Last year I was on the sidelines as teams choked down shrimp after shrimp for charity, though I suspect a few folks I knew were really just looking to get full. It’s that time of year to once again stretch our stomachs for the 3rd annual Be Good for Something Shrimp Eating Contest at Wintzell’s Oyster House.

This year’s event will take place at the downtown location at 605 Dauphin St. Saturday, Aug. 6, with a 3 p.m. chow time. Teams are filling up quickly, so register soon. It’s $50 per player/$150 per team with proceeds benefiting Mobile Baykeeper. Also the good people from Good People Brewing Co. will be partnering with Wintzell’s again for this event, and this year they are bringing a special surprise from the brewery!

This event is open to the public in case some of you would like to soak up some suds and have a more moderate snack while your peers gorge on what made the Alabama culinary scene famous. For those who wish to compete you’ll find a registration form on Wintzell’s Facebook page. For more information visit or call 251-432-4605.

TASTE of the Eastern Shore coming
It’s time for the 2016 TASTE of the Eastern Shore, coming Friday, Aug. 12, to the Daphne Civic Center. Don’t miss your chance to try some goodies from some of the E-Sho’s favorite restaurants and caterers.

You must be 19 or older to attend. Tickets are $25 and on sale now, with proceeds benefiting Daphne High School organizations. Grab a few from Daphne High organizations such as boys’ and girls’ basketball, golf and soccer as well as band, swimming, cheerleading, choir, wrestling and cross country. 

As of now the 2016 vendor list is shaping up, with Buffalo Rock Co., Chicken Salad Chick, Hooter’s, Naman’s Catering, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Zaxby’s, Rouses, Soul Caffeine, Market by the Bay, Original Oyster House, Sugar Kettle Café and Pizza Hut already on board. If you’d like to be a vendor visit to download a form or contact the Civic Center at 251-626-5300. 

National Lasagna Day this Friday
Baked pasta is something I don’t get into very often, but when you have a holiday you might as well embrace it. These things look pretty appealing.

If you didn’t know, Friday, July 29, is National Lasagna Day (there’s a day for everything, isn’t there?) so consider yourself newly informed. Olive Garden is cooking up some big ones for you.

Of course there’s the Lasagna Classico, which is what you’d expect. Lasagna Fritta is an appetizer of fried Parmesan-breaded lasagna topped with Parmesan, marinara and Alfredo sauce. You’ll probably want to wait for the Chocolate Caramel Lasagna, which is layers of vanilla-soaked sponge cake, smooth caramel and creamy custard topped with chocolate shavings. Happy eating!