Southern Living magazine is iconic to the South. Based in Birmingham, the magazine recently kicked off its 50th anniversary in the brand new Time Inc. Food Studios and test kitchens. SpringHouse’s own Chef Rob McDaniel joined three other renowned southern chefs in creating culinary delights for the 300 partygoers. Among those chefs was James Beard honoree Frank Stitt who is well known for his Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Restaurant and Chez Fon Fon in Birmingham.
When asked about the experience, Chef Rob said, “It was really cool. Growing up there was always a copy of Southern Living on my mom’s or my grandmother’s coffee table. And every Christmas, we were sure to pull at least one recipe from a past issue. It was really neat to be part of something that I’d grown up around my whole life.”
The celebration served as the unveiling of the expansive new Food Studios in the Time Inc. building. Said McDaniel about the facility, “Having seen the old test kitchens, this is amazing. There’s so much more capacity right here in Alabama. It’s drawing attention and talent from New York and California. It’s a great asset to our state.” The studios and test kitchens will support recipes and photography which will appear in Southern Living and other Time publications, such as Cooking Light, Real Simple, People, InStyle, Health, Sunset and more.
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Banner photo: Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living, snaps a photo of chefs Robby Melvin, John Hall, Frank Stitt and Rob McDaniel during Southern Living's 50th anniversary bash, Monday, January 25, 2016, at the new Time Food Studios. (Courtesy of AL.com/Tamika Moore)