Updates from the Education Committee Meeting
By Birmingham City Council Public Information Office
Here’s an update from yesterday’s Education Committee meeting, Chaired by Councilor Valerie Abbott: The Birmingham Public Library’s annual Eat Drink Read Write Festival is coming up soon, from October 1st-October 10th.
“The Birmingham Public Library’s Eat Drink Read Write festival is a culinary and literary experience that highlights Birmingham’s burgeoning food landscape. The 2017 festival brings together food, culinary arts, and literature in a fun and engaging format.”
Food Stories: A Cultural & Culinary Journey
Sunday, October 1, 2017
How do cultural experiences inform culinary creations? Join chefs from the Pizitz Food Hall as they discuss their culinary journeys and the experiences that shaped their palates and inspired their passions. Sample “off menu” selections created especially for the evening. REV Birmingham’s Deon Gordon moderates the discussion. Chefs: Abhi Sainju, MoMo; Amanshiva Takele, Ghion Hall Ethiopian Restaurant; Kimberly McNair Brock, Bitty’s Living Kitchen / REV Reveal Kitchen; Eli Markshtien, Eli’s Jerusalem Grill.
$20 admission — Purchase tickets online.
Grow it & Eat it! Instant Garden
Monday, October 2, 2017
Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Yard too small for a garden? No yard at all? You can still have a garden! From corn in a five-gallon bucket, to salad in a pot, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) will show you how to grow food in the most unusual spaces.
WHAT WAS THAT?! Social Media + Food Trends Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
From sushi donuts to rolled ice cream, food sharing on social media sparks trends. Join local food bloggers and Joy King, TV Host of Dining Out With Comedienne Joy, to discuss the influence of social media on food in Birmingham and the nation. Speakers: Emily Brown, Author, Birmingham Food: A Magic City Menu; Russell Hooks, Founder, Happenin’s in the ‘Ham; Tara Massouleh, Assistant Editor, Birmingham Magazine; Janece Maze, Lifestyle Blooger, Eat Drink & Savor Life; Rocky Prince, Executive Chef, Itta Bena WindCreek Montgomery; Julia Sayers, Editor-in-Chief, Birmingham Magazine; Justin White, Co-owner, Cosecha Urban Kitchen.
Bards & Brews Spoken Word Poetry Slam
Friday, October 6, 2017
Spoken Word poets from across Alabama compete for cash prizes, while attendees sample SweetWater craft beer and the sounds of hip hop artists Shaheed & DJ Supreme. Performance artist Voice Porter hosts this showcase of homegrown talent.
Teens in the award-winning Wenonah High School Culinary Arts Program will present a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring delectable dishes mastered during the school year. Meet our future chefs and restaurateurs!
Six-word Food Story Contest
August 24-September 30, 2017
Online, Twitter & Instagram
In only six words, tell us your food story using Twitter, Instagram or e-mail. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded on Friday, October 6 at the Bards & Brews event. View details and send us your very, very short story.
The Library Board has also approved a design for new stairs to replace the escalators in the Central Branch. Now, the design will go before the Mayor’s Office for their approval, before the process to accept bids for the construction work begins.
For more information about the Festival, visit http://www.bplonline.org/eatdrinkfest.aspx.
There was also some great news provided by Mark Sullivan, Chief of Staff for Birmingham City School System Superintendent, Dr. Lisa Herring. All 6th Graders in Birmingham City Schools will soon be receiving Chromebook computers, and all 9th and 10 graders in Birmingham City Schools will soon be receiving mobile hotspots so they can access the internet wherever they may be. The Birmingham City Council’s Education Committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm on the 3rd Floor of City Hall. As is the case with all the City Council’s Committee meetings, it is open to the public.