Buy Local, Eat Local

Why not support your locally-owned businesses and merchants this holiday season? Buy American, whenever possible, and from locally-owned businesses if you have a choice. Whether you're buying Christmas gifts for family and friends or food items for a holiday party, there's almost always a local option. Support your community.   "Cheap" comes with a price. The seemingly insatiable desire … [Read more...]

Grapevine Grill at Chaumette Vineyards

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While wandering around the Soulard Market on August 13, during my last hour in St. Louis, I stopped by the Baetje Farms stall to sample (and purchase) a bit of their divinely-inspired, award-winning goat cheese. I bought the last package of their Bavarian Lemon Creme. As we chatted, I mentioned that I was driving south on I-55 and wanted to stop for a late lunch around Sainte Genevieve. And I … [Read more...]

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...]

Cheeky Maiden Soap Co: Naturally Handcrafted in Calera, Alabama

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One Saturday morning in early June, I was wandering around Pepper Place Market. The scent of lavender, peppermint, rosemary and cedarwood wafting across the muggy air drew me to the Cheeky Maiden Soap Co. booth, where I found an array of handcrafted soaps and related bath and body care products. I was in need of foot balm that day because I was almost out of Badger Balm. As a runner, I go through … [Read more...]