5 dishes we love from local businesses featuring fresh strawberries

Strawberries at Market at Pepper Place 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Fresh strawberries at the Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo via Market at Pepper Place

You know it’s officially springtime when the weather starts warming up, flowers start blooming and the pollen starts attacking. One of the best things about spring is that some of my favorite fruits come back in season.

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Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with an ooey-gooey grilled cheese from 7 local spots

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Not to be cheesy, but this grilled cheese looks un-brie-lievable. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Is there anything better than chowing down on a gooey grilled cheese? I didn’t think so, and apparently, everyone else agrees—that’s why today’s National Grilled Cheese Day. Looking for a place to celebrate with a grilled cheese in Birmingham? We did the hard work of rounding up local favorites, so all you need to do is make lunch plans.

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Watch The Big Game with takeout from 9 Birmingham spots

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There’s nothing like a day of football and good food. Photo via Dreamland BBQ on Facebook

Whether you’ve been keeping up with every game this season or you aren’t sure which teams are playing, The Big Game is the perfect excuse to support local favorites. Switch up your go-to homegating meals and order takeout from one of these nine Birmingham spots for the game tomorrow at 5:30PM.

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7 Birmingham restaurants offering Christmas & NYE meals to-go

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The holidays never looked so easy (and delicious!) Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

This holiday season, preparing a huge Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner might be the last thing on your mind. Luckily, you can make that process easier & support local businesses by checking out these holiday meals from 7 local restaurants.

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15 soups to keep you souper cozy this winter in Birmingham

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Vegetarian Ramen. KKO Ramen Sushi. Photo via Bham Now

With the weather changing so sudden, it’s hard to keep up. Switching suddenly between hot and cold puts stress on people’s immune system. If you’re trying to stay warm of fighting off a cold, soup is the perfect way to fix both. Here are 15 restaurants around Birmingham offering soup for every taste!

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Support local + grab a Holiday Bundle from Ashley Mac’s now thru 12/21

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The ideal holiday meal. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Arguably, one of the most exciting parts of the holidays is the food. But it can also be stressful when you’re worried about shopping, planning, hosting and a million other things. Thankfully, there’s a way to provide a hassle-free festive feast AND support a local business at the same time. Keep reading for all the deets on Ashley Mac’s Holiday Bundles including how to win one for free. 

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A foundation of food + family—what working at Ashley Mac’s is like

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Erick Cox photographed outside of the Ashley Mac’s Cahaba Heights location. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

What started as a catering business in Ashley McMakin’s Homewood apartment more than a decade ago is now a beloved Birmingham business. With five Birmingham locations and 71 employees, Ashley Mac’s is still growing and it’s no surprise why.

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Ashley Mac’s strawberry cake has your name on it. Win one + steak dinner for 2

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Ashley McMakin with her family icing a strawberry cake for Birmingham Home and Garden Magazine. Photo courtesy of Ashley Mac’s

Ditch the store-bought sweets this Valentine’s Day and opt for a local Birmingham treat instead. Here are a few of our favorites from Ashley Mac’s, plus more info on how you could win a Valentine’s steak dinner and strawberry cake for two!

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3 new eateries are coming soon to The Pizitz Food Hall and we can’t wait!

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A colorful plate from Ashley Mac’s = the perfect dinner. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Three new eateries are coming to The Pizitz, and we can’t wait! With fourteen food stalls and options like Pho Pho Vietnamese, Eli’s Jerusalem Grill and The Standard, it’s hard to choose what to chow down on at The Pizitz Food Hall. Soon, it’ll become even more difficult thanks to these additions: Winner Winner, Unos Tacos and Ashley Mac’s.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Pizitz Food Hall’s newest restaurants. 

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Be the holiday party hero and get your gathering catered by Ashley Mac’s. Win $100 credit!

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Ashley Mac’s holiday catering spread will make you the office favorite—guaranteed. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The holidays are officially upon us, Birmingham. Christmas trees are being decorated, twinkle lights are being strung and holiday parties are being planned.

If you’re still deciding on what eats to have at your festive gathering, go local with Ashley Mac’s! Here’s why we are drooling over their catering set-up, plus how to win $100 Ashley Mac’s credit and free catering delivery!

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3 items from Ashley Mac’s Holiday Menu we’re loving including a mouth-watering Boar’s Head Ham—Win one here!

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Don’t go to Thanksgiving dinner empty handed. Let Ashley Mac’s help make your holidays hassle free. Pick up delicious eats ahead of time, and leave the last-minute cooking for the turkeys.

See our top 3 dishes from Ashley Mac’s Holiday Menu to include in your Thanksgiving spread. Also, enter to win a Boar’s Head ham + a dozen sour cream biscuits! YUM.

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Plan your turn-key party with Birmingham caterers, including the new Hastings Catering

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The Hastings Catering team. Photo via Hastings Catering.

Hey party people! Fall will be in Birmingham before you know it. Not soon enough, I might add. That means football parties, holiday parties and family get-togethers. Why not hire one of Birmingham’s wonderful caterers so you can sit back and enjoy the party? We’ve put together a handy-dandy guide to some of Birmingham’s top catering services including the recently announced Hastings Catering.

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Ashley McMakin gives 3 tips on making the back-to-school transition a breeze. Plus, how to win dinner for 4 from Ashley Mac’s in Birmingham!

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Meet the McMakins: From L-R: Jackson, Mally, Ashley, Andy and Ryder. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

The start of a new school year is right around the corner—and if you’re a parent, that probably means thoughts of school nights, binders and packed lunches are increasingly taking up more of your brain space. So, start out the school year on the right foot with a little help from Ashley Mac herself.

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