BY ANDY MACDONALD

The 2108 World Food Championships take over The Wharf in Orange Beach Nov. 7-11. Highlighting some of the most iconic cuisine from around the world, this competition — formerly held in Las Vegas — has called the Alabama Coast its home for the past couple of years.

It’s a fierce battle as chefs who spent the past year qualifying are now meeting in our fair state to see who will be victorious in nine key categories of competition. Barbecue, chili, sandwich, burger, dessert, bacon, seafood, steak and chicken are the heavily contested events, with a purse totaling $300,000! Once the champions of each category are crowned they will meet at the Final Table for the ultimate bragging rights and a pile of cash.

Tickets for this event cost only $10 per day and a weekend pass will run you $25. Expect tons of foodie activities, celebrity chef demos and complimentary refreshments, and you’ll get a taste of the turn-in samples. The events are far too numerous to name in these pages, but be sure to follow them on social media and check out worldfoodchampionships.com for ticketing and general information.

Art Soup 2018 at Azalea Manor

It’s a fun-filled evening of music, art and soup! The 2018 Art Soup event will be held Friday, Nov. 16, at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin St., from 6-9 p.m. Local artists craft soup bowls for the events and local restaurants provide the soup. Live music from Swing will keep you on the dance floor and you will enjoy beer, wine and soft drinks as well as dessert and coffee.

This is the annual fundraiser for Loaves and Fish Community Ministry Inc., a nonprofit corporation committed to serving the needs of the homeless in Mobile since 1979. Tickets cost $25 and proceeds go directly to Penelope House, Ransom Ministries, Family Promise, McKemie Place and the USA Student-Run Free Clinic. Check out artsoupmobile.org for more information. This is a Brown Paper Ticket event.


Christmas Jubilee coming to Convention Center

I can’t believe the word “Christmas” is in my column today, but it is time for the Junior League of Mobile’s annual Christmas Jubilee at the Mobile Convention Center Nov. 15-17. If you can’t wait until that Thursday, then maybe you should try the “Peek and Purchase” on Nov. 14 from 6-9 p.m., a 21-and-up event. The rest of the days offer other options such as VIP shopping, Girls’ Night Out and Santa’s Breakfast as well as the general admission tickets ($10 in advance, $12 at the door).

Depending on which event you choose there are usually healthy servings of beer, wine and appetizers, at the very least. These ladies make a positive impact on our community and also know how to have a good time. See all of the ticket options at juniorleaguemobile.org.

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