier’s, Three Georges, Alchemy Tavern and the beautiful Saenger Theatre. My vote is high-end restaurant with live music. Someone get on that immediately.

Until then, recycle!