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The Orvis Company & Chef Chris Hastings of OvenBird Launch “The Orvis Chef Collection” in Support of Black Warrior Riverkeeper


Who: Orvis Birmingham, Chef Chris Hastings, Owner and Director of Operations Idie Hastings of OvenBird, and Executive Director Charles Scribner of Black Warrior Riverkeeper.

What: Orvis launches the “Orvis Chef Collection” curated by OvenBird’s Chef Chris Hasting, Idie Hastings and Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Charles Scribner.

Why: As a company, Orvis strives to inspire a deep connection to adventure and wonder in the outdoors and has always looked for unique opportunities to raise awareness for local conservation efforts that are important to our consumers. In Birmingham, Alabama, our store’s official local conservation partner is Black Warrior Riverkeeper whose mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. In a perfect intersection of food and outdoor lifestyles, Orvis has created the “Orvis Chef Collection,” a collaboration with Chef Chris Hastings and Idie Hastings of OvenBird and Charles Scribner of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. As a member and ardent supporter of Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Chef Chris Hastings’ passion for the outdoors actively reflects and continually demonstrates a deep commitment to local conservation efforts and the organization’s causes. Black Warrior Riverkeeper was an ideal beneficiary of support from the specially curated “Orvis Chef Collection.”

“Orvis Chef Collection” Details: The collection features items including fishing and shooting accessories, outdoor apparel and everyday lifestyle items chosen by Chef Chris Hastings, Idie Hastings and Charles Scribner. The collection will be on display and available for purchase in the Orvis Birmingham store, located at The Summit, 305 Summit Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35243, from Wednesday, November 4th through Wednesday, November 18th. During this time, 20% of all in-store sales of items featured in the “Orvis Chef Collection” will directly benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper cleanup efforts on the Black Warrior River.

Dinner Details: The Taste of the Outdoors private dinner was held Tuesday, November 3rd at OvenBird and featured a special Orvis inspired menu created by Chef Hastings and showcased the “Orvis Chef Collection” to attendees.

Contact: For further details and information please contact Jason Feldman at (404) 277-4699 or [email protected].

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More about OvenBird: OvenBird is Chris and Idie Hastings live fire, casual restaurant that does not require reservations. Our menu focuses on the amazing seasonal southern ingredients we know and love in a small plate format that takes inspiration from the live fire traditions of Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, Argentina and of course the American South. We are located in the Pepper Place neighborhood, specifically in the Garden of Charlie and Cindy Thigpen’s Garden Gallery. The garden is a very unique and beautiful outdoor dining environment that will change seasonally and support both our kitchen and craft cocktail program. OvenBird’s Bar program celebrates the cocktail traditions from the same cultures in our seasonally driven craft cocktail menu. Our friends at Back Forty Beer Company helped us create our own very special OvenBird beer, which is featured along with a great selection of craft beers from around the country. Our wine list is particularly exciting as it features pairings for each menu item, a glass program, and a list that emphasizes off the beaten path varietals from remote locales handpicked for their authenticity, affordability and comparability with our cooking. We have worked closely with some of Alabama’s finest craftsmen and leaders in design to create a variety of amazing vignettes for you to enjoy a great meal with your friends, family or colleges. We look forward to telling their stories which remind us of how fortunate we are to live in a place like Alabama that celebrates our Southern Makers. To learn more, visit: www.ovenbirdrestaurant.com

More about Black Warrior Riverkeeper: Founded in 2001, Black Warrior Riverkeeper is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality, wildlife habitat, recreation, and public health throughout the largest watershed entirely contained within Alabama, America’s leading state for freshwater biodiversity. The Black Warrior River watershed supplies roughly half of Birmingham’s drinking water and all of the drinking water for Tuscaloosa and other cities. When Black Warrior Riverkeeper finds major pollution sources, they collect water samples for laboratory analysis and then try to convince facilities’ representatives to fix the problems. They also work to promote public awareness of pollution threats and volunteer opportunities. A record 524 volunteers donated 6,898 service hours through their projects in 2014. Black Warrior Riverkeeper was the Alabama Environmental Council’s 2007 Conservation Organization of the Year and the American Canoe Association’s 2008 Green Paddle Award winner. Their Riverkeeper, Nelson Brooke, won the Alabama Rivers Alliance’s 2010 River Hero Award. They are a member of the Alabama Rivers Alliance, Alabama Association of Nonprofits, Alabamians for Forever Wild, GuideStar Exchange (Gold level – their highest rating), and Waterkeeper Alliance. The organization’s service area is the entire Black Warrior River watershed. Flowing for roughly 300 miles, the Black Warrior River drains portions of seventeen counties in Alabama. The Black Warrior River watershed has over one million residents, contains 16,145.89 miles of mapped water, and covers 6,276 square miles. Its headwaters consist of the beautiful Sipsey, Mulberry, and Locust Forks. Once these rivers merge west of Birmingham, the Black Warrior River proper forms the border of Jefferson and Walker counties. Near Tuscaloosa, the river flows out of the rocky Cumberland Plateau and enters the sandy East Gulf Coastal Plain, forming the border of Greene and Hale counties in the Black Belt. At Demopolis the Black Warrior flows into the Tombigbee River towards Mobile Bay. To learn more, visit www.blackwarriorriver.org

More about The Orvis Company: Since 1856, Orvis has been the premier outfitter for the outdoor lifestyle with a mission to inspire a deep connection to adventure and wonder in the outdoor world. The brand’s passion originated with the field sports of fly-fishing and wing shooting. Today, Orvis has grown to include a wide range of outdoor products and activities that are backed by the company’s outdoor knowledge and credibility sourced from the many decades of personal experience on the water and in the field. From improving Orvis products and experiences, to staying connected to what’s happening in the industry and larger world, the company’s curiosity keeps the brand exploring, learning and discovering. The extensive product assortment includes the world’s finest fly-fishing and wingshooting gear, high-quality sportswear for men and women, travel accessories, gifts, home furnishings, dog beds and much more. Orvis international headquarters are in Manchester, Vermont. Orvis operates multiple catalog titles, three websites, more than 80 retail stores in the U.S. and the U.K., and serves a network of over 400 authorized dealers worldwide. To learn more, visit www.orvis.com

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