The Bean & Bistro reinvents itself within Fairhope Antique Mall

TDaysREVISEDTerri Days transitioned from years in the corporate food service industry to a calmer and personal atmosphere with the opening of her cozy coffee shop and eatery, The Bean & Bistro. For three years ago she served an array of coffees and smoothies in addition to breakfast and lunch. She also made a name for herself in the catering arena. From party trays to dinner parties, baby and bridal showers to wedding receptions, the opportunities began to steadily present themselves.  With the increasing demand came a need for more flexibility in Terri’s daily schedule. She closed the shop and started focusing on catering, special events and various other food related projects.

Memorie Martinez, who owns Southern Antiques and Accents was a business neighbor whose store front is adjacent to the original location of The Bean & Bistro. Earlier this year she contacted Days with the idea of having a food offering to compliment her antique mall. 

The ladies transformed some available space to accommodate kitchen equipment and made a new and different type of home for The Bean and Bistro. Customers of both businesses now have availability to the services that Days provides. Terri prepares weekly specials that can be pre-ordered for pick up. There is a cooler stocked with meals to go, casseroles, desserts (Yes, the Raspberry Bars are a staple) and other edibles in addition to beverages.

Weekly email notifications are sent out to let folks know what is on the menu for the week. You can request to be added to the list by emailing terridays@gmail.com. Orders can be place through email or by just giving her a call and she will have it ready for you.

Terri is also currently working to expand her business with a mobile unit – look details to come!

Because the business is located within the antique mall, pick up hours allow customers more flexibility. They are open 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. The third Tuesday of every month is Ladies Night at Southern Antiques and Accents. There is a discount offered in addition to live music and complimentary food and beverages from The Bean and Bistro.

The Bean & Bistro @ Southern Antiques and Accents • 249 Greeno Rd South, Fairhope (251) 942-2365 • Facebook “The Bean & Bistro”
Email: terridays@gmail.com

Fairhope’s Bean & Bistro celebrates two years

TeriDaysTerri Days is happy to celebrating her second year as the sole proprietor of The Bean & Bistro. Her counseling career combined with years of sales experience and service in the food and beverage industry equipped her with just the right skills to serve with the public. After procuring all that training she finally decided that if she was going to work as hard as she had been working for other people in past years, she was determined to work that hard for herself. Terri happened to find her opportunity and for the past two years has dedicated herself to her business, The Bean & Bistro. This coffee shop in Fairhope is located behind Pizza Hut, nestled between Fairhope Music and Southern Edge Dance Studio. It’s a little off the main road but well worth the venture. You can relax in this cozy environment, complete with free wi-fi or even make use of the back room for meetings, parties, luncheons, etc.
She serves organic Costa Rican coffee freshly brewed in various roasts. Iced coffee, espresso and coffee alternative are also available along with smoothies, flavored iced teas, lemonade and even protein shakes. Breakfast items and bagels are available. And sandwiches can be made as a panini, wrap, croissant or bagel. Your choice of turkey, ham or cajun roast beef with swiss cheddar or bleu cheese with spinach, tomato and red onion. Other options include a muffaletta or veggie wrap. Try your sandwich with Terri’s soup of the day or some homemade salsa anch chips or the house hummus. Terri touts that the menu is merely a suggestion and she loves a challenge. Within the last year Terri – by customer request – has been preparing weekly specials that can be pre-ordered for take home meals. She will be more than happy to email you the weekly list of what’s available. Just email her at terridays@gmail.com to be added to the list. Terri has also been busy catering off site and special events – which is also an option to keep in mind!
You can also find eats & treats from the Bean & Bistro during Wednesday Trivia Night at The Fairhope Brewery and when the brewery hosts live music. Hours for The Bean & Bistro are Monday through Thursday from 7:15am until 5:30pm and Friday from 7:15am until 2pm. Although the establishment is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, The Bean & Bistro is available for private events and catering.  The Bean & Bistro, 249 Greeno Road South, Fairhope (251) 929-1400 • Facebook “The Bean & Bistro”

