Barry Becher, the pioneer and marketing mastermind behind Ginsu knives has passed away at the age of 71. Becher, who has been fighting kidney cancer, died Friday after complications from a surgery.
The Ginsu knives were known for being able to slice through tin cans, chop wood, and still be sharp enough to slide a tomato.
Check out this retro-infomercial for the Ginsu knife:
Just because the Fourth of July holiday falls on a Wednesday this year doesn't mean there is going to be any shortage of midweek food events for you to enjoy. Prepare yourself for a day full of star-spangled specials, patriotic patio parties, and lots of booze.
Atkins Park Tavern Wed., July 4, 11 a.m. Fifth Annual Go Whole Hog or Go Home Pig Pickin' Fourth of July Celebration A day of special meaty meals for $15, backyard beer Olympics, and a chance to win more than $500 in prizes. Details
FLIP Burger Boutique Wed., July 4 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Road Race Rewards FLIP is raising their glass to all 2012 Peachtree Road Race contestants. After the race come get a free milkshake with the purchase of any burger. Remember to wear your Road Race number or t-shirt. Details
TAP Wed., July 4, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Annual Fourth of July Party Don your red, white and blue to TAP's annual Fourth of July party on their patio. The party starts early in the morning, in time to watch the Peacthree Road Race and to grab some Start Spangled of Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Details
HD1 Wed., July 4, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Independence Day Soft Serve Celebrate Independence Day with HD1 and wear your red, white, and blue to receive a free soft serve with any haute dog purchase. Details
Fifth Group Restaurants' new seafood concept Lure will open on July 17 in Midtown.
Chef Lance Gummere of The Shed at Glenwood will be leaving the restaurant in order to join forces with Shaun Doty to open Bantam & Biddy, a fast-casual fried chicken concept opening in Ansley Mall in early October. Gummere will control the food and beverage program as well as the day-to-day operations.
Brunch is now served at Watershed on Peachtree from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m on Sundays. The menu will feature Southern-inspired staples like country ham & biscuits with tupelo honey, chicken fried poached eggs with wild mushroom fricassee, and black truffle gravy, and coconut pancakes.
In case you missed it, President Obama was spotted ordering lunch at The Varsity on North Ave. Tuesday. And what was his presidential order? Five chili dogs, four regular dogs, and one hamburger.
Eater reports that a new food truck is rolling around town. Tastee Truck is a mobile grilled cheese vendor serving up customizable sandwiches like The Uncle Jesse (cheddar cheese, mac & cheese, Caramelized onion, Pulled Pork and BBQ sauce) and The Clark Griswold (American cheese, ham, and sliced tomato.)
Atlanta Wine School announced its plans to open a new concept, Vino Venue, in Dunwoody. Vino Venue will be part wine bar, part retail wine store, and part tapas restaurant.
My friend Chuck O'Boyle was in town last week and treated me to a meal at Pura Vida. Chuck, as longtime readers may remember, served briefly as our (hyper-literate) cheap eats writer. He has moved to Providence, RI, with his partner Rick Rambuss who was hired by Brown after years at Emory.
I've got to say that Chef Hector Santiago's tapas may be my favorite dishes in the city. They are brilliantly conceived with heart meeting intellect in a way you rarely see.
To nearly every foodie's regret, Hector and wife Leslie closed their sandwich shop, Super Pan, located behind Pura Vida. Leslie told me that they are still looking for a location with considerable foot-traffic. Ideally, it would also provide space for a bakery and serve breakfast as well as lunch.
Here are some iPhone shots of my dinner with Chuck:
This was our favorite, a special. In fact, it was so much a favorite that we ended up ordering two. It included local sunburst tomatoes and chunks of Ataulfo mangoes, scattered lightly with ground peanuts. A chamoy sauce made of pickled plums and chili peppers added a borderline-fiery touch. I don't think I need to elaborate the range of flavors and textures.
Below is another special: dumplings stuffed with huitlacoche (from Buckeye Creek Farm) and mustard greens. Other flavors included egg, queso fresco and mild, crumbled chorizo. It was brought to the table in a tagine, bubbling hot to steam the dumplings.
Remember the "human cannonball" that every good circus featured? A man (sometimes a woman) was shot from a fancy cannon. He flew through the air and landed in a net. An heroic act.
