Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Get In Ma Mouth: Figgy doughnut edition

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Fig cream slider, Revolution Doughnuts. (Take that, squirrels)
  • Brad Kaplan
  • Fig cream slider, Revolution Doughnuts. (Take that, squirrels)

It's fig season. I can tell because our fig tree keeps being raided by squirrels who know the exact right moment to pick a fig to prevent it from falling into human hands. Bastards. Fig marauding bastards. If I had a shotgun, I just might sit on the back porch with an eye on the fig tree, waiting for a foolhardy squirrel to attempt to swipe a fig before my watchful eyes. Of course, they're probably smart enough to use ninja techniques or hypnosis or some other such subterfuge to get past me and my hypothetical shotgun. Bastards.

The point is... it's fig season. And Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur has been serving up "figgy cream sliders" - a spread of tender, sweet, sliced figs and whipped mascarpone stuffed inside two halves of a sugar flecked yeast doughnut. I saw them on Facebook. I saw them on Twitter. I had to have one. Luckily for me, Revolution has managed to evade the squirrels. Yesterday morning, I waited patiently in line, surrounded by seemingly hundreds of toddlers happily munching on doughnuts and screaming in joy. When I arrived at the counter, I ordered my figgy slider. And a salted caramel. And a dark chocolate-drenched doughnut for good measure; I don't get out to Decatur very often.

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Major food companies fight GMO labeling in Calif.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM


If Calif. passes Prop 37, aka the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”, it could become the first state to require companies to label all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As the time to vote on Prop 37 nears, campaign contributions either in support or against the November measure continue to pour in.

Daily Democrat reports that proponents, largely big natural food companies and passionate consumers, have raised $2.8 million according to finance records filed with the California Secretary of State's Office. However, "[o]pponents have raised more than nine times as much. Almost all of the nearly $25 million has come from a variety of chemical, seed and processed-food companies, including Coca-Cola, General Mills, Nestle, PepsiCo and DuPont Pioneer."

Apparently, Monsanto and Dupont alone have contributed more than $8 million to beat Proposition 37. The infographic above, published by The Cornucopia Institute, illustrates which corporate agribusiness companies are for and against Prop 37, revealing some not so surprising opponents including Kashi, Horizon Organic, Silk, and more. (Click to zoom)

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First Look: Lure

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 5:36 AM

Cassoulette at Lure

Seafood restaurants aren't what they used to be in our city. One of my favorite Grazing meals of all time took me to a joint on the south side of town where, of course, everything was fried and the specialty was catfish and hushpuppies. This was maybe 25 years ago

During my meal with a friend, a brawl erupted in the kitchen. I'm talking screaming and clattering pots and pans. The combatants burst through the door and the fight continued in the dining room, fists flailing. Sirens screamed. The police arrived. Everyone in the dining room continued to drag their fish through tartar sauce and ketchup as if this were redneck dinner theater.

Lure is light years from that time, but it doesn't lack genuine drama. Continue reading the full article by Cliff Bostock here.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

#twEATingATL: Notes from Twitter-land, Aug. 27

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Family Supper at No. 246

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM


Starting today (Mon., Aug. 27) No. 246 in Decatur will feature a special Family Supper dining option available Mon.-Thurs., to parties seated between 5-6:30 p.m. The four-course meal costs $18 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under.

Here's what's on the menu:

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White House will release homebrew recipe if 25,000 sign petition

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

White House Honey Ale

The White House microbrewing project was first reported back in 2011 when President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama served homebrewed White House Honey Ale at their Super Bowl party. One year later, a beer-drinking Obama and his White House homebrew continue to make headlines after the President reportedly told a man in Iowa that his bus was stocked with White House brewed beer earlier this month.

Homebrewers and beer enthusiasts have since asked the White House to release the recipe for the beer. One hopeful Redditor even submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the recipe. But because the White House is exempt from the FOIA, the request was denied. Wamp, wamp.

Even so, a recent petition to "[r]elease the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House" has kept the hope alive for curious beer lovers. Last Thurs., Press Secretary Jay Carney tweeted that if the petition reached its required 25,000 signatures by Sept. 17, 2012, the recipe would be released. At the time of this writing the petition has 9,191 signatures — 15,809 to go.

The petition reads:

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Quick Bites: APD issues food truck citations, Swit Bakery and Cafe closes, and more

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

DÈJÁ VU: Chef Shane Devereux returns to Peasant Bistro (above) as Corporate Chef
  • James Camp
  • DÈJÁ VU: Chef Shane Devereux returns to Peasant Bistro (above) as Corporate Chef

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Atlanta Police raided the 'Virginia Highland Food Truck Wednesdays' event last week. Five trucks received citations for lack of proper permits. The AJC's Jon Watson spoke with Officer John Chafee of the APD, who said the License and Permits Unit "was responding to an anonymous complaint regarding food trucks operating in the Virginia Highlands area.” Event organizer Bettie Cagle confirmed that this weeks event will take place as planned.

