Manci’s Antique Club is back in full swing with live music and a new regime

HarryWhen the Manci family approached Harry Johnson about finding a tenant for the family’s property in Olde Towne Daphne, Harry knew immediately the first person that he was going to contact. That individual was none other than the owner and the man behind music at Mobile’s most unique neighborhood pub, Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, Mr. John Thompson. Thompson agreed to partner with Johnson on the project and the tasks began. An incredible amount of work  had to be completed including a kitchen and bathroom demolition and remodel. In order to make room for tables, chairs and customers, there was an auction held to liquidate the remaining Manci’s memorabilia that was on permanent display inside the building.
Manci’s Antique Club was originally built in 1924 and has served as a popular Eastern Shore watering hole and tourist destination that features the world’s largest Jim Beam decanter collection. That collection is on loan from the Manci family and still on display in the bar area. The name, theme and history of the establishment is in keeping with the Manci’s tradition but the new regime has implemented music and menu reflective of a Callaghan’s influence. Thompson has hosted some of the South’s most talented musicians at his Mobile establishment and is now booking music on a regular basis at Manci’s Antique Club. The bar at Manci’s was opened mid May and a few weeks later a limited kitchen menu was introduced. Since then, Zane Phillips has been hired as the kitchen manager and the menu has grown. Zane spent a little time with the Callaghan’s kitchen crew to get a feel for their recipes and processes. He then used his culinary background and with the input from the Manci’s staff and gave the new menu its own identity. The expanded menu includes appetizers, salads, burgers, a patty melt, shrimp po boy, chicken sandwiches, BLT and a reuben. There is even a kids menu and desserts. After Labor Day a few finishing touches will be added to the regular menu and the Brunch menu will debut featuring a Bloody Mary Bar. Manci’s current hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 3:30pm until 10pm, Friday through Sunday, 11am until11pm. Manci’s Antique Club, 1715 Main Street, Daphne (251) 375-0543 • http://www.mancisantiqueclub.com • Facebook “Manci’s Antique Club”

Manci’s Antique Club to host fundraiser benefitting Kxoxoenny Stabler’s XOXO Stabler Foundation
NFL Films will tell the story of Alabama and NFL star Ken Stabler in A Football Life, scheduled to air in December 2015. NFL Films was set to interview Ken at Manci’s for A Football Life before he passed away on July 8th following a battle with colon cancer.
The fundraiser will be held Saturday, August 29th at 6:30 pm in Buster’s Town Hall and Venue to benefit The XOXO Stabler Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports sports-related head trauma and colon cancer research. Since 2004, the XOXO Stabler Foundation has donated over $250,000 to local organizations.
Local Alabama Football alumni, family, and friends will make toasts to honor Ken’s memory. Tickets are $25, limited to 100 people, and include a buffet, live music, and a cash bar.  Tickets are now available at Manci’s Antique Club, and will be available at Callaghan’s, as of the weekend of the 14th.  Reserved tables of 6 can be purchased for $300.  For more information, call Manci’s at 251-375-0543.

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” • http://www.texas1spice.com

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