Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hunting for lionfish in ATL

Posted By on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 6:44 AM

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The lionfish, with its showy patterning of striped and dotted spines, is a beautiful sight for a diver to behold. But looks can be deceiving. These stunning creatures are an invasive species rapidly reducing native fish populations in the Western Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. Once they arrive in a reef, research suggests that native fish populations can plummet by as much as 70 percent.

Lionfish are indiscriminate eaters that feed on everything from young fish to crustaceans. They can eat prey over half the size of their body with their expandable stomachs. Those long, colorful fin rays are used to ambush prey including the cleaner and grazer fish that keep older fish and the reef clean. And, they have few natural predators. Collectively, these factors have led to an explosion in the lionfish population.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quick Bites: Ryan Catherall in at Char, the Comet Pub and Lanes opens, and more

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 8:01 AM

TAKE ONE DOWN: The team behind Twain's opened the Comet Pub and Lanes, a pub and bowling alley with almost 60 beer options. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • TAKE ONE DOWN: The team behind Twain's opened the Comet Pub and Lanes, a pub and bowling alley with almost 60 beer options.

Ryan Catherall, son of chef and restaurateur Tom Catherall, has been tapped as executive chef of Inman Quarter’s Char Korean Bar & Grill, and Shaun Byun will be sous chef. Catherall developed the menu with Char’s chef consultant Jey Oh (Craft Izakya). Char is set to open “the first week of August,” according to Eater

Golden Drops Cafe will fill the former Sobban Korean Southern Diner space on Clairmont Road, according to Tomorrow's News Today. Proprietor Victor Ramirez, originally from the Dominican Republic, plans to open the "American and Latin coffee bar" next month. Golden Drops will source coffee from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America and will offer "quality fast food" from those regions.  2011 World Barista Champion Alejandro is slated to appear at Golden Drops’ grand opening.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Atlanta food events: July 25-31

Things to eat and do this week

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Taste wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and enjoy appetizers from Polaris' chef on Tues., July 26 from 5 p.m. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • Taste wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and enjoy appetizers from Polaris' chef on Tues., July 26 from 5 p.m.

Monday

Victory Sandwich Bar - Decatur Mon., July 25, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Zoetic + Victory Sandwich Bar fundraiser Zoetic Dance Ensemble is getting ready to wrap its 2016 tour in Chicago, but before they go, the all-female group wants to share a few drinks with local friends. Join the ladies at Victory Sandwich Bar to celebrate the end of one season and help support the next one. Try the Open Barre, a specialty crafted cocktail in honor of Zoetic, and all proceeds will go toward future programs and performances. Plus, there will be stickers and swag you can cop, too. Details

Historic DeKalb Courthouse Mon., July 25, 7-10 p.m. Slow Food Atlanta Trivia Night Join Slow Food Atlanta for an evening of food-themed trivia and fun. Mixologist Greg Best (Ticonderoga Club) will see which team has what it takes to be the 2016 Slow Food Trivia Champion. Tickets include light snacks, two beverages, two raffle tickets for great prizes. Spectators are welcome! Details

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Atlanta weekend food events: July 22-24

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Atlanta's craft beer industry with the state's oldest brewpub at Max Lager's on Sat., July 23 from noon to 4 p.m. - ILLUSTRATION BY RACHEL HORTMAN
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  • Celebrate Atlanta's craft beer industry with the state's oldest brewpub at Max Lager's on Sat., July 23 from noon to 4 p.m.

Friday

South City Kitchen - Vinings Fri.-Sat., July 22-30, 5-10:30 p.m. Tomato Jam 2016 Summertime calls for juicy tomatoes and South City Kitchen Vinings is taking full advantage of this fresh, summer crop with its annual TomatoJam! Join executive chef Nathan McGrath to celebrate the peak of the summer harvest with a limited time tomato-centric menu. Details

Saturday

Piedmont Park Sat., July 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Atlanta Ice Cream Festival Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a taste of Atlanta’s frozen treats scene. Jake’s Ice Cream, Rita’s Italian Ice, Lil Ice Cream Dude, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Not As Famous Cookie Company, and SereniTea Creamery will be slinging samples. But the day isn’t just about ice cream. The festival also includes fun fitness activities such as jumping rope, hula hooping, and more — you know, to burn off the calories earned in the festival’s ice cream-eating competition. Plus, you can support the festival’s 2016 health initiative at the Fight Cancer Walk before the festivities kick off at 11 a.m. Don’t forget an extra battery pack for your phone. Word has it Piedmont Park is great for catching Pokémon, too. Details

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Quick Bites: St. Germain opens, Maison Robert closes, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 9:01 AM

AU REVOIR: Maison Robert shuttered after almost 40 years in business on July 14. - ERIC CASH/CL FILE
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  • AU REVOIR: Maison Robert shuttered after almost 40 years in business on July 14.

