“Where there’s good local food, Birmingham will come!” says REV’s Director of the Urban Food Project, Taylor Clark. “It’s a driver for vibrancy and business growth.”
Last week’s Birmingham Restaurant Week Preview Party proved her right. Birmingham Restaurant Week exists to celebrate and support our wonderful locally-owned restaurants. It also aims to promote support for dining locations that buy and sell locally-sourced food and ingredients. This helps cycle your hard-earned dollars back into the community, allowing restaurants to continue to offer the freshest local food.
In addition to the seventeen restaurants at the Birmingham Restaurant Week Preview Party, two CO.STARTERS grads and an Alabama farmer from Cullman County popped up in a temporary “general store” at Pickwick Plaza during the annual event. The vacant space was transformed into a retail hotspot, giving Birmingham foodies a taste of these local entrepreneurs’ goods: cake and cookies from Velvet Kake, popcorn from Naughty but Nice Kettle Corn and a farm-fresh small batch of hot sauce and pickles from Urban Food Project farmer Dwight Hamm of Hamm Farm. If you missed the general store or if you already need more of these startups’ products, you can find them at a market near you.
Support local businesses by participating in Birmingham Restaurant Week now through Sunday, August 20! When you’re choosing a restaurant to patronize, you can look for the Urban Food Project logo to see who is serving fresh local produce. Click here for a list of restaurants!
If you’re anything like us, Mother’s Day has snuck up on you and now you’re scrambling to find a gift before next weekend. Well lucky for you, we’re here to save the day! We put together a gift guide for Mother’s Day that will not only leave mom with a smile on her face, but it’ll help you support local businesses right here in the Ham!
The Alabama Peanut Company has been around for ages and is a Downtown Birmingham staple. Not only do they serve delicious peanuts (both boiled and roasted) but the storefront serves as a reminder of people’s childhoods. Keep reading to learn more about the evolution on the country’s oldest peanut merchant!
Who says working from home has to be boring? Not us, that’s for sure! Coffee shops are a great place to go get some work done, but there’s also a different kind of brew you can enjoy while you tend to those end-of-day work emails! Next time you need a change of scenery during your workday, check out one of these downtown breweries!