The Greek Festival, Birmingham’s longest-running cultural affair, highlights a busy month of culinary events across Alabama in October. Cooking started during the summer for the spanaokopitas, baklava, and other Hellenic treats that will be served at the 48th Greek Food Festival, held Oct. 14-16 at the Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Some 30,000 are expected to attend over the three days.
“Drink, drink, brother drink. Leave your worries at home!” One of Germany’s favorite beer-drinking songs sets the mood for Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of beer, food, and frivolity that started in Munich and has spread throughout the world.
Modern cocktail culture satisfies the old-school and new-school alike. Bartenders pay homage to the classics and play new riffs on those themes, creating delicious drinks that also happen to sparkle (sometimes literally) on social media. A good drink is mixed with precision and care, the result is refreshing and balanced. The best drink has a good backstory. And it should reflect the atmosphere where it is served.
This could be a story for the ages: Girl meets boy. Girl dates boy. Girl bakes very yummy cookies. Those cookies help ease the blow when she breaks off the relationship. Actually, it’s the real story behind The Breakup Cookie, the confection with a cult following that’s the signature sweet at Church Street Coffee and Books in Mountain Brook’s Crestline Village.
It’s not often that Nick Saban meets you at the door to a restaurant, even if it is just a full-sized cardboard cutout inside the entrance to The Historic Waysider Restaurant in downtown Tuscaloosa. The multiple national championship-winning coach is just one of the Alabama Crimson Tide legends honored at one of Tuscaloosa’s oldest restaurants, which also doubles as a shrine to Alabama football.
The sweets are sprinkled with smiles for visitors to Unless U Scoops, from the person who greets you at the door to the ice cream shop, to the fellow who serves your order, and the woman at the cash register. The employees are students at Unless U Academy, a non-profit that provides long-term education and training for adults with special needs including autism, Down syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.
Legend says that the first tailgating party before a college football game was in 1869, but it wasn’t until after the University of Alabama first hit the gridiron a couple of decades later that its rabid fans perfected the art of the pregame party.