Jason Bierley oversees students serving Salmon Florentine en Croute at a Bistro Provare fixed menu dinner. Photo courtesy of Henry Liu Mitchell.
By MADOLINE MARKHAM
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
Sandwiches like the Cubano Monday special at Food Studio B in Chelsea are served on house-made bread with a salad of seasonal vegetables and your choice of house-made dressings. Photos by Madoline Markham.
Food Studio B owner and chef Sean Butler carves a teres major cut of beef for a paleo meal from their new Chelsea location.
Sean Butler is carving meat amidst shelves of dried fruit, nuts and labels for his snack food lines when I walk into Food Studio B to interview him.
Butler speaks fast, rattling off the farmers he knows and how they fit into his vision for the new space. A man from Rora Farms in Coosa County walks in to deliver eggs. Butler points out his one and only shelf of dried goods. His focus is obvious: Make food from scratch and foster community.
“We want to sit down with our customers and get to know them,” said Butler, who has lived in Chelsea since 2006.
The café, located in the former Chelsea Café location behind the BP on Highway 280, had a soft opening in March and is now serving salads, sandwiches, soups and specials daily—as well as homemade desserts—on weekdays.
Lunch and breakfast are only the start of Butler’s vision for the storefront to be a market, bakery and café.
“We want to be a one stop shop for all things food,” he said.
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By MADOLINE MARKHAM
A half rotisserie chicken with Brava’s fries and side green salad. Photo by Madoline Markham.
What exactly is a rotisserie grill? It’s flavorful. It’s fast. It’s family friendly. It’s affordable. Perhaps best of all, it’s real food that’s good for you.
It’s slow-cooked chicken so moist, tender and full of subtle Mediterranean flavor that people come in and order it by itself. It’s lean pork loin and grilled shrimp flavored with the same seasonings as the chicken. It’s the option to get any of these meats on a plate, in a salad or on a sandwich with unbelievably fresh and flavorful sides.
The smell of rotisserie chicken cooking fresh all day long has lured people into Brava Rotisserie Grill’s location in Valleydale Village shopping center a few doors to the right of Publix. Continue reading