Category Archives: TRAVEL + OTHER NEWS

THE FACTORY CAFÉ CHEF SERIES: THE KITCHEN SISTERS

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This May, Alabama Chanin is featuring two of my personal heroines (and, now, dear friends) as part of our ongoing Chef Series at the café. They might not be chefs, but Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva are The Kitchen Sisters—independent producers who create radio stories for NPR and other public broadcast outlets. Davia and Nikki are two of the most genuine and real women I know. Without their dedication to telling the real story, I would not be the person I am today. Route 66 changed my perception of storytelling in the autumn of 1994. I remember the first moment I heard their tracks: in the third story of a rented house on a square in Savannah, Georgia. Just like that, my life changed.

Davia and Nikki met and began collaborating in the late 1970s, hosting a weekly radio program in Santa Cruz, California. Their name was taken from two eccentric brothers—Kenneth and Raymond Kitchen—who were stonemasons in Santa Cruz in the 1940s. One night, they were discussing the Kitchen Brothers, who were featured in a book about Santa Cruz architects, as prep for an interview with the book’s author—while also cooking dinner for a group of people on the commune where Nikki lived—and got caught up in legends of local masonry (chimneys, yogi temples, Byzantine bungalows…), and food prep fell to the wayside. Dinner that evening was a disaster, and The Kitchen Sisters were (laughingly) born.

Oral histories heavily influenced their style of radio production. Over the years, they have produced a number of series, such as Lost & Found Sound, The Sonic Memorial Project, The Hidden World of Girls, and Hidden Kitchens. Regardless of topic, Davia and Nikki find a way to build community through storytelling.

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CLOSED TODAY

CLOSED TODAY

Due to potentially hazardous weather, Alabama Chanin and The Factory will be closed Monday, April 28th.

We are asking all of our friends, family, and team members to be cautious and stay safe.

xoNatalie

 

 

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.28.2014 – 5.2.2014

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“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.”
—Albert Camus

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 2:

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Make plans to join us in Montgomery this weekend at the 2nd annual Southern Makers event. We will have an Alabama Chanin Pop-Up Shop on site and will also be hosting a DIY Chair Workshop.

Call Carson at +1.256.760.1090 for more information.

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UPCOMING EVENTS + WORKSHOPS

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We host events and workshops year-round and in all parts of the world. Get your bags packed to join us.

xoNatalie

Trunk Show @ RedBird, Berkeley, CA
Join us at RedBird this weekend to view and shop the new Alabama Chanin Collection.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Friday, April 25, 2014

For more information, visit here.

Studio Style DIY Trunk Show @ A Verb for Keeping Warm, Oakland, CA
Please join us for a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

For more information, visit here.

SOLD OUT – One-Day Retreat @ The Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley, CA

DIY Chair Workshop @ Southern Makers, Montgomery, AL
Join us Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Southern Makers for an Alabama Chanin DIY Chair Workshop.

This workshop offers guests the opportunity to work with Natalie and team to repurpose and redesign a selection of (gently) used chairs using fabric scraps, paint and stencils, markers, nails, and assortment of tools. This workshop models itself after Alabama Chanin’s Makeshift workshop series: Crafting Design, featured in the New York Times. Conducted in a casual, open forum, the workshop will cover a wide range of topics from craft, design, and DIY. This workshop is open to all skill levels. Guests will enjoy inspiring instruction and provided materials. Purchase of this workshop includes materials, tools, instruction from the Alabama Chanin team and one ticket for admission to Southern Makers.

Register for the workshop here.

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FROM ALABAMA TO CALIFORNIA

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We are in the San Francisco area this weekend hosting trunk shows for our new collection and for Studio Style DIY (and a One-Day Retreat at the Edible Schoolyard). The retreat is sold out, but we hope you can join us at RedBird or A Verb for Keeping Warm.

Trunk Show @ RedBird, Berkeley, CA

Join us at RedBird this weekend to view and shop the new Alabama Chanin Collection.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Friday, April 25, 2014

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2983 Domingo Avenue
Berkeley, California

For more information, visit here.

Studio Style DIY Trunk Show @ A Verb for Keeping Warm, Oakland, CA

Please join us for a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Verb for Keeping Warm
6328 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, California

For more information, visit here.

 

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.21.2014 – 4.25.2014

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Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25:

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Come and explore our retail space this week. From the latest collection and accessories to our collaboration with Heath Ceramics, The Factory Store has a little bit of everything you need for spring.

Call Carson at +1.256.760.1090 for more information.

Store Hours Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
This is the last full week to enjoy Blackberry Farm cuisine at The Factory Café. So, come by and enjoy a green tomato pie…we promise you’ll love it.

