The menu here in the “Heart of Dixie”
features everything from Gulf-caught crab
cakes and oysters to decadent desserts and
an impressive wine list.
Following are some great ideas for
groups interested in adding a culinary
experience to the meeting itinerary.
From “flip-flop fine dining” to casual open-air restaurants, the Gulf Shores and Orange
Beach specialize in seafood straight from
the Gulf of Mexico and land fare made with
locally sourced ingredients.
According to Beth Gendler, vice pres-
ident of sales for Gulf Shores & Orange
Beach Tourism, several area restaurateurs
own multiple eateries, making it possible
for groups to arrange dine-arounds at,
among others, the Hangout, Picnic Beach,
Fisher’s Upstairs and Fisher’s Dockside,
Playa, and BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets.
Several high-end restaurants, she added, offer wine-pairing dinners that can be
arranged for groups.
“Popular full-service convention property, Perdido Beach Resort, is home to
Voyagers, a white tablecloth fine-dining
experience with breathtaking views of the
Gulf of Mexico,” Gendler said.
There are group-friendly restaurants in
Mobile, too, including Dauphin’s, which is
perched atop downtown’s historic Trust-mark Building and features 365-degree
views of the city.
Bienville Bites Food Tour facilitates an
exploration of Mobile that includes tasty
bites at Wintzell’s Oyster House and Three
Georges Candy & The Nuthouse.
“You’ll do this while learning about our
historic, charming city,” according to Tara
Zieman, marketing and communications
manager for Visit Mobile. “It’s perfect for
River Heritage Region
Auburn-Opelika is quickly becoming a
food lover’s paradise, according to Cat
Bobo, communications specialist for the
Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau.
“With a heavy agricultural influence,
thanks to Auburn University, the area
excels in locally grown, farm-to-table edible delicacies unlike anything else in the
Southeast,” she said.
Amsterdam Cafe, which offers private
dining space featuring exposed brick walls
lined with art, is a classic choice that’s ideal
for large groups. And The Depot, an American seafood brasserie, serves Southern-in-spired dishes and handcrafted cocktails in
a charming and elegant space.
John Emerald Distilling Co., offers group
tours and tastings of its whiskey, gin, vodka
“We had a group of 60 networking professionals attend a happy-hour function
there,” Bobo said. “Throughout the evening, smaller groups were taken in the back
for tours at their convenience. It’s a very
cool experience to taste and see craft liquor
Groups heading to Alabama can count on all manner of Southern comfort,
including hospitality, cozy
space that encourages
productivity and, of course,
some of the most delicious
food and beverages in the
COOKING WITH C.C. FRIDLIN, HUNTSVILLE
DISTILLING CO., AUBURN
Southern classics and local ingredients are
culinary hallmarks of the Yellowhammer State BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
HALF SHELL OYSTER