Moe’s Original Bar B Que Expands to Decatur, Alabama

Photo (5)Decatur, Alabama, April 9, 2014 - Moe’s Original Bar B Que is proud to announce they will be opening a new Decatur location in early May at 202 East Moulton Street. Famous pit master Pauli “Choppy” Mitchell will serve-up the award-winning Alabama-style BBQ with all of the down home fixins in a family-friendly, yet fun atmosphere daily from 11am-10pm. The full premium bar will serve frozen concoctions including the famous Bushwacker and Moonshine Margarita, Southern-style cocktails, wine and plenty of craft beers on tap and will even stay open until midnight on Thursdays through Saturdays. Located in the Downtown Decatur Arts & Entertainment District next to the historic Princess Theatre, there will be occasional live music on the weekends  that will range from Southern rock and blues with an emphasis on the Muscle Shoals and North Alabama music scene.

“Downtown Decatur is a natural fit for Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que and we are excited to be a part of the old town style with a fresh vibe,” said co-owner Mike Ellis. “The Arts & Entertainment district was attractive to us as well as the historic Princess Theatre, the Arts College, 3rd Friday and future projects planned for the area.”

The newly built, fast casual restaurant is 3,000 square feet and will seat approximately 100 people. The exposed spacious dining room has large windows and roll-up garage style doors that open to a 500 square feet covered front patio with bar service overlooking 2nd Ave. Wanting the location designed with a rustic theme, reclaimed wood and large timbers were used throughout the restaurant and bar while historic bricks make up the back bar.

With two other successful locations in Huntsville at Jones Valley and Village of Providence, owners Mike Ellis and Chris Clowers knew Decatur was the next logical spot after hunting for the perfect space. Named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints and BBQ Chains in America, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has 29 other locations in AL, CO, FL, GA, ME, NC, OH and TN. The popular restaurant features a Southern soul food revival with pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served with two unique sauces as well as southern favorites such as fried catfish and shrimp sandwiches.

For interviews, photos, press kit, menus or a complimentary media tasting, contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For additional information about Moe’s Original Bar B Que, visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com.

 

Palmetto Brewery and Awendaw Green present Loading Dock Free Live Music Series

Charleston, SC, March 27th, 2014 - Palmetto Brewery and Awendaw introduce the Loading Dock Music Series every Friday evening from 6-9PM at 289 Huger Street in downtown Charleston.  This is a free, all ages event with dogs permitted on a leash. Attendees can also enjoy $5 pints of Palmetto craft beer.

“In addition to these Friday shows, we have two special shows at the brewery coming up with Chris Trapper and A Fragile Tomorrow on April 19th as well as Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack with Danielle Howle on 27th,” said Awendaw Green’s Eddie White. “Tickets for those shows are $10 and available on Event Brite.”

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Brett Wiscons 

Jordan Igoe 

Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey  

April 4:

Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends 

McKenzie Eddy 

Cranford Hollow

April 11:
Liz Longley 

Caroline Glaser 

Swampcandy

April 18:

Chris Rodrigues 

Kelly McFarling and The Home Team 

Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats

April 25:

Melon & the Mayhem 

Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths

May 2:

The Artful Dodgers 

Minimum Wage

May 9

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards 

Willy Porter

May 16:

Underhill Rose

Town Mountain

May 23:

Finnegan Bell

Jason and the Juggernauts

Tyler Boone

May 30:

HoneySmoke

Call Momma 

June 6:

Bryson Jennings

Brady Smith Band

June 13:

Screaming J’s

Grass Monkey

June 20:

Dulci Ellenberger

The Moon and You

Chris Sanchez

June 27:

Red Honey  

Bringers of the Dawn

The Shack Band 

For more information about the music series, visit www.palmettobrewery.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charleston Culinary Tours to Present Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series

Chef Stephen Thompson

Chef Stephen Thompson

Charleston Culinary Tours is planning a Fresh at the Farm Dinner Series featuring Executive Chef Stephen Thompson of Prohibition, a new contemporary American gastro pub downtown. Setting the scene for a true farm to table experience, each dinner event will take place at a local farm. The gastronomic evening with start with a cocktail hour and hors d’ oeuvres from 5:30-6:30pm and then family style dinner will be served from 6:30-8:30pm. The first dinner will be held on May 4th at Walters Farm in Saint George with additional dinners in the series in August and November. With a table set for 40 guests, the cost is $75/person with tickets available at www.charlestonculinarytours.com.

