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FOOD FIGHT! National Culinary Competition Comes to MGM

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 | Posted in: Events Around Town, A Taste of Montgomery, The Latest News,

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.

For more information on chefs, judges and to purchase tickets, go to or visit the Facebook page: Culinary Fight Club – Alabama.


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Camellia Bowl Fan Discounts!

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out,

Camellia Bowl fans can enjoy the following discounts at local attractions and restaurants when they provide their ticket stub for the 2016 Camellia Bowl!

Blake's Seqway Tours
301 Water Street in the Montgomery Visitor Center

10% discount  

Central Restaurant
129 Coosa Street

10% discount 

Enterprise Holdings Company
10% discount on daily retail rate at Enterprise and National Rentals. Good at Montgomery Regional Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL). Use account number L55E895. Standard qualifications apply. Call branch for details.

The Harriott II Riverboat
“Cruising with Santa” Holiday Dinner Cruise Friday, December 16 ONLY.
Boards at 630pm, Cruises 7pm-9pm.
Includes: dinner, 2 hour cruise, live entertainment, cash bar & a visit with Santa.
$48 per adult, Discounted price is $43.00 per adult.

$5 off promo online only at

Jasmine Hill Gardens
3001 Jasmine Hill Rd
Wetumpka, AL 36093

(334) 263-5713
10% discount on admission

Old Alabama Town
301 Columbus Street

10% discount on self-guided tours and in the Museum Gift Shop.

SaZa Serious Italian Food 
138 Commerce St.

(334) 495-7292
Free Cannoli with the purchase of any entree!
SaZa Happy Hours (At the bar only)
Mon - Friday 5-6 p.m.
Half price Draft beer & cocktails. 
Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
Half price Draft beer, cocktails & Appetizers. 

The Stop at Union Station
300 Water Street at the Montgomery Visitor Center

20% discount on selected items

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25 Years and the Southern Accent Hasn’t Changed…

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out,

For 25 years the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has been bringing new plays with a distinctly southern accent to the stage through the Southern Writers' Project.

Each year during a three-day festival they debut brand new work that has never been performed for audiences before. Quite often, those plays go on to great fame and future production. Examples are the sell-out football show "Bear Country" about Paul "Bear" Bryant, and "Gee's Bend" about the famed quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama who fought for voting rights.

Check out the new plays lined up for this year's festival:

Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m.
Lovesick by Peter Hicks
When an advertising executive begs off of a fundraiser mixer with his wife to stay at home to “work” with his curvaceous assistant, he has no idea that his scorned wife has some murderous plans of her own!

Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.
Delta Secret by Prince Duren
An ex-boxer working on a farm in 1920s Mississippi outbids his boss when he and his brother-in-law purchase a building downtown to convert into a night club.  The resulting tensions cause family secrets to be revealed.

Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m.
In the Midnight Hour by Kenneth Green
A new musical in development celebrating the life and music of Prattville native Wilson Pickett!   One of the most popular singers of the ’60s, Pickett scored a series of R&B and pop hits on Atlantic Records between 1963 and 1972 that included “In the Midnight Hour,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway.”

Sunday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Starstruck by Lucile Lichtblau
In the midst of the Great Depression and impending war, a struggling Jewish family is dazzled by dreams of Hollywood.

One of the coolest things about SWP Fest is that there's a chance to respond to the playwright in a talkback after each reading where audience members share their reactionsn to the play. The weekend can be enjoyed show by show for $15 each  ($10 for students) or as a package including meals and artist interaction events. Packages need to be booked by May 5th here or by calling 1.800.841.4273.

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What’s COOL in October

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town,

October's turning crisp and this month’s COOL events are sure to be a hit!

October 1-31 – Haunted Hearse Tours: Come along with us on a ride through Montgomery's dark history in a REAL hearse and listen to our ghostly tales of events that happened along the quiet streets of the Capital City. The cost is $15 per person and hourly tours begin at 7PM.

October 3 and 17 – Oakwood Cemetery Tour: You’ll get goosebumps hearing about vigilante hangings, misplaced soldiers, and a strange New Orleans rendezvous. Admission is FREE for Landmark members and $10 for the general public. For more info or to register, please call 334-240-4500 or 888-240-1850.

