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Eat Drink Read Write Festival September 8-15

7 September 2012 No Comment

Please join us September 8th through September 15th in support of the Eat Drink Read Write Festival (EDRW) being put on by the amazing folks at the Birmingham Public Library.

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is planning to feed the mind, body and soul during its upcoming Eat Drink Read Write Festival.  BPL, The J. Clyde and the other event partners (Birmingham Foodie Book Club, Birmingham Originals, Desert Island Supply Co. [DISCO], MIX, and Whole Foods Market) will present a series of free programs at spots all over Birmingham to bring food, culinary arts, and literature to the table in a stimulating format.  The goal of the Eat Drink Read Write Festival is to raise awareness of food-related issues in our community by exploring these concerns from a variety of perspectives.

This is a festival that all of us at The J. Clyde are very passionate about and we could not be more excited to play a role in this fantastic series of events.  Our part in this festival is to cover the “Drink” portion by providing attendees at events with some of the best beer and wine around.  As added incentive for our awesome patrons to make it out to these events, Jerry is breaking out a case of KBS from Founders Brewing Company to be served at one of the event tastings we will be working.  We will not disclose which event this rare beer offering will be poured at because that is just part of the fun.  The following events are the ones we will be attending and one of these will feature that lovely case of KBS:

  • Wednesday, September 12
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Desert Island Supply Co.
    Food Stories
    Reservations required (Eventbrite)
     
    Participants will have five minutes to tell a true, personal story about food. No notes are allowed in this challenge, known as “Food Stories.” Participants are ready to tell stories that will leave an audience laughing. This entertaining presentation is modeled after National Public Radio’s “The Moth.” Mafiaoza’s of Crestline Village will provide refreshments. Two free drinks (craft beer or wine) will be provided, courtesy of The J. Clyde. A cash bar will also be available.
  • Thursday, September 13
    Time: 6:30 p.m.
    Birmingham Public Library, Central 
    Eating Alabama: A Story About Why Food Matters
    Reservations required (Eventbrite)

    Tuscaloosa filmmaker Andrew Beck will share his “Eating Alabama: A Story About Why Food Matters” and then lead a discussion about it. The documentary is about a young couple setting out to eat the way their grandparents did, locally and seasonally. However, they soon realized that nearly everything about today’s food system has changed from the past. Little Savannah will make Conecuh sausage corn dogs and Alabama slaw; Satterfield’s will provide gourmet popcorn; Culinard Cafe will make Junior Mint brownies and M&M cookies; and Slice Pizza and Brew will make Conecuh sausage skewers with roasted Alabama peppers and onions served with a mustard jam. Two free drinks (craft beer or wine) will be provided, courtesy of The J. Clyde. A cash bar will also be available.
  • Friday, September 14
    Time: 6:30 p.m.
    Birmingham Public Library, Central 
    Bards & Brews Poetry Performance/Beer and Cheese Tasting
    Featuring Beer and Cheese Pairings by Chef and Bread Guru Corey Hinkel 

    The library’s popular Bards & Brews monthly poetry performance and beer-tasting event will be packed with activities on this night. Chef Corey Hinkel of MIX Bakery and Cafe in downtown Birmingham and Yellow Moon Cheese Co. in Alexandria, Ala. will talk about beer, bread and his homemade cheeses. Beer and cheese pairings have been a growing trend through the years, and Hinkel’s tips will put you in the know. Also, Chef Chris Dupont of MIX Bakery and Cafe and Cafe Dupont will prepare appetizers, using ingredients donated by Whole Foods Market. There will also be a poetry slam and prizes to the top three winners. Avondale Brewing Co., Back Forty Beer Co., Bell’s Brewery and Good People Brewing Co. will furnish the beer. The Reflections, a band made up of library employees, will perform. Attendees must be at least 18 to attend and 21 or older to be served.
  • Saturday, September 15. 
    Time: 11:00 a.m.
    European Kitchen of Alabama
    “Bring Your Own” Cooking Class with Tamar Adler, Author of An Everlasting Meal
    Reservations required (Eventbrite) 

    Brooklyn-based chef and author Tamar Adler will lead a “bring-your-own” cooking class, where attendees can bring anything from their fridge or pantry and see what Adler can make with it. To make it really interesting, ingredients can be things such as old herbs, leftover pasta or even fading vegetables. Birmingham chefs George Reis of Ocean and 26, Chris Vizzina of Campus Dining Inc. at Samford University, Eryka Perry of Not Just Catering and Jessica Cox, a culinary nutritionist with eMeals, will assist Adler in the kitchen. Crestline Bagel Co. of Crestline Village will provide additional refreshments. Two free drinks (craft beer or wine) will be provided, courtesy of The J. Clyde. A cash bar will also be available. (Adler’s book will be available for $15.)

All of the above events are free to attend, but you have to secure reservations for each one but the Bards and Brews event.  You can arrange those reservations by clicking the “Reservations required” link under the appropriate event above.  Registered EDRW attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing for a pair of tickets to see renowned chef and author Anthony Bourdain – the bad boy of cuisine – on Nov. 1 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. His show is called “Anthony Bourdain: Guts & Glory.” You must attend an EDRW event in order to enter the drawing. A winner will be selected and notified.  There are also a couple of events taking place before we join the action, so please take the time to check out the full list of events and attend those as well if your schedule allows.

We hope that all of our beer loving friends and patrons make it out for these fantastic events, join in on the discussion, and just have a good time with the written word and Alabama food and drink.  Whether you attend one or all events, we greatly appreciate your support and cannot wait to see you there!

 

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