Farmer Steven Walter

Farmer Steven Walters

Walters Farm is a fitting start to the Fresh at the Farm Dinner series as Chef Thompson and Stephen Walters, proprietor of Walters Farm, have been friends since childhood. Chef Thompson jokingly refers to Steven as “his personal farmer”. Steven Walters personally grows and harvests everything on his 5-acre farm and then makes the 45-minute drive to deliver it to Chef Thompson. Both are excited about allowing guests to dine on ingredients right where they are produced, fortifying the connection between farm and food.

Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of Charleston history, cocktails and food with unique tours that highlight the Lowcountry. Each Charleston Culinary Tour visits several different restaurants, bars or the Farmer’s Market to combine elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure. The food and drinks on the tours are chosen by various restaurant and bar partners and feature an array of eclectic dishes and concoctions that provide insight into Charleston’s cuisine and cocktail scene. On each tour, guests will not only have an opportunity to sample some of the Lowcountry’s finest offerings, but also to meet the owners, chefs and mixologists behind Charleston’s impressive culinary and bar innovations.

For interviews, photos, press passes or sponsorship information, please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For additional information about Charleston Culinary Tours, please visit www.charlestonculinarytours.com.

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Great Firkin Festival featuring Eric Lindell and Keller Williams in Mobile, AL

FirkinThe inaugural Great Firkin Fest will invade downtown Mobile on Saturday, April 5th at Moe’s Original Bar B Que, located at 701 Spring Hill Road. With participation from local and regional breweries, each will showcase distinctive cask ale in a firkin, a barrel made of stainless steel that holds 10.8 gallons of beer. Firkins are unique in the sense that the beer goes through a secondary fermentation in the vessel. Participating breweries are Blue Pants Brewery (Madison, Alabama), Back 40 Beer Co. (Gadsden, Alabama), Southern Prohibition Brewing (Hattiesburg, Mississippi), Cahaba Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama), Druid City Brewing (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Yellowhammer Brewing (Huntsville, Alabama), Fairhope Brewing Co. (Fairhope, Alabama), Brew Stooges (Huntsville, Alabama), Rocket Republic Brewing (Huntsville, Alabama) and Tallgrass Brewing (Manhattan, Kansas).

“Budweiser-Busch Distributing wanted to team up with Moe’s to introduce a specialized beer festival to the south Alabama area that not only shines the spotlight on cask ales but also the brewing talents of these local and regional breweries,” said Sarah Cure, Craft Manager for Budweiser-Busch Distributing. “Brewers typically have some fun with the creations and include interesting additions such as cocoa nibs, hot peppers, fresh whole-cone hops, orange peel, and more to accentuate the beer’s profile.”

Door open at 12pm with tapping at 12:30pm and awards for Best in Show and People’s Choice at 4pm. There will be live music during the event by Eric Lindell with headliner Keller Williams starting at 9pm. Tickets for Firkin only: $22 ADV/$25 DOS (include admission, a sampling glass, festival literature and a koozie), Keller show only: $22ADV/$25 DOS or both events: $32ADV/$35 DOS and are on sale here. Money raised will go to benefit the local American Cancer Society.

Located in the upper part of Dauphin in downtown Mobile, the 7400 square foot Moe’s Original Bar B Que features a hot nightlife scene with full premium bars, high definition TVs and an entertainment venue that showcases live music from top bands. Named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints and BBQ Chains in America, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has 29 other locations in AL, CO, FL, GA, ME, NC, OH and TN. The popular restaurant features a Southern soul food revival with pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served with two unique sauces as well as southern favorites such as fried catfish and shrimp sandwiches.

For interviews, photos, press kit, menus or a complimentary media tasting, contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For additional information about Moe’s Original Bar B Que, visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com.

Todd Snider’s What the Folk Music Festival Announced in Awendaw, SC

WTF PosterFord Productions and Awendaw Green present the inaugural What the Folk Music Festival on April 11th from 5pm-10pm and April 12th from 11am-10pm at Sewee Outpost located at 4853 US Hwy. 17 in Awendaw, SC. Doors open at 5pm, Campgrounds at 3pm.

Friday:
Danielle Howle 6pm
Megan Jean & the KFB 6:30pm
HalleyAnna Finlay 7:15pm
Kevn Kinney 7:55pm
Todd Snider 9:15pm

Saturday:
Ryan Bonner 12pm
Vinegar Creek Constituency 1pm
Doug Jones 2:05pm
Sierra Elizabeth Ferrell 3pm
Swamp Candy 3:45pm
Caroline Glaser & Liz Longley 4:40pm
Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work 5:55pm
Charlie Mars 7:10pm
The Bottle Rockets 8:30pm
Todd Snider 9:15pm
and a few more surprise guests!

