The Hangout Music Fest has turned into one of the biggest music events in the world and it is all built on the sand in Gulf Shores, Alabama. We just returned from hosting a party within the party for the Super VIP's and Big Kahuna ticket holders.
We created a menu for the weekend that revolved around fresh local ingredients and quality products from around the state of Alabama from some of my favorite companies: Earthborn Pottery from Leeds, AL, Lighthouse Bakery from Dauphin Island, AL, Belle Chevrefrom Elkmont, AL, Fieldstone Hamsfrom Oneonta, AL, Alabama Gulf Seafood, Sweet Olive Bakery, Chasing Fresh, Local Appetite, Craine Creek Farm, all from Fairhope, Alabama.
My menus were all designed aound a specific theme to offer lots of variety for the hundreds of guests we were serving each day. I also offered one of my signature cocktails each day.
FRIDAY LUNCH: ALABAMA PICNIC TABLE WITH TRUE ICEBOX FRIED CHICKEN & MY PICKLED SHRIMP
FRIDAY DINNER:ITALIAN COASTAL FISH FEAST WITH WHOLE GULF AMBERJACK PLUS RACK OF LAMB
SATURDAY LUNCH: BIG, BAD SANDWICH BAR WITH LOBSTER, SHRIMP, STEAK & FRIED OYSTERS
SATURDAY DINNER:CUBAN CHRISTMAS WITH WHOLE PIG ROAST, TENDERLOIN WITH CHIMICHURRI
SUNDAY BRUNCH: FRITTATA, PRIME RIB, BIG PORK PLATTERS, SALADS AND BLOODY MARY BAR
SUNDAY DINNER: CRAB AND LOBSTER TOWER, WHOLE RED SNAPPER, CITRUS FISH IN PARCHMENT
I want to thank my team for their hard work in producing such delicious food; it was the talk of the festival! Our weekend warriors included Chef Wesley True of True Midtown Kitchen, Mobile, Alabama Governor's Mansion Executive Chef Jim Smith, Chef Will Hughes, Chef Cassie Powers, Chef Wes Shepherd, BBQ Brad O'Rear, Kim Asbury Wilson, Nicole Hutto, Meaghan Hutto, Amanda Bell, Shannon Bell, Devon Williamson, Brittany Curran, Kalin Brunell, and my amazing assistants Lauren Scoggan and the always incredible Caroline Sayre. Caroline's husband Tyler even chipped in to help when we needed it. Remarkable dedication and remarkable execution. Thank you all!