Birmingham Shines

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Jun 25, 2016

In Episode 40 Birmingham Shines the spotlight is on East Lake Farmer's Market, a program of Peer, Inc. to provide healthy food for the East Lake Community and market opportunities for Alabama farmers.

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In this episode we hear from:

Witt Farms in Hayden

Benny Dixon of Dixon Family Farms in Clanton

Eugenia Wynfrey of Wynfrey Farms in Boaz

Jimmy Carmack of Pure Alabama Honey (several hundred hives) he touches on the challenges in beekeeping

Sister Sniffle: Facebook, Soundclud, Bandcamp

Kevin Snelson representing Whited Farms at East

Sally Aloca - Executive Director of Peer, Inc., the nonprofit that operates the East Lake Farmers Market at East Lake United Methodist Church

Max Bellmore, a student in the Samford University Accelerated Nursing Program. Max is from Chicago.

ennifer Freeman, also a student in the Samford University Accelerated Nursing Program. Jennifer is a California native

The East Lake Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from April through October and is located at East Lake United Methodist Church in east Birmingham, Alabama.

Feb 4, 2016

Chef Tony Bayles started out working with food when he was an assistant to his uncle who ran a catering business.

Today, Tony owns Bayles Catering and a popular take-out cafe in the Woodlawn community, which is in the midst of a community revitalization that's turning into a renaissance.

In this episode of Birmingham Shines, Tony shares the story of how he decided to become a professional chef, a bit about his history and training, the types of catering services he provides, and what makes the community of Woodlawn and the city of Birmingham Shine.

We also talk about bowling. Enjoy!

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Aug 13, 2015

This week’s guest is Deon Gordon--if you’re civic minded and under 40 you probably know Deon. If you’re over 40 and civic minded you’ve probably heard of Deon, even if you don’t know him personally.

Deon is one Birmingham’s champions and just an all-around super nice guy.

In March 2015, Deon assumed the role of director of business development for REV Birmingham.

Deon was one of the first four individuals I reached out to when I began working on the show. We had everything scheduled for him to be guest #2, but then a series of scheduling snafus led to rescheduling and it wasn't until early August that we were finally able to connect for a conversation. We ended up meeting at 7 a.m. to get the interview onto our calendars!

Authenticity and local culture are two of the necessary ingredients for a successful 21st century city. Deon believes Birmingham has finally begun to tell its own story of authenticity, beginning with the culinary and food scene.

We talk about some of Deon's favorite Birmingham people, places and things--like Railroad Park, Gip's Place and Chez FonFon.


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Jun 11, 2015

Jessica & Scott moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 2011 from Manhattan for Jessica's work (medical research) and set out to discover Birmingham through the Magic City's food culture.

They started out sharing amazing food finds with friends on Facebook and that led them into the world of food blogging. Their blog, What to Eat in Birmingham, is extremely successful and popular and offers more than just information about where to eat.

Jessi & Scott offer a community-oriented story about restaurants that aren't always in the news. They feature interviews with chefs and go deep to tell the story-behind-the-story.

In this episode of Birmingham Shines, Jessi and Scott talk about their journey as food bloggers, how they fell in love with Birmingham through food, and how they built a place in the community that grew out of their love for Birmingham's ethnic food culture.

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Birmingham Shines is a Shinecast® show by Sheree Martin.