5 reasons why you should attend Cheers to the Coosa, September 6, at the Clubhouse on Highland

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Coosa Riverkeeper volunteers at Cheers to the Coosa. Photo courtesy of Coosa Riverkeeper

On Thursday, September 6, one of the best farm-to-table dinner events will be held in Birmingham. The event, Cheers to the Coosa, is the annual benefit for the Coosa Riverkeeper organization.  It will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the Clubhouse on Highland Avenue. Purchase your ticket now. Read on for more.

Fantastic locally sourced food and drinks, a silent auction and a great cause are just a few reasons why you should purchase your tickets today and attend Cheers to the Coosa!

Here is our list:

Cheers to the Coosa supports efforts to protect and restore the beautiful Coosa River
Cheers to the Coosa in 2016 at Good People Brewery. Photo by Coosa Riverkeeper

Coosa Riverkeeper’s Karli Riley sums it up best: “Hundreds of thousands of folks call the Coosa their home. Even those who don’t actually share an address with the river would probably argue that the river feels more like their home than where they actually live. Home is where the heart is.

“As Alabamians, our hearts are where our favorite places to recreate or cast a line are. The Coosa is a refuge to the stressors of the outside world and gives solitude to paddlers, swimmers and fishermen alike.”

Chef Miguel Figueroa of Amsterdam Cafe and Moore’s Mill Club

“Every plate we serve has its own story to tell.” That is how Chef Miguel Figueroa describes the meals he creates at the Moore’s Mill Club and Amsterdam Cafe, Auburn, Alabama’s finest dining establishments. Patrons at both places rave about his creations.

The Menu
Cheers to the Coosa at Good People in 2016. Photo courtesy of Coosa Riverkeeper.

And talk about culinary creations! This week, the Coosa Riverkeeper released the menu for Cheers to the Coosa. Here is a sample:

Charcuterie Table:

House-cured meats and sausages • local cheeses 
• grilled veggies
 • jams • grilled bread
 • fresh vegetable spreads

Fresh Harvest Greens, Sprouted Grains (and more!) Table:

  • Mexican Street Corn Salad with queso fresco, avocado-lime dressing and Tajin seasoning
  • Brussels Salad with mandarin orange segments, candied pecans, craisins, bacon bits and lemon-pepper vinaigrette
  • Apple and Kale Salad with grapes, feta, pickled onions, honey roasted almonds, baby kale and maple-balsamic vinaigrette
  • Chicken Tinga Wraps with mango pico de gallo and chipotle crema
  • Watermelon and Ricotta Salata with arugula, spiced pecans and Meyer lemon vinaigrette
Photo courtesy of Coosa Riverkeeper

The Meat Station

  • Prime rib with juniper berries rub and caramelized vidalia onions
  • Marble Creek Farmstead roasted chickens with salsa verde
  • Mofongo-stuffed porchetta, Arroz con Gandules and mojo sauce

The Seafood Station

  • Shrimp and oyster shooters served with apple mignonette
  • Soy-ginger cured salmon with pears, chili and cilantro crema

Along with the food, try craft ales from the Cahaba Brewing Company and Good People Brewing Company, various red and white wines and a “Coosa Cooler,” featuring Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka.

Score some silent auction swag

The Coosa Riverkeeper has also secured a unique list of auction items ranging from yoga classes to drinks at Birmingham’s infamous Atomic Lounge.

Here is the latest lineup of donors:

Simply Infused, Earthborn Pottery, One World Adventure, Patagonia, High Point Climbing Gym, Eastaboga Bee Company, Alabama Rivers Alliance, O’Henry’s Coffee, Everyday Pet Styles, Interiorscapes, Big Wills Outfitters, The Birmingham Zoo, Sojourns, Atomic Bar & Lounge, Ross Bridge Resort, Red Mountain Park, Birmingham Yoga, Villager Yoga, Abundance Yoga, Mossy Oak Customs, Sanctuary Farms and Tea Town Alabama.

The Cause

And the fifth reason to attend Cheers to the Coosa: all proceeds from this event go toward fulfilling the Coosa Riverkeeper’s mission to make the waters of the Coosa, drinkable, swimmable and fishable for all Alabamians. Check out their Swim and Fish Guides. This water protection group not only keeps the Coosa River safe and clean, through their leadership, riverkeepers from all over the state are duplicating their guides, which are their programs in their watersheds. Now, that’s pretty cool.

Don’t miss Cheers to the Coosa on September 6.

Join us and get your tickets today – HERE
Produced by Bham Now in partnership with the Coosa Riverkeeper

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.