On this episode of “Hot off the Press,” Chef Pete and his sidekick Chef Nick Dimario sit down to dish with Gulf Coast culinary guru and food writer David Holloway. A native of Louisiana, Holloway moved to the Mobile area where he has spent the past 30 years writing for the Press Register. His AL.com food column “Generous Portions” is a staple of the Alabama food beat, bringing readers the latest in cuisine coverage with an emphasis on eating seasonal and locally-produced food.
From recipes and cookbooks to restaurant reviews and food contests, Holloway covers the food beat “like gumbo covers rice, thick and with a hint of spiciness.” His search for Alabama’s best hamburger is one of his best-known recurring features. When asked what inspires his column ideas, Holloway says “whatever I’m hungry for when I sit down at my computer to write.”
Pete chatted with Holloway this past week about the vitality of the restaurant scene in the Mobile area and the Port City’s rich culinary history that dates back more than 150 years—deeply rooted and influenced in Greek culture as reflected in the Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes of beloved eateries such as Constantine’s and Rousso’s.
Both agree that the uniqueness of the food along the Gulf Coast ties it together like a common language and that the future of the restaurant industry in this area is looking vibrant.
Connect with David Holloway at email@example.com or on Twitter @eatingdude.
On this episode of “Hot off the Press,” Chef Pete invites restaurateur Reggie Washington to Sunset Pointe just ahead of the debut of Reggie’s newest venture, Southern National, set to open next year.
A native of Mobile, AL, Reggie moved to California after high school and worked as a barista at Starbucks in Beverly Hills (the first one to open outside of Seattle). After losing nearly everything in the Northridge earthquake that hit in 1994, Reggie returned to Alabama to attend culinary school in Montgomery. His career includes two and a half years as executive chef for Alabama Gov. Fob James, as well as stints with Marriott and Hyatt.
Reggie met his business partner Chef Duane Nutter while both working at the acclaimed One Flew South restaurant in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Twice nominated for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Service, One Flew South serves cuisine inspired by world travels and prepared largely with high quality, fresh, local ingredients.
Born in Morgan City, LA and raised in Seattle, Chef Nutter began his culinary career in 1994, studying under Chef Daryl Evans at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. He went on to work at the Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach, FL and Seelbach Hilton’s Oakroom in Louisville, KY. In 2006, he was invited to compete on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and then cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City the following year.
With a shared belief that a great food scene is the key to a thriving downtown, and with help from the Downtown Business Alliance of Mobile, Reggie and Duane selected a prime location in the Mobile Arts District for their new restaurant. Southern National will be located in the Mobile Arts District, just across from the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and will serve “southern food with a national influence.” The restaurant will be housed in a mid-nineteenth century building located at 360 Dauphin Street. Also joining the Southern National team will be beverage director and mixologist extraordinaire Tiffanie Barriere.
Southern National is slated to open in January 2017. For more information visit www.southernational.com.
On this episode of "Hot off the Press" Chef Pete records live from the new “Panini Pete’s” location in Destin, where he rounded up a couple of the Lex and Terry Show crew for a little reunion on the Emerald Coast.
Executive Producer of the Lex and Terry Show and host of “Under the Shade Tree” Dee Reed, and former Lex and Terry radio stunt guy Tyler “Taint” Baker sat down with Pete to talk surfing, a little married life, and some of their favorite restaurant recommendations.
A native of Tampa, Florida, Dee Reed moved to Jacksonville in 1994 and began working as a club DJ. Dee performs various duties for the Lex and Terry show, including screening phones, scheduling guests, serving as the proprietor of the Lex and Terry Store, and participating as part of the on-air talent. He most recently hosts “Under the Shade Tree with Dee & Sarah.”
Some of Dee’s favorite DFW eateries? Gloria’s Latin Cuisine which features fine Salvadorian, Tex-Mex and Mexican food in 15 Texas locations including DFW, Houston and Austin, as well as Dough Pizzeria, an authentic Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant, serving delectable, delicious Italian dishes in San Antonio and Dallas.
Tyler “Taint” Baker originally joined the Lex & Terry staff as an intern, but became a full-time employee in April 2007. Baker spent seven years working as a phone screener and radio stunt guy before his departure in 2012 to move to the West Coast. A Florida native, Tyler returned to the Sunshine State and now resides in St. Augustine where enjoys making waves both on the water and on the air as a radio personality.
Tyler’s recommendations? The Floridian in St. Augustine, he says, with its eclectic menu and really great food made from local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. And also topping the list of his favorites—Pacifica’s Gorilla BBQ from his days living in California.