Ever wonder what it’s like to be a staff member in one of the finest restaurants in the country? Our November book, “Service Included” by Phoebe Damrosch, gives you more than a peek into the life of a service captain at Thomas Keller’s Per Se from the intense training to her dalliance with the sommelier.
Along with giving juicy details on the inner workings of THE New York fine dining establishment, Ms. Damrosch also provides tips to make us all better patrons, such as, “[t]here is no need to say that you are allergic when you don’t like something. Not only are allergies very serious, but also you have every right to your personal taste.”
Alabama Booksmith revamped its business model last month, and I am sad to report that they are no longer offering the discount for our books. However, the Central Library has a copy available as does Mountain Brook.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 13th, at 6pm to discuss the book at a local dining establishment. The place will be announced next week, so please check back for more details!
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Dir. David Gelb, Magnolia Pictures 2012
The Tuesday, October 9th meeting will be a movie night! We will be watching the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Please be in the club room of Livon5th (2201 5th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL) at 6:00pm and if you like, please BYOS (Bring Your Own Sushi) and choice of beverage, adult or otherwise. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer here.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.
Also, stay tuned for the November and December book announcements. See you Tuesday!
Break’n Bread – Sunday, October 14th at Railroad Park
is Alabama’s premier food and wine event. Break’n Bread will feature signature dish tastings from nearly 40 Birmingham Originals restaurants paired with a wide selection of wine and beer. ENTERTAINMENT: Festival guests will also be treated to entertainment from local favorite Bonus Round, as well as the Alabama School of Fine Arts Orchestra. FOR THE KIDS: A designated kid’s area will feature activities by the Birmingham Zoo, kids cooking demos, pumpkin decorating, a DISCO writing workshop and more. VIP ACCESS: A limited number of VIP tickets are available. A VIP ticket includes all of the above plus food items prepared by four New Orleans guest chefs, premium wine and beer, and some covered area seating and service. Break ‘n Bread 2012 presented by Birmingham Originals.
When and Where: Oct 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM, Railroad Park, Birmingham, AL
VIP: $75.00 (limited)
21 and Up: $35.00
Ages 12-20: $12.00
Ages 11 and under: FREE
Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 12pm to 5pm
Another foodie event happening is Uncorked on the Green at Ross Bridge on October 13, 2012 from 12pm to 5pm. It is being held in conjunction with the Arts & Music on the Green. It promises attendees for the right price (FREE!!) a premier outdoor tasting festival celebrating the area’s varied culinary artists, fine wines, craft beers and live music on two stages. Ladies, you can bring your men, because Bright House will have the football games televised. Uncorked also benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, so come out for a good cause!
The weekend of the 13th there are a lot of foodie places to be! If you’re out in Homewood, the Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest celebrates Birmingham’s favorite fall traditions: football, tailgating and chicken wings. The people of Birmingham are given the opportunity to taste the best wings the city has to offer while local restaurants compete for the prestigious title of Birmingham’s Best Wings. During the event, football fans can tune into live broadcasts of the games and kids can escape to their own area filled with fun and activities. The Junior Board of Magic Moments introduced the Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest in 2009. Since the first year, Wing Fest has raised over $40,000 for Magic Moments and has recruited many new supporters of the cause. Click here for more info.
When and where: Saturday, October 13th, 2012, 11:30am to 4:30pm, 1850 29th Avenue, Homewood, AL