Select restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have introduced a Pokémon-inspired cocktail for ARG-crazed patrons. The Pikachu Colada Sangria, a white wine-colada sangria, is available at The Piano Bar on E (Concourse E), Varasano’s Pizzeria (Concourse A food court), Cat Cora Kitchen (near gate A24), and the Atlanta Hawks Bar & Grill (near gate A34).

Maison Robert, the Chamblee-based purveyor of fine chocolates and pastries, closed on Bastille Day, July 14, after 39 years of operation across three different metro Atlanta locations. Owner Katia Reeb cited a long commute and decreased onsite parking in her letter to customers. Reeb says she may reopen Maison Robert in East Cobb as Robert’s Daughter.

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Behind the scenes of the Ultimate Doughnut Smackdown

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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I love doughnuts. My kids love doughnuts. Everyone loves doughnuts, right? But have you ever sat down and tasted dozens of doughnuts in one sitting? Your tastebuds quickly become quite discerning — instantly classifying each bite as "worth the calories" or, well, not. The joy of the airy fried dough and the sweet toppings or fillings starts to dissipate. Simply put, judging doughnuts can be a real buzzkill.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gear up for the Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chile Festival with the Hogs for the Cause taco

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 12:01 PM

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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Taqueria del Sol are rolling out the welcome wagon as their yearly shipment of Hatch chiles makes its way from New Mexico to the ATL in time for the third annual Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chile Festival.

Coveted for its mild heat and meaty texture, the Hatch chile is harvested just once a year from August to September in the town of Hatch, New Mexico. Hatch and other cities across the Southwest host Hatch Chile Festivals late each summer to honor the pristine pepper. The hot-ticket item (pun intended) is beloved in Texas and Mexico, making the Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chile Fest a match made in heaven.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quick Bites: The Cockentrice updates beverage and entrée menus, Gunshow hires first pastry chef, and more

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 8:01 AM

CHANGE UP: The Cockentrice has hired Cole Younger Just as beverage director and adds its namesake dish to a revamped menu. - ERIK MEADOWS/CL FILE
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  • CHANGE UP: The Cockentrice has hired Cole Younger Just as beverage director and adds its namesake dish to a revamped menu.

Attention caf-fiends: Another Starbucks is on tap for Downtown. The new location is slated to open inside the Hurt Building at 50 Hurt Plaza within Georgia State’s campus. The Hurt Building café will be about twice the size of its counterpart inside the nearby Equitable Building and will be operated as a franchise, according to What Now Atlanta.

The Cockentrice has a new beverage director and a new menu. Cole Younger Just, most recently of Last Word, will introduce new beer, wine, and cider selections and an updated cocktail menu. The new dinner menu from executive chef Kevin Ouzts has “a number of dishes” that can be prepared vegetarian or gluten-free and an actual "cockentrice," a lamb-stuffed, roasted hen with cornbread, roasted tomato, asparagus, and game jus.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Atlanta food events: July 18-24

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Meet Julie Schoen of Nature's Harmony Creamery and Mary Ingersoll, head cheesemonger at Alon’s, for tastings. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • Meet Julie Schoen of Nature's Harmony Creamery and Mary Ingersoll, head cheesemonger at Alon’s, for tastings.

Wine dinner? Beer tasting? Cooking class? Let us know. Create a CL account and submit your Food and Drink happs here. 

Tuesday

The Porter Beer Bar Tues., July 19, 5-11 p.m. Little Five Restaurants Alive Visit The Porter on July 19th when 10% of all sales will be donated to Little Five Alive. Funds raised will go toward projects to improve the L5P area. Come out and support local businesses! Details

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Tues., July 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Kids Kitchen Come experience a hands on fun cooking class with Chef for a parent and a kid (8-12 years old). Make pasta from scratch, a playful experience that will help connect kids to good food from an early age. The ticketed price is for two people, an adult and a child. Details

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Quick Bites: Shannon Mayo leaves AMER, Stone Soup Kitchen sets a closing date, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 9:01 AM

TIME TO GO: Shannon Mayo (right) has stepped down as beverage director and managing partner at AMER. - MIA YAKEL/CL FILE
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  • TIME TO GO: Shannon Mayo (right) has stepped down as beverage director and managing partner at AMER.

The Chastain Park Superica, which opened on July 11 at 3850 Roswell Road, has announced that it will not be open for weekend brunch until sometime in August. Until then, the hotly-anticipated second edition of Ford Fry’s Tex-Mex restaurant will open for lunch at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Opening bar manager and operating partner Shannon Mayo has resigned from her post at Inman Quarter cocktail spot AMER. Mayo told Eater “the overall vision and direction” are not a path she wants to stay on. AMER’s head bartender, Matt Welch, will replace Mayo as managing operator, according to Eater. 

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