Good Grit Magazine
A voracious learner with endless curiosity, I am always on the hunt for a good story.
I place value on meeting new people and hearing their stories or discovering something
new about a place we all thought we knew. If the subject is food or travel or maybe
even an upland adventure, count me in. I'll take these experiences and retell them in
engaging and compelling ways, to a broader audience.
I also do private content production for brands I admire.
I enjoy the challenge of distilling a message into an easily accessible tag line or product description.
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Good Grit Magazine
Nashville native Bettina Bryant found a piece of home in the rolling hills of Napa. Words by Christina RousselPhotos by Gentl & Hyers 2020 Any great Southern story starts with grit, and grit, along with phenomenal soil, a temperate climate, and acres of luscious grapes, is at the very heart of Bettina Bryant's story.
The story of Peachtree City, GA's innovative closed loop hydroponic Alō Farms and the architect who created this project.
Recently, we got to spend time with Stacy Lyn Harris, lawyer, blogger, and chef to her family. Stacy spent the morning harvesting vegetables from the garden and the afternoon and evening creating dishes full of game.
Food & Wine Magazine
Velvety-smooth chicken liver mousse, caviar-topped deviled eggs, and pimiento cheese headline this ultimate appetizer board. Get the recipes at Food & Wine.
With its wide open beaches and lush landscape, Kiawah Island is the ultimate surfside playground. There are 10 miles of uninterrupted beach giving you ample space to stretch, walk, run, bike, and castle build. Off the beach, there are world-class golf courses, plus tennis, kayaking, and biking.
Road trip itinerary for a fantastic weekend in Birmingham, AL
Garden & Gun Magazine
When faced with the sale of the building that had held their beloved Hot & Hot Fish Club for twenty-four years, James Beard award-winning chef Chris Hastings and his wife Idie were forced to contemplate the future of their Birmingham, Alabama, culinary institution. As tenants at the Highland Avenue location, they had known a move might come.
In Birmingham, Alabama, Black Sheep Kitchen regulars start clamoring for chef Julie Grimes' tomato pies in early March, even though the best tomatoes from local growers are still months away. In one form or another, the pies have been on the summer menu at Grimes' grab-and-go dinner shop since she opened it four years ago.
Hook & Barrel Magazine
In my first feature for Hook & Barrel Magazine, I had the chance to explore the glorious world of crafting the perfect brisket, through the eyes of the gifted BrisketU pitmaster Scott.
Sporting Classics Magazine
My first column for a sporting magazine, this is a first-person account of falling in love with quail hunting (and subsequent purchase of my first shotgun) was a treat to research and write.
Birmingham Home & Garden
Take the backyard of 100-year-old Homewood home with a new-to-look-old carriage house. Add a layer of found treasures from two talented designers. Style those finds in well-curated vignettes that others can picture re-creating in their own spaces. Layer in scads of vintage and antique rugs.
Cashiers, North Carolina, may be the most well-known town in Jackson County, but the nearby communities of Sylva, Dillsboro, Cullowhee, and Tuckasegee are equally eager to show you what they've got. So grab your best friends or extended family and head north. Here are our picks for a fun-filled, long weekend.
Plenty of Over-the-Mountain communities are beloved, fiercely defended by their residents. Beyond neighborhood-centric Facebook pages and elementary school stickers emblazoned on bumpers, passions for home run deep. Some might argue that nowhere else is this more true than in Homewood.
A mere two-hour drive from Birmingham, Barnsley Resort promised equal parts intrigue, adventure, and downtime for my three-day girlfriends' getaway. Upon arrival, we settled into our individual cottages along the property's village green and reconvened for afternoon cocktails at The Woodlands Grill, overlooking a wide swath of the Fazio-designed golf course.
Huntsville-based floral designer Charlotte Wessel has found her gift and uses it to the delight of those around her. Where some see an empty ceramic pot, Charlotte sees a vessel, ready to be filled with the beauty of her garden, no matter the season.
You won't find any tacky beer posters or bean bag chairs in this home where Jill and Lyle Cain's daughters live while attending The University of Alabama. Outfitted by interior designer Jenny Edwards, this is way more than just a game-day destination.
Situated in the heart of English Village in the site of a former gas station, Gallery 1930, with its clean lines and airy space, belies the fact that oil paint now reigns where the oil pan used to. Laura Vogtle opened the space with her mother, Kathryn Keith, in the fall of 2011.
Any realtor will tell you that after location, location, location, it is the kitchen and master bath that will sell a home at a higher price. These are the spaces buyers really notice. Think about the last dinner party you went to-you probably spent more time in the kitchen with friends than at the dining room table.
Some twenty-odd years ago, a tornado made its way through Dadeville, Alabama, taking down almost every tree on Jim Scott's property on the south side of Lake Martin. Undeterred, Jim distilled beauty from destruction by creating a fantastical garden around what remained-his Bobby McAlpine-designed home and a whole lot of red clay.
