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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.25.2015 – 5.30.2015

ALABAMA CHANIN – THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.25.2015 – 5.30.2015

“Who sows virtue reaps honor.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Please note that the Alabama Chanin office and The Factory Store and Café will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, May 25 – Saturday, May 30:

STORE
Shop our Sweet Summer sale through midnight Monday and receive 20% off your online purchase with the code “SWEETSUMMER.” (Some exclusions apply.)

We have two week-long workshops coming up in June with spots still available. Sign up now for our Patterns and Alterations Studio Week at The Factory June 1 through June 5. This workshop highlights our most recent book, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, and will focus on the skills needed to tailor our existing patterns to fit according to your measurements. The cost includes materials, instruction, studio access daily from 8:00am – 6:00pm, yoga sessions, breakfast and weekday lunches, and a few surprises along the way.

Our Classic Studio Week begins the following Monday, June 8 and goes through Friday, June 12. This week-long event gives workshop participants total immersion into Alabama Chanin’s philosophies, methods, materials, and products. Participants will experiment with several different techniques including design basics and the physics of sewing, stencil design and creation, airbrush and stenciling of garments, fit and pattern alterations, discussion, and critique. The cost includes materials, access to airbrush and paint, a selection of garment patterns and stencils available in our Studio Book Series, instruction, daily breakfast and weekday lunches, studio access daily from 8:00am – 6:00pm, and more. Pair this workshop with our weeklong Patterns and Alterations workshop the previous week for our most comprehensive Alabama Chanin experience. Register here.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and chocolate pots de crème.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

SMALL PLATES

Four Deviled Eggs
made with locally-sourced, farm-fresh eggs 4.95
(V) + (GF)

Soup of the Day
served with toast 7.50

Magpie + Ruth’s Pimento Cheese Sandwich
served open-faced 7.45
(V)

Grilled Cheese Sandwich 4.95
(V)

SAVORY

The Factory Quiche of the Day
made with a selection of locally sourced ingredients, topped with a homemade puff pastry, served with roasted potatoes and a side of The Factory Salad 10.95
(GF) option

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
made with roasted red peppers, sautéed Swiss chard, roasted spring onions,
and maple-glazed carrots, with an oregano ricotta cheese spread,
served with your choice of chips 7.95
(V)

Flatbread of the Day
topped with a seasonal selection of farm fresh ingredients,
served with a salad 11.95

SWEET

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
topped with freshly whipped cream 3.95

Three Chocolate Chip Cookies 2.95
(Cookies are made to order; please allow 12 minutes.)

Chocolate Pots de Crème
topped with freshly whipped cream 4.25

SIDES

Two Deviled Eggs 2.45
(V)

Side of The Factory Salad 3.95
(V) + (GF) + (P) option

Cup of Soup with toast 4.50
(P) option + (GF) option

Roasted Potatoes 3.25
(V) + (GF) + (P)

Vegetable of the Day 3.25
(V) + (GF)

Route 11 Potato Chips 1.50
(V) + (GF)

Half Magpie + Ruth’s Pimento Cheese Sandwich 3.95
(V)

Half Grilled Cheese Sandwich 2.95
(V)

DAILY PLATE
Choose three of the sides listed above,
served with your choice of tea or coffee 10.95

We proudly serve organic and locally sourced vegetables and all-natural, hormone-free meats from Jack-o-Lantern Farm, Bluewater Creek Farm, Anson Mills, The Fatback Pig Project
and other purveyors.

Please note: ingredients are subject to local availability; some dishes may become unavailable during our daily lunch service.

Enjoy your lunch on exclusive Alabama Chanin @ Heath Ceramics dinnerware.

MENU KEY

Gluten Free: items marked with this symbol (GF) are appropriate for those who choose to avoid gluten. If you have a gluten allergy, please let us know and we will take special precautions to avoid cross contamination.

Vegetarian: Dishes marked with this symbol (V) are made without meat, fish, or fowl.

Natalie’s Clean Detox: Menu selections marked with this symbol (NC) follow our 2015 clean diet detox program (see additional information) and include no beef, pork, eggs, dairy, gluten, or processed sugar. To the greatest possible extent, these dishes are made with whole foods and unrefined ingredients that are unprocessed or minimally processed.

Paleo Diet: Menu items marked with this symbol (P) are designed to be high in protein and fiber, low in carbohydrates and sodium and, to the greatest possible extent, free from refined sugar and dairy.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.18.2015 – 5.23.2015

ALABAMA CHANIN – THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.18.2015 –  5.23.2015

“Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.” ― Seth Godin

Please note that The Factory Store + Café and Alabama Chanin offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day.

Last week was packed with events at The Factory, so this week we are taking a moment to catch our breath…

Here is what we have going on, Monday, May 18 – Saturday, May 23 :

STORE
Join us for Third Mondays as we host our monthly sewing group at The Factory from 8:30 – 11:30. Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship. Coffee and tea will be available for purchase from The Factory Café. Please bring your own fabric and sewing notions.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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
Stop in for lunch at The Factory Café this week with favorites like our Flatbread and Quiche of the Day, made with the freshest seasonal vegetables available.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch, as we highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also, don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and chocolate pots de crème.

Order a freshly baked whole cake for your next event or party. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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GATHER BRUNCH + Q&A WITH JVTF

Event---Jones-Valley-Teaching-Farm---Gather-Kickoff---Alabama-Chanin-(2)Two weeks ago we introduced Jones Valley Teaching Farm and the work they are doing with schools and in classrooms across Birmingham. With programs like Good School Food, Farm Lab, and Seed to Plate, they are providing food-based, hands-on, experimental education and design-thinking strategies for students in Pre-K to 12th grades. Their practices are sustainable (in more than one way), thoughtful, and all-around good.

