I was invited to Village Tavern in Birmingham to eat, drink, and work in the kitchen with their Executive Chef. While there, I was able to create and taste some of their absolutely amazing recipes.
I was greeted by Cedric Castro, the General Manager of the Birmingham location. (There are 10 locations of Village Tavern in the US and one in the Phillipines.) He was warm and inviting, as was the restaurant. Though I would like to think that I was given special attention because of SouthernKissed.com, it was evident that this is how Cedric treats all of his customers.
I was brought to an area prepared for some social media influencers. There we met Anthony Santarelli, the president and COO of Village Tavern and Corporate Executive Chef Mary Grace Viado Howard. I could not have met anyone more hospitable than those two and their staff.
After enjoying a glass of La Marca Prosecco, we influencers had the opportunity to make a few of Chef Mary Grace’s recipes alongside her. We began by coating bacon with brown sugar then start working on homemade pimento cheese and fresh guacamole. We then took some of the pimento cheese and made deviled eggs. Once we finished, we sat down and started to sample some of the incredible dishes that are served regularly at Village Tavern.
In addition to the Dip Duo (pimento cheese and fresh guacamole) and Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs (served with Candied Bacon) that we made, we tried Cubano Sliders which are made with hand-pulled pork, Southern-cured ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and sweet and hot mustard.
Throughout the evening we enjoyed several of the wines that are available on their extensive wine list – there are approximately 100 varieties available. (Tip: Wednesday is a great day to wine and dine at Village Tavern – wines are half price by the glass.)
I could go on and on about the hospitality and the food, but I know you don’t have all day to read about the Tavern Flatbread that is made with imported Italian flour or the Southern Shrimp and Grits that is made with applewood-smoked bacon and organic ground grits. Not to mention Steak Au Poivre, an 8-ounce fillet with cracked pepper and their classic cognac cream sauce. And then there is the Fire Cracker Shrimp Tacos – how I loved those and could eat them everyday.
But in case you are like me and have a sweet tooth, I know you want to see some of the house made desserts at Village Tavern before you click over to another page.
Dining at Village Tavern was an experience. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. It’s also a great place to just go and unwind, enjoy some appetizers and a glass of wine, or to go on the weekend for brunch.
About Village Tavern
- The Village Tavern opened its doors in 1984 and has been committed to serving the finest, freshest ingredients. (The hashtag #ScratchKitchen is used by them for a reason.
- They serve brunch on Saturdays and Sunday.
- Gluten-free menus are available.
- The Village Tavern has a special Kids Menu that has child favorites such as chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, and cheese pizza. Grilled salmon and prime rib are also available.
- Tavern Bites are $6 each Monday – Friday from 4:00 – 6:30 PM. This would be a great time to try the Dip Duo, Tavern Flatbread, Thai Chicken Nachos, French Dip Sliders, Shrimp Tacos, Caprese, or Habana Mexican-Style Grilled Corn.
- In addition to award winning wines, the Village Tavern also serves draft, craft, and bottled beer.
I’d like to thank everyone at the Village Tavern for their hospitality and allowing me to sample so many of their delicious dishes. I am looking forward to making Chef Mary Grace’s Pimento Cheese at home.