Where would Chris Hastings get the ingredients for his ultimate dinner party?
If for example, we’re doing something Asian influenced, there’s the Super Oriental Market with a little restaurant inside called the Red Pearl that I’ll go to get all kinds of crazy stuff like live frog, pig ear, blue crabs, soft shell turtle, blood, plus Asian ingredients that you otherwise can’t get. The Alabama Farmers Market is right here in town; it’s a 365-day a year market for the small farmers and it also has big warehouses for large producers. So if you’ve got five acres of collard greens or mustard greens, you can literally come with your truck loaded down throughout the year, and sell to the general public, chefs like me or anybody who wants to shop. It’s a great market for that purpose.