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Food and writing have been among Larry Olmsted’s passions for 20 years. His recent piece in Forbes blends the two nicely as he recalls his 15 most memorable restaurant meals of 2014.

Appreciating Alabama Art

In February, the Birmingham Museum of Art will also bring us the early works of Alabama artist Frank Fleming. Between Fantasy and Reality will showcase a period between 1970-1985 when Fleming worked primarily in clay, stoneware and ceramics.

Good Things in Small Packages

If good things do come in small packages, we are in for a rare treat beginning January 31. Opening that day at the Birmingham Museum of Art is Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries.

Where Credit is Due

Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Blake Guthrie gives Birmingham chef Frank Stitt a large portion of the credit for transforming Birmingham into a “culinary hotbed.” He notes that Stitt brought his passion for farm-fresh food to the city with the opening of Highlands Bar and Grill in the 1980s. Guthrie goes on to say: “Stitt’s endeavors helped to spawn a culinary renaissance not only in Birmingham, but in the South — the James Beard Award-winning chef has been called ‘the dean of Southern cuisine.

Highlands Scores Again

The national online reservation service, OpenTable, has named Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham one of the 10 best restaurants in America for 2014. The award is based on the opinions of more than five million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners in all 50 states.

Senior Games Choose Birmingham to Host in 2017

National Senior Games officials have selected Birmingham as the site of the competitions in 2017. The games attract thousands of athletes and spectators to what is billed as the largest sporting event for people over 50.

Sidewalk among “World’s Coolest Film Festivals”

MovieMaker magazine recently named Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival among 25 of the coolest film festivals in the world. The world.

Birmingham Attractions among Top USA TODAY Picks

More notice recently came Birmingham’s way in a special USA TODAY “Travel South” feature. Among the not-to-be-missed attractions were Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge.