The news reverberated last night among foodies throughout the state of Alabama. Chris Hastings has already been enjoying a pretty special year – including a win on Iron Chef America and appearing in cities like Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC.
Now, after four previous nominations for the James Beard Foundation Award’s Best Chef, South category over the last five years, came this:
Considering it’s the second ever Year of Alabama Food, it’s only fitting that the campaign’s official website had a post up on their Alabama Farm to Table blog congratulating the owner of Hot & Hot Fish Club shortly after it was announced on Monday night.
Of course if you’re out and about travelling, you may interested in knowing who else took home awards during last night’s ceremony (PDF).
Photo: Chris Hastings. Kent Miller/jbfa.
Several folks who regularly visit The Terminal also keep track of what we say via our Twitter profile. They may notice that we use #bham to highlight those tweets that we think will be of interest to people here in Birmingham, AL. The thing is, all of us who use the hashtag are part of a much larger online family – a virtual secret handshake that may just help connect us with folks we wouldn’t normally think about.
Besides those here in central Alabama, #bham is also used by Birmingham, MI; Bellingham, WA; and some portions of Birmingham, UK. That last one is most interesting as while many there have turned to #brum instead, Wikipedia decided to make a decision on the issue themselves.
Some have turned to #bhm as an alternative, one that makes a great deal of sense considering the its the city’s official IATA airport code and our NPR affiliate’s call letters. It’s also (among other things) the rail code for Birmingham, England’s New Street Station (leading to a lot of tweets including it during their morning and evening rush), Black History Month, the initials used to reference journalist Bambang Harymurti.
Just don’t be surprised by who responds to you when using these tags – and where they’re from.
Screenshot from hashtags.org
Roland S. Martin definitely doesn’t like being called the N-word (or seeing/hearing anyone use it). For those not familiar with Martin, he’s a nationally syndicated columnist, commentator and analyst, working for news organizations including CNN and TV One.
Last night, the author of the new book, The First, had a heated discussion on Twitter with several members of Birmingham, AL’s online community after someone sent him a tweet using the N-word – one that has spilled over into parts of today’s stream.
There are several different opinions about how the debate should move forward (we’d even started working on an editorial), but this post written on Mo Better Truths probably sums up some of the opinions and feelings surrounding that conversation specifically (you’ll want to watch the videos included in the post) and the general situation as we prepare to enter 2011.
If you’ve got an opinion, we’d love to hear it.
Photo: Roland S. Martin. Courtesy of his official website.
UPDATE: Congratulations to James Gilbreath, our winner and thanks to those who participated.
One person at random will find out at 4 p.m. that they’ve got a chance to win two (2) tickets to see Leon Redbone live and in person in Birmingham’s Five Points South entertainment district. Sipsey Tavern is located at 1926 12th Ave. S (the former Bailey’s Pub location for those in the know). I’ve got a feeling that you’ll recognize the voice behind the theme song to Mr. Belvedere (it’s the video linked here) and classic Saturday Night Live appearances among other things.
How do you enter? You’ve got to have a Twitter account and you’ve got until 3:30 p.m. CT to retweet the following for all to see:
Check out Leon Redbone @sipseytavern TONIGHT @ 8 pm http://bit.ly/cJwPhn – RT to win tickets from @bhamterminal #bham
Think of it as an early thank you for those of you who’ve visited the site.
BTW – A head’s up – it may not be up tomorrow.
In case you don’t win, limited tickets are still available for $40 each and they’re still available by phone (205.202.4116). Good luck! We’ll let you know who wins at 4 p.m. both here and on Twitter…
Photo: Courtesy of the venue. Taken by Nancy DePra
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One announcement was echoed yesterday almost as frequently as the one about Birmingham’s ranking in the Forbes traffic list – news that the city’s police department was joining the worlds of Twitter and Facebook to help keep citizens informed about crime trends in their communities. The department’s expanded use of Citizen Observer, a web-based product also used by Homewood Police, will also allow folks to keep up to date with ongoing investigations as well by allowing citizens to sign up for alerts.
People can submit text tips to Crime Stoppers by texting TIPBPD and your tip to TIP411 (847411) or by texting 7777 and your tip to CRIMES (274637).
They also have created both a Twitter account, @BhamPolice, and a fan page on Facebook (which has been active since January 12) to assist with the sharing of this information. While you’re checking out these new online locations for the department you may also want to check out the department’s new website.
Poster: Courtesy of Birmingham Police Department
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The folks at UAB are providing tweet-by-tweet coverage of a robotic adrenalectomy this morning, October 23. You can follow the procedure, being conducted by Martin J. Heslin, M.D. via their Twitter account, @uabmedicine or via the hashtag #UABOR. Or just click on the links in that previous sentence. To learn more about UAB’s first live-tweeted surgery, check out this entry on their website.
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Tagged AL, Alabama, B'ham, Birmingham, Live tweet, medicine, Online, surgery, Twitter, UAB, uabmedicine
UPDATE: 8.11.2009 – The organizers of the Birmingham Heritage Festival have announced that this year’s event has been canceled. The Birmingham News has the details.
Apparently the reduction in ticket prices last weekend for this weekend’s Birmingham Heritage Festival has encouraged its organizers to move forward with it (at least according to the front page of their official website. Those who bought tickets to see Ludacris at the festival on Friday night though may be a little disappointed; the hip-hop star sent out the following tweet last night:
Bogus promoter alert!!! Birmingham, AL Heritage festival, completely false. Luda will not be there so don’t buy tickets!!!
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