WTF SponsorhipFood trucks Lowcountry Creole, Roti Rolls, and Palmetto Party Wagon will be there along with two beer trucks with domestics and the local brews including Palmetto Brewery.
Tickets: 
Friday $25 ADV, $30 DOS
Saturday $35 ADV, $38 DOS
Limited Two Day $50
Two Day Camping Pass, only sold with two day pass: $25 for both days. Campsites are per person. VIP Camping for RV’s and Campers $50

“What the Folk Festival was formed through a friendship with Todd Snider and his love of playing in this area. The lineup includes musicians that come close to emulating what Todd does as a singer/songwriter,” said festival organizer Brett Ford.  “As we plan to make this an annual event, my goal is to continue to have Americana type groups play and get recognized for what they do, since the majority of them don’t receive the radio play or media recognition that they deserve.”

A portion of proceeds will benefit Carolina Studios, a non-profit that provides at risk students a safe environment to foster creative, educational and career-focused initiatives through music technology and media arts.

For additional information, line up or tickets, visit www.whatthefolkfest.org. For media inquiries, interviews or sponsorship information, please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com.

Autism Beach Ball featuring The Tams

1799212_10152562961948765_12790708_oLowcountry Autism Foundation and Anderson Insurance Associates present Autism Beach Ball on Saturday, March 1st at 6pm. Benefiting MUSC-LAF’s Autism Family Support and Outreach Programs serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, the semi-formal fund raising event will showcase live music from The Tams. Guests will enjoy libations, a beach supper, dancing, a silent and live auction at the Tides on Folly Beach. Tickets for the event are $100 or a table is $900 and may be purchased at the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Inc. or by calling 843-876-0415.

In 2013, the Lowcountry Autism Foundation partnered with the prestigious Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Children’s Hospital as part of their Developmental–Behavioral Pediatrics Division. Lowcountry Autism Foundation’s mission is to remove barriers and increase access to early clinical diagnosis, and treatment services, for individuals and families living with autism and related developmental disorders. for more information, visit www.lafinc.org

Moe’s Original Bar B Que Expands into Florida

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Owners Will Casanova, Trace Armstrong and Ryan Helsley

Ryan Helsley, Will Casanova and Trace Armstrong plan to open a Moe’s Original Bar B Que in early March at 14896 Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach. Serving Alabama-style BBQ and made from scratch Southern sides prepared fresh daily, the BBQ joint also features to go packs and full service catering. Beer and wine will be served as well as a wine-based liquor alternative used in specialty cocktails like the Bushwacker and Bloody Moe.

Located about a half of a mile East of Pier Park in the middle of the strip right across from the Gulf of Mexico, the 2000 square foot fast casual restaurant seats about 50 people inside. Throughout the heavily wooded interior, there is lots of personality with a beachy/ BBQ feel to it as surf boards, fishing gear, old driftwood and carved fish fill the walls. With a tiki hut bar out front, the expansive patio wraps around the side of the building and is a place for guests to people watch, socialize, eat, drink, and enjoy HDTVs, outdoor games, and live music. Additionally, there is a large gravel parking lot out back.

“While we know we’re in a key location for Spring Breakers, we want families and children to always feel welcome,” said co-owner Ryan Helsley. “We plan to be a year round business and want to be a favorite spot for the locals.”

Years after learning to fire roast meats in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Mike Fernandez, Ben Gilbert and Jeff Kennedy founded Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Vail, Colorado in 2001. Named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in America, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has 28 other locations in AL, CO, GA, ME, NC, OH and TN. The popular restaurant features a Southern soul food revival with pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served with two unique sauces as well as southern favorites such as fried catfish and shrimp sandwiches.

For interviews, photos, press kit, menus or a complimentary media tasting, contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For additional information about Moe’s Original Bar B Que, visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com.

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72 Hours: A Culinary Adventure in Charleston

Do you want to pack as much as possible into a 72 hour visit to Charleston, SC?  Here’s one foodie itinerary to try!

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Thursday:

Morning – Chefs’ Kitchen Tour - Start your trip off by visiting the kitchens and meeting the chefs in 3 of Charleston’s top restaurants.  Your guide, Hoon Calhoun, will educate you on Charleston’s culinary history and orient you with regard to Charleston’s best restaurants today.  The tour starts with coffee and doughnuts at Glazed, Charleston’s gourmet, homemade, delicious, I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-a-doughnut shop, and proceeds to visit 3 restaurants, meeting chefs and tasting all along the way.

