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AROUND THE FACTORY

AROUND THE FACTORY: #ACCAFETEAMATWORK

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Thank you to everyone who came out, sponsored, and supported our Friends of the Café Dinner with Rob McDaniel, benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance.

To name a few—Rob McDaniel and his amazing team from SpringHouse Restaurant, Billy Reid, the Southern Foodways AllianceJohn T. Edge and Melissa Hall, Grassroots Wine, Cathead Vodka, Good People Brewing, The Fatback Pig Project, Bluewater Creek Farm, Stagg’s Farm, Polished Pig Media, Rinne Allen, and all of our friends.

P.S.: Register now for the next dinner in our series: Friends of the Café + Southern Makers Dinner with Atlanta chef Anne Quatrano, celebrating a collaboration with Southern Makers + Oxford American on October 24th.

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 8.24.2015 – 8.29.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 8.24.2015 – 8.29.2015

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, August 24 – Saturday, August 29:

STORE
The Factory Café will be serving a limited menu and closing at 1:00pm on Thursday, August 27 as we prepare for our evening guests and welcome award-winning chef Rob McDaniel for the next installment in our “Friends of the Café” Dinner Series. A la carte items such as pimento cheese, egg salad, white bean hummus, and fresh ciabatta bread will still be available for purchase and can be enjoyed at The Factory Café

Beginning Friday, August 28, we will be serving a selection of wine and beer at The Factory Café. Come have lunch with us and enjoy an adult beverage with your meal.

On September 18th and 19th, Patagonia’s Worn Wear Repair Truck will be making a stop at The Factory during its fall tour. Bring your well-loved and worn garments (of any make) to be repaired for free by the Patagonia team. Events and activities for the day will include a mending station through The School of Making and The Factory Café will be hosting a taco brunch stand from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every week.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and egg salad.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm.
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

SMALL PLATES

Four Deviled Eggs
made with locally-sourced, farm-fresh eggs 4.95
(V) + (GF)

Magpie + Ruth’s Pimento Cheese Sandwich
served open-faced 7.45
(V)

Grilled Cheese Sandwich 4.95
(V)

SAVORY

The Factory Quiche of the Day
made with a selection of locally sourced ingredients, topped with a homemade puff pastry, served with the vegetable of the day and a side of The Factory Salad 10.95
(GF) option

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
made with roasted red peppers, squash, eggplant, and caramelized shallots,
with an oregano ricotta cheese spread and pecan pesto,
served with your choice of chips 7.95
(V)

Gram Perkins’ Homemade Egg Salad Sandwich
served open-faced on house made ciabatta, with your choice of chips 9.95
(V)

Classic BLT
made with Fatback bacon, local heirloom tomatoes, seasoned greens, and basil aioli,
served on house made ciabatta bread with your choice of chips 9.95
(V) option

SWEET

Crêpes
made with a fresh cream cheese filling, topped with a blueberry sauce 4.25

Fresh Cake 4.25

Three Chocolate Chip Cookies 2.95
(Cookies are made to order; please allow 12 minutes.)

SIDES

Two Deviled Eggs 2.45
(V)

Side of The Factory Salad 3.95
(V) + (GF) + (P) option

Vegetable of the Day 3.25
(V) + (GF)

Route 11 Potato Chips 1.50
(V) + (GF)

Half Magpie + Ruth’s Pimento Cheese Sandwich 3.95
(V)

Half Grilled Cheese Sandwich 2.95
(V)

Half Egg Salad Sandwich 2.95

DAILY PLATE
Choose three of the sides listed above,
served with your choice of tea or coffee 10.95

We proudly serve organic and locally sources vegetables and all-natural, hormone-free meats from Bluewater Creek Farm, Fatback Pig Project, Anson Mills, Cottonwood Farm, Jack-o-Lantern Farm, and other purveyors.

Please note: ingredients are subject to local availability; some dishes may become unavailable during our daily lunch service.

Enjoy your lunch on exclusive Alabama Chanin @ Heath Ceramics dinnerware

MENU KEY

Gluten Free: items marked with this symbol (GF) are appropriate for those who choose to avoid gluten. If you have a gluten allergy, please let us know and we will take special precautions to avoid cross contamination.

Vegetarian: Dishes marked with this symbol (V) are made without meat, fish, or fowl.

Paleo Diet: Menu items marked with this symbol (P) are designed to be high in protein and fiber, low in carbohydrates and sodium and to the greatest possible extent, free from refined sugar and dairy.

Photo by Robert Rausch

HIRING-FACTORY

WE’RE HIRING @ THE FACTORY CAFÉ

The Factory @ Alabama Chanin is looking for an experienced front-of-house café associate to join our Factory Café team. Customer service experience in either café or retail settings is required, as well as an attention to detail and love of food. This person will act as a brand ambassador for all things Alabama Chanin and will represent the tenets of the slow design and slow food movement to our guests visiting from near and far. Duties include food prep and service, customer interaction, inventory and day-to-day café operations.

Please apply in person at 462 Lane Drive, Florence from 9:00am – 4:00pm daily.

Visit our Careers page for up-to-date job postings.

*Alabama Chanin is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or genetic information.

FRIENDS OF THE CAFE DINNER: ROB MCDANIEL

FRIENDS OF THE CAFE DINNER: ROB MCDANIEL

My initial introduction to up-and-coming Alabama chef Rob McDaniel came through my son, Zach. Years ago, Zach was traveling home from a Doo-Nanny celebration and stopped for brunch at a restaurant along Lake Martin in south Alabama. The unimposing atmosphere and spectacular meal he found at the SpringHouse restaurant had him hooked. He raved for weeks about his meal—and said that he wanted to return there someday to work and study with the executive chef, Rob. (And about a year later, he did.) Since that time, Chef Rob has become a friend to both our immediate family and to the Alabama Chanin family. In fact, we hosted a One-Day Workshop at Springhouse a few years ago.

