Gentlemen, start your livers. The 9th annual Wine Festival at Five Rivers will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Catholic Social Services. More than 100 wines are to be tasted and local restaurants will be on hand to make sure you don’t drink on an empty stomach.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Jimmy Roebuck Jazz Trio. Plan on voting for your favorite dish to win the coveted “Taste of the Bay” award, and for your favorite overall restaurant or caterer for the “Best of the Fest” award.
Regular tickets get you into the festival and the tasting at $50 per person. Premium tickets grant access to the Vintner’s Tasting room, with wines in the 90 points and above range to be tasted. These are $75 per person and can be purchased at either Red or White location (1104 Dauphin St. in Mobile and 323-A Del La Mare Ave. in Fairhope). Regular tickets can be purchased at www.wineat5rivers.com.
Marco’s Pizza expanding in Mobile
If you’re wondering which is the fastest-growing pizza chain in the U.S., look no farther than Marco’s Pizza. You may have tried them in Gulf Shores, Daphne or even our own location on Dawes Road. One thing is certain, they do have their fans. Some say it’s the best pizza in Mobile, and even New Yorkers are crazy about their thin crust.
Those of you familiar with the brand will be glad to know the company is rolling out an aggressive development plan focusing on the Southeast and naming Mobile as one of the targeted areas. These restaurants would open under the leadership of area representative Woody Johnson, who owns 10 locations and is seeking franchise partnerships for the coming years.
When I say aggressive, I mean 35 locations in the Southeast by the end of this year with many more to follow.
“With an intimate knowledge of the Marco’s brand and extensive experience in the restaurant industry, our development team is well positioned to grow in the region,” Johnson said. “We are eager to find local business leaders to bring this growing concept to their town. With their help, pizza lovers throughout the Southeast will quickly find out that ours is unlike any other pizza franchise out there. Our product is hands-down the best quality and our customer service outmatches the competition.”
Marco’s is the only national franchise chain founded by a native Italian. Let me tell you, people freak out about this pizza. If you’ve not yet tried Marco’s, seek it out. Is it time for a pizza renaissance in Mobile? I don’t think there’s ever a bad time for one. Bring it, Marco’s.
Hangout Oyster Cook Off offers learning experience
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Hangout Oyster Cook Off will have cooking demos with celebrity chefs! On Saturday, Nov. 7, guests will be able to hone their cooking skills by learning from some of the best.
Ann Burrell, Mark Murphy, Martie Duncan and Ippy Aiona of the Food Network, Jason Roberts of Rachael Ray and The Chew, Michele Ragusis of NBC’s Food Fighters and Cory Bahr (Food and Wine People’s Choice Best New Chef) will be putting on clinics that will blow your mind. Visit www.hangoutcookoff.com for more information.
John Besh releases new cookbook
The past few years John Besh has become one of my favorite chefs. Actually, I think he may be my favorite chef. There is a certain class about Besh that makes you want to do better. On TV he comes across as easygoing and makes you believe you can do it. You can, by the way, but maybe not as well as he can. As a writer he is one great storyteller who puts you in the mood to cook.
His new cookbook “Besh Big Easy” is a grand departure from his last “Cooking from the Heart” in that this one gets down to the nitty-gritty. He explains the book is intentionally paperback and he hopes for pages to be stained as it is opened on your kitchen counter rather than on your coffee table. This doesn’t revisit his first book, “My New Orleans,” but rather shows how his cooking has evolved from chef to scruffy, bearded dad.
Though there are plenty of charming anecdotes, the book is chock full of “101 home-cooked New Orleans recipes.” His style shines through and makes even the fanciest of recipes seem a little more denim and flannel. A gumbo section is worth the $25 price tag. I cannot wait to really get into this one. It has my recommendation already as the Christmas present of the year.
It will be worthy of a full review soon. Until then, recycle.
Alabama ranks high in tailgate party schools
The “world’s largest food and drink website,” The Daily Meal, announced this week its annual list of the “25 Best Colleges for Tailgating in America.” It is no surprise that the South mostly dominated the list, though there were a few that sneaked across the Mason-Dixon Line.
The ranked schools of interest to most readers would be Auburn (11), University of Florida (9), University of Alabama (6) and Ole Miss (5). It should come as no surprise that the best tailgating college in the United States is LSU (1). I’ve partied in the Grove. I have made my own parties elsewhere. But no matter where my football loyalties lie, I fully admit the food at the perimeter of Death Valley is unmatched. I have no problem with these rankings.
For the complete list, visit www.thedailymeal.com.
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