- Spencer Clarke, owner and founder of Amizetta Vineyards, will be pouring his collection of Napa Valley wines on the patio overlooking the Cahaba River at the River Run Piggly Wiggly Saturday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. Clarke will also provide the musical entertainment for the evening, playing a variety of tunes from his rock n' roll library stretching back to the 70s. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be matched with the five wines that will be poured. Tickets for the event are $35 each and can be purchased at any Piggly Wiggly or Tria Market.
- May 17 is the Shelby County Art and Wine Trail. The three Shelby County wineries team up for a wine weekend event with music and local arts.
- Starting May 1 you can pre-buy your tickets for the Second Annual Magic City Brewfest at Sloss Furnaces, May 31-June 1. It's a celebration of the great beers of the world, paired with the finest food from the Birmingham area. Come and learn about beer while sampling some of the different brews! Learn more at MagicCityBrewfest.com.
- Looking for Mother's Day brunch? Satterfield's restaurant in Cahaba Heights is advertising a special Mother's Day menu featuring items such as spring pea and morel soup, Caesar salad, hickory grilled pizza, bacon-and-caramelized-onion quiche, house-smoked Scottish salmon, crab cake Benedict and hickory grilled hanger steak. Veranda on Highland is also advertising a Mother's Day brunch. Reservations are recommended for both.
- Table restaurant in Crestline village is now serving Sunday brunch, with offerings such as chocolate beignets, banana bread French toast, buckwheat pancakes, omelettes, blue crab Benedict, grilled salmon salad, shrimp and grits, steak and eggs, fried chicken salad, tempura fish sandwich, and the Table burger (with caramelized onions, bleu cheese and oven-dried tomatoes).
- Prairie Fire Grille in Greystone has added more tables, new flowers and new umbrellas to its patio for outdoor dining.
- Crestline Village will be getting a new restaurant in May, the second location for fledgling Italian restaurant chain MAFIAoZA's out of Nashville. The restaurant will have an outside patio, a full-service bar with an extensive wine list and menu offerings including stone-oven pizzas and New York-style Italian dishes. The Crestline Village location is the first in Alabama and the fourth location overall. It will be modeled after the original Nashville location, which caters to families - offering kids pizza dough to play with and the opportunity to watch pizzas being made - and to young professionals. The Mountain Brook location will be open until midnight on weekends and until 10:30 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday.
- Whole Foods is now carrying our favorite local coffee from Primavera Coffee Roasters in Cahaba Heights. They also carry Higher Ground coffee, based in Leeds.
- Jefferson State Community College's newest building on Valleydale Road houses its Culinary & Hospitality Institute and a new endeavor, Bistro proVare, a cafe open for lunch Monday through Tursday 11:30-1 p.m. Dishes are planned, prepared and served by students as part of the curriculum. A three-course meal is $10; call 983-5214 for reservations. Also since the new facility opened, a series of single-session community culinary classes have been quite popular; for more information, go to www.jeffstateonline.com/chi or call 856-7719.
- A well-known Bessemer restaurant that was forced to close to make way for a new Jefferson County courthouse has re-opened at a new location in Alabaster. Bevelle's Cafeteria is now serving home-style cooking at the CC Food Mart on Industrial Road, off U.S. 31 near Shelby Baptist Medical Center. The location is smaller than what owner Eddie Bevelle had in Bessemer, but he's expecting to do a lot of takeout business, reports the Birmingham News.
- Taziki's Greek Fare is opening another location, this one in Liberty Park, next to Billy's on Overton Road. Opening date is targeted for June 15.
- Bellini's is a new Italian restaurant on Cahaba Valley Road, owned by Benard Tamburello, who also owns La Dolce Vita in Hoover. For more information call 981-5380.
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