Rob is a graduate of Auburn University, and honed his culinary skills at the New England Culinary Institute. He has worked alongside Chris Hastings at Hot and Hot Fish Club, and with the folks at Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ. As a sous chef, Rob learned to apply his culinary know-how to southern food and its methodology. In 2009, he became executive chef at SpringHouse and began to create his own southern food story. Rob has been named a James Beard award semifinalist twice, and in 2014 SpringHouse was named one of the Best 100 Restaurants in the South by Southern Living magazine.

FRIENDS OF THE CAFE: ROB MCDANIEL

Be it food or fashion, we share similar views on sustainability, supporting local economies, and the art of taking things slow. We also share a love for the good things happening at the Southern Foodways Alliance. Rob will be creating the menu for our next “Friends of the Café” Piggy Bank Dinner at The Factory on August 27, benefitting the SFA. The dinner is also serving as the kick-off for Billy Reid’s annual Shindig here in the Shoals.

The menu for the evening includes field pea fritters, tomato gazpacho, grilled okra and eggplant, and Chilton county peaches. Needless to say, we are excited to kick off our dinner series once again.

We have had an overwhelming response, and the dinner is at capacity. To be added to the wait list, call +1.256.760.1090. First come, first serve. We will contact you if there is an opening.

For more information, visit our Events page.

ALABAMA CHANIN: THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.27.2015 – 8.1.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.27.2015 – 8.1.2015

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 27 – Saturday, August 1:

Join Natalie in California this Wednesday at A Verb for Keeping Warm for a celebration of The School of Making and Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. The evening includes stitching, talking, and book signing. This is a free event with limited seating, first come first served.

Join Heath’s Creative Director, Cathy Bailey, and Natalie Chanin on Thursday, July 30 for a special conversation about design, making, craft, and fashion as they celebrate the launch of the new Alabama Chanin + Heath Ceramics Collaboration. The conversation is free and open to the public. There is currently a wait list for the conversation. Join here. There are still openings for the workshop, which follows the conversation. Register here

Don’t forget to check out our newest Alabama Chanin + Heath Ceramics Collaboration pieces, Indigo and Bird’s Nest, here.

And visit us at The Factory in Florence.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day, including our hugely popular Classic BLT—made with Fatback bacon, local heirloom tomato, seasoned greens, and a homemade basil aioli.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and egg salad.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.20.2015 – 7.25.2015

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 20 – Saturday, July 25:

Join A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA for a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show during the month of July. A Verb for Keeping Warm will be offering 15% off of any DIY kits purchased during the trunk show, and 10% off of fabric. The trunk show will run through August 2. Learn more here.

This Friday, July 24 kicks off Alabama on Alabama at Heath Ceramics where you can view and shop the works of Natalie Chanin, Butch Anthony, Rinne Allen, and other southern artists. Visit the Boiler Room @ Heath Ceramics for more information.

And visit us at The Factory in Florence.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and egg salad.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.13.2015 – 7.18.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.13.2015 – 7.18.2015

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 13 – Saturday, July 18:

STORE
Come join us in our studio space for Third Mondays on July 20 to work on your latest sewing project in the company of fellow sewers. Coffee, tea and light breakfast will be available for purchase from The Factory Café.

The Factory Store has partially worked ponchos back in stock. Pick one up in Apple on Apple, Indigo on Black, or Pewter on Black—the perfect on-the-go accessory.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

The Factory Café has added the Classic BLT to our summer menu, made fresh with Fatback bacon, seasoned greens, basil aioli, and heirloom tomatoes – a warm weather favorite.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like our house made pimento cheese and egg salad.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.6.2015 – 7.11.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.6.2015 – 7.11.2015

“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” – Robert L. Peters

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 6 – Saturday, July 11:

STORE
Join us this morning at The Factory Store + Café for First Mondays until 11 am to sew and socialize. Please bring your own fabric and sewing notions.

Don’t forget to drop by our online store and visit our limited-time collection of One-of-a-Kind Indigo pieces—beautifully sewn and hand-dyed just in time for summer.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like our always-popular pimento cheese.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – HAPPY FOURTH

CELEBRATE

Celebrate: v. 1. Publicly acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.

Independence: n. The fact or state of being free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority.

We hope that you take time this weekend to soak in the sweetness of independence that we’ve been granted and celebrate with friends, family, and your community. Make some treats, share the love.

In observance of Independence Day this year (and to allow the Alabama Chanin team time with their loved ones), The Factory Store and Café, the Alabama Chanin offices, and our production studios will be closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 3-5, 2015.

xoNatalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.29.2015 – 7.4.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.29.2015 – 7.4.2015

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, June 29 – Saturday, July 4:

STORE
In celebration of Independence Day, stop by The Factory Store and pick up an organic cotton jersey American Flag Quilt (or make one of your own).

Please keep in mind that in observance of Independence Day, The Factory Store + Café, the Alabama Chanin offices, and our production studio will be closed Friday, July 3 – Saturday, July 4.

Join us again on Monday, July 6 for a morning filled with sewing, coffee, and inspiration at First Mondays. Please bring your own fabric and notions.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day. This week’s menu features our popular White BBQ Chicken Sandwich as well as our Fatback Italian Sandwich which is made using ethically-raised pork from The Fatback Pig Project.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like our customer-favorite pimento cheese.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Thursday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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