In 2008, Alabama Chanin moved operations from a three-bedroom house at Lovelace Crossroads on the outskirts of Florence, Alabama, to a former textile manufacturing facility built in 1982 in the local industrial park. The Factory, as the space is called, has become not only home to the Alabama Chanin design and production studio but also to workshops, events, and dinners. The space is filled with books, music, the hum of making, and more recently, machines for the new A. Chanin line. In 2013, Alabama Chanin began an expansion of The Factory that includes a new event space and full-service café, and houses workshop headquarters and the flagship store.
Our community was, for generations, home to textile mills that employed an incredible number of area residents. This industrial building, The Factory, where we work and spend hours of our lives has seen thousands of workers pass through the doors over the years; it has heard the hum of machines running and the voices and laughter of employees passing the day away. This building is part of Alabama Chanin’s history, but, more importantly, it is part of our community’s history—a symbol of economic boom, hard times, and community rebuilding.
SOLD OUT: Friends of the Cafe Dinner Featuring Vivian Howard
Vivian Howard, Natalie Chanin, and the entire Alabama Chanin team invite you to our “Friends of the Café” Dinner Series
A Piggy Bank Dinner,
featuring Peabody award-winning chef Vivian Howard
A fundraiser for the Southern Foodways Alliance
Friday, July 25, 2014
$88 per person (includes cocktails, a four-course dinner, and wine pairings).
Pre-paid reservations must be made in advance online or in-store.
Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, AL 35630
SOLD OUT. For more information, contact Alabama Chanin: +1.256.760.1090
THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK
07.21.2014 - 07.25.2014
“Savor the ritual of the table. Mealtime is a time for empathy and generosity, a time to nourish and communicate.”
- Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food
Here is what we have going on at The Factory this week, Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25:
Enjoy our newly updated retail space, view our bridal collection in the expanded storefront, and visit our new DIY section in the workshop area, where you can discuss your projects with our Studio Style DIY team.
Also, don’t forget our Summer Reading (+ More) promotion continues this week. Browse our collection of favorite books and summer essentials at a discounted price, available in-store and online for a limited time.
Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.
The “Friends of the Café” Piggy Bank dinner featuring chef Vivian Howard is this Friday, July 25, beginning at 6:30pm. Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music—all benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Limited seating is available; click here for more information.
Monday – Thursday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am, but coffee and snacks are available all day.
Below is this week’s menu through Thursday; on Friday the café will be serving a selection of our favorite sandwiches:
Roasted tomato soup served with your choice of half sandwich:
Jack-o-Lantern Farm’s BLT or our own house made pimento cheese,
a side of local greens, dessert of the day, and your choice
of tea or coffee
choose one for $10.95
Blueberry BBQ Chicken Flatbread
with smoked Gouda, roasted jalapeño, and caramelized onions,
served with a side of local greens
Heirloom Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, and Charred Onions
with creamy Parmesan dressing and bacon fat croutons,
served with a side of local greens
Roasted tomato quiche with goat cheese
served with a cup of Sungold tomato gazpacho
and a side of local greens
When possible, we proudly serve organic and source our ingredients locally from
Jack-o-Lantern Farm, Belle Chevre, and other purveyors.
Enjoy your lunch on exclusive Alabama Chanin @ Heath Ceramics dinnerware.
House Made Granola
with local honey and Greek yogurt 4.50
Side of Local Green Salad 5.50
Pimento Cheese Sandwich
served open-faced 5.50
Grilled Cheese Sandwich 4.95
Cup of Soup
with toast 4.50
Bowl of Soup
with toast 6.50
Route 11 Potato Chips
your choice 1.50
Chef & the Farmer’s
Blueberry Buttermilk Parfait 4.25
filled with Zingerman’s cream cheese,
topped with house made blueberry jam,
and powdered sugar 4.25
Three Chocolate Chip Cookies 2.95