We've been scarce the last couple of weeks -- the day job has been crazier than usual. So while we work on an actual review, here are a few news tidbits that have crossed our desks lately:
- This Sunday night at 7 p.m., O kafes! coffee house at Pepper Place will feature Vanessa Torres in concert. Owner Kirk Summers says, "If you've never heard her album 'Witness,' I swear you'll walk out of there with a copy." Cost is $10, proceeds from which go to support the Birmingham Aids Outreach. And mark your calendars for March 25, when they'll have Madi Diaz in concert at 8:30 p.m. Apparently O Kafes is becoming quite the venue for small singer/songwriter concerts.
- Clif Holt of Little Savannah has kicked off its Spring 2009 cooking classes. These run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays (Feb. 28, April 4 and April 25) and cost $75 at time of registration. Go to www.Littlesavannah.com to see what is available. This weekend's is "Practical Mother Sauces." Call 591-1119 to save a spot.
- Alan Dobbs is now manager at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at the Summit. He was formerly co-owner of Icon.
- Slow Food fans, mark your calendar for a special event in Decatur, Georgia, on Friday, March 20. Slow Food Atlanta is hosting a very special Spring Supper featuring Michael Pollan, Dan Imhoff and other friends of Slow Food in a celebration of sustainable Southern fare. The list of guest chefs include ones from highly acclaimed Atlanta restaurants such as Bacchanalia and Canoe. Cost is $150 for Slow Food members, $250 for non-members. Buy tickets here: Brown Paper Tickets
- Jones Valley Urban Farms will play host March 22 to "Swine and Wine '09," labeled "the best pig roast you will ever go to." Chef Clif Holt of Little Savannah restaurant and guest Chef Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans will present the 'Swine and all the fixins', while Good People Brewing and Talley Wines showcase their handcrafted Beer and Wine. Dancing, too! $100, make your reservations at Little Savannah, 591-1119.
- Moe's Original Bar B Que has opened a new location in Hoover at 2341 John Hawkins Parkway at Lake Crest Plaza. In March, they also will open another Birmingham location in the former Lakeview Oyster House on Southside. This is a small chain; Moe's was founded in 2001 in Vail, Colorado by three Alabamians: Mike Fernandez from Tuscaloosa, Ben Gilbert from Athens, and Jeff Kennedy from Huntsville. Moe's Original BBQ smokes all meat fresh daily as taught by Tuscaloosa legend Moses Day.
- Free the Hops is again working to try to get the state Legislature to pass a bill allowing higher-alcohol craft beers to be sold in Alabama. For more information and learn how you can help, go to www.freethehops.org.