For three decades, Frank Stitt has been charting his culinary course from the Highlands area of Birmingham, Ala. Since opening Highlands Bar & Grill in 1982, Stitt has helped steer the South’s culinary scene by blending local ingredients and Southern sensibilities with the techniques of Italy and France. He and his wife Pardis now not only run the fine-dining Highlands Bar & Grill, but also the French-style café Fonfon next door, and Bottega, three blocks away, which ...

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