Hot time at Summer in the City for MHRC Young Professionals

The sixties band Lovin’ Spoonful summed up the YP Board’s new fundraiser with their song “Hot time, Summer in the City.”

In spite of the heat, adventurous diners enjoyed a fantastic culinary experience as Dinner Lab’s crew of renegade chefs hit Birmingham to benefit the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center's Young Professionals Board. These young leaders serve as ambassadors for the MHRC working to engage new audiences in understanding and supporting the center's mission to reduce health differences resulting from social, economic or environmental disadvantages.

For many years, the YP Board's signature event was Casino Royale, with guests going "all in" to support Healthy Happy Kids, the MHRC's program to battle childhood obesity. This year, the YP Board produced a different kind of fundraiser - a pop-up dinner, Summer in the City. The evening was made possible by sponsors Advanced Eye Care, Alabama Power, Fredtography, Honda Manufacturing, and Goshen Business Group. Additional support came from Bushelon Funeral Home, Divine Expressions Family Dentistry, Fisher Chiropractic Wellness Center, Reginald L. Young, and Skin Wellness Center of Alabama.

The Triton Stone Group, Inc., located in the Continental Gin Warehouse complex, was the site for Summer in the City.  The huge warehouse showcased beautiful stone, granite, onyx, and agate slabs making for a memorable backdrop to a fun evening. Local comedian and poet, Brandan Stuckey served as emcee, offering witty remarks and poetic introductions.

The culinary star of the evening was Chef Brett Jones, born and bred in Louisiana. With his menu, Jones, the chef de cuisine for New Orleans, Dinner Lab’s largest market, offered homage to his grandmother’s down home cooking. Guests enjoyed chilled pea soup with warm corn foam and fried cornbread crumbs, marinated Gulf shrimp with fire and ice pickled peppers, lemon confit and grapefruit as well as BBQ rillettes with pulled pork shoulder, slaw and white sauce. And those were just the appetizers!

The three course seated dinner started with a musk melon nage, or chilled soup. The main course was a sorghum glazed beef short rib, served with a farm fresh purple hull pea and okra ragout. Jones’s dessert was sweet corn panna cotta with buttermilk lemon granita and gingersnap pecan dirt - a nod to his grandmother’s love of cornbread and buttermilk.

Following dinner, guests enjoyed a high-energy performance by Toia Jones, a Montgomery native who competed on NBC’s The Voice. It was a fun food- and music-filled evening in support of the MHRC. 



 

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Map to the Goodyear Tire Warehouse

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Cocktails 6:30 pm               Dinner 7:30 pm          Entertainment 9:00 pm
There will be complimentary cocktails, wine and beer during the Cocktail Hour and Dinner.

There will be a Cash Bar during the Band Party. 

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Map to Triton Stone Group -- 4550 5th Avenue South


Triton Stone Pin
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4550 5th Avenue South
Building G
Continental Gin Industrial Park
Avondale
(205) 592-0202



Directions to Triton Stone Group

From South on Red Mountain Expressway

  1. From Hwy 31, exit at 3rd/4th Ave. South
  2. Bear RIGHT and take your immediate LEFT onto 4th Ave. South
  3. Follow 4th Ave. South all the way to the end, then bear RIGHT onto 3rd Ave. South
  4. Triton sign is immediately on your LEFT
  5. Pass a tan and white guard building
  6. Follow the signs around to the back of the complex to Building G.

From I-65 North

  1. Take I-65 South to I-20 East
  2. Take Exit 132-A (Oporto-Madrid Blvd.)
  3. Turn RIGHT at the end of the exit ramp
  4. Turn RIGHT onto Crestwood Blvd (Hwy 78)
  5. Triton is located approximately 2.8 miles on the right in the Continental Gin Industrial Park
  6. Pass a tan and white guard building
  7. Follow the signs around to the back of the complex to Building G.






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Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center, whose initiatives focus on reducing health differences resulting from social, economic, or environmental disadvantage for vulnerable and underserved populations in Alabama.
  
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Driving Directions
Go west on University Blvd (8th Avenue South) towards I-65.
Turn right on 11th Street South (if you pass the northbound on ramp to I-65, you’ve gone too far.
Fire Station #2 will be on the left.
Continue straight to 5th Avenue South.
Turn left onto 5th Avenue South.
You will go under an overpass and the building will be on the left.  

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Driving Directions
Go west on University Blvd (8th Avenue South) towards I-65.
Turn right on 11th Street South (if you pass the northbound on ramp to I-65, you’ve gone too far.
Fire Station #2 will be on the left.
Continue straight to 5th Avenue South.
Turn left onto 5th Avenue South.
You will go under an overpass and the building will be on the left. ..