Ozan Winery afternoon wine train events start April 11; see the full schedule at http://www.ozanwine.com/ozantrainevents.htm. In the meantime, the winery is offering special prices on wine by the case this month -- $119 for 12 bottles.
Celebrate "Earth Day on the Farm" Saturday, April 18, with Grow Alabama on a 100 year-old, 200- acre family farm near Locust Fork, 30 minutes from downtown Birmingham. In addition to picking strawberries, the event includes a tour of the fields of home-grown vegetables, a visit to a neighboring Farm Zoo that has emus, buffalo, camel and many farm animals, and a farm lunch of Alabama-grown food. A local chef will put together a fresh spring salad mix - using very special greens from the farm - and demonstrate making your own dressings. For more info go to the Grow Alabama web site.
It's not too early to be thinking about Easter Brunch. Veranda on Highland will offer a special menu, including special choices for kids 14 and under. Some of the more interesting selections include crab and corn beignets; chopped romaine salad with pressed egg, bacon lardons and shaved cheese in a black pepper buttermilk dressing; duck and waffle with dried cherries, pecan syrup, poached egg and hollandaise; jambalaya shrimp scramble; braised Colorado lamb in a pastry crust; and Veranda Benedict (poached eggs, sugar braised pit ham, black pepper buttermilk biscuits and hollandaise.) Little Savannah is doing Sunday brunch; click here for the current brunch menu. You might find crab cakes with creamed spinach and poached farm eggs, breakfast sausage links fried in beignet batter, Gulf shrimp with golden polenta, classic French toast, or beef tenderloin -- all depends on what's fresh and seasonal. Some other spots that offer Sunday brunch (call to check on their Easter plans) include Klingler's European Bakery and Cafe, Crape Myrtle's Cafe, Grey House Grille, Chez LuLu, Fire, Cafe de Paris, Open Door Cafe. Reservations are definitely recommended, wherever you choose to dine.