Vintage Hospitality Group Joins Share the Gulf Initiative and James Beard’s Smart Catch Program

As Vintage Hospitality Group is dedicated to the community by providing the best to its clientele, its Executive Chef Eric Rivera will be heading to Washington to represent Alabama by joining fisherman and other chefs from around the Gulf to speak with congressional staff about key sustainability issues that directly affect the Gulf and the area’s seafood. The trip is through the Share the Gulf Initiative, a coalition of chefs, restaurateurs, seafood businesses, fishermen conservationists and consumers who want to keep the local Gulf fishing and seafood industries fair and strong. The trip and initiative are important as Vintage Year is known for fresh seafood and are passionate about where it comes from and those who supply it.  Vintage Hospitality Group is committed to sourcing local and domestically sustainable products first. 
 
“We are proud and grateful to have the gulf so close that we need to protect its fishing and seafood industries,” said Chef Rivera. “That’s why we are also now a member of the James Beard’s Smart Catch program that has a similar goal of increasing the sustainability of the seafood supply chain.”

 
Share the Gulf was launched to raise awareness of and support for local fishing businesses, restaurants, grocery stores and the communities who depend on Gulf seafood. Better management of commercial fishing and new progress by charter fishermen are keeping both industries within sustainable limits. But a broken system for managing recreational fishing has led to years of unsustainable overages, angering everyone, especially anglers. The initiative believes that if groups sit down and work together we can give recreational anglers the flexibility and certainty they want and deserve while ensuring Americans can continue to enjoy red snapper and other Gulf seafood now and into the future. 

The idea for James Beard’s Smart Catch is simple and powerful as the program provides training and support to chefs so they can serve seafood fished or farmed in environmentally-responsible ways. With more than 90 percent of the world’s fisheries either fully fished or overfished, preserving marine life to assure stable fishing stocks and promoting sustainably farmed options is more important than ever. By earning the Smart Catch emblem, chefs give consumers a simple way to identify and support their restaurants. Through Smart Catch, chefs have a chance to use their influence to lead industry efforts to maintain healthy, sustainable food sources both for now and for future generations. They will be able to expand not only palates, but also views. 

Vintage Hospitality Group’s team of Proprietor Jud Blount, Executive Chef Eric Rivera and General Managers Chase Brown and Bryan Wooden have 45 years of combined experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. While Vintage Hospitality Group’s flagship restaurant Vintage Year is a fine dining, Vintage Café will be a coffee shop, daytime eatery and retail store. Vintage Hospitality Group is dedicated to providing guests with the finest hand-cut meats, the freshest seafood, premium coffees, specialty teas, outstanding wines and spirits along with excellent customer service.

For additional information, interviews or photos, please contact Lorrie Griggs of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For more information about Vintage Hospitality Group, visit www.vintagehospitalitygroup.com

 

Vintage Cafe Announces Signature Brands To be Offered

Vintage Cafe will be a purveyor of only the finest products in its new coffee shop and retail store that will open in early fall. Stumptown Coffee will be the signature brand served as it is not only one of the best coffee roasters in the U.S. but a like minded company also focused on the community and providing the best product which Montgomery deserves. Blends such as the “Hair Bender” and “Hollar Mountain” as well as seasonal single origin varietals will be carried. There will also be hot and iced teas by Steven Smith Teamaker, a company that procures and blends teas of outstanding quality and freshness. Customers can also shop the retail store for an array of blends, produce and honey from local farmers, Dak’s Spices, and pickles from Bern Farms in addition to finding accessories and gifts including ceramics from Earthborn Studios.  

“Vintage Cafe will be a welcoming community spot where patrons can unwind by enjoying premium coffees, teas, espressos, cappuccinos and hot chocolate as well as grabbing a healthy alternative for a quick bite of lunch,” said Executive Chef Eric Rivera. “I am creating a menu that will feature healthy options for breakfast and lunch including fresh salads, baked goods, grilled paninis, along with grab-and-go items.”

Vintage Hospitality Group is set to bring Vintage Café to the Old Cloverdale neighborhood in the former Regions Bank building located at 416 Cloverdale Road. Vintage Hospitality Group’s team of Proprietor Jud Blount, Executive Chef Eric Rivera and General Manager Chase Brown have 45 years of combined experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. While Vintage Hospitality Group’s flagship restaurant Vintage Year is a fine dining establishment, Vintage Café will be a coffee shop, daytime eatery and retail store. Open daily from 7am – 5pm, Vintage Café will offer indoor/outdoor seating, a drive-thru and walk-up window for both specialty coffee, tea and a variety of food choices. Vintage Hospitality Group is dedicated to providing guests with the finest culinary selections, premium coffees, specialty teas, outstanding wines and spirits along with excellent customer service.

For additional information, interviews or photos, please contact Lorrie Griggs of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For more information about Vintage Hospitality Group, visit www.vymgm.com.

Vintage Café Coming Later this Year to Old Cloverdale

Vintage Hospitality Group is excited to introduce Vintage Café. Coming in early fall to the Old Cloverdale neighborhood, this new bistro will be located at 416 Cloverdale Road in the former Regions Bank building. While its flagship restaurant Vintage Year is a fine dining establishment, Vintage Café will be a coffee shop and daytime eatery. The menu will feature healthy options for breakfast and lunch including fresh salads, baked goods, grilled paninis, along with grab-and-go items. Open daily from 7am – 5pm, Vintage Café will feature indoor/outdoor seating, a drive-thru and walk-up window for both specialty coffee and a variety of food choices. 

“We look forward to adding this additional concept to the already successful businesses in this thriving area,” said Vintage Hospitality Group Proprietor Jud Blount.  “As I grew up in this neighborhood and have worked on the 400 block of Cloverdale Road for over 20 years, I knew this historic building that served as a bank for 62 years would be the perfect spot.”

Blount and his Vintage Hospitality Group team of Executive Chef Eric Rivera and General Manager Chase Brown have 45 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Vintage Year has been an important part of the fabric of Montgomery’s social scene since 1984. Vintage Hospitality Group is dedicated to providing guests with the finest culinary selections, specialty coffees, outstanding wines and spirits along with excellent customer service. 

For additional information, interviews or photos, please contact Lorrie Griggs of Eskimo Advertising at lorrie@eskimoadvertising.com. For more information about Vintage Hospitality Group, visit www.vymgm.com.

 

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