Heather and Chef Josh Keller of 2 Boroughs Larder

Heather and Chef Josh Keller of 2 Boroughs Larder

Lunch – Two Boroughs Larder – Josh and Heather Keeler’s Two Boroughs Larder is where Charleston chefs go to eat.  Charleston’s Celebrity Chef Sean Brock calls Two Boroughs Larder the best restaurant in Charleston.  Go judge for yourself — and order everything on the menu to be sure.  This is the place to take chances — you probably won’t recognize half of the ingredients on the menu — but trust in Josh’s capable hands and discriminating taste.  Everything will be delicious, and some dishes will be transcendent.  In between courses, take a moment to explore the selection of hard goods and specialty products available for purchase.

Afternoon – Pastries and coffee — After lunch, exiting Two Boroughs, you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of what is emerging as Charleston’s pastry epicenter.  Stroll to Sugar Bakeshop and have the first of (perhaps) many delicious pastries, choosing one — or two — of a variety of cupcakes or cookies.  The selection varies daily, but on Thursdays the options include the Lady Baltimore Cupcake, which should not be missed!  Bill and Dave, Sugar Bakeshop’s owners, are architects from New York City who relocated to Charleston, and their visual aesthetic is apparent as everything in the display cases is as beautiful as it is delicious.  Enjoy your treat in Sugar’s quaint courtyard.  From Sugar, consider visiting Wildflour PastryBrown’s Court Bakery or Sweet Radish for another delicious treat and a cup of coffee.  All are within a block or so of Sugar and along the way you can explore the rapidly gentrifying Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood.

Dinner – Taste Of The Market – When you have finished exploring the Upper King Street area, head downtown to the City Market District and the Taste of the Market, held the 3rd Thursday of Each month.  This event features the best that the City Market area has to offer, with (substantial) food samples available from a variety of Market area restaurants, chef demonstrations and live music.  The ample samples will be more than enough to make a meal and after the event you’ll be well positioned to explore the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown.

After Dinner – Head on over to Burwell’s for an after dinner drink and, if the weather is nice, make your way to the back patio to have a craft cocktail made by John or JoJo, Burwell’s expert mixologists.  Cocktails not your thing?  No problem — try the Craftsman Kitchen And Tap House, a beer emporium featuring 48 beers on Tap!  Still not satisfied?  Give Social Wine Bar a try, which features up to 60 wines by the glass and a 4,000 bottle display cellar.

Friday:

Chefs KitchenMorning – Bakehouse – Get your day started with a cup of coffee and a fresh baked pastry at the Bakehouse.  Although everything is good, the cinnamon rolls are especially delicious.  The WiFi is free and the airy cafe is in a perfect spot for people watching.
Lunch – Bull Street Gourmet – Grab a light bite at this adorable market/cafe on lower King Street.  Split the daily sandwich special or share a bowl of the soup of the day — both are likely to be simple and delicious.  Also Bull Street has an excellent selection of bottled wines, for now or later.

Afternoon – Take a Downtown Culinary Tour with Charleston Culinary Tours.  This 2.5 hour tour explores the City Market area and Charleston’s French Quarter.  Stopping at 3 restaurants for food samples and 1 restaurant for dessert, the Downtown Culinary tour will introduce you to some of Charleston’s best restaurants and educate you with regard to Charleston’s rich culinary history and current culinary trends.  There is plenty of food on this tour, so pace yourself as you eat your way around Charleston’s historic downtown.

Dinner – 82 Queen – Make you dinner reservations a little later to give yourself an opportunity to recover from your culinary tour.  If the weather is suitable, ask for a table in 82 Queen’s beautiful and romantic courtyard, which is dominated by a mammoth Magnolia tree.  82 Queen is a Charleston classic, graceful and refined, specializing in Lowcountry classics and Southern hospitality.  Be sure to order the She-Crab Soup, the best in the city.

Saturday:

Brunch – Lowcountry Bistro – Chicken and Waffles anyone?  At Lowcountry Bistro the answer is an enthusiastic YES!  This casual cafe offers a wide variety of other southern specialties (the Shrimp and Grits are especially good here as well), but ordering the Chicken and Waffles is a no-brainer.  Overlooking the City Market, a table on the piazza is a prime position to take in Charleston’s charms and prepare for your day.