Café Hours Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Below is Monday and Tuesday’s menu; check back on Wednesday for a new lunch menu:

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WEEKEND WORKSHOP @ BLACKBERRY FARM

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It’s been too long since I visited Blackberry Farm AND since Alabama Chanin has held a Weekend Away Workshop (the last Weekend Away was in Taos, New Mexico in 2012). My last trip to the farm was a few years ago for Taste of the South (an auction benefitting the Southern Foodways Alliance) and I am looking forward to returning this June. It’s the ideal summertime trip: a refreshing, rejuvenating weekend retreat to the foothills of the Appalachians.

To get in the spirit, we kicked off our Chef Series at The Factory Café this month, featuring Blackberry Farm and Chef Joseph Lenn. The special menu at The Factory Café runs through the end of the month and includes recipes from The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm cookbook. Nothing beats Chef Joseph’s cuisine, which can be experienced firsthand at The Barn.

Join us this summer for Alabama Chanin’s Weekend Away Workshop, which includes incredible meals prepared onsite amid beautiful settings.

We provide all of the materials necessary to complete a custom do-it-yourself garment, chosen by the participant ahead of time. Work with me and the Alabama Chanin team, and immerse yourself in the Alabama Chanin philosophy.  The workshop is a place to learn and practice stitching techniques, tips, and tricks while enjoying craft and community, Blackberry Farm cuisine, laughter, and fellowship.

Visit our friends at BlackberryFarm.com to register for the workshop.

See you there,
xo Natalie

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.14.2014 – 4.18.2014

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“For many Southerners, pimento cheese—or “pimenocheese,” as we tend to say it—is a touchstone of childhood, a favorite filling for lunchbox and picnic sandwiches. But this tangy blend of sharp cheese, mayonnaise, and roasted red peppers is a great grown-up food too…”
–Edna Lewis, The Gift of Southern Cooking

There are a variety of recipes for pimento cheese—especially in the South—but I’ve become partial to The Factory Café’s house made version, featuring the (not-so-secret) ingredients: horseradish and Worcestershire sauce.

We hope that you can join us at The Factory this week (for pimento cheese and more),
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, April 14 – Friday, April 18:

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All of our favorite items featured in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide are also available in store, including DIY kits, fabric bundles, collection pieces, Workshops, and a selection of accessories and books.

Call Carson at +1.256.760.1090 for more information.

Store Hours Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us in the café for lunch. This week’s special is the ultimate comfort food: roasted tomato soup and grilled pimento cheese.

Café Hours Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
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JACK-O-LANTERN FARM + COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE

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As most of you know, Alabama Chanin strives to support local farmers whenever possible—especially now that we’ve opened The Factory Café and are sourcing local and organic ingredients for all of our dishes. Our kitchen manager, Arron, has built a strong relationship with our friends Steve and Connie Carpenter, who operate nearby Jack-O-Lantern Farm. Each week, Steve delivers the freshest local produce to our kitchen, which Arron incorporates into our seasonal menus. Steve also picks up bags our Factory Blend Coffee and house made granola that he then sells at his farm, just across the river. Watching Arron and Steve collaborate these past few months has been a wonderful (and educational) experience.

Jack-O-Lantern Farm is getting ready to launch their 2014 Community-Supported Agriculture box program—and The Factory will be a pick-up location beginning Friday, May 16.

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THE BEST FOR MOM

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This year, we’ve taken the best of our new collection and Studio Style DIY and put them together for our 2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide. We have a little bit of everything for everyone, whether you want to make something special or prefer to give something already handmade. Either way, your gift will be one-of-a-kind.

Our collection features contemporary and flattering styles for moms of all ages, and our guide features a selection of garments, discounted for a limited-time: the Panel Tunic, Magdalena Betsy Blazer, and Daisy Long Skirt. The Alabama Vest is a simple accessory and compliments any woman’s wardrobe.

Other gift items include Dust-to-Digital’s book and CD collection, Never a Pal Like Mother and But Mama Always Put Vodka in her Sangria by Julia Reed. These would be perfect when paired with Rosanne Cash’s newest (amazing) album, The River & The Thread.

For those who enjoy making, our newest DIY Kits feature our Stencil of the Year pattern, the Check. Our DIY Check Tied Wrap features Alabama Eyelet beading and casually covers the shoulders. The DIY Check Skirt is the only DIY Kit pattern we currently feature using our Short Fitted Skirt pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.

For the mom-to-be, make a DIY Baby Blanket + Onesie from our kit.

BLUE FABRIC BUNDLE

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