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HISTORY OF BRUNCH (+ SUNDAYS)

HISTORY OF BRUNCH (+ SUNDAYS)

We have organized two special events on back-to-back Sundays. Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch, on May 10th, features the best-of-the-best of our café brunch with with the addition of some very special treats for mom. Reserve a spot for our seatings at 10:00am – 11:30am or 12:00pm – 2:00pm or get more details below.

And the following Sunday, May 17th, we are hosting our first-ever Friends of the Café | Makeshift Brunch titled Pies + Casseroles: A Celebration of the Southern Oven, a fundraiser for Jones Valley Teaching Farm and hosted in collaboration with friends and acclaimed chefs (photographers, writers, and superwomen too) Lisa Donovan and Angie Mosier.

Both of these inaugural events call for preregistration. All of this talk about Brunch made us start wondering how this meal came about. Read on to discover (what we believe to be) the origin of this most delicious meal:

Brunch has become such a widely adopted part of the American culinary experience and like so many food traditions, its existence cannot be nailed down to one exact moment. There was no year B.B. (before brunch) and no A.B. (after brunch) but food historians and brunch experts believe that the meal originated in Great Britain’s hunting culture. Large, multi-course breakfasts were prepared for sizeable hunting parties and included pork, eggs, fruit, pastries, and other hearty foods. However, it is possible to pin down the origin of the word “brunch”, which is obviously a combination of the words “breakfast” and “lunch.” It was first printed in an 1895 Hunter’s Weekly article by Guy Beringer titled, “Brunch: A Plea.” In the article, Beringer argued against heavy, post-church Sunday meals, in favor of a lighter meal during the late morning hours—one that encouraged a cocktail or two. ”Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” Beringer wrote. ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.9.2015 – 3.14.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.9.2015 – 3.14.2015

“I’m all about finding free space for people to be themselves so that they can then choose, consciously, to contribute to others around them.” – from A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves by Ari Weinzweig

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, March 9 – Saturday, March 14:

STORE
Join us on Monday, March 9 for the next conversation in our On Design Series. Register now to reserve your seat for our conversation on the design collaborative Memphis in the 1980s. Registration includes admission, participation in the conversation, and a cup of coffee or tea.

Be on the lookout for our site-side Mother’s Day Sale beginning at midnight on Thursday, March 12.

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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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

View our Saturday Brunch menu here.

Saturday Store Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Café Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm.

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Read: Shop Class as Soulcraft

The Art of Rebellion

Explore Natalie’s Picks

Hot and Cold Tea Cocktails

The Bitter Southerner: The Meat and Three

On Design: 1980 + Memphis Design

Embroidery’s Back

Catch up with Newsletter #26

Alabama Chanin @ lf8

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 3.2.2015 – 3.7.2015

The Factory This Week

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, March 2 – Saturday, March 7:

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Our favorite A. Chanin pieces—including the V-Neck Tank, Long Sleeve Raglan, and Racerback Tunic—have been restocked in various sizes and colors, perfect for layering through the last bit of winter.

Join us in our studio space for First Mondays to work on your latest sewing project in the company of fellow sewers. Coffee, tea and light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

Join us Thursday for our first Makeshift Dinner of 2015, featuring special ingredients and recipes from Zingerman’s with special guest Ari Weinzweig, Co-Founding Partner and CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.

We will be hosting a Two-Hour Business Workshop on Friday, presented by Zingerman’s Ari Weinzweig. Ari will share his approach to business that has led Zingerman’s to success.

Try out a new free Craftsy sewing class 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 try our customer-favorite Petite Homemade Meatloaf.

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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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Saturday Brunch + The Week in Review

Join us tomorrow, February 28, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features our favorite Factory Benedict topped with fried salami and sriracha hollandaise sauce.

As always, we will have selection of seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

View our Saturday Brunch menu here or check below.

Saturday Store Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Café Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

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MAKESHIFT DINNER SERIES (PAST AND PRESENT)

MAKESHIFT DINNER SERIES (PAST AND PRESENT)

Last year, we launched our Friends of the Café Dinner and Factory Chef Series, which was quickly established as part of our Makeshift initiative. As with most things here at Alabama Chanin, the idea evolved over time from an interesting idea into something bigger. In 2015, we are continuing to host Friends of the Café dinners, combined with a corresponding workshop series—a branch of The School of Making. The series will combine our celebration of slow, sustainable, and inventive food with our ongoing conversations on craft, design, food, making, and community.

The initial idea for this series was simple—each month, The Factory Café would feature seasonal dishes inspired by regional chefs (or restaurants) that shared our values of celebrating place, artisanal craftsmanship, and good food.

MAKESHIFT DINNER SERIES (PAST AND PRESENT)

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.23.2015 – 2.28.2015

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“I’m convinced of this, good done anywhere is good done everywhere…” – Maya Angelou

Here is what we have going on around The Factory this week, Monday, February 2 – Friday, February 6:

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Our A. Chanin Long Sleeve Scoopneck and Fitted Rib Tank are now available in Pewter for a limited time.

Join us on Thursday, March 5th for dinner, featuring special ingredients and recipes from Zingerman’s with special guest Ari Weinzweig, Co-Founding Partner and CEO of Zingerman’s Community of Busineses. Cocktails begin at 6:30pm and will be followed by dinner at 7:30pm. Reserve your tickets here.

Reserve your tickets now for our Two-Hour Business Workshop with guest Ari Weinzweig. Ari will be sharing the approach to business that has led to Zingerman’s success. Tickets include training materials, presentations from Ari, roundtable discussions, and lunch from The Factory Café.

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.

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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Saturday Brunch + The Week in Review

Join us tomorrow, February 21, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features our favorite Farm Breakfast with your choice of either bacon or a Big Bad Breakfast sausage patty or our French Toast made from fresh ciabatta bread.

As always, we will have selection of seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

View our Saturday Brunch menu here or check below.

Saturday Store Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Café Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm.

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.16.2015 – 2.21.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 2.16.2015 – 2.21.2015

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, February 16 – Saturday, February 21:

STORE

Monday, February 16, join us in our studio space for Third Mondays to work on your latest sewing project in the company of fellow sewers. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

Enjoy 20% off of Natalie’s Jacket, the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe, in-store and online Monday through Friday.

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.

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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SATURDAY BRUNCH + THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Saturday Brunch + The Week in Review

Join us tomorrow, February 14, for Saturday Brunch at The Factory Café. This week’s Brunch features our Factory Quiche topped with a homemade puff pastry and a side of The Factory Salad, and our favorite Farm Breakfast which includes cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon.

As always, we will have selection of seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

View our Saturday Brunch menu here or check below.

Saturday Store Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Café Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm

The Factory Store + Café
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630

Call us: +1.256.760.1090 or email office (at) alabamachanin.com

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