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.”

Festival Schedule

Food Stories: A Cultural & Culinary Journey 
Sunday, October 1, 2017
6:00–8:00 p.m. 
Central Library

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
6:00–8:00 p.m. 
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. 
Free admission

WHAT WAS THAT?! Social Media + Food Trends Panel Discussion 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:00–8:00 p.m.

Central Library, Arrington Auditorium
Poster (pdf)

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.
Free admission

Bards & Brews Spoken Word Poetry Slam
Friday, October 6, 2017
6:30–9:00 p.m. 
Central Library

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. 
Free admission

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! 
Free admission

Six-word Food Story Contest

August 24-September 30, 2017
Central Library 
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.
Free submission

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.

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