Jimmy Koikos, owner of the Bright Star in Bessemer, AL
Last night The Bright Star was recognized as an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation at their annual awards ceremony. In 2004 we collected an oral history interview with The Bright Star's owner, Jimmy Koikos, an interview that is part of our Birmingham Greeks project.
Also honored last night as Who's Who in Food & Beverage in America inductees and represented in our online oral history archive were Leah Chase, owner of Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans, and Jessica Harris, author and historian. Both women are founding members of the SFA, and their interviews are part of our Founders Oral History Project.