Epiphany: Tuscaloosa Farm-to-Table

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When I moved back to Tuscaloosa in August 2007 to rejoin my old law firm, Rosen Harwood, I was thrilled to find a variety of new restaurants in the downtown area. I don't recall precisely when Chef Tres Jackson launched Epiphany but it instantly became my favorite after my first meal there. From the outset, Epiphany and Chef Tres Jackson focused on local foods and suppliers that used … [Read more...]

Averiett Branch Farm: A Heritage Farm

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One of the nicest things about hanging out at farmers markets is that you get to talk to the men and women who grow and raise your food. Over the past two months I've had several short (he's always busy), but pleasant chats with John H. Wesson, current purveyor of Averiett Branch Farm in Sylacauga, Alabama. John's ancestors established Averiett Branch Farm in 1850. Seven generations of Averietts … [Read more...]

Oak Hill Angus: Grass-fed Black Angus Beef

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I met Richard Harvell, owner of Oak Hill Angus at the Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market in Tuscaloosa a few days ago. Mr. Harvell raises grassfed, antibiotic- and hormone-free Black Angus cattle at his family-owned farm in Eutaw, Alabama. He didn't have any steaks that day, so I bought two packs of ground round and a pack of ground chuck. The beef is all USDA Inspected, of course. At $2.79 - $2.99 … [Read more...]