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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.23.2014 – 6.27.2014

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“The world is filled with ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly

Join us at The Factory this week to witness the extraordinary act of making on a personal level.

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, June 23  – Friday, June 27:

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Explore our retail space this week and browse our selection of 100% organic cotton jersey ponchos and other summer accessories, including the popular Alabama Vest.

Also, Natalie and team will be traveling to Tennessee for our Weekend Away Workshop at Blackberry Farm. Find more information here.

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 week at The Factory, we continue to highlight dishes from chef Chris Hastings.  Stop by for lunch and enjoy our savory Ruskin Tomato dish, made with fresh tomatoes from Jack-O-Lantern Farm.

Also, don’t forget about our second “Friends of the Café” dinner, featuring Peabody award-winning chef Vivian Howard.

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FRIENDS OF THE CAFÉ + CHRIS HASTINGS

Q&A WITH CHRIS HASTINGS

Last week, we hosted our inaugural “Friends of the Café” Dinner, featuring chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club. Chris and his team came to The Factory for an evening of superb food, lively conversation, and support for the Alabama Gulf Seafood organization.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.16.2014 – 6.20.2014

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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
– Pablo Picasso

Sit down with a cup of coffee at The Factory this week, and leave your own work of art, note, or doodle on our café tables. (Follow the hashtag #leftonthecafetable on Instagram for inspiration.)

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, June 16  – Friday, June 20:

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This week, we are featuring A. Chanin garments that are perfect for the summer season. Be sure to check in-store for new garment styles from our machine-made line.

Continue to explore our in-store and online selections of One-of-a-Kind Indigo, available for a limited time.

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 at The Factory this week for the continuation of our Hot and Hot Fish Club-inspired menu.  Start with new favorites such as the vegetable minestrone or the Hot and Hot Vegetable Plate (featuring a refreshing gazpacho), and complete your meal with Elton’s Chocolate Soufflé.
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TOMATOES WITH BASIL + GOAT CHEESE

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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 tomatoes don’t need to be dressed up to be delicious. But, it can be difficult to source really great tomatoes – just another benefit of buying local produce and knowing your farmer. Unfortunately, most tomatoes that you find in chain grocery stores are there because they survived the journey; they were the toughest and able to maintain nice color and shape in transit. Tomatoes bred for shape, color, or endurance don’t always have the best flavor.

Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club, whose recipes are featured in our café this month as part of our ongoing chef series, understands that delicious produce offers complex flavors. When you take the time to find quality ingredients, they shine on their own, without too much fuss.
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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.9.2014 – 6.13.2014

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“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

The Hastings describe “memory cuisine” as experiences that feed the soul—occurring at any number of events with family, friends, and food—that prove profound. It is our hope that we can provide you with (most) everything you need at The Factory for a morning or afternoon (or evening) filled with laughter, friends, and memory cuisine.

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, June 9  – Friday, June 13:

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This week, we celebrate the arrival of summer with One-of-a-Kind Indigo. Explore our online selection of 100% organic cotton jersey indigo-dyed garments, beginning Monday.

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our Father’s Day Gift Guide this week, available until June 13th at midnight. The selection features a variety of ready-to-wear and DIY garments, cookbooks from acclaimed chefs, and literature on the art of creating and design to help customize that special gift for dad.

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
We are excited to resume The Factory Café Chef Series this Wednesday. Come enjoy fresh, local ingredients in dishes inspired by James Beard award-winning chef Chris Hastings.

Also, this Thursday we are happy to host Chris for our inaugural “Friends of the Café” Dinner Series. Come join us for cocktails and a three-course seafood dinner; then, stick around for a book signing and a brief dialog with the chef.
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THE FACTORY CAFÉ CHEF SERIES: CHRIS HASTINGS + HOT AND HOT FISH CLUB

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Alabama Chanin’s slow design ideals are deeply rooted in and inspired by the Slow Food Movement, whose tenets call for good, clean, and fair food for all. Local, organically sourced food echoes through the pages of the Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook by husband-and-wife team (and friends) Chris and Idie Hastings. In continuation of our Factory Café Chef Series, the café will feature recipes inspired by Chef Chris Hastings during the month of June. Additionally, we are proud to host Chris for our inaugural “Friends of the Café” Dinner Series on Thursday, June 12. He will also hold a brief discussion and sign copies of his book after the farm-to-table meal. A portion of ticket and book sales from the evening will benefit the Alabama Gulf Seafood organization.

