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Tuesday, September 13. Time: 6:00 p.m.
Birmingham Public Library, Central Library
Foodies Book Club Presents Barry Estabrook

Foodies Book ClubFoodies Book Club hosts a discussion of the book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. The author, investigative food journalist Barry Estabrook, will lead the discussion. The book examines how and why commodity tomatoes came to be nothing more than potentially poisonous and unappealing stand-ins for the real thing and exposes the human and environmental costs associated with the $10 billion fresh tomato industry. Renowned chef Frank Stitt will discuss different tomato varieties and offer samples of tomato-based dishes. Stitt is a three-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation Chef of the Year and was recently inducted into the JBF Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, September 14. Time: 12:00 noon.
Birmingham Public Library, Central Library
Brown Bag Program : PieLab

PieLab LogoFounded by a design collective known as Project M, PieLab is a combination cafe, design studio and civic meeting place in the small rural town of Greensboro in Alabama’s impoverished Black Belt. PieLab is based on the notion that the best way to bring people together and do good for the community is to feed them pie and strike up a conversation; this is summed up in PieLab’s formula as: "Pie + Conversation = Ideas / Ideas + Design = Positive Change." We’ll have pies for sampling.

Wednesday, September 14. 7:00 p.m.
Woodrow Hall, 5504 1st Ave North, Woodlawn
Food Stories

Food Stories, hosted by DISCO (Desert Island Supply Company) will be a live storytelling event modeled after NPR’s popular program, “The Moth.” Local storytellers will have five minutes to tell a true story in the first person —the story subject must involve food. Cash bar; Whole Foods Market will provide refreshments.

Thursday, September 15. 6:30 p.m.
Birmingham Public Library, Central Library
Food-Related Films
Reservations Required (Free)
Gus a film by Joe York
Screening of a montage of short food-related films by Joe York, filmmaker for the University of Mississippi Center for Documentary Projects. York works with the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) and has created SFA films on topics ranging from artisanal cheese producers in the South to the journey of Vietnamese fishermen to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q will provide refreshments.

Friday, September 16. Time: 6:30 p.m.
Birmingham Public Library, Central Library
Bards & Brews

Bards & Brews, the popular monthly poetry slam/beer tasting will spotlight winners of previous Bards & Brews events. Free the Hops (FTH) will provide information about craft beers. Back Forty and Lazy Magnolia breweries will serve craft beers for sampling. Continental Bakery/Chez Lulu will provide refreshments.

Saturday, September 17. Time: Morning
Pepper Place Market
Food writing sessions

Pepper Place Saturday Market LogoDISCO will lead informal food writing workshops for children and adults at Pepper Place Saturday Market. Birmingham. Library staff will offer food-related craft activities for kids.

Saturday, September 17. Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Public Library, Central Library
Discussion between Robyn O’Brien and Michael Nolan
Reservations required (Free)

The Central Library will host “At the Table With Robyn O’Brien and Michael Nolan.” O’Brien is author of Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It and founder of the Allergy Kids Foundation. Michael Nolan, aka "The Garden Rockstar" is co-author of I Garden - Urban Style. He will share his no-bull approach to gardening. Little Savannah Restaurant will provide refreshments.

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