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Cocktails in The Gardens Menu – 10.11.12.

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Cocktails in The Gardens – 10.11.12. – Menu by The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. & Company

Chinese Five Spiced Chicken Wings. $5

Wok Seared Pork-Ginger Potstickers with Sweet Chili Sauce. $6

Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Chile Dipping Sauce. $6.50

Gulf Shrimp Fried Rice with Snow Peas & Scallions (served in Chinese take-out box). $8

Cilantro Marinated Grilled Chicken with Asian Rice Noodles, Shitake Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage and Ponzu Sauce (served in Chinese take-out box). $8


Cheesecake with Lemongrass Creme Anglaise and Fresh Berries served with Chinese Fortune Cookies. $5


Assorted Beers. $4

Bulletin Place Chardonnay or Merlot. $5.

Asian Appletini. $7

Liquors. $7.

Cocktails in The Gardens – Menu from The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. – September 13

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. offers menu for September 13 Cocktails in The Gardens

This year, Kathy G. & Company will offer a unique food and drink menu available for purchase at each event. The first menu, which will be offered on September 13, will feature an All-American theme. The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. will be open to the public from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. While food and drink will be purchased at the restaurant, patrons are invited to bring their purchases into the Hill Garden where the Jeff Otwell Duo will perform.

Mac ‘N Cheese Bites with Chef Dipping Sauce $4

Trio of Mini Angus Burger Sliders with Parmesean Chips $10

BBQ Pork Sliders with Southern Style Creamy Potato Salad $7

Two Mini Nathan’s All-Beef Hot Dogs with All-American Condiments served with Sweet Potato Fries $9

Stars & Stripes Chicken Wings (Spicy or Lemon Pepper) with Homemade Ranch & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce $7

Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Basil Pesto, Fresh Mozzerella, Grilled Red Onions and Fire Roasted Red Bell Peppers and Local Arugula Salad $8


New York Style Cheesecake with Whipped Cream and Berry Compote $6


Assorted Beers $4

Bulletin Place Chardonnay or Merlot $5

Good People IPA (Specialty Beer) $5

Liquor $7

Cocktails in The Gardens – Menu from The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. – August 9

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. offers menu for August 9 Cocktails in The Gardens

This year, Kathy G. & Company will offer a unique food and drink menu available for purchase at each event. The first menu, which will be offered on August 9, will feature a Latin tapas theme. The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. will be open to the public from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. While food and drink will be purchased at the restaurant, patrons are invited to bring their purchases into the Hill Garden where The UnKnamed Band will perform.

Salsa Trio with Fresh Hass Avacado “Guacamole” with Grilled Jalapenos and Red Onion Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde with Tortilla Chips. $5

Mini Chicken Flautas on Lettuce with Salsa Verde and Sour Cream. $6.50

Cuban Sandwich with Pork, Ham, Sliced Pickles and Pepper Jack Cheese with a Black Bean Sauce served with Parmesean Chips. $9

Shrimp and Scallop Cerviche in a Scallop Shell with Shredded Lettuce and Fried Torta. $10

Spicy Beef Empanadas over Southwest Slaw with Chipotle Creme and Cilantro. $7


Tres Leches Cake. $4

Traditional Flan. $4

Chocolate Lava Cake. $4


Assorted Beers. $4

Bulletin Place Chardonnay or Merlot. $5

White Pear Rosemary Sangria (August signature drink). $6

Liquor. $7

Admission to Cocktails in The Gardens is $5. The optional menu offered above is not included in the price of admission.

PHOTOS: Cocktails in The Gardens Wraps 2011 Season

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Cocktails in The Gardens saved the biggest and best for last. “A Haunted Affair” concluded the fifth season of the event at Birmingham Botanical Gardens with the music of one of Birmingham’s most most tenured acts, Rollin’ in the Hay. Imperial Catering offered an eclectic, autumn-inspired menu paired with the evening’s signature cocktail, the Caramel Apple Martini. Decor by Kirsti created an inviting atmosphere over 350 guests.

(L to R): Sandra Vickrey, Christina Vickrey, Carolyn Meese, Jackie Nietzer, Chance Peters, Joanna Haddock

(L to R): Molly Smith, Rachel Cochran, Lee Ann Petty, Jeff Mahaffery, Mary Laura Day, Paige Robinson

(L to R): Adele Chassaignac, Linda Roley

(L to R): Nicole and Joey Beachum

(L to R): Jeanni and Dexter Washington

(L to R): Rachel Dresher, Chelsie Hogan, Meagan Vucovich, Jenny Dumas, Laura Marie Norwood

(L to R): Andy Jackson, Rachael Fitzgerald

What’s On the Menu? – Cocktails in The Gardens 10.13.11

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

(Photo from September 8, 2011 Cocktails in The Gardens)

Our final Cocktails in The Gardens of the 2011 season will take place on Octover 13, 2011.