Kathy Buckson has been “Catering To You” for 20 years

Kathy BA favor for a friend sparked Kathy Buckson’s entrance into the catering industry roughly 20 years ago. Kathy was catering a friend’s wedding at the Lake Forest Yacht Club when the manager asked her if she would be interested in catering other weddings and private events. She gave it some consideration and shortly after that became the exclusive caterer for the club. In 1993, she rented the front portion of her present location and set up a catering kitchen. While she was busy prepping for jobs, quite often people would pop in and ask if she was open to the public. That was inspiration enough for Kathy’s husband to present her with a meat slicer and the suggestion that she entertain the idea of offering lunch. The very next week she opened her kitchen to the public and started doing just that! Kathy’s small business, CATERING TO YOU, soon grew and when more space in the building became available, she expanded and added tables and chairs to provide her customers with a larger dining area. Kathy gives credit to her mother for instilling her love for cooking. “She made everything fun – nothing was a chore. She was a wonderful entertainer and everything she prepared always looked nice.” remembers Buckson. Kathy’s signature chicken salad is her mother’s recipe. Catering To You presents a menu of sixteen specialty sandwiches that include a club, reuben, turkey & cranberry, muffaletta, tuna melt. You can also design your own deli sandwich from a list of meats and cheeses served on your choice of bread – white, wheat, rye, pumpernickle or croissant. Meal size salads featured are the Greek Salad, Chef’s Salad or a Triple Salad Plate with your choice of chicken or tuna salad and two sides. A fresh soup, a hot lunch special and tempting desserts are also daily options. Catering To You is open Monday through Friday from 11am until 2pm. If you are in a rush, just phone your order in the staff will have it ready for you at your convenience. The facility is also available by reservation for private functions on weekends, afternoons or evenings. Catering To You, 28623 North Main Street, Daphne (251) 626-1744 • Facebook “Catering To You” 

Mother Daughter Duo do it again – so you don’t have to!

Jess&NancyJessica Guthrie and her mother Nancy Dupre left East Texas and headed to Fairhope a little over a year ago.  They were familiar with the area because they formerly owned a restaurant in Seaside, Florida and also have good friends in the area. Nancy knew that she eventually wanted to end up in Fairhope so they sold their operation in Texas and headed East.
After five previous startups, the girls had this formula down pat. They found a unique location, pulled out the paintbrushes and got busy painting, decking and outfitting their new kitchen in a fun and eclectic fashion that is warm, inviting and surprisingly quite spacious.
The premise of Rae’s SOUTHERN KITCHEN & CATERING COMPANY is grab and go! It is simple home cooked food for folks that don’t want to or either can’t find the time to prepare meals themselves. They have a fully stocked cooler at all times filled with  casseroles ranging in size from small to extra large. No preservatives are used – only fresh ingredients – and they freeze, thaw and reheat beautifully. Rae’s Southern Kitchen always has five or six different dishes to choose from which can include Beef Stroganoff, King Ranch Chicken, Mexican Lasagna, Chicken Artichoke, Shrimp & Crawfish Pie, Breakfast Casserole, Chicken Spaghetti – and the list goes on! If you have a specific item in mind just give them a call, if they don’t have what you are looking for on hand they can always whip one up on request.
Also available are appetizers and snacks, which vary in size as well, that are perfect for any type gathering. Try their Alabama Caviar, Sweet Ham & Poppy Sliders, Hot Crab Dip, Praline Baked Brie, Monterey Jack Salsa, Corn Relish Dip, Cowboy Sushi, Bama Bruschetta, Artichoke Bacon Dip, Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese, English Crab Toast, Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Ball, Mexican Tuna, Marinated Shrimp and more.
If you are planning a special event, Rae’s Southern Kitchen & Catering Company can also assist. From sandwiches, to meats & cheeses, fruit, vegetables, savory bites, seafood, etc. You can even enlist them for dinner party duty. They have a menu that can be customized and even tweaked for certain dietary restrictions. In addition to all of the cooler prep and catering, the ladies also offer a fabulous daily lunch menu of soup, sandwiches, wraps and salads.
“Old Faithfuls” equate to Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese, Mexican Tuna, Turkey BLT with Avocado or Turkey Swiss sandwiches. Warm up with their “Specialties” including Meatloaf, Tuna Melt, the Mallory Melt (turkey, bacon, avocado, brie and jalapeno jelly on a soft oat nut bread) and Ham & Mac (ham, homemade mac & cheese, bacon, and swiss on grilled oat nut bread)
All of their sandwiches are boxed with chips and their homemade house pickles – Grandma’s recipe. And not to worry, there’s always something sweet available, cookies, brownies, PIE! Although they are not a restaurant, they do have limited indoor and outdoor seating along with canned beverages if you would like to enjoy your lunch while you decide on what you would like to take home. Rae’s Southern Kitchen & Catering Company is open Monday through Friday from 10am until 5pm and Saturday from 10am until 3pm.
Rae’s Southern Kitchen & Catering Company, 460 N. Section St, Fairhope (251) 210-6135 • Facebook “Rae’s Southern Kitchen & Catering Co.” • http://www.RaesKitchenandCatering.com