So, What did Oprah Eat?

WORDS Caroline Rosen

Last night, as you already know if you have facebook or instagram or the ability to receive text messages, Oprah came to Montgomery to eat at TRUE on in Old Cloverdale. Apparently, a bunch of curious Montgomerians lined up outside the restaurant as more and more people became aware of her presence until eventually, security had to shoo everyone away. It was wonderful to host Oprah in Montgomery, but one question remains: what did Oprah eat?

Oprah and Chef Wesley True

Oprah and Chef Wesley True

As a MADE exclusive, we have the full menu, including Oprah's favorites.

The first course was a selection of seasonal salads, all of which were 90% local, with vegetables from Maddox Farms, EAT South and the Curb Market, and seafood from the Gulf via Destin Connection. Oprah's favorite was the Salted Watermelon and Shaved Cucumber Salad. Other choices were a marinated squash and crab salad and Wesley True's "Taste of Summer," chilled shrimp mousse with red pepper ice cream in a squid ink and dashi broth.

The second course was a selection of other locally sourced dishes. The standout: "River Region NY Strip and Braised Beef," a dish sourced entirely from Montgomery. The family behind River Region Beef has been raising cattle in Montgomery County for two generations, and it's incredible. "River Region is Montgomery County beef, done right. A lot of local beef is just having some cattle on your land, then deciding to eat them. It's terrible. River Region is so much better than normal beef, it's amazing something that tastes so good comes from right here Montgomery," said Chef Wesley True.  

For dessert, Peach Shortcake and White Chocolate Mousee.

If you want to eat like Oprah, come into TRUE -- everything on the Oprah menu (below) is available tonight except the River Region Beef. Unfortunately, Wesley served the last of that great local beef to our out of town guests. 

Stonehenge Opening with Joel Sidney Kelly and Madison Faile

WORDS Caroline Rosen   PHOTOS Jonathan Kohn

As the Cloverdale neighborhood continues to grow with new restaurants, bars, shops and condos, the Stonehenge Gallery on 1048 East Fairview is growing with it. “Activity breeds activity,” says Joel Sidney Kelly, one of two featured artists at this month’s Stonehenge show. Kelly has been painting portraits since “Pope John Paul II passed away,” and has thoughts on activity could not be truer. “We use to see a huge decline in the summertime in our gallery,” said Madison Faile, Kelly’s protégé and the other artist featured at the show, “but we’re seeing more and more people here throughout the Summer. We wanted this show to be one that was exciting.”


Kelly and Faile’s work will be displayed as one of Stonehenge’s ongoing second Thursday gallery openings. The monthly events feature food from Michael’s table, open bar, and art ranging in price from $175 - $2,800.  Stories and anecdotes from the artists are, as always, free.

"Damballah IV" Madison Faile

"Damballah IV" Madison Faile

This particular show is special because of Kelly and Faile’s mentor/protégée relationship.  After being introduced through a mutual friend, Kelly and Faile bonded over having attended the same high school, on art, and on footwear. Both attended ACA, both dress dapper, and both produce amazing work.

Now that they have worked together over the years, it’s interesting to see these gentlemen and the emergence of their styles. “I’m playing with images,” says Faile, describing his inspiration for the show as lots of materials, substance, layering, clowns, cats, palm trees, skulls and the use of purple.  Think alchemy and art. Kelly is more classic, as his business is comprised of 90% commissioned portraiture work, and his work for this show has a theme of timeless settings. Think a rural feel with trains, times gone by, and pastoral scenes from Mayberry with lots of light.

Just from the descriptions, you can tell their styles are extremely different, but they share a common love of creating their own unique art.  Kelly and Faile will be at Stonehenge tonight for their Gallery opening. From 5:30- until. Hope to see everyone there tonight. If you can’t make it this evening, the show continues for the rest of the month. 

To stay in touch with all the happenings at Stonehenge, like their facebook page or visit their website . To follow the artists you can find them on all these different social media options. 

Madison Faile

Facebook: Madison Faile Fine Art


Instagram: antiquetravler

Joel Sidney Kelly

Facebook: Joel Sidney Kelly, portraiteur


Vandaveer, Live in Montgomery

A Conversation with Mark Charles Heidinger of Vandaveer

WORDS Allison de la Torre

Simultaneously dark and transcendent, Vandaveer’s alt-folk harmonies are a fitting soundtrack for the perfumed tumult of May. The Washington, D.C.-based touring band will be making their Montgomery debut this month. 

While Vandaveer’s Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin make their home in DC, Heidinger’s Kentucky roots shine through in the duo’s music and in his recent conversation with MADE. 

Most Southerners have a keen sense of storytelling, and Vandaveer’s front man is no exception. A complete range of human experience and emotion is revealed in a shuffle of songs from the group’s four full-length LPs and one EP. Highlights include the whimsical, swelling modern-folk tracks “Concerning Past & Future Conquests,” “Dig Down Deep,” and “Everything is Spinning,” from previous albums and the traditional murder ballads that make up their current release, “Oh, Willie, Please.”

The feelings evoked by Vandaveer’s music call to mind an essential passage from William Blake:

Joy & Woe are woven fine

A Clothing for the soul divine

Under every grief & pine

Runs a joy with silken twine 

Montgomery’s own Hank Williams masterfully embodied Blake’s bittersweet sentiments, and the country crooner’s influence on Vandaveer is clear. “We were listening to Hank today,” Heidinger quickly enthuses as we discuss Montgomery history on our recent phone call.

Vandaveer will come through Montgomery on May 14 during the Southern swing of their acoustic Living Room Tour. I ask Heidinger why the band is focused on intimate shows at this moment in their career.  “It’s about carving out a niche [in the music industry], creating your own mom and pop business,” he says. “The connection with the audience is far more immediate. You get a better sense of a town’s identity. It feels more community-oriented.” 

Here at MADE, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.



Helicity and MADE Paper Present Vandaveer

The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite Street in Montgomery’s Cottage Hill 

Wednesday, May 14, 8pm

Tickets must be purchased in advance at Save $10 when you buy 2 or more tickets using the code 10BUCKSOFF at check out.