It’s Blues, Brews and Bird at Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken in Daphne

FullSizeRenderThe Champy’s concept started simply with a childhood friendship. Todd Putnam and Seth Champion grew up together in Indianola, Mississippi. Champion’s family has owned several chicken restaurant franchises and Seth and Todd were always part of the labor force. Champion started Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken and opened his flagship restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in June of 2009. When Todd and Erin Putnam visited Seth’s restaurant they were living in Memphis. Shortly after that, Todd’s was relocated to Mobile, Alabama with his job. The couple was familiar with the area after many years of beach vacationing and opted to reside on the Eastern Shore. After weighing all the options Todd and Erin decided that they wanted to open a Champy’s on the Eastern Shore. With tremendous support and guidance from Todd’s childhood pal, the Putnam’s opened the second Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken in Daphne on May 1st of 2011. Erin and Todd are fortunate to have a dedicated team that makes everything flow smoothly. Jennifer Malone is a Daphne native who has worked for the Putnams for the past three years. She was promoted to manager a year ago.
When you place your order be prepared for a little wait. The chicken is fried fresh with every order. Champy’s chicken is marinated down to the bone for 24 hours in an old family recipe of secret ingredients. All of their menu offerings are made fresh daily. Chicken plates include baked beans, slaw and white bread. A variety of combinations are available; two or three piece, white or dark meat, wings or tenders. Their chicken is also available fried, buffalo style or grilled; in a salad or as a wrap. Family packs, snacks and individual pieces of chicken are also available.
Besides chicken, one of their more popular menu items is the Mississippi Delta style homemade hot tamale.  They boast of a thin layer of masa with a thick layer of beef, wrapped in corn husks and boiled in a signature sauce. The tamales are classified as “starters” along with fried pickle spears, fried jalapenos, and a smoked sausage, cheese & pickle plate. If you aren’t in the mood for chicken, local farm raised catfish is also on the menu. This blues music themed, family friendly eatery has indoor and outdoor seating. They offer a full bar  and host live trivia on Thursday evenings. If you are planning an event, Champy’s also offers catering services. Champy’s opens daily at 11am. Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken, 27080 Highway 98, Daphne (251) 621-1666 • Facebook “Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken Daphne” •  www.


Satsuma’s LA Spice House is local home of Award Winning Texas 1 Spice Gourmet Seasoning

BrianPotter Years ago Brian Potter and a friend started experimenting with different spices and developed a rub that they used on different meats and to cook with. They shared it with friends and family and gave it to folks to enjoy. When he moved to Virginia he continued making the spice mixture and kept sharing. Everyone that encountered his spice concoction suggested that he should sell it. He and his family settled in the Mobile area 14 years ago. Although Brian has a full time career in the steel industry he has a passion for cooking. After all these years, Brian has remained constant with his cooking and sharing his seasoning. About five years ago, he started taking his pursuit seriously and began entering contests and cookoffs. These competitions featured various culinary staples including barbeque, wings, chili and even oysters. Not only was he entering these contests, he was winning and placing in categories such as most original and best overall. Brian and his team have been traveling to to the annual National Barbeque Association’s competition in various locations across the United States. In 2013 they were the recipient of the NBBQA Award of Excellence – 1st place winner in the All Purpose Rub category – an honor in which Brian is most proud. The offical name of the seasoning mixture is Texas 1 Spice Gourmet Seasoning. The Texas portion of the name because he is originally from the state of Texas and the 1, because this one blend is all you need. Requests started coming in to add more heat to the spice so he did. He first introduced a Smoky Hot Flavor and then added a Chipotle blend and even a coffee combination he calls TeXpresso. Brian is also a big fan of Bloody Marys and even has a Bloody Mary Mix that can be combined with the wet ingredients that comprise the famous cocktail for one heck of a tasty beverage. There is great versatility to this product as well. Texas 1 Spice is not just for meats. It can be a flavor enhancer to veggies, dips, casseroles and more. The Potters put it on almost everything they eat! The demand for the product was getting to the point that they needed to find a location to house the operation. Brian and his wife, Shannon have recently opened an office and kitchen in Satsuma. LA Spice House is the name of the business where all the spices are blended “with love” as Brian says. You can purchase Texas 1 Spice Gourmet Seasoning online but it can also be found in retail locations in Mobile (Mosley’s Meats, Universal Supply, Bebo’s), Orange Beach (The Rod Room), Gulf Shores (Jack Edwards Airport) and Elberta (Elberta Grocery). It is also shipped to retail locations in Texas, Colorado and Georgia. LA Spice House • Texas 1 Spice Gourmet Seasoning & Catering, 110 Baker Rd, Satsuma (251) 404-2470 • Facebook ”Texas 1 Spice Gourmet Seasoning” •

