Gadsden Times – Here’s a fish tale to sink your teeth into:
“The secret is in the presentation of the fish,” said Tommy Cristwell, the chief cook for the Sunday meal we attended. “The choice of the fish has to be a high-quality fish raised in a carefully-tended pond, and the cooking temperature has to be just right. We use special thermometers to be sure of that; then we use fine-ground cornmeal during the cooking time.”
Each serving for the roughly 250 men, women and children in attendance consisted of a half-pound of catfish with scrumptious coleslaw, potato salad and hush puppies done just right. All you can eat, by the way. (Ummmm!) Dessert was cake with either chocolate or vanilla icing.
Now, here is the story: Each October, for the past three decades or so, on the Sunday after the Alabama-Tennessee football game, a prominent Tuscaloosa businessman/catfish farmer hosts an afternoon fish-fry at THIS’LDU, a spacious Civil-War-era property near downtown Bolligee, to spotlight a concert by the Fifth Alabama Infantry Regimental Band (a Civil War re-enactment band), which he sponsors.
The band had its beginning in the mid-1800s. Many of the current members are either members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans or similar organizations.