Howard Conyers, a South Carolina native who moved to New Orleans, is organizing a dinner in NOLA that celebrates two cultures derived from West Africa – the Gullah and Creole. When he moved to NOLA, he realized how similar the food was to what he ate back home. He accredits the similarities to the influence enslaved Africans had on the food we eat today.
Conyers notes some differences in the culture, one being that Creole has additional influences from the French and the Spanish, whereas Gullah “is more purely West African influenced.” He thinks understanding where food really comes from and it’s history is important, especially since most people aren’t aware of the kind of influence enslaved Africans had on Southern cuisine.
He believes that food can help cross culture lines and bring people together.
He’ll have a chance to do just that at his “From the Low Country to the Bayou” dinner on Sept. 4th at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. Guests will have the opportunity to try a number of dishes, including goat that Nigerian chef Tunde Wey will roast whole. Other dishes include pig, okra, maque choux, cala and boudin.
Moms who sing lullabies may do more for their newborns than expected.
Studies in music therapy show when mothers sing to their premature infants, it can stabilize the baby’s heart rate and breathing. Full-term babies are able to recognize their mothers’ voices once they’re born, so allowing preemies the chance to gain this connection outside of the womb is important.
What they don’t tell you is that the sophomore 10 and the junior what’s-happening-to-my-body are just as real. There are a few things that contribute to the weight gain many people experience once they get to college. So, here are some ways to avoid gaining too much weight while chasing your degree. Continue reading “Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15”
Currently under construction in the old Rags’ Italian Bistro building is the new Italian restaurant opening in the Lakeview District: Cashio’s Meatball Market.
The family restaurant belongs to Mary Susan Cashio, and is inspired by her grandmother. “My Grandma Angel, her niche is meatballs. So we decided to bring that to Birmingham, a restaurant based around her meatballs,” Cashio told AL.com.
Meatballs won’t be the only thing on the menu. Chicken, sausage, and veggie balls will also be available.
“We’ve got something for everybody on here, with a pretty narrowed-down menu that’s not overwhelming.”
Cashio’s Meatball Market should open around late September or early October. They will serve lunch and dinner M-F, and brunch on Sunday.
Birmingham Fashion Week will feature multiple fashion shows from Aug. 25th-Aug. 27th, highlighting both seasoned and rising designers. Headlining designers include Bride by Design star and Birmingham native Heidi Elnora, Abbey Glass, and Rails.
Fellows from this year’s Southern Exposure Film Fellowship will screen their films on September 8th. Filmmakers from all over the nation came to Birmingham to participate in the 6-week program. They got the opportunity to learn about and shed light on some of Alabama’s environmental issues.
“To make a film from start to finish in six weeks is no easy feat, and that compressed timeframe is very unusual in documentary filmmaking,” said Michele Forman, Program Director for the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship. “The fellows must research their subjects and film everything they come across–all of the interviews, events, getting shots at a variety of locations–and edit it all together to make a compelling and clear story.”
New studies show that close relationships between elderly people and their family members reduce their chances of passing away within in the next 5 years, compared to those who were not close to their families.
If you’re thinking, “My grandparents have lots of friends, they’re fine,” you may be wrong. Apparently, friendships didn’t have an affect on life expectancy – only family relationships.
So give grandma a call on your lunch break today – she’ll appreciate it.
Hip-Hop artist Mac Miller will perform at Iron City on October 18th. The show will come a month from the release of his latest album, “The Divine Feminine”, set to drop September 16th. The album will feature singles “Dang!” feat. Anderson .Paak, and “We” feat. CeeLo Green.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, Birmingham residents will march from the A.G. Gaston Motel to Kelly Ingram Park on Sunday, August 28th at 6:00pm. The march hopes to garner support for legislation that would create a Civil Rights National Park in the city known most for its crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement.
There will also be a performance by soul artist, Ledisi, at Kelly Ingram Park.
The 18th annual Sidewalk Film Festival will be August 26th-August 28th in Birmingham’s historic Theater District. Filmmakers from all over the world, and from right here in Alabama, will showcase their work for audiences throughout the weekend.