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On February 27, 2017, a national culinary competition, Culinary Fight Club, will host its first of three competitions at Central Restaurant in Montgomery, AL. This event brings the passion of a high-energy kitchen, the thrill of a timed competition, and a fundraiser for a non-profit organization dedicated to provide service and support to hungry men, women and children across the country called Fight2Feed to the River Region. “Culinary Fight Club is currently in 16 other states and only chooses one city per state and I am thrilled we were able to bring this competition to Montgomery” states Ashley Jernigan, Owner of JDB Hospitality, LLC. Jernigan facilitated bringing the competition to Montgomery with Central Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Brandon Burleson, who competed at a Culinary Fight Club competition in Atlanta last year.
At each event, chefs will race for their pantry and have 45 seconds to choose from 15 provided ingredients. From there, contestants have 60 minutes to create the most gourmet dish that represents their take on a monthly theme and provide samples for the audience and judges to vote on a winning dish. This month’s theme is Savory Chocolate. All chefs will be asked to create a non-pastry dish utilizing chocolate.
The upcoming competition will have four chefs competing and the winner will qualify to compete for $100,000 at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL later this year. “This competition coming to Montgomery allows some great local chefs a chance to compete at the World Food Championships and really represent Montgomery’s culinary scene,” Chef Brandon says. Chef Brandon placed second in the world at the World Food Championship last year in the sandwich category which automatically qualified him to compete at WFC again this year.
Food Network Star Jernard Wells has agreed to host the competition and Chef Brandon, along with three others, will be judges. In addition to the competitor samples, local noncompeting chefs and breweries will also provide samples.
Navigate your way through downtown to any of the historical attractions, various restaurants and cool spots on a Regions Bike. You can rent a bike from the Montgomery Area Visitor Center and be well on your way to exploring what makes Montgomery unique. No helmet, no problem! All the bike essentials are provided in the rental. Bikes are available Monday-Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm. Please call 334-262-0013 to reserve your Capital COOL Cruiser today!
2 hours $14.00
4 hours $20.00
8 hours $30.00
Riders will be required to watch a short 2.33 minute bike safety video before they can sign the rental waiver.
Southern Makers is an annual two day event that celebrates creativity in Alabama. This years' event will be held on May 2nd and 3rd at the Union Station Trainshed.
Southern Makers purpose is to bring together highly curated, handpicked top talent - artists, chefs, breweries, craftsmen, and designers - to one central place, making it easy for adventurers to get a sampling of Alabama’s best. Rich with history in textiles, food, farming, literature, art and design, Southern Makers will explore contemporary Alabama-based food and design with panel discussions, demonstrations, tastings, workshops, maker conversations and a market featuring goods from these southern artisans and chefs.
Honoring the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March
City of Montgomery, County, ASU encourage public to participate in commemorative march from The City of St. Jude to the Alabama State Capitol on March 25
MONTGOMERY – The City of Montgomery, Montgomery County and Alabama State University encourage the public to participate in a commemorative march of the final leg of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights Trail scheduled for March 25. This event is free and open to the public.
“We hope to welcome thousands of participants to Montgomery March 25 as we commemorate this pivotal moment in the history of our community and our nation with a re-creation of the final portion of the Voting Rights March,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “The march coincides with spring break for many students, making it a perfect opportunity for young people to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
More than 200 members of the National Park Service Walking Classroom program as well as some 185 area junior high and high school students and staff who are part of the Dream Marches on Youth Tour will participate in this march. For more information on both programs visit www.dreammarcheson.com.
"50 years ago, I was one of those kids who walked out of class to join the march,” Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean said. “It was a pivotal moment in my life, and we hope by offering these programs our youth will understand just how critical their family, friends or neighbors were to securing voting rights for all Americans.”
Marchers of all ages will depart The City of St. Jude at 10 a.m. Wednesday as they walk the historic 3.1-mile route to the steps of the Alabama State Capitol, where the event will culminate in a recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s How Long, Not Long speech by his daughter, the Rev. Dr. Bernice King. She will be joined by Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of Gov. George Wallace. The program will also include a performance by Alabama State University graduate Bonita Hamilton-Caesar, who is a cast member of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MARCH ROUTE MAP
Entry Points to the March
City officials encourage anyone interested to participate in the march by meeting at The City of St. Jude before 10 a.m. March 25, or joining behind march leaders via five other distinct entry points. Public entry points to join the march are:
• West Jeff Davis Avenue at Oak Street;
• Day Street at South Holt Street;
• Mildred Street at Mobile Street;
• Montgomery Street at Goldthwaite Street;
• Any portion of Dexter Avenue.
In addition to providing a mobile water station on Dexter Avenue, the City will provide water stations for marchers at the following locations:
• The City of St. Jude;
• Early Street at Oak Street;
• West Jeff Davis Avenue at Ewell Street;
• 620 South Holt Street;
• Montgomery Street at Goldthwaite Street.
City officials encourage participants planning to begin the march at The City of St. Jude to park at the Hayneville Road Community Center, located at 3315 Hayneville Road. Free shuttle service to The City of St. Jude will be available from 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Participants planning to join the march on Dexter Avenue should park at Paterson Field or the Biscuits parking lots on Columbus Street. Free shuttle service to Dexter Avenue will be provided from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Limited parking will be available at the City Municipal Deck at City Hall and the Intermodal Deck, free of charge.
The City will not charge for any metered parking found from Monroe Street to Washington Avenue between Bainbridge and Perry Streets. Following the event, free shuttle service will be provided for every parking area. Participants can board the shuttle at the pickup point located at the corner of Monroe and McDonough Streets.
Parking designated for the disabled or those in need of assistance will be available at Biscuits Parking Lot #1 on Columbus Street. Officials will provide a free shuttle to the event. Free shuttle service will also be provided after the event. Participants parked in lots designated for the disabled or those in need of assistance must load the shuttle at the pickup point at the corner of Bainbridge Street and Washington Avenue.
For maps and more information, visit Dream Marches On or contact Griffith Waller.
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If you’re not from around here, some of the lingo you’ll read and hear at area restaurants may be confusing. Here’s a little dictionary to help decipher Southern food speak.