Birmingham’s innovative food scene is once again drawing attention. The Birmingham Public Library kicked off its literary and culinary celebration Eat Drink Read Write on Sunday with a panel of rising chefs and restaurateurs, including several Urban Food Project clients and Kim Brock, owner of Bitty’s Living Kitchen and the second tenant in REV’s REVeal Kitchen. Other panelists included Abhi of MoMo and his namesake restaurant in the Summit, Eli of Eli’s Jerusalem Grill, and Amanshwa of Ghion’s Cultural Hall.
The event was an opportunity to showcase the growing cultural and culinary diversity in Birmingham’s restaurant scene and the role The Pizitz Food Hall has played. REV’s Director of Business Growth Deon Gordon moderated discussions that explored the local impact of each panelist while guests enjoyed off-menu samples. For more information on the remaining EDRW schedule, visit www.bplonline.org/eatdrinkfest.aspx.
If you’ve been following REV for a while, you probably remember The Big Pitch Competitions we used to hold back in the day. The Big Pitch presented by PNC was essentially our own little version of Shark Tank. And a lot of your favorite local businesses that participated in this competition now have active retail storefronts that you can go check out. Let’s start with some of our finalists that are based in the City of Birmingham and see what they’ve been up to!
Have you been to Downtown Birmingham’s newest development located on 25th Street? If not, you need to head down there ASAP and check it out! This new single story development is a product of a collaboration between David Baker Architects (DBA) and Locke General Contractors, led by DBA’s very own Amanda Loper. It is intended to be a “collaborative commercial space in a catalyst development area of Birmingham.” Both DBA and Locke General Contractors will be tenants of the space, along with June Coffee Roasters, Zephyr Barber, and Last Call Baking Cooperative!
One of Birmingham’s many hidden treasures is the music scene downtown. The sheer volume of concert venues we have in downtown Birmingham is something most people aren’t even aware of – but it really is remarkable! There is truly something for everyone, whether you’re into the smaller, more intimate venues or the large-scale venues for those big name artists. Keep reading to check out some of the cool venues downtown Birmingham has to offer.