4 Perfect Cocktails for Surviving Snowpocalypse 2014

Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Michael Hansen

Today was a weird day. The “dusting” of snow meteorologists predicted turned into something around 4″ of actual snow from what I’ve seen. Y’all know this. But once I realized today wasn’t going to be productive, ... Read More



Eggnog & Cheesecake: A Winning Combination

Published on December 20th, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

Cheesecakes are a bit of a speciality of mine. My mom had the big Better Homes & Gardens cookbook in our house growing up, and the Cheesecake Supreme recipe from it was my first attempt at one. ... Read More



Just As I Am

Published on October 11th, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

Today is National Coming Out Day. This is part of my story. will be 32 in less than two weeks and this story is one I’ve waiting to tell for far too long. I grew up ... Read More



Alabama Has Potential To Be Great

Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

This op-ed was submitted to by GASP Communications Specialist Michael Hansen. Here it is in its entirety. made Birmingham my home in 2008 when I moved here to pursue a master’s degree from the University ... Read More



Include LGBT Community in Equality Talk

Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

I wrote this op-ed for the Birmingham Business Journal in response to a story and editorial it published regarding the topic of equality and progress in the Civil Rights Movement. It was published in the Friday, ... Read More



My New Obsession: Vittoria Macelleria

Published on May 27th, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

Chef James Lewis has done it again. Two years after Food & Wine pronounced him one of the best new chefs in the country, Lewis has opened Vittoria Macelleria next to his first restaurant, Bettola, in Birmingham’s ... Read More



Michael’s Spring Philanthropy Roundup!

Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

rom a very young age my parents instilled in my siblings and me an activist spirit. We didn’t grow up with much, but we were taught that good people give back no matter what. For my ... Read More


dinner club

Make the World a Better Place: Start a Dinner Club

Published on April 3rd, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

was engrossed by a story on NPR Monday describing a researcher’s surprising discovery that we, as a society, now use fewer emotion words — positive, neutral, and negative alike — than we did a century ago, ... Read More



Comfort Food is Everything

Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

My brother, sister, and I recently decided to combine our talents officially — something we’ve done unofficially for years. We started Mud Pie Creative Lab, a freelance-style website design and marketing company... Read More


In its first-ever tribute dinner, Food + Wine with A View: A Tribute to Frank Stitt, presented by Edens, the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® pays homage to legendary Southern Chef Frank.

VIDEO: A Tribute to Frank Stitt

Published on March 4th, 2013 | by Michael Hansen

Frank Stitt, the “Godfather of Birmingham Food,” has changed my whole approach to cooking and, more importantly, learning about food and where it comes from. Chez Fonfon is my favorite restaurant anywhere (and it’s the red-headed ... Read More

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