It has been five years since we began our Friends of the Café dinner series here at Alabama Chanin. Take a look back on our Journal for a look at the experiences created by the generous chefs who donated their time for these fundraising events. This year’s events will certainly be as special and we look forward to sharing them with our community family.

We sold out this month’s Supper Club with chef Ramon Jacobsen. The next Supper Club will take place Thursday, April 11th and will be part of The Gathering, our annual community picnic. The event will be hosted by and featuring our café team. Look for more information soon on the Gathering—a weekend of workshops and special events.

This April, we have also planned a special Friends of the Café dinner with renowned former Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith as part of the Project Threadways Symposium. The dinner is scheduled for Thursday, April 25th and will benefit Project Threadways.


On Thursday, August 22nd, we will welcome chef Cheetie Kumar of the Raleigh, North Carolina restaurant, Garland. She was James Beard-nominated in 2018 for Best Chef Southeast.

We will be announcing details of our October 10th dinner soon, as we are making plans with a surprise guest chef. But the date is saved and tickets are available here. All of these events tend to sell out so we suggest getting a seat soon.

Look for profiles on each featured chef on the Journal, in preparation for each event. Tickets are on sale on The Factory’s events page or in-store at The Factory. Choose to join us for one or many of our dinners.

Here’s to a bountiful year around the table!

P.S.: We’re hosting a Dim Sum Cooking Workshop on Valentine’s Day. Participants will learn to cook traditional Dim Sum meals such as sticky rice balls, dumplings, and pork buns. This workshop has limited space, so be sure to get your tickets soon.


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