Savor the Flavors

Produced by Brett Levine Food styling by Lily Plauch´e Photography by Alison Miksch Few dishes say winter warmth more than savory pies, and these three recipes can bring the flavors of the season to your table. For a handheld wonder, try some beef empanadas with chimichurri. Frozen pastry dough makes these easy to prepare, and the combination of… Read More

A Ramble Through the Kitchen

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up—like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore—And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over—like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags—like a heavy load. Or does it explode?  “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, 1951 Written by Cody Owens; Photography… Read More

A World Away

Ugandan-born Jahan Berns is the face of a successful immigration story. Written by Rosalind Fournier A wife and mother of two, an attorney in a prominent law firm, an active member of her church and tireless volunteer in the community, Ugandan-born Jahan Berns is the face of a successful immigration story. She has a radiance,… Read More

A Different Stroke

He has a new studio in Pell City, but artist Dirk Walker finds his work is untethered to geography. By Loyd McIntosh Famed artist Henry Matisse was once quoted as saying “creativity takes courage.” In a similar vein, his chief rival in the art world, Pablo Picasso—a man with whom Matisse rarely agreed on anything—once… Read More


With a staggering number of prisoners to manage and an ever-shrinking state budget, the Alabama prison system counts heavily on its most under-rated resource, its guards. WRITTEN BY TOM GORDON PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAMERON CARNES PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH BIRMINGHAMWATCH.ORG On a recent warm fall afternoon, 30 men and six women, all wearing charcoal gray T-shirts and navy blue trousers,… Read More

B-Metro Weddings

MEAGAN AND MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY BY Maggie Rae Photography Though the destination was only about 30 minutes away from Birmingham—the ceremony held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Pell City, followed by the reception at nearby Applewood Farm—the wedding of Meagan Freeman and Michael Price felt like a celebration that was a thousand… Read More

The Giving Guide

The Giving Heart of the City Birmingham is an especially giving city. Whatever your special cause, you can find a home for your passion project among the nonprofit organizations of Birmingham. On these pages, we present profiles of some of the region’s leading nonprofits, their impact, missions, successes, and connections. When it comes to getting… Read More

Building Their Dreams

Leaving no detail to chance, a couple builds a home their growing family will enjoy for years to come. Written by Jane Reynolds; Photography by Edward Badham Alan and Allison Cease both have strong Birmingham ties—Alan grew up here; Allison is a graduate of Samford University—and the young couple always planned on making this their home. But their plans… Read More

Southern Gospel: Like a Train Whistle

The Birmingham Sunlights keep the tradition of Southern Gospel alive and well. Written by Phillip Ratliff; Photography by Beau Gustafson For the past three decades, the Birmingham Sunlights have been celebrated for their rootedness in the city’s venerable gospel singing tradition—and for being among that tradition’s great innovators. Threading that needle has meant learning from… Read More

Fashion: Sparkle and Shine

The holiday party season has arrived, and the glamour is back. Credits: Photography by Chuck St.John Styling  by Mary Beth Wetzel Art Direction by Robin Colter Hair by Todd Cargo of Sanctuary Make Up by Jennifer Spanick Style Assist by Lynn Muggeo Photo Assist by Erin Crawford Models Gloria Ann Crauswell, Becca Tate, Michael Clarke; All with Red Models Silver full-length evening gown with front slit… Read More

Walking on Clouds

Photography by Alison Miksch Recipe Development by Lilly Plauché You might not imagine that something as simple as egg whites and sugar could transform into something as light, and delicious as a meringue. Try some dipped delicately into chocolate. Sprinkle one with fruit. Or, savor a slice of perfection in a Pavlova—that classic Australian dessert… Read More