BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® Pays Homage to Chef Frank Stitt

With fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood in our backyards and world-class chefs all across the state, it’s easy for Alabamians to get spoiled on great food. But when we say that Alabama is home to some of the best chefs you’ll ever meet, we’re not just patting our own backs.

That’s why we were thrilled to see Birmingham chef Frank Stitt receive multiple honors at the recent 2013 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® in Charleston, S.C. this past weekend.

The Festival crafted its first-ever tribute dinner (“Food + Wine With A View: A Tribute to Frank Stitt”) to honor Chef Stitt, a culinary legend who is widely viewed as one of the first chefs to bring the philosophy and panache of French cuisine to the world of Southern cooking.

Additionally, the Festival honored Stitt during the Opening Ceremonies by presenting him—who else?—with their first-ever Frank Stitt National Chef Award.

A native of Cullman, Ala., Stitt is the proprietor of a handful of upstanding Birmingham restaurants, including Highlands Bar & Grill, Chez Fon Fon, Bottega, and Bottega Café.

He’s also a household name at the James Beard Foundation. After winning the Best Chef in the Southeast Award in 2001, Stitt was a finalist for the national Outstanding Chef Award in 2008 and was inducted into the Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” in 2011.

Chef Stitt is a huge proponent of Alabama Gulf Seafood in his fantastic dishes, as you can see from the commercial he filmed with us last year. We’re proud to work with such a well-known culinary icon.

Check out the Festival’s Frank Stitt tribute video below.