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The Big Reveal

Tonight, we get a taste of Bham FOOD+Culture’s plans, including its annual festival.

By Jan Walsh

Food is what we all have in common. And at tonight’s launch of Bham FOOD+Culture we learn more about upcoming supporting events and Bham FOOD+Culture’s Festival planned for October 2023. Afterwards the food and cultural festival will be held annually. Here Birmingham chefs, restaurants, food media, makers, growers, distillers, and brewers will have the opportunity to share their cultures, talents, and stories with the world.

Among chefs featured are three Birmingham Restaurants Members, who share their own unique flavors. Chef Jorge Castro of Sol y Luna Tapas and Tequila plates his divine Duck Empanadas, along with a colorful array of chips with shrimp and pico de gallo. Chef Abhi Sainju of Abhi Eatery and Bar serves his famous Momos and wildly popular Wham Bam Birmingham crunchy crab and Abhi aioli roll. And Chefs Tyler Lyne and Jenn Lyne of Tasting TBL and Auburn’s 1856 – Culinary Residence wowed the crowd with Casarecce Pasta and Italian Sausage and a fall dessert, Pumpkin Pate Choux of pumpkin mousse and salted caramel.

Chef Jorge speaks at the event, sharing his family’s Birmingham story, taking us back to 2000 when he arrived here, after his brothers. And Chef Tyler is recognized from the stage by Hans van der Reijden, Founder and CEO of Ithaka Hospitality Partners, as the first chef-in-residence at 1856 – Culinary Residence. He also shared the state of Alabama’s best culinary news ever, the opening of the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center at Auburn University. “It’s sensational, a game changer, first of its kind anywhere in the world, state of the art facility, teaching hotel in the Laurel Hotel & Spa, and teaching restaurant 1856 – Culinary Residence.” The restaurant is also Founding Member Restaurant of our partner, and Auburn Restaurants App, as is the hotel’s Rooftop Lounge and Hey Day Market Food Hall & Gathering Place and many of its eateries.

“Here the future leaders of hospitality are now being educated. “It goes beyond football lines, beyond Auburn and Alabama, it is great for our state and great for our country.”

All enjoyed each speakers’ unique stories, live music by Birmingham All Star Band and entertainment by native dancers. And we look forward to more from and to being a part of Bham FOOD+Culture in the coming months and years, as they move from launch to ultimately a 10-day festival.

Learn more about Bham FOOD+Culture, including how you can become involved!


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