It’s no secret that food has been an important part of Birmingham’s culture and revitalization. REV’s REVeal Kitchen accelerator was created to make it a bit easier for aspiring restaurateurs to make the leap from concept to brick and mortar.
In August, we’ll welcome our second tenant on this journey, CO.STARTERS alum and owner of Bitty’s Living Kitchen, Kimberly Brock. Her healthy and “living food” concept, complete with vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, will be a welcome addition to the growing culinary and cultural diversity in The Pizitz Food Hall. Be sure to follow her progress on the Bitty’s Living Kitchen Facebook page!
The introduction of one tenant also means the graduation of another. Tropicaleo brought an authentic Puerto Rican culinary experience to Birmingham and The Pizitz Food Hall. Join us in thanking them for kicking off an exciting new offering for local food-based talent. You can keep track of Tropicaleo‘s progress as they work toward the opening of their Avondale location, directly across from Cahaba Brewing Co.
We also want to say a special thanks to our sponsors and supporters who have come together in an effort to offer an innovative and impactful launchpad for local culinary stars! Our deepest appreciation to partners at Bayer Properties, Buffalo Rock, Red Diamond, Wood Fruitticher, Regions Bank; the Ellen & Fred Elsas Fund, the Alice Meriwether Bowsher Fund; and our in-kind supporters at Maynard Cooper & Gale, Appleseed Workshop, and BRESCO. Another shout out goes to our friends at Create Birmingham for affording us the exciting opportunity to partner on their CO.STARTERS initiative, a ten-week program that has graduated well over 100 entrepreneurs who have dedicated themselves to creating a commercially-thriving, vibrant, and inclusive Birmingham.
After opening Chocolatà Artisanal Chocolatier in 2017, Kathy D’Agostino has enjoyed watching the once quiet streets of downtown Birmingham come back to life. REV sat down with her to learn more about how she landed here, where she thinks the city is heading, and why Chocolata believes in Birmingham.