Afternoon – The Heirloom Collection (formerly the Heirloom Book Company) — Tucked away down an alley off Broad Street, this adorable book shop sells cookbooks, specializing in rare and out-of-print editions.  The collection is eclectic, but an excellent selection of Charleston and Southern cookbooks are available.  The shop is clearly a labor of love and their passion for cookbooks is equal parts contagious and inspiring! Cocktails

Pre Dinner – The Holy City is well known for its affinity for alcohol and Charleston Culinary Tours’ Mixology Tour will help show you the state of Charleston’s cocktail culture today.  This 1.5 hour tour stops at 3 local watering holes where guests meet a mixologist who will explain his/her specialty cocktail and then mix one for everyone to enjoy!  Think of it as a mobile pre-dinner cocktail party.

Dinner – Husk – Come pay homage to Chef Sean Brock’s celebration of all things Southern.  With a menu that changes twice daily and an almost maniacal devotion to sourcing ingredients locally, Husk has totally reshaped Charleston’s culinary landscape and has inspired a wave of innovation and culinary excellence that has engulfed the city.  While it’s impossible to predict what might be on the menu, the Crispy Pig’s Ears are the stuff of legend and pork dishes generally have a place near and dear to Chef Brock’s heart.  Make your reservations early — ever since it was named Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit in 2011, a Husk reservation became one of the toughest in town.

After Dinner – Kaminsky’s – Finish off your night with a dessert at Kaminsky’s, a bustling dessert shop on Market Street.  With a display case overflowing with almost impossibly delicious looking cakes and pies, it may be tough to make a decision.  Hedge your bets and choose more than one item — it’ll be the most delicious insurance policy you ever bought.

Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Cloud 9 Announce Trip Giveaway to Panic en la Playa

PlayaMoe’s Original Bar B Que and Cloud 9 present a contest to win a trip to Panic en la Playa featuring four nights of Widespread Panic on the beach at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on March 17- 21st. One lucky winner and a guest will receive flight vouchers, a double occupancy hotel room and event wristbands. The contest runs online starting today at noon through midnight on February 22nd at www.panicenlaplaya.com/moes with the winner announced on February 24th.

“The partnership began with Moe’s Original Bar B Que’s founding partner Mike Fernandez as he has been judging a wing sauce contest for the last two years at la Playa with Widespread Panic keyboard player JoJo Hermann as part of the trip’s daytime activities,” said Cloud 9’s Nate Sadler. “This year they will sponsor the contest as ‘Moe’s Original Bar B Que presents Jojo’s Sauce Contest’. We knew adding a trip giveaway to the mix would add to the excitement of this ultimate vacation.”

Cloud 9 presents a four night musical adventure of Widespread Panic on the beach in the Dominican Republic on March 17, 18, 19 and 20. Guests will live like rock royalty as they indulge in all that the all-inclusive Hard Rock resort has to offer. By day, relax at one of the 12 expansive pools, swim in the ocean, hang out with friends, get a massage, eat and drink as much as you want at multiple restaurants and bars or take part in one of many activities or excursions. By night, the stage will be set right on the beach for a full two-set show of Widespread Panic for four nights. Additionally, Jalapeno Cornbread (George Porter Jr., John Gros, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jeff Sipe, Grant Green Jr., and Randall Bramblett) will play two late nights and Motion Potion will be spinning in the Moon Lounge keeping the party going all night. For additional information about Panic en la Playa, head to www.panicenlaplaya.com.

Respected sextet Widespread Panic is a legendary national touring force and continues to break attendance records in major venues across the country. Panic’s live performances have become legendary and the symbiotic relationship between the artist and their fans is something to behold. Never losing sight of giving back, the band continues to organize “food drive events” at their concerts. Since 2008, Panic’s fans have helped raise over $73,000 in monetary donations and over 9,100 pounds of foodThe band’s annual Tunes for Tots concerts have raised well over one million dollars for its program which helps public schools buy musical instruments for their students. For additional information about Widespread Panic, visit www.widespreadpanic.com.

Years after learning to fire roast meats in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Mike Fernandez, Ben Gilbert and Jeff Kennedy founded Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Vail, Colorado in 2001. Moe’s Original Bar B Que has 26 other locations in AL, CO, GA, ME, NC and TN. Named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints in America, the popular fast casual restaurant features award-winning Alabama-style pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood served with two unique sauces as well as southern favorites such as fried catfish and shrimp sandwiches. For additional information about Moe’s Original Bar B Que, visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com.

For additional information, interviews, photos or a press kit, please contact Lorrie Dixson of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com.