Hotel & Travel

Hotel Accommodations

Please follow the directions below to book your room. Reservations must be made by October 22, 2018.

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
Birmingham, AL, 35203

The following exclusive rates have been negotiated for the Conclave:

Single/Double Occupancy: $139/night

Cut-off date for room reservations is October 22, 2018.

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Restaurant recommendations

Highlands Bar & Grill – Probably the best-known dining establishment in the state, Highlands sets the standard for many of the best restaurants in the country.  To know Highlands, you must first know about owner and chef, Frank Stitt.  Stitt’s love of cooking with fresh Southern ingredients comes from his rural raising in Cullman, Alabama.  An avid traveler, Stitt studied French culinary styles which led him to the blending of Southern favorites with French sauces and braises.  Even in this tony establishment, diners will find stone-ground grits and country ham on the menu.  Highlands has been nominated repeatedly by the James Beard Foundation for the country’s “Most Outstanding Restaurant.”  Through the years, Chef Stitt has been nominated for and received other awards from the prestigious foundation.
Chez Fonfon – This casual French bistro, just next door to Highlands, is also owned by Frank Stitt.  The bustling café serves classic, hearty French fare with an exceptional selection of wines.

Bottega Café – The third in Stitt’s trio of restaurants, Bottega is a casual trattoria about four blocks from Highlands and Chez Fonfon. The seasonal menu includes fresh gulf seafood, naturally-raised meats and fresh organic vegetables.  Adjoining the café is Bottega Dining Room for upscale evening dinners.  

Hot and Hot Fish Club – Chef Chris Hastings specializes in and excels at memorable dining.  Guests along the sweeping limestone chef’s counter have front row seats to the energetic, detailed preparation of the cuisine.  Located in the intimate setting of an historic Southside building, Hot and Hot adheres to the philosophy of using fresh ingredients from local providers.

Café Dupont
 – Part of the charm of this café is its setting in an 1870s renovated store in the heart of downtown.  The dining room’s exposed brick, high ceilings and original floors reflect the building’s history.  Chef/Owner Chris Dupont, like others, relies on locally-grown produce for preparing top quality cuisine.  

Bettola – Located in the historic Martin Biscuit building, Bettola is a casual upscale restaurant with an array of foods reflecting the Campania region of Italy.  Their signature Neapolitan pizzas are prepared in an authentic brick oven from Naples. 

Ocean – Sea Scallops, halibut, grouper, tuna, salmon, fresh oysters on the half shell---all the very best and freshest seafood is what Ocean offers diners at this casually sophisticated establishment.  The restaurant is particularly well known for its extensive selection of fresh oysters and good sushi.  

Five Point Public House Oyster Bar – Next door to Ocean is its sassy little sister.  With an industrial chic décor, this bustling bistro, with roll-up doors for breezy service, is a favorite with the young business crowd at lunch.  It’s also a cozy spot for after-meeting drinks.  

El Barrio Restaurante Y Bar
 – Set among restaurants and taverns on lively 2nd Avenue North, El Barrio’s menu is inspired by multi-regional Mexican cuisine, urban design and locally-sourced ingredients.  Saturday brunch is a big deal at El Barrio. Arrive early.

These dining rooms are just a handful of the many excellent restaurants in the downtown area.  Check the corner nearest you; you’ll likely find another.

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