Well, now we've turned the human into an itty bitty Gummy Bear and the cannon has become a test tube that vaporizes the cute thing before it can even exit. This ranks right up there with the microwaving of Peeps. Gummy Bears don't come close to deserving their fate, but they are available to torture year-round.
Battle & Brew Sat., June 30, 6 p.m. Chili Cookoff Show off your culinary skills and battle your way to the honor of having the best tasting chili in Battle & Brew's Chili Cookoff. Details
Meehan's Public House Sat., June 30, 11 a.m. Canada Day Meehan's is celebrating their sixth annual Canada Day celebration. Chef Val Domingo will be preparing delicious dishes in order to celebrate our northern neighbors. Details
La Caveau Fine Wines Sat., June 30, 5-8 p.m Quintarelli Rosso Ca del Merlo 8 Vintage Vertical Tasting Join La Caveau Fine Wines Join La Caveau in welcoming Matt Rosenberg of Avant Partir for a vertical tasting of Quintarello Rossa Cà del Trotter. Attendance is very limited and tickets must be purchased in advance Details
Teela Taqueria Sat., June 30, 12 p.m. Afternoon of Cocktails Get Creative ATL is coming to Teela Taqueria for an afternoon of margaritas and martinis, all while creating small new masterpieces. This $30 class includes instruction on the craft, supplies, and drinks. Details
Fig Jam Kitchen and Bar Sun., July 1, 4 p.m. Sunday Oyster Night Join south Buckhead's newest cozy locale every Sunday night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar's signature Oyster Night. Shuck and devour a new selection of fresh oysters hailing from across the United States' coastal regions. Details
Big Tex Catina Sun., July 1, 12-4 p.m. Bluegrass Brunch Eat a good ole southern brunch and listen to live bluegrass at Big Tex every Sunday. All ages are welcome to indulge on menu items like Southern Benedict, Carnitas Migas, and Brisket Hash. Details
The Albert Sun., July 1, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. The Albert's 5th Anniversary Party Inman Park's favorite neighborhood haunt is turning 5 years-old, and what's a birthday with out a party? Come hungry as The Albert hosts a party complete with a free buffet stocked with specialty items, and lots of booze. Details
Chef Lance Gummere of The Shed will be leaving the restaurant in order to join forces with Shaun Doty to open Bantam & Biddy, a fast-casual fried chicken concept opening in Ansley Mall in early October. Gummere will control the food and beverage program as well as the day-to-day operations.
"Bantam & Biddy is the type of place I'd want to take my children to. I can't imagine a better way to focus my love of seasonal cooking and fine cooking than in a restaurant that's approachable for everyone."
The Peterson Farm Bros. have a passion for their plants and they ain't afraid to show it. Check out their version of LMFAO's, 'Sexy and I know It,' only with a farming spin: 'I'm Sexy and I Grow It." The trio told CNN that their goal was to show the many aspects of farming. The video was shot over a span of three months, and the brothers hope to make more videos in the future.
Who are you? may be a question best left for a future existential or mid-life crisis, but these are funny and entertaining today. Here are a few small snippets of Fagan's observations - they do not, however do the full essay justice:
Drink of choice: Vodka Red Bulls
Well, I mean, if these are your drink of choice, you're just an enormous bro.
Drink of choice: White Wine
Umm, you're a WASPy 45-year-old blonde woman wearing pearls, or you're aspiring to be one someday.
Drink of choice: Champagne
No matter in what form you're drinking your bubbles - bought in a magnum for your table at the club, or sipped while glaring at others as you languish by the bar - admit it, you're kind of bougie.
Drink of choice: Jagerbombs
"We're pretty outraged," says Jehlen. "Our owners are big supporters of the military, and being so close to Dobbins [Air Reserve Base], most of our clientele is affiliated with the military. We get a lot of military families and one of our part-time employees (an Air Force pilot) was just deployed to Afghanistan a few weeks ago."
Apparently, it is against a City of Marietta ordinance to fly any non-governmental flags on a flag staff. Owners Danny and Larry Williamson, who complied with the citation shortly after the inspector left, are dedicated supporters of the military and believe the ordinance should be changed.
UPDATE: Several hours after this post went live, Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q announced via Twitter that the City of Marietta apologized for the incident and the restaurant was allowed to put their flags back up.
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