While the organization began in 2001, many of its programs, like Farm Lab, are new and have seen (planned) growth in the past few years. To cover expenses that come with the design, building, and staffing of such programs, Jones Valley is working to diversify their fundraising efforts.

One of their most successful fundraisers is the annual Twilight Supper, held each fall at the farm. The weekend of May 16th, they are introducing Gather Dinners – a series of events held across the city of Birmingham and the state of Alabama – as a spring counterpart to the fall event.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.4.2015 – 5.9.2015

ALABAMA CHANIN – THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.4.2015 – 5.9.2015

“The future will either be green or not at all.” – Bob Brown

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, May 4 – Sunday, May 10:

STORE
Join us at The Factory to work on your latest sewing projects in the company of friends and coffee on Monday, May 4 for First Mondays. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship. Coffee, tea, and a light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

Come and celebrate the special mothers in your life on Sunday, May 10 at our first ever Sunday brunch. Our Mother’s Day Brunch will feature buffet of sweet and savory selections. Reserve your seat and purchase your tickets here.

While reserving tickets for our Mother’s Day Brunch, go ahead and get your tickets for our Celebration of the Southern Oven. This Sunday brunch, a fundraiser for the Jones Valley Teaching Farm, will feature acclaimed pastry chefs Lisa Donovan and Angie Mosier. Join us for a sweet and savory, family-style spread on May 17, reserve your tickets here.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our chocolate pots de crème.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.27.2015 – 5.2.2015

The Factory This Week

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, April 27 – Saturday, May 2:

STORE
Join Alabama Chanin in Montgomery, Alabama, on May 2–3 for our Pop-up Shop at Southern Makers. The Alabama Chanin Team will also be hosting a two-hour sewing workshop from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on May 2. This workshop is suited for beginners and experienced sewers alike, reserve your spot here.

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching so don’t forget to reserve your spot at our first-ever Sunday Brunch, in celebration of all moms out there. Price includes a buffet of sweet and savory offerings, made from fresh and organic ingredients, beverages, tax, and a tip.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 04.20.2015 – 04.25.2015

The Factory This Week

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” – Jane Austen

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, April 20 – Saturday, April 25:

STORE

Join us on Monday, April 20 at The Factory for Third Mondays. Work on your latest sewing projects in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship. A light breakfast, coffee, and tea will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

If you are in the Chicago area, join Natalie as she speaks at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago about the Alabama Chanin family of businesses on Tuesday, April 21. Learn about Alabama Chanin’s commitment to sustainability at every step of the manufacturing process. The event will take place at the SAIC Columbus Auditorium at 6pm, and is free, non-ticketed, and open to the general public.

STORE HOURS

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu weekly.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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FRIENDS OF THE CAFÉ: LISA DONOVAN + ANGIE MOSIER

ALABAMA CHANIN – FRIENDS OF THE CAFÉ: LISA DONOVAN + ANGIE MOSIER

Sometimes when you meet a kindred spirit, you feel that connection immediately. It’s safe to say that I felt that bond when I first met Angie Mosier a dozen (or so) years ago. She laughs in a way that draws you in immediately—you just have to know what she’s laughing at. She also throws a mean party and anyone who has ever been in attendance knows what a real good time looks (and sounds and tastes) like. She is Southern in so many ways—she can cook, bake, and mix cocktails; she can spin an engaging tale; she has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Southern food, but she is no wilting flower.

I was lucky enough to collaborate with Angie on the second book in the Alabama Studio Series, Alabama Studio Style. She leant recipes, guidance, food styling efforts, and all-around support. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I couldn’t have written that book without her. Angie is a talented writer, photographer, stylist, and cook in her own right. She documents food, but also the people behind the food—the ones who keep our Southern food traditions alive.

ALABAMA CHANIN – FRIENDS OF THE CAFÉ: LISA DONOVAN + ANGIE MOSIER

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 04.13.2015 – 04.17.2015

The Factory This Week

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17:

STORE

Be sure to join us on Monday, April 13 for the next installment of our On Design Makeshift conversation, presenting Little Forest + Biophilic Design. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Little Forest is dedicated to bringing the magic of the forest into everyday urban life through small-scale, sustainable design. In their presentation, they will explore theory, highlight the key principles of biophilic design, and offer a variety of small-scale, DIY  projects, including terrariums, that allow participants to incorporate more natural, biophilic design projects into their own home.

$7 includes admission and participation to the conversation, and a cup of coffee or tea. Reserve your seat now.

Our Pop-Up Store at lf8 is back open now through May 22, 2015. The store features a selection of one-of-a-kind indigo pieces, A. Chanin, and a special selection of home goods, accessories, and more. Alabama Chanin will also be hosting a series of events and conversations at lf8 in the coming month.

STORE HOURS (@ THE FACTORY)

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Stop in on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven – from our family to yours. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.6.2015 – 4.11.2015

The Factory This Week

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, April 6 – Saturday, April 11:

STORE
Join us on Monday, April 6, for First Mondays. Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

Spend next Saturday with Alabama Chanin at our Annual Open House and Community Picnic. We will be providing barbeque and fixins’, please bring your favorite side dish or dessert. We will also be hosting a series of one-hour mini-workshops that afternoon, register here.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

Café Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.30.2015 – 4.4.2015

ALABAMA CHANIN – THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.30.2015 – 4.4.2015

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” – Lilly Pulitzer

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, March 30 – Saturday, April 4:

STORE
Make plans now to join us for our Community Picnic on Saturday, April 11. Festivities of the day will include a pot-luck style picnic (bring your favorite side dish or dessert), guided tours of the studio, and one-hour mini-workshops.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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 for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and our carrot and ginger soup.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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