If you haven’t picked up this month’s issue of Food & Wine and if you love Southern cuisine (and chefs) as much as I do, then stop missing out. Go get your copy. Stat.
While you’re flipping through the glossy index of recipes and pairings and culinary star profiles, be sure to hit page 88. Writer (and wine enthusiast/snob) Lettie Teague tries to tackle the question “Is every great FOOD town always a great WINE town?”.
Well, Birmingham, if you count the Western Supermarket and Piggly Wiggly, then yes…or at least that’s what Teague thinks.
Teague offers an interesting interpretation, indeed, of the Magic City’s unique wine offerings in both their quality and extensiveness, though not at all found where one might think. And it’s refreshing to see Birmingham’s rich culinary district highlighted. (Of note: Teague also mentions her stay at the Hotel Highland in Five Points South – a fitting rest stop for any culinary enthusiast, since its proximity to said chefs is ideal.) We love good PR, don’t we, Birmingham!
Now, to her detriment (in my opinion), Teaque casually points out that one of the only reasons people know about Bir-ming-ham, Alabama (other than Highlands Bar and Grill) is because of ”its notoriously troubled racial past”. (Seriously? Was it necessary to point this out in a foodie magazine? I wonder if she took the time to visit the Civil Rights Institute. currect exhibition: Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits.> )
And, we drift back to the original point…
Let this brief article spark your interest on what’s happening in those downtown dining rooms and kitchens, not to mention the wine aisles at local grocery stores. I suspect you’ll be inspired to go make nice with the staff at Piggly Wiggly. I also suspect we’ll see a revised wine list from Hastings sooner than later.
<…shameless plug coming…>
And what better way to indulge in a culinary tour than during the first ever Birmingham Restaurant Week? Buon Appetito, Birmingham!
Oh, yeah…For the article of interest, jump here!