FRIENDS OF THE CAFÉ, SOUTHERN FOODWAYS, AND VIVIAN HOWARD

Last Friday night, we hosted our second “Friends of the Café” dinner, which also served as our first Piggy Bank Dinner fundraiser for the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA). Chef Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer restaurant and the Peabody-award winning television series A Chef’s Life traveled to The Factory from North Carolina for an evening of delicious food, cocktails, much […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.21.2014 – 7.25.2014

“Savor the ritual of the table. Mealtime is a time for empathy and generosity, a time to nourish and communicate.” —Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food Here is what we have going on at The Factory this week, Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25: STORE Enjoy our newly updated retail space, view our […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.14.2014 – 7.18.2014

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. –Abraham Lincoln Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18: STORE Beginning Monday, we will highlight some of our favorite books and other summer […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.7.2014 – 7.11.2014

“Once you have eaten—shared food with a person, there’s a deep psychological system that means, you know, we are like family.” –Jonathan Haidt, On Being Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11: STORE Visit us this week for the launch of The Factory Sale. We will […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.30.2014 – 7.4.2014

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” —William Faulkner The Factory will be closed Friday, July 4th, that our staff can observe Independence Day. (Please note, CSA boxes will be available for pick-up at Jack-o-Lantern Farm on Saturday morning.) Here is what we have going on this week, […]

HOT AND HOT TOMATO SALAD

This month, we launched our “Friends of the Café” Dinner Series with James Beard award-winning chef Chris Hastings. When searching for like-minded chefs and restaurants to collaborate with for our ongoing chef series in the café, Chris was one of the first people who came to mind. His dedication to locally-sourced ingredients is something we […]

TOMATOES WITH BASIL + GOAT CHEESE

Nothing tastes like summer quite like a fresh, home-grown tomato. In fact, I embark on a tomato sandwich diet each summer. While I’m still patiently waiting for my own garden plants to get ripe enough for picking, I’m enjoying the vegetables from my CSA share each week (and of course, our locally-sourced café ingredients). Good […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.9.2014 – 6.13.2014

“The act of sitting down with friends over a great meal while bragging about our dogs, taking stock of our good fortune, and passing along to our children the value of our traditions, land, resources, and importance of conversation is what we call ‘memory cuisine.’” –Chris and Idie Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook […]

BIBLIOCRAFT

At Alabama Chanin, we believe DIY projects are integral to sharing creativity and promoting sustainable heirloom-worthy pieces. Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects is a great guide to DIY crafts that utilize a range of library resources for inspiration. Written by rare book librarian Jessica Pigza, this book […]

AN ALABAMA CHANIN FAMILY OF BUSINESSES

Those of you who have followed Alabama Chanin for years know that this company was built around the concepts of expert craftsmanship, beauty, function, and utility. Focusing on using sustainable, organic, and local materials and labor, we have committed ourselves to producing quality products made in the USA. As we grew, the company developed a […]