Hang with me, and you’ll get to see all the best parties in town. Case in point– the preview party for the new Cain’s Piggly Wiggly in Spanish Fort. It was an “A-list” crowd for sure.
Here’s the Big-Pig himself with owners Tommy and Sharon Cain, who are not only savvy in the business world, but are just as generous in the real world. Giving back to the community brings them more joy than actually running the business, and the local charities that have benefited from their kindness are too numerous to name.
If there’s one word that describes our Piggly Wiggly stores, it’s, “LOCAL.” I made a bee-line for my all-time favorite Three Georges cheese straws and resisted the temptation to dump the bowl into my pocketbook. That would just be wrong, you know? (and no more A-list for me!).
Then, I ran into my friend Hanson Eskridge from The Fairhope Roasting Co. who was giving out samples of his new cold brew coffee, which is roasted right here in Baldwin County. The coffee is wildly popular around here and I love the addition of the cold brew.
The store actually opens today (Wednesday) and during the preview, the shelves were in the process of being stocked with fresh items like this Black Angus Beef, which locals know is what you want for a successful cook-out.
I also ran into my friend and former Italian Culture Class instructor, Stefano Feo, who along with his charming wife Vitina, import the most fabulous raw olive oil from her family’s farm in Italy, Papa Vince’s Olive Oil. They only import a small amount of the anti-oxident rich oil from Santa Ninfa in Sicily, and Piggly Wiggly is one of the few places you can find the delicious oil.
Another local treat was from Emily’s Gourmet Delights who provided sweets. I didn’t get a photo, but you can also find the popular Cock of the Walk cole slaw at The Pig. I’m not a huge fan of cole slaw, but believe me, you’ll love this salad from the popular restaurant. The local wine distributors were busy stocking the shelves with the famous huge selection Piggly Wiggly offers.
This may have been my favorite new vendor at the party. Angel’s Catering provided beautiful and equally delicious samples of products, One, which you can’t see (sorry, the crowd was “hogging” the table!) was a seafood pizza. A base of seasoned cream cheese was spread thinly over a round tray, then topped with a homemade cocktail sauce and different bits of shrimp, scallops and crab. It was served with crackers and was very unique and delicious! And of course, all the ingredients are available at . . . you know where (oink!).
Strawberries grown in nearby Summerdale have innovative packaging to keep them fresh as long as possible. So smart.
When you shop at Piggly Wiggly, you know you are supporting your neighbors. The farmers, chefs, small business owners and dreamers. You know you are putting money back into your community, and that feels GREAT!
If you are in the area, get on up and take a look at the new Spanish Fort Piggly Wiggly. It’s a beautiful store, full of friendly, local folks who would love to meet you!