Food news for Inman Park: Barcelona Wine Bar has opened there at 245 N. Highland Ave. The restaurant is a member of a group, all of whose other restaurants are located in the northeast U.S.
The accent here of course is on wines, but there's an extensive menu of tapas and medias raciones, larger plates, so you'll get plenty to eat. Barcelona opens daily for dinner only at 5 p.m. To make a reservation call 404-589-1010.
Interestingly, Barcelona's opening means there are now two Inman Park tapas bars. The other is Kevin Rathbun's Krog Bar. And further up North Highland, in Poncey-Highland, is Hector Santiago's Pura Vida.
Let the tapas wars begin!
I usually can find something that I like — maybe the salt or the napkin. But not always. To the right is a photo of the bibimbap I ordered for lunch at the new Umma (75 5th St.) in Technology Square. The restaurant describes itself as Korean-Japanese and features sushi as well as dishes like this Korean classic.
Usually the veggies and meat are served over warmed rice, but the rice is on the side at Umma, probably not a bad idea for take-out orders. But, because the rice is not warmed in the usual stone pot, you're not going to get any crunch. I don't recall ever before eating bibimbap whose main topping was lettuce leaves, like Umma's. And most of all, I miss the egg that helps bind the dish when you stir it.
I also ordered a California roll and sampled — and I do mean sampled — the miso soup. And, despite the clientele of Georgia Tech students, the food isn't even particularly inexpensive. More in "Grazing."
I ate at the fried chicken shack early on, but then left the serious consideration to our Cheap Eats writer Brad Kaplan, who weighed in with a less-than-enthusiastic review. No word yet on what LeRoy has in store next, or what will become of the swanky takeout setup they built out for LeRoy's.
Six Food Day Principles
Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
Support fair conditions for food and farm workers
If you like the sound of that, you can pledge your support to Food Day's "Eat Real" agenda by writing a letter to your local members of Congress. Here's an e-version of your letter to Congress just in case you've run out of stamps.
Food Day Events
Your Kitchen! Mon., Oct. 24, 6 p.m. Cook-IN' for a Cause (Food Day 2011) Gather friends/family and cook a meal together in your kitchen that in some way honors at least one of the six Food Day principles. Join us online to share your experience and see what others around the world are doing to honor this day! On facebook - Cook-In' For A Cause (Food Day 2011), or Now We're Cooking! - the movie. Details
Emory University Mon., Oct. 24, 7:00 p.m. There will be a screening of the "Greenhorns" documentary film in the Dobbs University Center, followed by a discussion. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Details
The Plaza Theatre Mon., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Greenhorns Film Screening. A documentary film screening of the Greenhorns and farmer mixer afterwards at Pura Vida; proceeds benefit the East Atlanta Village and Grant Park Farmers Markets. Details
Curry Cravings Roswell Sat., Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Food Day With Curry Cravings. Food is fuel for the soul! Celebrate local produce with Curry Cravings' and support a great cause - to get good local foods on our plates and make our lives healthier. NOTE: This dinner / food event in conjunction with an existing dinner party. Details
Atlanta Botanical Garden Tues., Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Neighborhood Nosh. The Atlanta Botanical Garden will host some of Atlanta's best chefs in the Outdoor Kitchen. Chefs prepare a four-course dinner while guests drink, relax and learn. Details
South City Kitchen Vinings Wed., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. Intro to Wine Class-Wine 101. This beginner’s level class covers the basics: wine regions, grape varieties, food and wine pairings, wine etiquette, terms and pronunciations and how to taste wine like a pro. Class includes a tasting of 8 wines, light bites and wine tasting notes. Details
Mary & Martha's Place Thu., Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m. Women, Chocolate & the Arts!! Annual fund-raiser for Mary & Martha’s Place with Artists’ Market and Silent Auction. Guest speaker, Melissa Fay Greene, will share the story of her family from her latest book, No Biking in the House Without a Helmet. Desserts, wine bar and cheeses available during Artists’ Market and Silent Auction. Details
W Hotel Downtown Thu., Oct. 27, 6 p.m. W Atlanta Downtown’s DRINKSHOP Live! presents Cocktails & Covers featuring Blind Crush Stripped. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind evening sipping signature cocktails while requesting your favorite covers to create your own instant jukebox. The music begins at 9:00 p.m. Details
The Cook’s Warehouse Ansley Mall Thu., Oct. 27, 6:30-9 p.m. Cooking Class. Join cookbook author and former Gourmet Magazine Food Editor, Shelley Wiseman for an adventure in Mexican cooking. The class will feature several recipes from her newest cookbook, Just Tacos. Details
It turns out, Miss Crumpy's is actually a spinoff of a small group of hot wing places in Memphis called Crumpy's Hot Wings (no "Mr." there, just plain "Crumpy's"). After a few conversations, I still haven't gotten a great explanation on the origins of the name, but I'm betting it involves intrigue, line dancing and intoxication.
