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
Our next book is a novel by filmmaker Ruth Ozeki: My Year of Meats. In it, the main character, Jane, a Japanese-American, takes a job producing a TV show called “My American Wife,” designed to promote American beef in Japan. And in Japan, a viewer, Akiko, makes the meat recipe of the week, every week, for her husband’s dinner… and then goes to the bathroom to throw up. Eventually, the two women’s lives intersect, and they discover more about beef, love, and children.
Join us on Tuesday, March 13, at 6pm, at O’Henry’s Coffees at Brookwood Mall
place TBD (check back for an announcement soon) for our discussion of My Year of Meats.
Our February book is a memoir by perhaps one of the most ambitious people in America’s culinary scene: Grant Achatz, a chef recognized by the James Beard Foundation and food magazines like Food & Wine and the now-defunct Gourmet. Achatz worked for Thomas Keller, studied techniques at El Bulli in Spain, and went to Chicago to make his mark. His restaurant, Alinea, is an award-winning success. At his newest restaurant, Next, there are no reservations: Diners buy tickets. And the menu revolves around themes, like childhood.
The memoir, Life, on the Line, is not just the story of a rising star: It’s the story of a rising star who received devastating news. Achatz was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2007, in his mid-30s. His doctors said that to save his life, his tongue would have to be removed. Achatz instead chose an alternative treatment. In the memoir, Achatz shares his story of continuing the journey to reach his goals and dreams while going through the challenges of cancer treatment.
Pick up a copy, read, and join us on Wednesday, February 15 (we’re changing from our regular Tuesday night, as it is Valentine’s Day), place TBD.
We’ll meet at Mix Bakery downtown, 1820 4th Avenue North, at 6pm. The bakery is staying open late for us, and there will be a prix fixe nosh (details to come).
Our November book is by Nora Ephron, a woman who knows how to make us laugh and long for love with her films and books. She brought Julie & Julia to the screen, and also Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.
We’re reading Heartburn, a novel about a cookbook author whose husband leaves her for another woman when she’s seven months pregnant. Heartburn is inspired by Ephron’s own life—she was pregnant when she found out that her second husband, Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein, was having an affair with a mutual friend. (Bernstein threatened to sue Ephron over Heartburn, but never followed through.) Though the book is about a breakup, Ephron manages to make it funny. Heartburn became a film in 1986, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.
Join us for a conversation about Heartburn on Tuesday, November 8 at 6pm, at Max’s Delicatessen, 3431 Colonnade Parkway.
Just a note: We don’t traditionally read a book in December—we’ll have a party instead. Stay tuned for details about our December party and our 2012 book selections.