The Bull on Dauphin Street is getting in on the wine dinner craze, and why not? They’ve always had a nice selection of wine and an emphasis on regional foods. Chef Michael Devaney has planned a four-course menu focused on the locally sourced bounty our area has to offer that sounds perfect with what speaker Liz Youngs of Moet-Hennessy is bringing to the table.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 2, for a special night at 609 Dauphin St. A champagne reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres and the first course is served at 7 p.m.

The featured wines, in no particular order, are Terrazzas Reserve Malbec, Veuve Clipuot Demi-Sec, Cape Mentelle Semillion Sauvignon Blanc and Newton Claret. A sneak peek at the menu reveals a melon salad, Turtleback and Murder Point oysters, Chappapeela Farms pork and produce provided by Local Appetite Farms.

This is sure to turn into a monster of a dinner as it progresses. The $80 per person may seem a bit steep, but these are high-end wines with amazing food. Make reservations before it sells out. Call 251-378-5091 for more information.

Coastal Seafood Craze at The Hank
It’s time for the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s 5th annual Seafood Craze, and this year’s will be a little different. In years gone by, restaurants lined up across Bienville Square to hand out samples of their amazing dishes. But this year the tents will be set up at Hank Aaron Stadium’s event center right before a BayBears game!

On Friday, June 5, The Hank will be taken over by restaurants from 5 p.m. until 7:05 p.m. The $25 ticket includes admission to both the Coastal Seafood Craze and the evening’s game, as the BayBears take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Tickets may be purchased from Alabama Coastal Foundation’s website, www.joinACF.org, or at the gate for the same price.

Restaurants participating in this year’s event include Creative Catering by Sean, Dumbwaiter, Georgia Rousso’s Catering, Greer’s Market, Gulf Distributing, Half Shell Oyster House, The Lighthouse Restaurant, Mobile Popcorn, The Noble South and OK Bicycle Shop. I’m willing to bet Hank Aaron Stadium never tasted so good.

Sunset Festival a weekly event at The Wharf
School is either out or about to be, and it’s time to head to the beach. I’m certain that right after you pay your toll on the Foley Beach Express you will be inclined to stop at The Wharf. Plenty of changes have occurred, and with the addition of a new hotel some of the dining options have progressed.

Bimini Bob’s has moved but fortunately reopened better than before. With a new Raw and Rum bar, dining alfresco at Bimini Bob’s is sure to be delicious. Baumhauer’s on the Beach is rebranded with more Alabama Gulf seafood, which is always a good thing. And of course there is still the Compleat Angler, not to be ignored.

Other restaurants include Ginny Lane’s, Villagio Grille, The Hot Spot Music and Grub, Sol y Mar Mexican Grill and Cantina, and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. It seems the place is bursting at the seams with events and eateries.

Every Thursday from now until the end of summer The Wharf holds its Sunset Festival from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. This event features street performers from Key West, South Beach and New Orleans plus fire breathers, tightrope dog acts, jugglers, magicians, face-painting clowns, sword swallowers and more, followed by the laser light show. You can take advantage of the many great eats and treats all summer long.

Manci’s already a hit
This past week Manci’s Antique Club opened its doors to patrons who are lovers of the arts. By arts we mean music and alcohol. Sure, only the bar is open now, but the kitchen is sure to follow. Word on the street is the menu will be heavily influenced by Callaghan’s. We know you love that, and will keep you posted as soon as the kitchen opens.

“Soon to be famous” Butch Burger now famous!
“Robbing a train takes time, and so do our burgers,” reads the disclaimer at Butch Cassidy’s. It’s difficult to say how many Butch Burgers I have consumed over the past two decades, but the number is considerable. It was no surprise to me when I saw an article on onlyinyourstate.com entitled, “These ten burger joints in Alabama will make your taste buds go crazy,” that the Florida Street gem was in the No. 3 spot.

The Butch Burger is certainly one of the most sought-after burgers in our area, as well as our fair state. But it wasn’t the only Gulf Coast burger to chart on the list. Fairhope’s Big Daddy’s Grill holds down the No. 5 spot while the Pamenna Cheeseburger at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores came in at No. 10. Nice going, guys and girls!

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