October 9 – Tavern Fest at Old Alabama Town: Celebrate history in a quaint historic village at this popular annual event. There will be live music, food, dancing, craft beer tasting, and even a silent auction! Tickets are $15 per person pre-sale and $20 at the gate. For more information, call 334-240-4617 or visit

October 15-17 – Junior League Holiday Market: Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! Make your gift giving one-of-a-kind this holiday season. Merchants offer unique gift ideas and holiday trends in a fun, family friendly atmosphere with special events, live entertainment and merchants from across the United States. Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, call 334-288-8816 or email

October 15-31 – ZooBoo: This is sure to be a Halloween favorite for the whole family. Enjoy games, bouncy castles, concessions and much more at Zoo Boo. $15 per ticket and includes entry, one ride on either the Haunted Hay Ride (scary ride) or the Pumpkin Pull Hay Ride (non-scary) and one sheet of game tickets (10 tickets per sheet). For more information, call (334) 240-4900.

October 16 – Art in Concert at MMFA featuring Futurebirds: Join the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art’s Junior Executive Board for a concert on the lawn at the Museum beginning at 8:00 pm. Futurebirds is a touring psychedelic country band ready to rock the night away. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

October 17 – Riverwalk Wine Festival: Make plans now to join us for this spectacular afternoon of wine on the water with live music and food vendors. Event will include wine tasting from 10 different distributors representing over 100 wineries. Your admission includes an etched commemorative wine glass and discount wine purchases from participating wine shoppes. For more information, call (334) 625-2300.

October 19 – Guangzhou Dance Troupe at ASF: Join the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a ONE-NIGHT ONLY performance you won’t want to miss! Experience the passion and wonder of this magical celebration of modern Chinese dance brought to life by some of China’s most talented dancers. Tickets - Adults: $20-$35; Students $10-$20. 

October 19-24 – 2015 SCOTT World Firefighter Combat Challenge: Cheer on Montgomery’s own home team as they defend the world championship through a series of physical demands found in firefighting. Savor a cook-off competition and let the children express their inner hero on fire truck rides. For more information about this FREE event, visit

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yokohama tire lpga classic

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out,

Montgomery and the River Region will once again take center stage as it hosts the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, August 24-30 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville. While it is difficult to quantify the exact impact to local businesses, the real impact from the tournament goes far beyond dollars and cents. The weeklong event welcomes international corporate executives, media from around the globe, and visitors who may be exposed to our community for the very first time. From an economic development and image perspective, the event has a significant coup for Montgomery and the entire region.

For a complete list of events and ticket information visit: Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

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southern league all-star game

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out, The Latest News,

The 2015 Southern League All-Star Game presented by Wind Creek Hospitality returns to Montgomery on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The Southern League All-Star Home Run Derby presented by Alfa Insurance kicks off the night's events, with the league's top hitters and prospects competing for the Home Run Derby Title. Gates open at 6:00pm with the Home Run Derby and the Southern League All-Star Game will begin shortly after. Following the game, fans will enjoy a MAX Fireworks Spectacular.

Tickets are $22 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission and include admission to the Home Run Derby. Click here to purchase single game tickets. For more information, call 334.323.2255.

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capital cool cruisers

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, A Taste of Montgomery, Worth Checking Out, The Latest News,

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.


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southern makers

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, A Taste of Montgomery, Worth Checking Out,

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.

For more information, please visit Southern Makers or email

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Free April Walking Tours

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out,

Experience the culture and history of Alabama this spring with April Walking Tours. Twenty-two towns across the sate are offering free guided walking tours each Saturday morning in April. Each tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and is approximately one hour long. Community leaders will escort you through the historic districts or courthouse square areas of their hometowns, sharing their personal remembrances and some tall tales from the old days.

Tours will begin at the Montgomery Area Visitor Center. For more information, call 334-262-0013.

Sat., Apr. 11, 18, 25, 2015, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

More Information on Website:

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honoring the march

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, A Taste of Montgomery, The Latest News,

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

"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.


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.

Water Stations
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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