Some restaurant and food news that's come across our desk recently:
This coming Friday, July 9, Little Savannah's chef/owner Clif Holt will be cooking up dinner in Monroeville, Alabama, for the "To Kill a Mockingbird" 50th Anniversary. The dinner will feature traditional Southern foods described in the book: collards, turnip greens, cornbread, sliced vine-ripe tomatoes, fried chicken and lane cake. Southern cocktail expert Denise Gee had created a signature drink for the weekend, the "Tequila Mockingbird." For more info, go to www.tokillamockingbird.com.
A new convenience grocery store has opened in the former Gypsy Market space in the 2300 block of 2nd Avenue North downtown. Mamanoes, according to Bham Wiki, is owned by Antonio Boyd, who named it after his mother, "Because if anyone knows, Mama knows." Located next to Baldone Tailors, it carries staples, beer, wine, freshly baked bread and fresh meats from Mr. P's Deli. A covered "pet valet" area out front will be available for shoppers to drop off their dogs to be leashed while they're in the store.
The new cafe at the Birmingham Museum of Art will open for lunch on July 7. Oscar's at the Museum will feature fresh, local food in a "casually elegant atmosphere," according to the museum. It's under the management of A Social Affair, the local company that also caters special events at the museum. Oscar’s also means the return of Sunday musical brunch at the Museum, where the jazz of the café’s previous incarnation will now share the stage with a variety of other genres of live music every month. The lovely veggie photos above are from their website: www.oscarsatthemuseum.com.
THe new summer menu at Chez Fonfon includes favorites such as steak tartare, country pate, croque monsieur, hamburger Fonfon and trout with brown butter, but also summer bounty such as tomato salad, fried green tomatoes with arugula and goat cheese, Lobster "BLTs" for the special of the day on Wednesdays, and pork with corn and peaches for the special on Tuesdays.