To view photos from our September Cocktails in The Gardens, “Green & Serene,” click here. To check out photos from 2011’s first event, click here.

Music will be provided by Birmingham’s own Rollin’ in the Hay, while Decor by Kirsti will help create an evening themed “A Haunted Affair.” The evening’s signature drink is the Caramel Apple Martini.

The menu for the final Cocktails in The Gardens of the 2011 season will look something like this, courtesy of Imperial Catering.

VIP Selections:

Prime Rib Cocktail Sandwiches w/ Sauces

Stuffed New Potatoes w/ a Blend of Cheddars

WarmArtichoke Dip w/ Crostini

Assorted Dessert Tray

General Admission Selections:

Chicken Satay with Honey Mango Glaze

Curried Pumpkin Mousse Canapes

Beef Pepper Lollipops

Pimento Cheese Polenta Cakes topped with Braised Short Ribs

Mini Silver Queen Corn Souffle Cups

Baby Caprese Salad canape

Skewered Curry Chicken

Pumpkin Beignets

Spicy Pumpkin and Rum Cheesecakes

Cocktails in The Gardens: “Green & Serene”

Friday, September 9th, 2011

More than 300 guests attended the Birmingham Botanical Gardens second Cocktails in The Gardens event of the season. Themed “Green and Serene,” Matthew Devine of Birmingham’s own Downright provided the evening’s soundtrack, and guests toasted the evening’s signature cocktail, Midori Melon Punch. Imperial Catering provided the menu, which included chicken pesto pasta spoons and quesadillas. V.I.P. guests were treated to exclusive patio seating and an expanded menu which featured barbecue cocktail sandwiches and hummus with celery and carrot sticks.

The final Cocktails in The Gardens event of the season will return to the Hill Garden on October 13. “A Haunted Affair” will feature the music of local favorites Rollin’ in the Hay. Members of The Gardens are admitted free, with general admission tickets available for $15 and V.I.P. tickets available for $25.

ABOVE, L to R: Ross Massey, Dante Sheffield, Keri Till, Emefa Butler

ABOVE, L to R: Judy and David Wilson

ABOVE, L to R: Martha Mae, Carina Venthur, Constanza Pinochet, Felipe Patino

ABOVE, L to R: Barbara Blackburn, Matt Akin, Natalie Anderson

ABOVE, L to R: Laura Jones, Clarence Jones, Leigh Hart

ABOVE, L to R: Elena Leonard, Emily Wykle, Mary Clayton Carl

ABOVE, L to R: Alabama’s 13’s Hilary Golston and Kalisha Whitman

What’s on The Menu: Cocktails in The Gardens 9.8.11

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Expanded V.I.P. Menu

– Mini Rib Eye Sandwiches
– BBQ Cocktail Sandwiches
– Stuffed New Potatoes or Seasoned Potato Wedges
– Hummus with Celery and Carrot Sticks
– Fruit Tray
– Brownie Bites

Click here to see other selections from Imperial Catering that will be available to everyone who attends our second Cocktails in The Gardens event of the 2011 season. We’re eager to see you at The Gardens on September 8!

In the Crowd: Cocktails in The Gardens 8.11.11

Friday, August 12th, 2011

(L to R): Mignon Arrington, Emerald Greywoode, Katy Eldridge, Alyson Saad, Christine Green, Kasdin Miller

(L to R): Beth Perrine, Matt Perrine, Lindsey Roebuck

(L to R): Ashlyn Rogers, Angela Grove

(L to R): Dehanna George, Latavius Lockhart

(L to R): P.K. Koski, Amber Burton

(L to R): Joey Tichenor, Brad Hudson, April Hudson, Blair Ussery

(L to R): Sandra Owens, Andrew Krebbs

(L to R): Shelly McCarty, Stephanie Banks, Michael Hansen

(L to R): Brittany Evans, Katie Garfinkle, Savannah Lanier

What’s On The Menu?

