Things are heating up at The Pizitz Food Hall. Just when you thought your taste buds were satisfied with the array of cuisines located in Downtown Birmingham, the food hall is getting ready to welcome a taste of the Big Easy. Let’s take a look at what’s new at The Pizitz Food Hall.
From the Big Easy to the Magic City
Mark your calendars, Birmingham. The Pizitz Food Hall will soon be home to Nola Ice and Broad Street Peaux Boys. Sound familiar? They should be because their food trucks, featuring New Orleans cuisine with an Alabama twist, have taken the Magic City by storm.
I hope your weekend is free because Broad Street Peaux Boys and Nola Ice will have their grand opening on Friday, April 23rd AND Saturday, April 24th. On Saturday, head on over to The Food Hall from 12-4PM to join the celebration, including a live DJ and sno-balls in a multitude of flavors. You can find them in their new stall next to Unos Tacos.
All of my New Orleans Saints fans will understand. If not, we’ve got some learning to do, but that’s beside the point. Let’s take a look closer at Broad Street Peaux Boys, Nola Ice and the founder of it all, Kelli Caulfield.
Mastermind and New Orleans native, Kelli Caulfield knew that she wanted to dedicate herself to something other than a 9-5 job that required a suit and sitting at a desk. After purchasing a Quiznos in 2008, she decided to begin Nola Ice—a local food truck specializing in New Orleans style sno-balls.
“That particular summer was crazy, and I didn’t have time to go to New Orleans like I usually do and I missed the little things, such as a sno-ball, and of course, my friends and family. So, that fall I decided to order a machine. But once my friends got wind of it, I was ‘pressured’ into figuring out how to bring this New Orleans treat to the masses in Birmingham. With their help and insistence, Nola Ice was born.”Kelli Caulfield, Owner of Nola Ice + Broad Street Peaux Boys
Kelli always had a passion for food and her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2017, she established Broad Street Peux Boys, naming it after the street where she grew up. The establishment shows dedication to the city that taught her love, hustle, family and friendship.
Now she’s ready to take her food truck creations to a foodie’s hub known for its international cuisines—The Pizitz Food Hall. When asked what drew her to open her first brick and mortar here, this is what she explained:
“It was at the perfect time. 2020 was a lot – for so many – and deciding how to pivot, during trying times, was just…a lot. It took a couple of tours, me sitting around in the food hall after work – imagining the possibilities and what we could do with the space – and here we are. Many conversations with my closest friends, and of course my mother who approves my each and every move, and every dime spent. But to continue to be able to develop and build this brand is a true blessing. I’m grateful.”
So, what’s on the menu?
Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for—the food pics! Fans know Broad Street Peaux Boys for their po’boys filled to the brim with shrimp, oysters, slow-roasted beef and more. After failing to find a proper po’boy in Birmingham, Kelli decided to take matters into her own hands. She’s been creating mouthwatering dishes ever since.
Here’s a taste of what Birmingham foodies can look forward to on opening weekend (Friday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 24th).
- Crawfish Grilled Cheese
- Soft Shelled Crab Peaux Boy
- Crab Claws—fried and BBQ
- Jambalaya Pasta
- AND MORE!
Of course, we can’t forget about Nola Ice. You’ll be able to get this sweet treat from the same stall in The Pizitz Food Hall, where you’ll find over 50 different sno-ball flavors.
Unlike the food truck, the Nola Ice stall can carry tons of flavors, including cream-based and sugar-free flavors. The possibilities are endless.
New interactive mural, turtles, Eat in the Street + more!
The celebration continues well into May. Keep your next few weekends open because you’re not going to want to miss these events at The Pizitz:
🎨 Color Bham Community Mural – Saturday, May 1
Want to leave your mark on Birmingham’s newest mural? In partnership with Color Bham and local mural artist, Marcus Fetch, The Pizitz welcomes you to help install their new courtyard community mural from 11AM-5PM.
Everything you’ll need to paint and participate will be available at the event.
🐢 Turtle Derby with Old Forester – Saturday, May 1
Hold your horses—turtles are taking over race day. Presented by Old Forester, the Kentucky Turtle Derby is a slow day at the races with eight elite turtles racing for glory.
Join DJ Uli who will be bumping the beats from 2-7PM and stay to enjoy an Old Forester Mint Julep or Slow-jito’s (bourbon mojito). There’ll be free turtle derby swag, a best dressed prize and if you’re just there to watch horses, no worries. You can catch the Kentucky Derby races all day in The Pizitz Food Hall.
🍽️ Eat in the Street + Bham Art Crawl – Saturday, May 8th
Hungry for more? Enjoy Eat in the Streets with pop-ups from Nola Ice, Piper & Leaf, Edolyn’s Pie and Sidewalk Cinema from 12-8PM. Once that food coma hits, walk it off by enjoying the local artist and makers at Bham Art Crawl from 11AM-4PM. See ya there!
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