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BLACKBERRY FARM’S ZUCCHINI CAESAR SALAD

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This month, we are featuring Blackberry Farm and Chef Joseph Lenn as part of our ongoing Chef Series here at The Factory. As promised, we are sharing our favorite recipes with you; this week, a twist on a simple spring salad.

From The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm, page 121:

“When the garden and farmer’s markets are overflowing with zucchini, it’s time for this salad, which pairs lovely long threads of sweet raw zucchini with a creamy yet light dressing and Blackberry’s twist on Italian frico, made with our own Singing Brook cheese (Pecerino Toscano is a very appropriate substitute).”

The café is serving Blackberry Farm’s Zucchini Caesar Salad alongside our Quiche Lorraine and local greens. Stop by The Factory Café this week and explore our menu, or recreate the tasty dish yourself.

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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.

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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, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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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 FACTORY | THIS WEEK 4.7.2014 – 4.11.2014

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“A few weeks into spring we wake every morning more eager than the one before to rush out to the garden…”
–Sam Beall, The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm

Last week, we launched our Chef Series (with Chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm). For the month of April, you can enjoy fresh, seasonal Blackberry Farm recipes featured on our café menu, or purchase an array of jams, mixes, and preserves to experiment with in your own kitchen.

Hoping that you have a great week and that we see you soon,
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11:

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Visit our flagship store this week to shop our latest collection, Basics, A. Chanin, accessories, and more.

And don’t forget, tomorrow is First Monday at The Factory. Join us from 8:30am – 11:30am for a morning of sewing and socializing.

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.

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Our menu this week features our adaptations of two dishes from Chef Lenn and Blackberry Farm: Green Tomato Pie and Zucchini Caesar Salad. Both are equally delicious (and we will be sharing recipes soon on the Journal).

Café Hours Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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NEWSLETTER #15

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This month, for Newsletter #15, we are excited to announce new events, features, and products to The Factory and to our website.

At The Factory, we’ve begun a Chef Series (we kicked it off with Chef Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm). Stop by for a freshly brewed cup of our coffee, or order The Factory Blend Coffee (whole bean or ground) online.

You can also find our Basics collection available in new colors and a new addition to Studio Style DIY: the Starter Sewing Kit.

As always, we thank you for reading along and we invite you to join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter and keep up with the latest products, news, and stories featured on our Journal.

Update your mailing subscription to include the newsletter (and Daily Journal) here.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

 

 

INTRODUCING THE FACTORY CAFÉ CHEF SERIES: JOSEPH LENN + BLACKBERRY FARM

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Beginning today, Alabama Chanin is launching a Chef Series for The Factory Café. Each month, we will feature seasonal dishes on our menu from chefs (or restaurants) that share our values of celebrating place, artisanal craftsmanship of all kinds, and, simply said, good food.

Our focus through these collaborations will be on regional chefs and regionally-inspired cuisine—dishes that we can recreate in our café by locally sourcing ingredients. In the upcoming year, The Factory will host brunches, dinners, book signings, and even cooking and cocktail workshops with an array of chefs.

A few years ago, I made an extraordinary trip to Blackberry Farm, located in beautiful Walland, Tennessee, on the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Ever since that first journey (thanks to friends at the Southern Foodways Alliance), I’ve had a deep appreciation and respect for the artisans and chefs working at the Farm—and have loved using their cookbooks in my own kitchen.

From making biscuits to hosting an upcoming Weekend Away Workshop, my relationship with Blackberry Farm has grown over the years. So, I was thrilled when Chef Joseph Lenn and Blackberry Farm agreed to launch our Chef Series in the month of April.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.31.2014 – 4.4.2014

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“The earth laughs in flowers.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here in Alabama, the buttercups are blooming—a sure sign that spring is here. Join us at The Factory this week, as we celebrate the changing seasons with a new menu in the café and new specials in the store.
Hoping that you have a great week and that we see you soon,
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, March 31 – Friday, April 4:

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Visit us at The Factory and save 10% on our selection of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day*—Earth-friendly, cruelty-free household cleaning products that are made in the USA. Plus, when you purchase any Mrs. Meyer’s product, we will include a slightly stained napkin or two, to use during your spring cleaning rituals.

*In-store purchases only, March 31 – April 4.
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THE SOUTHERN BAKERY + SUGARBAKERS’ WEDDING CAKE

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My love for cake, from traditional layer cakes to simple pound cakes, has been well documented over the years. While I delight in the homemade sweets of the South, one of my favorite cakes comes from a local bakery here in the Shoals called Sugarbakers.

The family owned-and-operated bakery opened over twenty years ago in nearby St. Florian. A few years ago, the main location, which focused on baked goods, closed and the bakery operation moved to a restaurant called “The Drink Box,” which serves up delicious milkshakes (Maggie’s drink of choice) and chicken salad, as well as old Sugarbakers favorites and layer cakes.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.24.2014 – 3.28.2014

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“Simple is hard to do. But when you get there, it’s so liberating.”
— Eileen Fisher

I’ll be heading to New York City this week to celebrate our Eileen Fisher Women in Business Grant. Very exciting.

The Factory will be here and open every day. Ready to serve. Note that our daily tours have been moved to 2pm… just one of the ways we listen to your feedback and strive to give better service.
xoNatalie

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, March 24 – Friday, March 28:

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Visit us at The Factory this week and save 10% on our selection of Made in the USA, organic cotton socks—from our collaboration with Little River Sock Mill.

*In-store purchases only, March 24 – 28.

Call Carson at +1.256.760.1090 for more information, style tips, and assistance with orders.
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.

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GRAM PERKINS’ EGG SALAD + HOMEMADE PICKLES

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My Gram Perkins passed down several recipes to me through the years. I keep most of them in a recipe book my mother compiled of family recipes. From Chocolate Pie to Thanksgiving dressing, Gram Perkins’ delicious Southern dishes continue to make their way onto my table—always tasting amazing, but not quite as good as when she made them.

One of the simplest (and most beloved) recipes she gave to me was for egg salad, featuring homemade Fourteen-Day Pickles (also known as sweet or bread-and-butter pickles). I think of it as one of the ultimate comfort foods. When I was a child, Gram Perkins often served it to me as a summer lunch or afternoon snack. I have vivid memories of sitting in her kitchen, watching her prepare her famous egg salad sandwich for me—always with extra pickles in a jar on the table.

After my Gram Perkins passed away, my granddaddy, lovingly known as Perk, continued making the famous Fourteen-Day Pickles. My mother carries on the family tradition today by gifting pints of these treasures every holiday season. Egg salad is definitely better with this homemade version but there are great bread-and-butter pickles available on the market today that you can use for your homemade egg salad. We recently taste tested the Blackberry Farm version and found it delicious.

No one really knows when egg salad itself was created, but it became a popular luncheon salad in the early 1800s, after French chef Marie-Antoine Carême invented mayonnaise as we know it today. A sister to tuna and chicken salad, egg salad is a nice option for those looking for a simple lunch, packed with protein.

We’ve started serving Gram Perkins’ egg salad in The Factory Café, complete with homemade pickles, made from her recipe. Stop by for lunch (new menu below) and try it on whole wheat sourdough toast, served with julienned honey crisp apples. (Trust me—the pairing of eggs and apples is delicious.)

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