Imagine moving to a city renowned in your industry. While there, you work at well-known places and refine your craft. Then you have the opportunity to move home and open your own place.
For John Hall, that was the dream.
Hall is owner-operator of Post Office Pies, a pizza place with locations in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, where he was raised, and in Tuscaloosa. Hall has worked under renowned chefs and at equally known restaurants, and he holds a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales.
What shapes this man, who has quickly become one of Birmingham’s beloved chefs? We invited him on the latest episode of Triple Take to find out. On each episode, we ask our subject about the book, film and album that shaped him or her. Hall’s picks were “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo, the Spike Lee film “School Daze” and Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
John Hall on “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
“For some of us, there’s never this satisfaction. You have to feel like there’s something you’re always chasing, whether it’s subconsciously, tangible or not. It’s there. There are some people that are never satisfied. That’s not necessarily a negative thing, I think, because people have so much they want to do. There’s so much that needs to be done.”
John Hall on the movie “School Daze”
“My parents, they both went to college, but they didn’t both finish. In my mind, it was seeing people that looked like myself and also that I could relate to that were in college.”
John Hall on Prince’s “Purple Rain”
“Those A sides were more or less marketing, or songs like, this is what we’re going to put on the radio for people to know who we are. The B sides are where you get the artist. This is what they’re going through at this particular time when they’re making this album.”
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