- We've known for a while that Frank Stitt was working on a second cookbook based on Bottega, but now we know the name: "Bottega Favorita." According to the Birmingham News, Workman Publishing's Artisan division has it scheduled for publication by the first of next year, but says they'll get it to the Birmingham area earlier so you can plan on it as a holiday gift.
- The Terminal reports that it looks like plans for the New Vulcan Ale House on the site of the former Jimmy Hale Mission downtown have fallen through. They don't know why, but our guess is the economy and credit crunch. Bummer.
- Village Wine Market is offering a special "Made in the USA" wine tasting Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. For $10 per person, taste 25 great varietal and blended red and whine wines made in the USA. No reservations required. Call 879-5240 for more info.
- Vintage Wine Shoppe on Hwy. 280 is holding a wine tasting of Italy's top rated wines Wednesday, classroom style format. $40; reservations necessary. Call 980-9995.
- Red Mountain Coffee Roasters is hosting a tour of their roasting facility from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, including a tasting of coffees from great growing regions. Call 945-8970 to reserve your spot.
- La Dama restaurant in Liberty Park will host Kevin Buckler, owner of Adobe Road Winery and TRG, for a private five-course paired wine dinner on Saturday, July 19. For reservations, call 226-8060.
- Brock's Restaurant at Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa has a new chef, Josh Towey, and they're celebrating with a special menu pairing some of Towey's specialties with Opus One (a premier California wine) through Aug. 9. According to Jo Ellen O'Hara in the Birmingham News, Towey "is focused on the use of locally grown products and allowing their natural flavors to show through the meal." For more info, call 949-3051.
- Taziki's has a fourth location, this one at Liberty Park at 4520 Overton Road, next door to Billy's. Call 956-1300.
- The owners of Golden Rule Bar-B-Que have bought La Paz in Crestline Village. A franchise Golden Rule is opening across the street. The restaurant will retain the La Paz name and Mexican fare.
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