Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            

What: “Food Stories: A Cultural & Culinary Journey.” Panel discussion featuring four chefs from Pizitz Food Hall - Abhi Sainju of MoMo, Amanshiva Takele of Ghion Hall Ethiopian Restaurant, Kimberly McNair Brock of Bitty's Living Kitchen, and Eli Jarkshtien of Eli's Jerusalem Grill
When: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Central Library, 2100 Park Place.   
Details: Chefs from Pizitz Food Hall share details about their personal culinary journeys and their experiences as chefs/owners. $20 a person. To buy discounted tickets, go to  For more information about the full 2017 Eat Drink Read Write Festival, visit   

Oct. 1 Chefs food panel kicks off 2017 Eat Drink Read Write Festival

BIRMINGHAM, AL-Even when she ran a traditional restaurant, Kimberly McNair Brock says she had a passion for healthy cooking.
“Growing up around people who cooked things the traditional way we do here in the South, I still had a passion for cooking things healthy,” said Brock, owner of Bitty’s Living Kitchen, a restaurant specializing in healthy meals that opened this summer inside Pizitz Food Hall in downtown Birmingham across from the McWane Center.

Brock is among four chefs from Pizitz Food Hall who will participate in a discussion, “Food Stories: A Cultural & Culinary Journey,” on Sunday, Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m. in the Central Library.  The event will kick off the Birmingham Public Library's 2017 Eat Drink Read Write Festival, which takes place Oct. 1-10.

Tickets for the chefs panel are $20 and includes samples of signature dishes prepared by the four chefs as well as samples from local restaurants, music, and complimentary beer/wine. Besides Brock, the other three featured chefs are Abhi Sainju of MoMo, Amanshiva Takele of Ghion Hall Ethiopian Restaurant, and Eli Jarkshtien of Eli's Jerusalem Grill. Each of them will share details about their personal culinary journeys and experiences as chefs/owners.

The public can buy discounted tickets to the chefs panel at
Brock said she is excited to participate in the panel with three other chefs she admires. Before opening Bitty’s Living Kitchen, Brock owned Bitty’s Back Porch, a restaurant/catering company known for its Sunday jazz brunches featuring full breakfast and lunch meals with live jazz.  “We were known by our tagline fine cuisine with Southern charm,” Brock said.

Brock previously owned a restaurant in 2009-10 inside Southern Living’s headquarters. After it closed, Brock moved in to help care for her parents, former Jefferson County Commissioner Chris McNair and her mother, Maxine. Soon she realized a need to change their diets to improve their health.

The health of her mom Maxine McNair, now 89, and 91-year-old father improved after she began giving them a plant-based diet of foods that were good for them and stopped them from eating out so much.

“Within about six to eight months, my mom was off of her diabetes medications thanks to me feeding them real healthy food and using local farmers markets,” she said. “My Dad had a hernia and high cholesterol when I was growing up. He loved fried chicken. We stopped using fatback in the greens and started to use smoked turkey neck. I am so thankful to have helped them eat more healthy.”
Make plans to come hear more food stories from Brock and the other chefs at the food panel discussion on Oct. 1. Read more about Brock and her passion as a chef in this interview by I Create Birmingham at this link:

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