A couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a Four Coursemen dinner here in Birmingham (at Little Savannah). The Coursemen are a group that started putting on underground dinners in Athens, Ga., a little more than five years ago. They’ve since gained national fame, including a Cooking Channel show, and their dinners routinely sell out in seconds.
These guys (there are six of them, and not all are trained chefs) are right on trend for the food world. They’re all about local ingredients and regional dishes. They spent two days before the dinner visiting farms and other food purveyors in the Birmingham area, tweeting enthusiastically about everything they found. And then they turned it into an impressive five-course meal.
The food was great, but more importantly, it was inspiring. More on that in a second, but first, the requisite rundown of the eats: