The West Broad Market Garden opened for the season on Saturday.
It's the market's third year, and possibly its last. The community garden on the vacant West Broad School property is a partnership between the Athens Land Trust and the Clarke County School District, but as CCSD plans to renovate the vacant school into administration offices, officials are considering paving over the garden for employee parking and moving the garden to a much smaller lot nearby, leaving the future of the garden unclear.
Flagpole staff photographer Joshua L. Jones documented the market's opening day.
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Starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Apr. 27), kind of like the title cards that start off each episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the Jittery Joe's Roaster on Barber Street will host a food truck/art festival in its parking lot, until 7:30 p.m.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Davick
Last year, Athenian Rebecca Lang had a book out about fried chicken. (Read our feature on Lang from May 2015.) This year, she's done a 180 and is taking on veggies, in The Southern Vegetable Cookbook: A Root-to-Stalk Guide to the South's Favorite Produce, put out bySouthern Living. Divided into the four seasons, the book is accessible, beautifully photographed and full of nice tips (e.g., how best to preserve excess from your garden, how to make a corn broth with leftover cobs, celery leaves can add good flavor to salads).
If you're part of an audience that, while watching Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," about the Victorian fictional character who turned his murder victims into meat pies, found yourself wondering what those pies would taste like, then you are a sick person. You'll also find your curiosity satisfied starting tomorrow evening, when the UGA Department of Drama and Theatre, which is presenting the musical April 14–24, has an open cast party at 7 p.m. at Pouch downtown.
For the second year in a row, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Clarke County School District, the Athens Land Trust, Athens Farm to School and UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Department of Foods and Nutrition (this year in collaboration with sponsors The Fresh Market, Seed Life Skills and Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market) are putting on an event to celebrate the National School Lunch Program.
Long in the works, Athens Eats: Recipes from the Classic City has just been published by AIDS Athens as a benefit to raise money for the organization. Full disclosure: I wrote the foreword. Full of recipes from local chefs and gifted amateur cooks (e.g., Peter Dale, Hugh Acheson, Jaamy Zarnegar, Mark Richt, Vince and Barbara Dooley), it sells for $20, and you can buy it on the website, at Aurum or at home.made.
Photo Credit: Blake Aued
Open since 2009, Square One Fish Co. will do its last day of business in its current location on Sunday. Owners Erica and Joe Cascio have sold the building to a hotel that will open next to the Classic Center, something meeting planners have desired for a long time.
Also closed are the Hawthorne Avenue location of Dickey's Barbecue Pit (the Oconee location remains open) and Always Baked on Baxter Street.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people congregated on College Avenue outside City Hall Saturday afternoon for the Athens Downtown Development Authority's food truck festival, which drew almost a dozen food trucks from Atlanta (as well as a local truck or two). Flagpole photographer Joshua L. Jones documented the scene.
Photo Credit: Athens Food Truck Festival
Casa de Amistad will hold its Mojito Fest fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at Broad 9A, in the Chase Street Warehouses. Local bars and restaurants will compete against one another to mix the best mojito. Attendees get to judge. Tickets are $25 (if you drink mojitos) or $10 (if you don't) and can be purchased on the website dedicated to the event. DJ YaTuSabes will provide music. All proceeds go to Amistad, which provides various and much-needed resources to the Hispanic community in Athens.
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