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Just a few news tidbits to pass along in the midst of back-to-school madness:

Standard Bistro in Mt. Laurel is having an heirloom tomato wine dinner this Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by International Wines, the menu features tomato-themed and -enhanced dishes such as tomato, pesto and mozzarella flatbred; crab and gazpacho "shooters;" fried green tomatoes and remoulade, and a chery tomato and cucumber salad, both accompanying seared snapper; and a panzanella, arugulat, and heirloom tomato salad accompanying roast pork. Call 995-0512 for reservations; cost is $75, including food, wine, tax and gratuity.

Alan Martin, the longtime executive chef of Standard Bistro and before that a favorite of ours at the Metro Grill that used to be in Brookwood Village, has moved back to his hometown to reopen the restaurant at Anniston's history Victoria Inn. The Birmingham News' Bob Carlton reports that the menu will feature contemporary Southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally grown produce and dairy products.

Veranda on Highland chef Tom Robey won the Iron City Chef competition this weekend. The fundraising event was sponsored by the Vestavia Hills Rotary Club.Robey prepared lump crab and truffle beet "martinis," pulled duck shortcake with Chilton County peach Habanera barbecue sauce, minted goat cheese mousse and peanut butter pie in a salted pretzel crust.

The first annual Free the Hops Oktoberfest has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 (jumping the gun a little bit, aren't they?) on Morris Avenue. It will feature German cuisine, live music, and more than 25 German and German-style American-made beers. More info at http://freethehops.org/oktoberfest.

Bellini's, located on Cahaba Valley Road near Hwy. 280, is now serving lunch Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Some of the offerings will include a potato crusted tuna salad with mixed greens, heirloom tomato, grilled artichoke; carb cake with mixed greens and heirloom tomato; shrimp scampi; lasagna involini; panini sandwiches; a Bellini burger, and several pizzas.

Birmingham's 21st annual Taste of the Nation will be Monday, Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m. at McWane Science Center, benefiting Magic City Harvest and Pathways. More than 40 of Birmingham's chefs and beverage vendors will offer signature dishes and drinks. Tickets are $75 in advance or $85 at the door. More info and tickets at www.tasteofthenation.org.

Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 04:55PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in , , , | Comments3 Comments

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Oktoberfest begins in September and ends in October. This year, it is from Sep. 19th to Oct. 4th. So, for what it is worth, unlike most American versions, the FTH Oktoberfest is culturally correct.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

I stand corrected. Wikipedia notes that the Munich Oktoberfest, traditionally, takes place during the 16 days up to and including the first Sunday in October. Learn something new every day!

Now if you want to talk about something that's definitely not culturally correct, there's the Cullman Oktoberfest, which is DRY. The official Cullman Oktoberfest beverage is OktoberZest, a sparkling apple cider.

August 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge

As you noted, the FTH Oktoberfest is the same day as the start of Oktoberfest in Munich. It's always held from the third Saturday in September through the first Sunday in October.
Can't wait for some malty German Munich and Maerzen beers.

August 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBig Daddy

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