The brilliant logo for Miss Crumpy's Hot Wings prominently features the Memphis bridge and skyline, including the world famous Memphis Pyramid (which is now a giant Bass Pro Shop, seriously, but that's another story). In front of the skyline stands an oddly seductive chicken woman holding a plate of hot wings. She actually looks a bit like an extra from the long forgotten TV show Duckman. You know you can't resist her charms.
It opened just recently, so the menu doesn't yet have the antipasti co-owner Mounir Barhoumi told me they plan. And, for now, if you want a beer, you'll have to walk next-door to La Fourchette to buy one.
We tried three pizzas, all of them with chewy, slightly charred outer crusts. The center of all three was way gooey, making me wonder if the oven temperature is high enough. Then again, it may be the (very open) kitchen's preference and at least one of our party was adamant that he liked his pizza that way.
Our favorite was the margherita. It's not made with bufala but it's a flavorful, fresh mozzarella nonetheless. More in "Grazing" later this week.
Hurricane Grill and Wings, described as having a laid-back, beachy vibe, has signed a large expansion agreement that includes adding 22 locations in North Georgia and Alabama. The wings franchise currently has dozens of locations throughout Florida and a few others scattered around the United States, but none in Georgia. Their casual menu focuses on the 30 flavors of wings, but also includes burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Hurricane Grill is a full service restaurant with a sports bar-like atmosphere.
Eater confirms that Bluepointe is slated to close, and that we’ll also see Pano’s opening soon, sharing a space with 103 West.
The Boxcar Grocer, a new independent grocery store focused on natural foods, is opening in Castleberry Hill. They will carry local, organic produce and other regional goodies like High Road Craft Ice Cream and Savannah Bee Honey. They plan to be open within the next few weeks.
Ray’s Killer Creek Fri., Oct. 21, 7—10 p.m. Spanish Tapas and Wine Event. Chef Tracey Bloom and sommelier Phillip Cooper have teamed up to create a fun and inspiring menu full of casual Spanish tapas and six different wines. Details
The Big Grill Fri., Oct. 21, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Taste of Atlanta kick-off party. Attendees will enjoy access to the city’s best grilled grub. Food Network’s Aarón Sánchez joins local celeb chefs such as Kevin Rathbun for a fun, food-filled evening. Fifteen select restaurants will be onsite with samples to showcase their signature cuisine. Details
P'Cheen Sat., Oct. 22, 2-6 p.m. Annual Old Fourth Ward Pumpkin Carving Contest. Pumpkins will be free for the first ten contestants. All pumpkins will be judged by a mystery panel of judges and will be displayed for
dinner at P’cheen later that evening. The winner will receive a $100 prize. Details.
Panola Mountain State Park
Sat., Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Local Food, Local Fun Day. Celebrate fall’s arrival with a free day dedicated to healthy living, outdoor recreation and fresh, local food. Browse a farmer’s market, learn about organic gardening and composting, and even enjoy a free “picnic in the park” created by celebrity chef Todd English. Details
Decatur Organic Farmer's Market Sat., Oct. 22, 10 a.m. Decatur Food Day. As part of National Food Day, Decatur Active Living will host Decatur Food Day. In addition to sharing health-conscious recipes and free samples, Food Day encourages communities to support sustainable agriculture, fair wages and conditions for farm workers and to reject processed foods. Details
A couple of years ago, artist-activist Norm Magnusson launched "The I-75 Project,". His aim is to place about 50 "historical markers" — actually commentaries on current life in these United States — in rest areas along the 1775 miles of I-75. This one pertains to groceries and just about every other commodity sold in the US. (H/T, DJ Lorelei)
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