Chris graduated from the Johnson & Wales Culinary School in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1984. After graduating, he began working for Frank Stitt, as Chef D’Cuisine of the Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama. In the introduction to his cookbook, Chris describes how he and his wife later moved to California “with a trailer in tow, in 1989 journeyed three thousand miles from Birmingham, Alabama, to San Francisco—a hotbed of great food in America—in just two days.” In California, he helped Bradley Ogden launch the Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur, California, and witnessed the rise of the farm-to-table movement first hand.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.2.2014 – 6.6.2014

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“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.”

—Giorgio Armani

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, June 2  – Friday, June 6:

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Don’t forget, tomorrow is First Mondays at The Factory. Join us in the studio and work on your recent sewing project in the company of fellow stitchers.

Also, check back tomorrow for more details on our Father’s Day Gift Guide—select items from our online store will be discounted through June 13.

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
We are wrapping up our month of #hiddenkitchens recipes from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters; join us in the café this week for delicious quiche, seasonal fennel cakes, and pimento cheese.

Our café is also getting ready to launch our “Friends of the Café” Dinner Series in a few weeks—our first visiting chef will be James Beard award-winner Chris Hastings, from Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Find more information on this special evening here.

Café Hours
Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.26.2014 – 5.30.2014

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“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Experience the joy of creating this week at The Factory. Pick up notions, browse our selection of pre-made DIY kits, or choose yardage from our selection of new organic cotton jersey fabric colors for your upcoming projects.

Please note that The Factory will be closed on Monday, May 26 to observe Memorial Day.

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Tuesday, May 27 – Friday, May 30:

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Our A. Chanin Racerback Tunic is new in store this week, just in time for your summer wardrobe. Make sure to grab your own, and be on the lookout for more additions to our machine-made line.

Also, our Father’s Day promotion begins this Friday, May 30. (Check back soon for more details.)

Store Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
*We will be closed Monday, May 26.

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 week in the café, we continue to highlight the acclaimed recipes from hidden kitchens around the nation, while incorporating our own house favorite—roasted tomato soup with a grilled pimento cheese sandwich.

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HIDDEN KITCHENS: NASCAR (+ GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE)

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We all have different definitions of comfort food—the dishes that make up those meals that leave our bellies (and our hearts) full. They are the dishes you crave when you are far from home; a hankering for something familiar and soothing. For me, this includes an array of casserole dishes, fresh garden vegetables, and my Gram Perkins’ egg salad.

When Davia and Nikki of The Kitchen Sisters agreed to be our featured chefs this month as part of our ongoing Factory Café Chef Series, I started browsing through my copy of Hidden Kitchens. Soon, I found myself totally immersed in the stories I’d heard on the radio years before. I began re-telling stories to the staff at The Factory, and we were all excited about a recipe I found in the chapter about NASCAR kitchens, titled “Slap It On the Thighs Butter Bar”—aptly named, since the ingredients called for yellow cake mix, egg, margarine, powered sugar, and cream cheese. The recipe was originally from the 25th anniversary edition of the Winston Cup Racing Wives’ Auxiliary Cookbook, published in 1989. Curious to know what other comfort food recipes from the kitchens of racing existed, we tracked down a copy of the book on Ebay.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 5.19.2014 – 5.23.2014

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“If you look for the hardest place to find, you’ll find us. We’re down here in the corner, right on turn three, up against the fence. You’ve got to know, to know where to find this kitchen.” – Ken Enck, owner of a NASCAR-fueled hidden kitchen.

Come find our own hidden kitchen in Industrial Park this week. Explore the retail space and stay for one of our acclaimed Kitchen Sisters’ dishes. Please note that our café hours have changed for lunch service from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm; but, we have coffee and snacks available all day. Also note that due to a family illness, Jack-o-Lantern Farm CSA box deliveries were delayed this week; pick up your boxes beginning Friday, May 23.

Here is what we have going on at The Factory Store + Café this week, Monday, May 19 – Friday, May 23:

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Visit our retail space on Friday for our Memorial Day Sale and save 20% on all merchandise in-store (and online).
(This excludes all Heath products, books, and music.)

Also, don’t forget about our upcoming workshops:

Two-Hour Sewing Workshop + Afternoon Tea

Friday, May 23

Studio Week @ The Factory

Monday, May 26 – Friday, May 30

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
Strawberry season has arrived at The Factory, and to celebrate we are serving a Southern favorite: Strawberry Shortcake. Come enjoy some of our delicious Kitchen Sisters’ dishes such as Angelo Garro’s Wild Fennel Cakes, and top off your meal with our newest dessert.
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