Monday, September 27, 2010

More From the Twilight Dinner

Thursday's Twilight Dinner to benefit Jones Valley Urban Farm was indeed a delicious success. Under a full moon, in the middle of the garden, Chefs Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill, Robby Melvin of Birmingham's Salt Fine Catering along with Chef Drew Robinson, Nick Pihakis, Joshua Gentry and others from the Birmingham Jim 'N Nick's cooked an Argentine style Asado. Pardis Stitt worked with the event team to make sure everything flowed smoothly, Mike "Rathead" Riley served as auctioneer for a live auction where master distiller, Julian Van Winkle was in attendance and auctioned off a selection of three of his reserve Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons. Birmingham's Mayor William A. Bell stopped by to tour the farm, chat with the chefs and sit down to dinner with over 150 diners. Seated at one, very long table in the middle of the 25th Street location of the Jones Valley Urban Farm, everyone enjoyed a family-style service of organic beef, pasture-raised lamb and sausages along with just-picked autumn vegetables and lovely wines from Argentina. The dinner, along with the live auction raised approximately $50,000 for the non-profit, urban farm.
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A few pictures from the Alabama Asado

An Alabama Asado

Thursday September 23rd was a great evening at Jones Valley Urban Farm ( Frank Stitt and his team came together with myself and the Jim 'N Nick's crew for a twilight supper billed as an Alabama Asado on the farm. We grilled and roasted a whole lamb from Sequatchie Cove Farm as well as a slew of other meats and vegetables a plenty from the farm.

After dinner we had a live and silent auction with items from Billy Reid, Pappy Van Winkle, Natalie Chanin amongst others that raised funds and tremendous awareness for this still largely unrecognized jewel in downtown Birmingham.