Chef Shane Devereux (The Lawrence, Top FLR, and Dinner Party) will take on the roll as Corporate Chef for The Peasant Restaurants group. Initially, Devereux will focus on Downtown's Peasant Bistro, and possibly lend a hand at sister restaurant Campagnolo. Devereux remains to be a partner at The Lawrence and will continue to work there every Thurs.-Sun. night, Eater reports.

NaanStop is officially open Downtown at 64 Broad St. Based on the former Calif. food truck, NaanStop is open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. offering classic Indian dishes with a modern twist.

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Daily Hash: Medical marijuana chewing gum, mysterious Alinea-Eleven Madison Park project, and more

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

What's up with this mysterious Alinea/Eleven Madison Park collabo? Your guess is as good as ours. Hint: The Chicago Tribune notes that the title, “21st Century Limited,” refers to the passenger train that once ran between Chicago and New York City.

Medical marijuana chewing gum brought to you by CanChew BioTechnologies is a'comin'.

Eat like a vampire with the soon-to-be released "True Blood" cookbook. HBO is also in the process of developing a cookbook based on "Treme".

Here's a chart of the weirdest things Andrew Zimmern has eaten. Jellied moose nose anyone?

Swiss border guards discovered hundreds of dead black caterpillars in the luggage of a traveller who said they were "snacks."

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Atlanta food events: Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Down Under Wine Dinner, Speakeasy Cocktail Festival, and more

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 8:01 AM


Wine dinner? Beer tasting? Cooking class? Let us know. Submit Food and Drink events here.

Marlow's Tavern Dunwoody Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 11:30 a.m. Grand Opening Celebration Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody is officially celebrating its grand opening with a week of nightly dining deals. Details

BLT Steak Through Aug. 31, 7 a.m. Summer Giving at BLT Steak During the month of August, BLT Steak Atlanta will donate 50 percent of every dessert purchase to The Hudson Family Foundation, an organization that aims to help children in need of assistance with regard to a specific physical, emotional or financial circumstance. Details

Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party Mon., Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. Indian Dinner The Learning Tea hosts a monthly authentic Indian dinner to support our scholarship program for socially and economically disadvantaged young women in Darjeeling, India. Details

Leon's Full Service Mon., Aug. 27, 6 p.m. Cocktail Dinner Five courses created by chef Eric Ottensmeyer paired with cocktails from Miles Macquarrie. Reservations required. Details

Takorea Tuesdays. $2 Buck Tuesdays It’s pretty simple, $2 bucks gets you a tasty Tako, another $2 bucks gets you a refreshing Tecate beer. Repeat until thoroughly satisfied. Details

Cardamom Hill Wed., Aug. 29, 8 p.m. A Night in Onam Chef Asha Gomez will deepen Atlanta’s acquaintance with regional Indian cuisine and tradition in an evening of cultural celebration during 'A Night in Kerala’ at Cardamom Hill. Details

Mac McGee's Irish Pub Wed., Aug. 29, 6 p.m. Knob Creek Rye Release and Tasting Mac McGee's will be featuring special cocktails and a tasting of the newly released Knob Creek Rye, Knob Creek 9 year old, and Knob Creek Single Barrel for $15. Details

Restaurant eleven Thu., Aug. 30, 6 p.m. Southern Down Under Wine Dinner An Australian native, chef de cuisine Shayne Vaughan combines flavors from his native country with traditional Southern components in his specialty five-course menu. Details

Georgia World Congress Center Sat., Sept. 1, 12-6 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 2, 2-6 p.m. Speakeasy Cocktail Festival With education, exploration and celebration as a foundation, the Festival brings together a tremendous schedule of seminars, competitions, soirees and tastings for a week-long celebration of Prohibition culture. Details

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Friday, August 24, 2012

What is the Atlanta Chicken Experiment?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM


Once upon a time there were two guys who liked to cook. They were pretty good at it and really competitive, which makes sense because both guys were serial cook-off competitors. They were not friends. In fact, they were epic rivals in constant competition. But in the name of "GLORIA CULINARIUS" i.e. culinary glory, New York City cook-off kings Nick Suarez and (Emory alum) Theo Peck joined forces to create the the Food Experiments cook-off tour:
The Experiments are a series of cooking competitions that challenge amateur chefs to create around 300 samples of a dish featuring an “experimental” ingredient or theme. Over twenty Experiments have taken place involving beer, cheese, chocolate, tacos, brunch, Brooklyn roots, holiday and booze themes.

Peck, who now sits on the other side of the judging table, values a competition where everyone has a fair shot at winning. But he thinks the most valuable part of the Experiments is the resulting sense of community. "For some people, it is not about winning. It is about finding a room full of like minded people who love food and more importantly, love to eat!" Peck says. "We usually leave a close knit community in our wake."

Next month, with the help of Brooklyn Brewery, Suarez and Peck will bring their cook-off community to our neck of the woods.

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