Shelton State Community College Community Education is offering a one-night-only course, “Chocolate: Your Holiday How-to,” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the College’s Fredd Campus. 

With the New Year comes resolutions. This year, one of my goals is to work toward investing my time, rather than merely spending it, in all endeavors! As a working mom, I have learned that meal prepping on a Sunday is beneficial for my family and gives me more time to invest in other areas during the work and school week. 

“Shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo; pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp …”  

Sure, this might be straight out of the movie Forrest Gump, where “shrimp is the fruit of the sea,” but one local business is trying to make this a reality in landlocked West Alabama. Since the end of 2016, the families involved with Sumter County Shrimp have dedicated themselves to digging ponds, drilling wells, and investing in equipment needed to grow shrimp in this area.  

The West Alabama Food and Wine Festival will host its 5th Annual event this Thursday, April 27, at Tuscaloosa RiverMarket to benefit the West Alabama Red Cross. The festival features small plates by 16 popular restaurants, including the highly anticipated Central Mesa created by the same owners as The Avenue Pub. A variety of wines will be available, and two local breweries will also be serving samples.

While it doesn’t always feel like winter in the South, the 11th Annual Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cookoff gives people a chance to cozy up to a bowl and play pretend. The family-friendly event will be held in the Bryant Conference Center on Saturday, Feb. 13 with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. 

Held by The Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa, the Cookoff raises funds for the club’s service projects within the region. It’s part of the reason Glen Smith, the Cookoff’s chairman, said he enjoys his role in the event.  

There’s a new chef in town. NorthRiver Yacht Club has announced that Trey Aitken is their new food and beverage director.

Aitken brings over 20 years of experience as owner, chef, and consultant in a variety of local and regional fine dining restaurants to NorthRiver.

This time of year in the south, there aren't many cooks that don't have access to venison(deer meat), either from the hunter in the family or friends.  However, cooking with venison can be challenging at first. Proper tenderizing and seasonings need to be added to enhance the flavor and cut down on the "gamey" taste that comes along with wild game. We first started cooking with venison as a way to cut costs at the grocery store meat department when prices started to skyrocket. I also found that I liked the fact that the meat was all natural, with no steroids or other additives. The following five recipes have become family favorites over the years.

Few things are as thrilling as being in BDS on an Alabama game day. But let’s face it, a lot of us don’t get season tickets, and we’re super lucky if we score tickets to one or two Bama games all season long. And these days, many of us who are lucky enough to live and work in this wonderful Druid City host friends who love coming to visit on big game weekends – whether they have tickets or not. Sure, you can host your own home tailgating party (or crash someone else’s, preferably on or around The Quad) – but what if you want to get out and watch the game? 

There are a lot of great places to watch Alabama games in Tuscaloosa and have a great experience among like-minded fans. With football season in full swing now (can we get a “Roll Tide”?!), I thought this might be the perfect time to put together this handy dandy list, so we all can have plans in place. 

If you’re itching for an excuse to eat out, now’s the time: Tuscaloosa’s restaurant week kicks off on August 12, and runs through August 21. Several local restaurants are participating in the event, part of the fifth annual Alabama Restaurant Week, which is sponsored by the Alabama Tourism Department.

Fans of Tuscaloosa’s area food trucks, listen up: Band of Brothers Brewing Company is holding a massive food truck rally this Saturday. For those of us who run around “chasing” these trucks on a regular basis (for me, it’s like Pokemon Go – only with FOOD, and far more satisfying rewards), this is the perfect opportunity to check out all of the goodness being offered up. If y’all loved Trucks by the Tracks, this is like that – but not by the tracks, and with live music, special giveaways, and, of course, local beer (including some limited releases). Happy Weekend.

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