Summer 2014

Follow That Truck!

LEANXtra-GoodtoGo_slide-Summer2014The Good to Go food truck is a mobile kitchen on a mission! Chef Paul and his culinary team at Wind Creek Hospitality outline the good they hope to cook up in three specific points: promote the region’s culinary excellence and locally produced food, help in distributing food to families where there is a critical need, and offer a taste of Wind Creek’s award-winning cuisine at fun events across Alabama.

Wanna stay on top of everything cool Wind Creek Hospitality’s “Good to Go” Food Truck is doing and everywhere its going? Check out their Facebook page for updates and announcements throughout the summer,

Read more in the 2014 Summer issue of LEAN Magazine, page 26.

Cooking Classes for Kids

LEANXtra-CookingwKids_slide-Summer2014Sign your mini-chefs up for one of these cooking classes or camps to hone their kitchen skills even further.

Sur La Table, Birmingham
This kitchen-supply store at The Summit offers two different cooking classes for kids and teens this summer, one called “Science in the Kitchen” and one called “Baking Around the World.” Find dates and more details at

Thyme to Cook, Madison
Thyme to Cook is an interactive, hands-on cooking school that offers a summer culinary camp for kids and teens. They’ll learn new skills, explore creativity in the kitchen, eat food they have cooked (their lunch) and have fun with new friends. Find dates and details at

Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery
AUM’s department of Continuing Education offers a wide range of youth programs every summer, including a cooking camp and one session focused on baking and decorating delicious cupcakes. Find dates and more details at

Read more in the 2014 Summer issue of LEAN Magazine, page 22.

U’Pick ‘Em!

LEANXtra-Watermelons_slide-Summer2014Alabama has plenty of farms with u-pick operations and some that include melon patches.

Glenn Acres Farm, Anniston, 256-237-0054

Gypsy Ranch, Altoona, 256-840-4994

Sweet Pick’ins Farm, Dadeville, 334-707-8220

Blue Moon Farm, Grand Bay, 251-865-0252

NOTE: Dates and availability of produce can change, so always call before you go.

Read more in the 2014 Summer issue of LEAN Magazine, page 18.

Southern Makers 2014

Surrounded by innovative artists, every inch of the Union Station Train Shed had something fresh, tasty, creative and colorful to see at the 2014 event.

SMakers-2014-The event coordinators assembled an impressive group of Alabama makers including Alabama Chanin founder Natalie Chanin, letterpress artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Tasia Malakaisis of Belle Chevre fromagerie, Back Forty Beer, Chef David Bancroft, Chef Wesley True, Wickles Pickles, Hues Jewelry, Zanko Socks, Naturally Rad soaps and lotions, metal worker John Phillips, Whippoorwhill Vineyards and many, many more.

We’ve posted a few photos in a LEAN Facebook album so you can check it out and make plans to be there in 2015!