Exceptional Foundation’s 14th Annual Chili Cook-off; cold brews & hot chili

Chili cookoff. Via- Exceptional Foundation

Spring seems to be in the air. If you’re like me, you are ready to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures. It’s still a little nippy, so grab a windbreaker and some friends and head to one of the spring’s first outdoor festivals in the area.

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Revelator opens Sweet Jon’s ; intimate, personal cafe in Homewood’s old Octane

Revelator
Photo: Mary Fehr ,www.mfehrphotography.com.

Maybe you have noticed that Octane in Homewood on Central Avenue isn’t…well…isn’t Octane any more. Southern coffee powerhouse, Revelator, owner of Octane, made some changes and  opened an intimate, personal restaurant called Sweet Jon’s Café. 

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Birmingham’s Rojo has won the 2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award for the state of Alabama

Rojo Birmingham
Rojo owners Laney DeJonge and Clark Lopez

According to a news release from Rojo, the popular restaurant in the Highland Park area of Birmingham, has won the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s 2018 Restaurant Neighbor Award for the state of Alabama.

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National publication Wine Enthusiast features Birmingham’s “top tier” drinking and dining hot spots

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The Atomic Lounge and Bar, photo by Pat Byington

Wine Enthusiast Magazine and its digital site winemag.com is considered by some as the wine lovers bible. The wine and spirits focused media platform has a monthly reach of 2.5 million readers worldwide. Last week, that special audience was introduced to the Magic City by a Wine Enthusiast article titled,  Looking for Top-Tier Drinking and Dining? Try Birmingham, Alabama.

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Thrillist names Little Donkey’s fried chicken best in America

Little Donkey
Left to right – Little Donkey staff: Drew Sanders, Sabrina Bouriche and Jose Molina, photo by Pat Byington

Last week, Thrillist, the popular national digital site that covers  food, drink, travel and entertainment named Homewood-based Little Donkey as one of its 31 Best Fried Chicken Restaurants in America.

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