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The Feo’s mission to provide Premium EVOO

100_1707-1Vitina and Stephano Feo are business owners with an enduring passion for keeping their heritage alive and educating the public about what the olive oil industry is really about. Vitina was born and raised in Venezuela while Stephano is from New Jersey. They met in California while Vitina was studying at UCLA. They married, started a family and came to live in Gulf Shores, Alabama to be closer to family that had already settled in the area. Prior to 2012, Stephano’s focus was on his accounting practice and Vitina was busy home schooling their children while working from home for a technology company.
During a recent visit to Italy, Stephano and Vitina happened to cross paths with a distant relative of Vitina’s father’s family. He insisted that the couple come visit the family’s olive mill. They learned that the son of the family was trying to promote their olive oil in Canada. After the Feo’s returned home they started comparing the oil that the Giaramida family was producing to what was being sold here in the United States. That market research uncovered a quite a difference between the family’s olive oil and olive oil that was currently on shelves for public consumption. Further research into the industry itself revealed many differences – none of which they believed were cause to celebrate. These findings were part of the reason the Feos decided it was an opportune time to introduce a quality olive oil in the United States.
The couple knew that in order to get this product into stores, people must taste it. Their first introduction to the public was at an annual community event, the Mamma Mia cookoff – a celebration of Daphne’s Italian heritage sponsored by the city’s educational enrichment foundation. The response to the product spurred their initiative to bring the oil to local market shelves. Their hard work along with in store samplings have allowed them placement at Joe Patti’s Seafood and Apple Market in Pensacola, three Piggly Wiggly in the Birmingham area in addition to the Piggly Wiggly stores in Fairhope, Greer’s Fairhope Market, all of the Rouses Markets in Alabama and two locations in Foley, A Better Way Health Store and Burris Farm.
The family oil was branded Papa Vince in honor and appreciation of Grandpa Vincenzo Biondo who started as an apprentice in the olive orchards of the Castello Rampinzeri in Santa Ninfa, Italy. He mastered the art of raising the nocellara olive and the artisan trade of producing extra virgin olive oil. He often referred to his olive oil as “liquid gold”.
In 2008, the operation’s pressing facilities were updated to meet growing demand and also to  ensure the highest quality product. There is no waste at their facility. Byproducts consist only of compost used to fertilize the orchard and olive pellets which are a source of clean heating.
The Feo’s company is Mamma Mia USA and the product is distributed out of their warehouse in Gulf Shores. The product is grown, pressed and bottled on the property in Sicily. Their oil is contains immeasurable nutrients, polyphenols and antioxidants. Papa Vince’s extra virgin olive oil is 100% organic, is totally free of additives and is not blended with other oils like its competitors.
But the ultimate proof is in the taste the product. It’s flavorful and full bodied. You can taste and smell the freshness, the unique quality because it is not mixed with anything else. It is freshly squeezed olive. My words cannot fully describe the uniqueness of this products. To experience its’ full essence, you must taste it yourself.
Mamma Mia USA, 3757 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores (251) 269-6000
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