Monthly Archives: August 2009

Food, Inc. in Birmingham on Labor Day Weekend

Food, Inc is coming to Birmingham Labor Day weekend! Here’s the 411: All showings will be at Bottletree Cafe. There will be two showings Saturday, September 5. The 1pm showing will feature a local-inspired brunch menu; the 5pm showing will have a local happy hour menu. Tickets for those shows are $7 each, food is extra.

There’s also one showing on Sunday, September 6, at 4pm, and it will be followed by a panel discussion and a local Sunday dinner prepared by Bottletree and Chef Chris Dupont from Cafe Dupont. Tickets for the Sunday showing are $18 each and include dinner.

This showing came about because of the persistent efforts of Amanda Storey, author of the blog Food Revival. She’s pulled together a lot of people and organizations involved in food in Birmingham to support this effort, including Jones Valley Urban Farms, Slow Food Birmingham, the Alabama Sustainable Agricultural Network (ASAN), Jefferson County Childhood Obesity Task Force, Bottletree, and Whole Foods Market.

You can buy tickets online at Bottletree Cafe’s site. Proceeds from all showings benefit Greater Birmingham Community Food Partners and ASAN’s Food Summit scheduled for November 12-14.

Some members of the Foodie Book Club have also been helping Amanda–thanks to you all!

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Put some South in your mouth!

potlikker_athens_homeIf you’ve never been to a Southern Foodways Alliance event, go. The people are fabulous, the food’s great, and the program gives you a new reason to appreciate the South. There’s still time to register for the Potlikker Film Festival in Athens, Georgia on August 22.

And, registration’s just opened for the SFA Symposium, held in Oxford, Mississippi every year. Sign up soon: Traditionally this event fills up super-fast. (The Delta Divertissement, which preceeds the Symposium, is already sold out.) The theme this year is Music and Food.

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September: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper

shark finJoin us in September! We’re reading Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by British food writer Fuchsia Dunlop. This book won the 2009 IACP Jane Grigson Award, and was nominated for a James Beard award. Updated: We’ll meet Tuesday, September 15, at 6:00pm, at Mr. Chen’s in Hoover, 1917 Hoover Court, just off Highway 31. (Here are Chowhound reviews.) If you will, please, RSVP through Facebook or leave a comment here so we can reserve ourselves a spot for the approximate number of people.  Location, right now, is TBD: If you’ve got a favorite Chinese restaurant to suggest for our meeting, leave a comment or send a Facebook message to Shaun.

(Shaun is fantasizing about finding a fabulous Sichuanese home cook to teach us how to make authentic hot pot dishes and such… but, sigh! We are in Alabama.)

Remember, buy your book from Alabama Booksmith, mention you’re with the Foodie Book Club, and you’ll get a discount.

One other note: We’re already starting to look forward to 2010. Our friend Jake at Alabama Booksmith likes clubs to supply him with a list of titles for the entire year early, so he can promote the books and the clubs (and in return, we get great discounts). We’re also talking about taking a food-related trip or two, more potlucks, and another movie night. If you’ve seen anything you’d like to read next year, or have any other suggestions, send a message or post a comment.

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August: Summer Potluck and Hungry Planet

Join us on Saturday, August 8, at 4:00pm for a summer potluck. We’ll talk about Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel. Sara Daum, our hostess, is making roast leg of lamb (mmm!)  so bring a friend and let’s enjoy each other’s company. Also bring some food or drink to share (salad, side dish, appetizer, dessert), and to go with the book’s theme, bring pictures to show us what you eat in a week. Come even if you don’t read the book—Menzel’s great photography will inspire us!

Buy your book at Alabama Booksmith; mention you’re with the book club for a discount. Email or send a Facebook message to Shaun Chavis for directions to Sara’s.

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