15th Year Anniversary of Canoe, Sat., Aug. 28: Proceeds from the party will benefit
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and SweetWater Brewery will also be presenting a
check to UCR from the “Save the Hooch” campaign. 2 p.m.-5 p.m., 4199 Paces Ferry
Corks & Forks, Sat., Aug 28 & Sun., Aug 29. Food and wine festival as part of the Grant Park Summer Shade festival. Features wines and chefs from Atlanta restaurants such as Serpas, Dogwood and Rathbun's. Tickets $35 in advance, $45 at the door. Saturday and Sunday tickets sold separately. Different chefs each day. Grant Park. 800 Cherokee Ave. www.gpconservancy.org/node/18
Here's an amazing event that should appeal to any fan of Southern cooking. Clifford Harrison and Anne Quatrano — owners of Bacchanalia, Floataway, Abattoir and Quinones — will host a dinner Sunday, Oct. 31, to benefit the James Beard Foundation's scholarship fund. (Yes, it's on Halloween.)
The event, Sunday Supper South, will feature some of the South's best chefs. An announcement includes a list of the participants:
"Sunday Supper South host chefs Quatrano and Harrison will be joined by their chefs de cuisine: Drew Belline, Floataway Café; Andy Carson, Bacchanalia; and Joshua Hopkins, Abattoir. Together, they will welcome an outstanding group of James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs from the New Orleans coast and Florida peninsula to the Lowcountry and the nation’s capital:"
* Hugh Acheson, Five and Ten/The National/Empire State South, Athens, GA
* Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC
* Tyler Brown, Capitol Grille, Nashville, TN
* John Currence, City Grocery, Oxford, MS
* Martha Foose, Greenwood, MS
* Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL
* Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, GA
* Robert Kinkead, Kinkead’s, Washington, DC
* Ris Lacoste, Ris, Washington, DC
* Mike Lata, Fig, Charleston, SC
* Frank Lee, Slightly North of Broad/Old Village Post House/High Hammock, Charleston, SC
* Jamie Leeds, Hank's Oyster Bar, Washington DC
* Brandon McGlamery, Luma on Park, Orlando, FL
* Louis Osteen, Pawley’s Island, SC
* Nora Pouillon, Restaurant Nora, Washington, DC
* Bill Smith, Crook’s Corner, Chapel Hill, NC
The dinner is limited to 150 persons and costs $150 for members of the James Beard Foundation and $175 for others. Check out the website to make a reservation...soon.
Mark your foodie calendar. Inman Park Restaurant week is scheduled Monday-Sunday, Sept 20-26.
This year's participating restaurants include: The Albert, Fritti, The North Highland Pub, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Krog Bar, Parish, Park's Edge, Pure Taqueria, Rathbun's, Sauce, Shaun's, Sotto Sotto and Wisteria.
Restaurants will provide three-course meals for $15, $25 or $35. The event will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For more information, including who's charging what, see the event's website.
(Hat tip: Brad Lapin)
This is from a reader and sounds very cool:
P'Cheen has a new "Just Trust Us" item on their starters menu. The chefs create a totally random dish on the spot, and they say they never do the same thing twice. We had a "mini Thanksgiving dinner" (quail with brioche stuffing & saffron mashed potatoes). It was so good that we asked them to do a Just Trust Us entree...and they turned out a coffee rubbed pork loin with red eye gravy. One of the most memorable dinners I've had in a long time...and really exciting to see what they come up with. Just thought you'd like to know!
Cafe Circa's new chef, Hopeton Hibbert, has created a new menu of Caribbean/Latin dishes. Hibbert was chef at Atmosphere, a French restaurant, and at Eclipse di Luna before that, where the menu is Latin itself. The restaurant also has a new bar chef, Ava Kopieczek, who has also developed a new menu...
The 45-year-old Varsity Jr. closed last Sunday. A reader has a question about my recent mention of the restaurant's architect:
Cliff, so glad you mentione John Portman as designer of the Varsity Jr. About a month ago I contacted Portman’s assistant asking her to confirm the information, which I have known for years. She did not respond. Good for you. Do you happen to know the exact date the Varsity Jr. opened?
I have no idea. If any reader does, please comment below.
Here's some bad news from another reader:
Any knowledge of why Ribs Etc. with awesome ribs, cute waiters and busboys, and good ambiance, suddenly closed, and has a sign out front stating "Equipment Auction 8/31"? WTF? Nothing on their website about closing, relocating, anything.
Yep, the phone is disconnected but the website remains with this ironic first sentence: "Ribs Etc. has stood the test of time. Locally owned and operated since 1986, we are an Atlanta and Buckhead staple."
Dipsomaniac tackles the question of where to spend your booze dollars. Greg Best says, "Building a home bar takes time and money, but the reward is immeasurable."
I'm making a point of the address because it's not easily spotted. The building's most conspicuous sign says "Hardware" across the front — the original tenant, apparently — and Sun in My Belly's sign is a tiny white oval.
The restaurant, whose owners also operate a catering business, is well reviewed on most foodie sites, but there's a repeated criticism of a hipster clientele. I didn't know hipsters were breakfast people. I certainly didn't run into any when I visited a few days ago.
Actually, I visited just before noon and ordered an omelet from the breakfast menu. It was just right, full of prosciutto, red peppers and spinach. I also got a side of couscous with chopped beets. Most of the menu is classic sandwiches made with smoked turkey, roast beef, chicken salad, ham and the like.
The restaurant, hipster hangout or not, has a very pleasant vibe. There are two dining rooms. The dining tables and chairs look like portable furniture for catering events themselves, but they're comfortable enough. The walls are decorated with a rather strange series of silhouette portraits. The staff is friendly.
I'll definitely return.
Oh, the restaurant's name, according to the website, was Picasso's response when he was asked what compelled him to create.
Many cups ranneth over at the Creative Loafing Highland Beer Fest held on Aug. 21. The new festival featured over 100 craft beers, cuisine from nine local restaurants and live entertainment. That however paled in comparison to the water balloon fight between the ladies of Cheetah and Pink Pony South.
The deal: All you can eat for $21. Includes beer and wine. Sundays only, before 7 p.m. Reservations required.
Upsides: You will get fed, and full, for a set price. On the night we visited, the special was smoked salmon with veggies and a salad. The salmon was delicate and smoky, and the included beverages had white wine, red wine or Numbers Ale as choices. As always, the decor and vibe of Two is a spectacle on its own.
Downsides: There were a number of things about this deal that weren't exactly unpleasant, but just...awkward. For instance, Concentrics advertises this as a "family style" meal. I expected, with four in our party, for plates of fish and veggies to come to the table, for us to help ourselves, and if we wanted more of one thing we could ask. Instead, we were each brought an almost entree sized portion of fish and veggies, with a small bowl of salad. When we were done with our plates, the server asked us if we wanted more. As in, did any one of us want another entree? My brother, who was not quite full, asked if he could have a small portion. The server looked uneasy and said, "Uuuuummmmm....I don't know. I can find out."
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