By Donald Jay Howton 

                  Aldridge Gardens Site of Taste of Hoover a Delicious Affair 

     The peace and beauty realized at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover creates a garden oasis in the center of a thriving, cosmopolitan city.  One is encouraged to stroll the grounds and discover its many treasures. 

     The 12th Annual Taste of Hoover held at the Gardens on the evening of October 5 was embraced by over 400 guests.  The 30-acre garden was filled with conversation and laughter as the patrons sampled delicious food from some of Hoover’s outstanding and vibrant restaurants and caterers.  International wines and local beers were also enjoyed.  

     Cheers to Kristen Valentine, events coordinator for the city of Hoover on planning a beautiful and successful event.   

     Among the restaurants and caterers were Savoie Catering, Tre Luna, The Happy Catering Company, Little Donkey, La Paz, Taziki’s, Jambo Grill, Yellow Bicycle, B & A Warehouse, Saws BBQ, Nothing But Noodles, Red Eye Louie’s, Classic Catering, Emily’s Heirloom Pound Cakes, Sweet Clair’s Caboose, Hero, Michelle’s Chocolate Lab, United Johnson Brothers, 1918 Catering, East 59 Café & Catering and Pazzo Pizza. 

                                          Vestavia Hills Police Foundation 

     Recently, the Vestavia Hills Police Foundation honored State Senator Jabo Waggoner.  Thomas S. Hale is president of the Foundation. 

     Senator Waggoner was recognized for his decades of service to the city of Vestavia, Jefferson County and the state of Alabama. 

     The event was held at the Vestavia Hills Country Club. 

                                                  Teacher of the Year 

     Amber Broadhead has been named the 2023 Alabama History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  

     She is a fourth-grade teacher at Edgewood Elementary School where she has taught for 14 years. 

     Amber is a member of the Alabama Association of Historians and serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Historical Association.