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.
Magic City Match is a program that transforms lives and opens doors for Black entrepreneurs and business owners. Led by REV Birmingham and powered by Prosper, this initiative aims to create opportunities for Black-owned businesses by matching them with brick-and-mortar spaces where they can thrive. After a successful pilot program in 2022, Magic City Match is back in action and ready to empower a new wave of entrepreneurs.
One of the most legendary and storied neighborhoods of Birmingham is Woodlawn. It is a community, anchored by one of the great public high schools of Birmingham, that has produced many citizens who contributed to the life of our city and has had an impact beyond the neighborhood itself. In a short post like this true justice cannot be done to the rich heritage and legacy of Woodlawn. However, we hope that this narrative brings together many of the diverse threads that make up the fabric of the community’s historic arc in a concise piece.
Woof, woof! I’ve been having an absolute blast visiting my sister in Downtown Birmingham. I can hardly wait to share all the details with you once you return from your vacation. In the meantime, I wanted to put paw to paper and tell you all about it, with the hope of convincing you that moving Downtown could be the most wonderful decision ever.