012 Shinecast: FoodBlogSouth Preview and More

Episode 012 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features a preview of FoodBlogSouth 2013, one of the premiere food blogging conferences. Sheree talks with FoodBlogSouth co-founders Jason Horn and Shaun Chavis about the upcoming event. Shinecast listeners can pick up a 10% discount on conference registration. Listen to the interview with Jason and Shaun to get the discount code. I moved the … [Read more...]

Komen Alabama Race for the Cure

Yesterday, I ran the Komen Alabama Race for the Cure 5K in Birmingham. This week's Sunday Sign on The Ben Franklin Follies  is dedicated to the Komen Race for the Cure. More than 16,000 people ran or walked in the Komen Alabama Race for the Cure this year. I ran my first Komen Alabama 5K in 2002. I've also previously done the 2009 and 2010 Komen Alabama 5Ks. It's amazing and inspirational, so see … [Read more...]

Finer Grind Coffee Roasters

When it comes to specialty coffees, Birmingham, Alabama has one of the finest micro-roasters in the nation: Woody Wiginton's Finer Grind. Yesterday, I ran across this review of seven top independent coffee roasters on Cool Hunting. Actually, @cutigerash tweeted the link, so I took a look. And I remembered that I'd planned to do a blog post on Finer Grind in early August, just before I had a dog … [Read more...]

Alabama Social Media Association: The Junto for Social Media

Earlier this year, several of my friends and professional acquaintances recognized the need for a professional organization committed to sharing knowledge and best practices in the realm of social media for business and nonprofit purposes. They showed initiative and established the Alabama Social Media Association, Inc., or ALsocme, for short. One of Benjamin Franklin's greatest contributions to … [Read more...]

Food Culture: Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs & Gus Koutroulakis

I rarely eat hot dogs and I never visited Pet's Famous Hot Dogs in downtown Birmingham. But the story of Gus Koutroulakis and the life he devoted to serving up some of the most popular hot dogs in the country is legendary. And touching. I admire anyone who cares enough about their work to do it for 63 years. I ran across this short film on The Dish, Andrew Sullivan's blog.  The film, by Joe York, … [Read more...]

Ignite Birmingham 1: Connecting-the-dots

I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Ignite Birmingham event held Thursday, April 29, 2010. As I listened to the other talks throughout the evening I began to realize that most of them featured themes or ideas that were compatible with points I planned to touch on in my own talk, also named The Ben Franklin Follies. I thought it might be fun to commemorate the … [Read more...]