Friday, August 5th, 2011

“Cocktails in The Gardens” is just days away, and the folks at Imperial Catering have shared their seafood inspired menu for the season’s first event. “Surf on the Turf” will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Members of The Gardens are granted free admission, while general admission tickets can be purchased online or at the door for $15. A new addition this season is our VIP area, which will offer an expanded menu and drink selection. Your ticket grants you this magnificent spread from Imperial Catering:

– Skewered Shrimp w/ Asian Soy Glaze
– Smoked Tuna Cakes w/ Lemon Thyme Aioli
– Stuffed Mushroom Caps w/ Blue Crab Mornay
– Avocado Mousse w/ Crostini
– Mini Fried Green Tomatoes w/ West Indies Salad
– Smoked Salmon Dip w/ Toast Points
– Grilled Focaccia Crostini w/ Basil Cod w/ Infused Lemon Oil
– Sugar Cookie topped w/ Balsamic Glazed Strawberries, Kiwi, Lemon Curd

Not enough? For $25, you’ll be granted VIP access – exclusive access to the best view of The Hill Garden (only 100 tickets available), an expanded cash bar and this expanded menu from Imperial Catering:

– Pre-sliced Grilled Beef Tenderloin w/ Cocktail Rolls and Sauces
– Chef Assisted Crab Cakes w/ Romelaude Sauce
– Fresh Fruit Skewered
– Assorted Cheese Tray w/ Crackers
– Warm Artichoke Dip w/ Crostini

Decor by Kristi will help turn The Hill Garden into a beach inspired affair.  Tablecloths in aqua blue and flowers in tropical colors (neon green, barbie pink, blue, and electric orange) will accent “Surf on the Turf,” an evening to remember.

Visitors to The Gardens will also have an opportunity to take part in our Planting Station, where they can plant and grow their own Zinnias (a plant that will change at each of the three events).

We’re eager to meet and greet you at The Hill Garden on August 11, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Join us for one of Birmingham’s premier social events for young professionals and music lovers! Jon Black and War Jacket will provide the evening’s soundtrack.

Cocktails in The Gardens Celebrates Five Seasons in Birmingham

Monday, July 11th, 2011



Date: July 11, 2011


Blake Ells

Public Relations Coordinator

Direct: 205.414.3960

Cell: 256.654.8585


Andrew Krebbs

Director of Marketing & Membership

 Direct: 205.414.3959

Cell: 205.541.6098


Cocktails in The Gardens Celebrates Five Seasons in Birmingham


BIRMINGHAM, AL – Cocktails in The Gardens toasts its fifth anniversary on August 11, September 8 and October 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hill Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The annual event invites The Magic City’s young professionals and music fans to mingle amid Alabama’s largest living museum while enjoying the sounds of homegrown artists extending their footprint beyond. Admission is free for members and $15 for non-members. Imperial Catering will offer a cash bar, proud to serve the evening’s signature drink, along with wine and domestic beer, to patrons of consent and complimentary hors d’oeuvres are available to all who attend.

This season, we are proud to introduce the V.I.P. area. At $25 for both members and non-members, the event’s V.I.P. area offers Cocktails in The Gardens’ most scenic views, an expanded menu, a more fully-stocked cash bar and exclusivity limited to 100 patrons.

“Surf on the Turf” will kick-off the season on August 11, with entertainment provided by Jon Black. A Birmingham native, Black’s music has provided the soundtrack for popular television series’ “90210,” “Private Practice” and “The United States of Tara.” Fresh from an appearance at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, the singer/songwriter has recently been featured in Paste Magazine and American Songwriter. The evening’s signature drink is Sea Breeze.

The season’s second event, “Green and Serene,” will be held on September 8. Downright co-founder Matthew DeVine will perform a solo set featuring many of the funk and rock selections from his band, along with his own unique material. While full-band shows have become less frequent, Downright has toured the southeast for more than a decade, releasing four full-length albums and a DVD. The evening’s signature drink is Midori Melon Punch. 

The final event of 2011, “A Haunted Affair,” will be held on October 13. One of Birmingham’s veteran acts, Rollin’ in the Hay, offers their eclectic blend of bluegrass and Southern rock to fill the autumn air. Rollin’ in the Hay’s accomplished resume includes opening slots for diverse acts including Gregg Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Alabama and Widespread Panic, as well the commercially successful “Pickin’ On” series – 15 instrumental tribute albums featuring interpretations of popular rock catalogs. The evening’s signature drink is the Caramel Apple Martini.

Proceeds from Cocktails in the Gardens will help support The Friends’ mission to educate the public about plants, gardens and the environment. 2011 sponsors include: Imperial Catering, 103.7 – The Q, James Avery, Fox 6, Southeastern Attractions, Birmingham Magazine, Over the Mountain Journal, 280 Living and Décor by Kirsti. For more information, visit or contact Shelly McCarty at 205.414.3965 or

About Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum with more than 10,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens’ 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 10,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.

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