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dining or allow for space to be rented out, to
allow attendees to get a taste of the local cuisine.
This is especially delightful in some of the
South's growing foodie cities. One example is
Birmingham, Ala., which has garnered national
attention from being named No. 1 on Zagat's
new list of "America's Next Hot Food Cities."
Groups can savor chef Frank Stitt's passion for
farm-fresh food at Highlands Bar and Grill.
Dilcy Hilley, vice president of marketing and
communications at the Greater Birmingham
CVB, said "dine-arounds" are popular with
groups who want to soak in a little bit of
numerous restaurants around the city. And while
there are dining rooms that can host large groups,
Birmingham chefs prefer to serve their guests on
a smaller, more intimate scale, she added.
Groups can book Stitt's entire Bottega
Restaurant for the evening, or launch out on their
own to explore the culinary pleasures of the city,
F O O D I E C I T I E S
ABOVE: Food truck rodeo in Durham, N.C.
LEFT: Will Harvis III, of White Oak Pastures
and Charlie Cowart, of Still Pond Vineyard
near Albany, Ga.