Feeling landlocked in Birmingham? Miss the sound of gentle ocean waves or the quick splash of a bass on the lake? Alabama Aquarium & Pond Services can bring the water back into your daily life, setting up home aquariums, outdoor water features, and more.
More destination than conventional plant nursery, Shoppe is the chic new garden spot in town. With design experience and deft green thumbs, owners Mark Thompson and Jay Draper put a lot of creativity and sweat equity into upgrading a corner of their Forest Park neighborhood.
ABOVE David, Ellen, and their three girls lived at The Orvis Farmhouse before their twin boys arrived. Fertilizer may have been the official family business, but it is true Southern hospitality that grew Pursell Farms , setting it on the course it's on today.
The title for this feature started as Super Moms. And while that moniker certainly fits the women we interviewed, they are a representation of the legions of Birmingham women-not just moms-who are working to create better lives for the people around them.
Longtime Birmingham residents who had the good fortune to have their portrait taken by photographer Barbara Harbin may find these images of the Roth home vaguely familiar. The home and garden on Dell Road served as a studio for many children’s and family’s portraits. Embracing the good aura, Kathleen Roth and her family purchased it and set about creating a backdrop for their own life.
Long before the State of Alabama declared 2016 as The Year of the Maker, creativity has been pouring forth from our home. The rest of the country has already discovered our beloved designers Billy Reid and Natalie Chanin. But look in our own backyard and you’ll find the next generation of makers in a smartly renovated Avondale warehouse.
Imagine living in a city where you awaken in a sun-filled loft, grab a quick shower, take the stairs down to your bike, and pedal a few blocks to the office. At lunchtime, you pop into the grocery store less than a block away for some dinner essentials.
Time was, the word ‘catering’ conjured up visions of sterno-powered chafing dishes and mounds of fussy white linen tablecloths. Large events might have meant bland food of the rubber chicken-and-rice-casserole variety or anything served on a stick. News flash: Catering has come a long way, baby. Here in Birmingham, we have a slew of talented outfits to call upon when you are planning that next fete. In fact, you don’t even need to wait until you’re hosting a big event; these caterers...
The Local Palate
Everyone needs a happy place. That destination where we go-whether mentally or physically-for a reprieve from the everyday, where we hit the pause button on our routines, where we retreat, relax, and get centered again. For the James Beard award-winning chef Frank Stitt and his wife and business partner, Pardis, that place is Paradise Farm.
Head due south on I-65 toward Bayou La Batre. Follow I-10 to County Road 39. The horizon begins to get flatter, but keep going. Take a few more turns until you find the exact dirt road you are looking for. Drive until you almost run out of land, and when you begin to see telephone poles again, start counting.
Mountain Brook Magazine
Years of magazine recipe development are fueling Nourish Foods' deliveries and selections at The Pig.
When Mauricio Papapietro opened brick & tin restaurant in downtown Birmingham nine and a half years ago, he had an inkling that it was a concept that might work just as well in his own backyard of Mountain Brook. He just had no idea how well.
Mountain Brook, Alabama, is a long way from the rolling verdant hills of the glorious English countryside, but for Crestline resident Rebecca Williamson, it couldn't taste any closer. Her bespoke chutney line, Holmsted Fines, certainly has definitive British roots, although Rebecca has also found a way to translate that ubiquitous condiment to our Southern way of eating.
And the award goes to... Anyone in an industry where awards are handed out annually has dreams of hearing their name at the end of that sentence. But for Mountain Brook native Hannah Black and her restaurant partner, Carla Perez-Gallardo, they could not have been more surprised at hearing their names as one of the James Beard Foundation Award semi-finalists earlier this spring.
We've all seen the lists of best places to live, best places to call home, best places to raise a family. Hands down, the City of Mountain Brook usually tops those lists in our state and always ranks high nationally. But it could also be argued that it is the relationships here are what truly make it what it is.
Once upon a time, Will Haver was just a guy who owned a cool neighborhood burger joint, Otey's in Crestline. The beer was always super cold, the guy manning the grill (Rodney Davis, our favorite!) could fire up a mean chili cheeseburger, and classic rock bands played on Friday nights.
There is a running joke amongst some Mountain Brook restaurant owners that Crestline Village is the food court of our fair city. Given the population density and younger demographic of this area, it is easy to see why so many food retailers are attracted to Church Street.
Shoe polish. It is an unusual "ingredient" to find in a commercial restaurant kitchen. But once you get to know the story behind that shoe polish, you'll want to know if every chef has some in their work pantry.
Not since the Piggly Wiggly location on Euclid Avenue shuttered has there been such a public hue and cry over a village staple closing.