Birmingham claims three nominations for James Beard awards

It’s a big day for a handful of Birmingham culinary professionals. Five chefs and one restaurant have been nominated as semifinalists for the James Beard Awards.

These awards are considered to be the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America. This is an exciting time for the food scene in Birmingham and Alabama, and I am thrilled for these folks!

James Beard Foundation Awards Birmingham Alabama
Photo via James Beard Foundation

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Check out the technology behind UAB Medicine’s new $6.8M clinical laboratory

Ever wonder what happens to that vial of blood that is taken at your doctor’s office?   UAB employees were once analyzing up to 5,000 vials of blood each night of the week.  But, the testing process has just gotten a huge technology infusion from UAB.

UAB Medicine recently welcomed their new automated hospital laboratory.

A robot arm lifts tubes to another rack. Photo courtesy of UAB.

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Birmingham’s best and brightest: interior designer Betsy Brown

Betsy Brown, Interior Design, Birmingham, Alabama
Photo of Betsy Brown, courtesy of betsybrowninc.net

Meet interior designer Betsy Brown, a local resident and well published professional who creates highly sought after living spaces for clients across the country and beyond.

She’s one of us, Birmingham! ICYMI, Brown was recently featured in 1stdibs with a designer spotlight.  Take a look at her work and you’ll know why.

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This Birmingham author’s new book is already receiving rave reviews, and it’s all about the fascinating life of the woman who wrote ‘Goodnight Moon’

Birmingham resident Amy Gary is the editor of the Margaret Wise Brown estate, and she’s about to release a new biography about Brown, the author of the esteemed children’s book, Goodnight Moon.

In The Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown (Flatiron, 288 pages, $26.99) has opened up to rave reviews, like this one in the Washington Post.

Margaret Wise Brown and her dog, Crispin’s Crispian, via Flat Iron Books

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The city’s magician: how Courtney Haden put a spell on Birmingham, with his words, his work and his knowledge

The outpouring of love, admiration and condolences over the loss of one of Birmingham’s finest continues, as news of Courtney Haden’s passing makes its way through the community.

Courtney Haden, photo courtesy of davidmcelroy.org.

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Birmingham kicks off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a special appearance by Jesse Jackson

Join the Reverend Jesse Jackson at Birmingham’s iconic 16th Street Baptist Church this Sunday, January 8, 2016, as he preaches in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s upcoming birthday. The service begins at 10:45 a.m.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. at the 16th Street Baptist Church, delivering the eulogies for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Photo by Matt Herron, courtesy of Take Stock/The Image Works via Time Magazine

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Sharing is caring: become a tutor through the Literacy Council of Alabama

Whether it’s understanding a note from your doctor or the beauty of humanity found in Freytag’s pyramid, reading, along with reading comprehension, are two abilities that allow us to navigate the world successfully.

Sometimes I take these endowments for granted, like when I am assembling furniture from IKEA.

Image by IKEA

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Make Birmingham your first stop with this ultimate guide to Alabama’s literary destinations

When it comes to exploring Birmingham’s rich history of writers and creative thinkers, there’s romance in this Magic City, ya’ll.

Author Randi Pink via randypink.com

While the entire state of Alabama is a book lover’s dream, did you know that Birmingham is home to so many writers?

Everyone from literary figures, iconic authors, more journalists than you can shake a stick at, editors, novelists, filmmakers, you name it, we’ve reported it, told it, written it, edited it, produced it, you get the picture.

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