In the Magic City of Birmingham there is a group of independent restaurants that have banded together like our own Nashville Originals. They call themselves the Birmingham Originals. (Our crack research staff here at Bites is currently investigating who stole the name from whom.) Regardless, both groups are an important way for smaller establishments to pull together to help brand themselves as they compete with national chain restaurants, so we'll cut them some slack.
The Birmingham Originals have an annual event they call Break n' Bread, which they describe as Alabama’s premier food and wine event. It features signature dish tastings from nearly 40 Birmingham Originals restaurants paired with a wide selection of wine and beer. There is also entertainment, which this year will be provided by American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. (Shut up, you can't tell me you weren't rooting for him that year. Soul Patrol rules!)
This year, they're shaking things up a little bit and featuring some of our local favorites:
For the first time, the Birmingham Originals is expanding outside of Alabama, inviting four stellar Nashville-based chefs to helm the festival’s VIP tent. Chef/owner Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que, Chef Will Ulhorn of Table 3, Chef Ashley Quick of Flyte and Pastry Chef Rebekah Turshen of City House will hold cooking demonstrations and offer tastings to VIP ticket holders, in addition to hosting the post-event Music City Chefs in the Magic City Gala Dinner at Ocean on Monday, Oct. 10.
Tickets for the Break ’n Bread food and wine event and additional information are available at www.birminghamoriginals.org and on the Birmingham Originals Facebook page. Prices are $35 for regular, $75 for VIP, and children under 12 years old get in free.
If you're interested in taking the short drive down I-65 to cheer on our local heroes and support the Birmingham Originals, the event will be held on Oct. 9-10. Tickets are available at the Birmingham Originals website.