Sense of Community


Sense of Community

Little Savannah has turned their Community Farm Table into an opportunity to bring diners closer to their food and their city.

Photography by Lindsey Griffin

Little Savannah has turned Wednesday night into something special at the Forest Park restaurant.

Little  Savannah has hand selected local “celeb” chefs, farmers, breweries, and wineries to help prepare and serve a three-course family-style supper.  The food is locally sourced and the evening provides plenty of time for guests to mingle, ask questions, and have the opportunity to sit face- to-face with their neighbors and friends.

The whole initiative has a great community feel attached to it. The local “celeb” chefs are associated with city non-profits and the evening is used as a fundraiser for that particular cause.

For the event on April 10, 2013, (photographed for this issue) Sally Mackin of the Woodlawn Foundation was the guest chef. She helped in the kitchen preparing  a three-course meal of low country gumbo, Southern fried catfish with mac and cheese, coleslaw and hushpuppies, and strawberry shortcake with bourbon Chantilly cream topping.

The $45 cost of the meal includes a donation to the non-profit beneficiary, in this case the Woodlawn Foundation. The foundation is hard at work holistically transforming the struggling city neighborhood into a vibrant and sustainable community. Past suppers have supported such groups as the Safehouse Shelter, Rev Birmingham, Greater Birmingham Humane Society, and the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network.

Upcoming farm table dinners include evenings with Trent Boyd, of Harvest Farms, May 15, $35; John Wesson of Averiett Branch Farm, May 22, $35; Deborah Stone of Stone Hollow Farmstead, May 29, $35; and Will Doonan of Heron Hollow, June 5, $35. The evening  begins each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Call Call (205) 591-1119 to reserve your seat.

SliceFest 2013

The Bajalieh brothers of Slice and Sol’s fame are at it again with the second edition of SliceFest coming to Lakeview, June 1.

With pizza, beer, music and stuff for the kids to do, SliceFest is designed to be a fun Saturday spent in a great Birmingham neighborhood–all done for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds benefits Alabama Forever and the SUKI Foundation which helps families effected by the genetic disorder Rhett Syndrome.

The music starts at 1 p.m. and ends at midnight. Kid’s activities like face painting, balloon animals and a moon bounce run until 4 p.m.

The music is headlined by the Southern rock band, JJ Grey & Mofro, and also features Banditos, Ponderosa, Rollin’ in the Hay, Wildflowers, Bad Brad & the Sipsey Slims, Ophelia and Festival Expressions.

Tickets for SliceFest are $12 in advance; tickets are $20 at the site.

Todd English P.U.B.

Along with a menu mix of creative American comfort food, try their collection of over a hundred craft and boutique beers from around the globe. And if you are up for it, take the seven-second challenge and down a glass in the allotted time for a free pint, just throw some darts. It’s the English thing to do.

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