Alabama tourism year of food en Alabama's Best Barbecue Contest Down to Final 8 <P>The Alabama Tourism Department's contest for the best barbecue restaurant in the state is down to the final eight.</P> <DIV> <P>The department's Brian Jones said the contest on Facebook pits Jim 'N Nick's in Birmingham against Tuscaloosa's Dreamland in the central division. Big Bob Gibson in Decatur is matched against Lawlers in Athens to represent north Alabama. Sam's BBQ in Montgomery and Lannie's in Selma are competing in the south region. L.A. BBQ in Summerdale is going against The Shed in Mobile for the Gulf region. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:56:08 +0000 The Associated Press 27581 at Alabama's Best Barbecue Contest Down to Final 8 New Book to Feature Alabama Dishes <DIV> <P>Alabama's tourism agency has a new book for people who love food.</P> <P>The Alabama Tourism Department is offering a 128-page, hardcover book titled "Alabama Food" that goes on sale Dec. 3.</P> <P>The book features more than 225 dishes from restaurants around the state. It's based on a tourism promotion that highlights Alabama's home-grown restaurants.</P> <P>The book features food products from around the state. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:00:49 +0000 The Associated Press 21217 at New Book to Feature Alabama Dishes