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Here’s the latest edition of’s Birmingham food news roundup, a newsletter-style rundown of food and drink-related news and culture in the Birmingham metro area. We’ll publish this roundup a few times a week. To read our previous editions, go here.

Learn to roll ice cream with Comedienne Joy and Lucky Cat Rolled Creams

Comedienne Joy Presents: Lucky Cat Eats is on Monday, July 29 ( Courtesy, Joy King)

There’s no shortage of cooking lessons and classes in Birmingham. If you’re one of the city’s eager to learn culinary hobbyists, you’re in for a treat.

On Monday, July 29, Comedienne Joy of “Dining out with Comedienne Joy” and the “Eat, Drink, and Ride” Food Tours will host a group at Lucky Cat Rolled Creams in Homewood for Comedienne Joy Presents: Lucky Cat Eats. The owner of Lucky Cat will show guests how to roll their own ice cream behind the counter. The shop will also showcase dishes from its upcoming new menu. Interested? A $55 ticket covers 3 courses, a rolled ice cream lesson, and a happy hour sake tasting. Plus, you may even get to taste the double decker collard green melt-– the braised collard green and white sauce sandwich that has inspired quite a lot of opinions.

For tickets, go to Eventbrite.

Chef Andrea Foster’s elevated soul food concept, The Preservery, opens July 21st

Chef Dre Foster plans to open The Preservery, a southern, fine dining restaurant, in the Spanish-style building, mostly recently occupied by Fuego Cantina, in Five Points South in 2019. The restaurant is at 1101 20th St. S. next door to Chez Fonfon and across the street from the Storyteller Fountain.

The Preservery, the long-awaited soul food fine dining restaurant from chef Andrea Foster, opens its doors to the public on Sunday, July 21 in Five Points South. Sunday’s opening will feature brunch, starting at 11:00 a.m. The restaurant is an international soul food fusion concept. Down the line, the restaurant will also feature a selection of Prohibition-era cocktails. Those who have been tracking the progress of The Preservey remember Foster’s six-month tenure in the REVeal Kitchen in the Pizitz Food Hall. Well known for her buttermilk fried chicken with braised collard greens and watermelon chow chow, Foster’s stall soon became a hall favorite. Chef Foster and the Five Points Alliance will also do an official ribbon cutting at the restaurant on Thursday, July 25 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. with a taste of menu items.

Soul Food Saturdays at the Arlington House start on Saturday, July 20

The Arlington House bone-in fried pork chop served over creamed collards and a Johnny cake, topped with tomato jam (Credit: Shauna Stuart for

Soul Food Saturdays, the newest culinary program from the Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens debuts on Saturday, July 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For $10, Arlington House will offer a meal of classic soul food dishes with a selection of sides and seasonal vegetables. Diners can enjoy the lunches in the tea room or order the meals to go.

The July 20 menu, prepared by Chef Matthew Murphree, will feature blackened catfish, stewed okra and tomatoes and roasted potatoes. Arlington House will hold Soul Food Saturdays on July 20, July 27 and Aug. 10, 17, and 31.

A new Ensley coffee house with a mission to employ the homeless will host a pop-up on July 20th

The mission of Modern House Coffee is to hire people experiencing homelessness to work full-time for a liveable wage. (Courtesy: REV Birmingham)

There’s a new coffee spot coming to Ensley. Ahead of its opening, The Modern Coffee and Community House will host a pop-up shop Saturday, July 20 at 602 19th Street. With the shop, founder Troy Whetstone has the mission to serve the community– the shop will hire people experiencing homelessness to work full-time for a liveable wage. On Saturday, coffee, pastries and t-shirts will be available for purchase from noon to 2 p.m. after a $10 entry free. For more information about Modern Coffee, go to REV Birmingham or watch the video below.

What we’re reading: “The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods”

Emily Blejwas explores the history of Alabama in 14 familiar foods in her new book. (Courtesy of The University of Alabama Press)

If the food of Alabama could talk, it would have a robust story to tell. That’s the premise of “The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods,” a forthcoming book that examines the state’s rich history through a culinary lens.

Each chapter focuses on a different type of food, except for one chapter devoted to sweet tea. Author Emily Blejwas weaves the colorful past of regions around the state with stories of some of its most famous foods, quoting historians, chefs and writers along the way, examining the cultural significance of roasted corn (from the Creek Nation) to sweet potato pie (civil rights and soul food in Montgomery) to fried green tomatoes (emblems of the rural Alabama table).

Read more about Blejwas’ nearly 10 year process here.

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