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Bistro Provare: Restaurant Showcase

Jason Bierley oversees students serving Salmon Florentine en Croute at a Bistro Provare fixed menu dinner. Photo courtesy of Henry Liu Mitchell.


Provare: to try. It’s what you see advanced culinary students doing as they slide a pizza into a brick oven or top a Napoleon with fresh blackberries in the open bistro kitchen at Jeff State’s Shelby Campus.

When you enter the dining room, which culinary Program Director Joseph Mitchell describes as a European/Tuscan environment, you don’t realize you are on a school campus. Continue reading


I Can’t Even Walk: Stories of life with cerebral palsy


Justin Fisher will be holding a Nov. 9 signing for I Can’t Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand), a book of vignettes about life with cerebral palsy. Photo courtesy of http://www.annalwightphotography.com.

Born with cerebral palsy, economics instructor Justin Fisher had to overcome physical difficulties in order to pursue his dreams. Above all, Fisher is intentional about showing the mercy of God through his story.

“I grew up in rural Mississippi, which is very poor,” Fisher said. “Entertainment mostly consisted of storytelling because radios and TVs didn’t really exist. I couldn’t go outside and play football or sports with my cousins because of my condition, so I sat inside and listened to my grandparents tell stories about their lives and family.”

Through emails to friends he conveyed his love of storytelling and Jesus Christ.

“I blogged before blogging existed,” Fisher said. “I would think of something that happened and how I felt Jesus used that experience to teach me something, wrote it down and sent it to friends.”

He saved his emails and took the advice of a literary agent friend to publish them in his new book, I Can’t Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand). Continue reading

Iron City Chef Saturday at Jeff State

On Saturday, July 16, four area chefs will face off in an Iron City Chef competition at Jefferson State Community College’s Shelby Campus by Spain Park High School. The event is sponored by the Vestavia Hills Rotary Club and begins at 6 p.m. in the  Culinary & Hospitality Institute.

The chef lineup includes Haller Magee of Satterfield’s, Angela Schmidt of Chef U, Clifton Holt of Little Savannah and returning champion Tom Robey of Veranda.

There will be live music by the Sweet Licks and a wine tasting by Western Supermarkets. There will also be silent auction.

Tickets are $55 per person and can be ordered on the event’s website, www.rotarytoast.org. For corporate tables, call 913-1941.