Franklin Biggs sells Homewood Gourmet

05.24.2010 by André Natta · → 1 Comment

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Franklin BiggsFranklin Biggs has sold the Homewood Gourmet to Chris and Laura Zapalowski. The popular chef announced the decision via Facebook and the front page of the Homewood Gourmet’s website on May 14, with The Birmingham News doing a story the next day.

Biggs has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer since January and as a result of treatment, he has lost his sense of taste. He is scheduled to complete radiation treatment on June 25.

According to Biggs’ note, fans of the Homewood Gourmet will be in good hands. Both Zapalowskis have experience in the kitchen; Laura once worked for Biggs while attending Samford University. The couple relocated to Birmingham after Hurricane Katrina and have both been working for Chris Hastings at Hot and Hot Fish Club (Chris as Chef de Cuisine and Laura doing editing and recipe testing on Hastings’ cookbook).

We’re just wondering about the next time he decides to make Baby Blue Salad in the back of a pickup truck.

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Mark Ervin
Mark Ervin

While I am sure everybody is sad to hear about Franklin, lovers of his place should be excited about Chris and Laura. Not only are they amazing people who will serve their customers well, but they've got some mad skills in the kitchen. I am really excited to see how their style will evolve and build upon what's already great about Homewood Gourmet.