… the role of the architect, or the designer, is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests—those who enter the building and use the objects in it. – Charles Eames
A place at the table. What does that mean? It means that all are welcome. All are expected. There is a place for you. This has been the guiding principle for The Factory Café and Alabama Chanin these last five years. Five years of delicious food. Five years and forty (plus) chefs, makers, and dreamers for our Friends of the Café dinners, exhibitions, talks, performances, alongside countless workshops, tours, parties, and heartfelt conversations.
When we opened the space in 2013, we could have never imagined the opportunities the café created. The original idea was to make a kitchen and space that serviced our workshop guests and staff. Out of that idea grew The Factory Café, a place that offered everyone in our community a place at the table. We’ve dreamed, and lived, and made healthy and beautiful food, supported farmers, and welcomed any and all who walked through our doors.
Since its inception, Alabama Chanin has been rooted in the tenants of the Slow Food movement and their credo: “Good. Clean. Fair.” This credo has shaped how we design and make and run our business. The Factory Café has become a passionate and living extension of that credo. It has been a passion project beyond all passion projects.
Big things are ahead. Exciting things. Thinking-outside-of-the-box things. The Factory Café is being reimagined and re-envisioned in 2019.
On Friday, December 28, we will end our Daily Lunch service as it now exists. And while the café will no longer be serving a hot lunch daily, we will remain open for Saturday Brunch, our cooler will be stocked throughout the week, and you will find a surprise pie or cake and an array of baked goods, alongside drinks like coffee, tea, and wine. Our doors will be open Tuesday – Saturday, the café tables will be set— as they are now— and there is a place at the table for everyone. Bring a book, laptop, or a friend. Weekday store hours remain the same, but we’ll be closed on Monday except by appointment. Daily tours will be given Tuesday – Friday at 2:00pm.
We proudly continue to offer our boxed lunch services (order in advance to eat in or take out). We look forward to hosting lunch for guests of 10 or more with a pre-planned menu. We can accommodate any group—business meetings, garden clubs, birthday or bridal parties, baby showers, and, as always, our beloved school groups.
We’re hosting a Supper Club with Odette on January 10, 2019 featuring chef Ramon Jacobsen. Get your tickets here.
Our Sewing Tuesdays group schedule will remain the same. We look forward to hosting you each first and third Tuesday of the month.
Special brunches and dinners, expanded workshop programing, exhibitions, lectures, performances, and our Friends of the Café Dinners benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance begin in February—dates and details will be released in early January 2019. Join our mailing list here to receive the schedule.
Until December 28th, 2018, join us for our regular lunch service. We’re looking forward to seeing you all.
The Factory Store will be open on Monday, December 31st for our annual year-end Inventory Sale.
The Factory Store + Café will be closed for inventory from January 1 – 7, 2019.
STORE HOURS BEGINNING JANUARY 8
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm
Monday closed + by appointment only. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CAFÉ HOURS BEGINNING JANUARY 8
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Open seating with a beautiful array of Small Bites available. By appointment for luncheons, group reservations, and special events. Contact email@example.com to schedule your group meal for 10 or more.
Saturday Brunch 10am – 2pm
BE INVOLVED IN 2019
On- and off-site breakfasts and luncheons
Bridal luncheons and baby showers
Group breakfasts, lunches, or dinners for as few as 10 or up to 90
Sewing Tuesdays group meetup on the first and third Tuesday of the month
Tour, lunch, and/or workshop packages for groups, including schools
Friends of the Café Dinners
Daily pie and coffee—alongside special treats that are available in our cooler
Pre-packaged foods and baked goods made by us
STAY IN TOUCH
Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Daily service at the café has been a huge chapter in the history of our company. We’d like to acknowledge everyone who has been a part of the journey. Our appreciation and gratitude goes to each of you for your unwavering service and commitment to setting the highest standards and continuing to create a better foodways.
We’ve hosted over 40 chefs in our kitchen along with their teams and volunteers from our community. In no particular order: Vivian Howard, Ashley Christensen, Scott Peacock, Frank and Pardis Stitt, Drew Robinson, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Drew Robinson, Asha Gomez, Adam Evans, Anne Quatrano, Rebecca Wilcomb, Sean Brock, John Currence, Eric Solomon, Pableaux Johnson, Lisa Donovan, Angie Mosier, Steven Satterfield, Rodney Scott, Rob McDaniel, Kelly English, Chris Hastings, Josh Quick, Ramon Jacobsen, John Cartwright, Kyle Ogden, Fatima Russel, the Odette crew, and Biscuit Love. We look forward to hosting more in the future and will announce our schedule in 2019.
Our supporters and team: Nick Pihakis, Melany and Drew Robinson, Polished Pig Media, John T. Edge, Terry and Suzanne Wylie, Melissa Bailey, Billy and Sherry Smith, all of our chefs— Yewande Komolafe, Arron Hannah, Zach Chanin, Ray Nichols, Ryan Huntley, Shirley Webster, Daylon Pellum, and all of our past and present café team members.
Our purveyors and partners: Blackberry Farm, Fatback Collective, Bluewater Creek Farm, Sonlit Farm, Hines Family Farm, Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., Grassroots Wine, Harry Root, Jamie Dement, White Oak Pastures, Lucy Buffet, Harvest Roots, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Virginia Willis, Southern Makers, The Oxford American, Melissa Bain, Abraham and Susan Rowe. We look forward to continue to work with each and every one of you.
To the thousands of guests we’ve served: our goal now and always is to make you feel at home. We’d like to personally name and thank each of you who has supported the café, but the names are too numerous to list. You have visited from all over the world to see, learn, eat, experience, tour, laugh, gather, meet, and work with our team. We hope that every person who has left here has walked out of our doors feeling full and inspired and we look forward to hosting you again.
xo Natalie, Alabama Chanin, and The Factory team