Monday, April 22, 2013

Quick Bites: Chow Bing and BurgerFi open, and more

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Organic tofu hot and sour soup from the new Chow Bing
  • Organic tofu hot and sour soup from the new Chow Bing

Downtown's Pencil Factory Flats & Lofts has a new fast-casual, healthy Asian restaurant. Boasting tons of parking at 349 Decatur St., Chow Bing serves up (mostly) gluten-free dishes incorporating sustainable seafood, all cooked to order, at affordable price points. It's "responsible Chinese food," (that means no MSG!), according to owner Gary Lin, who is a native of Fugian, China and also the proprietor of Sandy Springs' R Rice restaurant and Papa Chow on Camp Creek Parkway. At Chow Bing, expect build-your-own "burrito" bowls, lobster Philly wontons, sesame fries, soups and salads as low as $2.25.

Woodfire Grill (1782 Cheshire Bridge Road) has hired a new pastry chef in Canoe and Chicken and the Egg alum Karie Brown. Brown's desserts have delighted countless foodies across Atlanta, as the Le Cordon Bleu-educated cuisinier has made her way through the local restaurant scene with stints at Repast and with pastry chef Heather Hurlbert, to boot. Her international experience, including early childhood memories savoring her first sweets from authentic German bakeries, makes her an expert in nostalgic but nuanced desserts.

BurgerFi (1520 Avenue Place) has officially debuted in Emory Point. The Florida-based restaurant chain, with dozens of locations around the country, has built a tried-and-true brand on all-natural burgers, Kobe beef hot dogs, craft beer and wine offerings and earth-friendly practices. We dare you to resist the red velvet milkshake.

Chef Todd Richards - formerly of the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, currently of The Shed at Glenwood, and soon to helm the Wildflower later this year - was crowned the winner of Ron Eyester's second annual Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival, held April 13 at his Morningside restaurant Rosebud. Coming in second for their own renditions of fried chicken were Matt Swickerath of Brookhaven's Valenza and Scott Weaver of Atlantic Station's forthcoming Chick-a-Biddy, respectively.

Chef Daniel Chance, top toque at Maureen Kalmanson's Midtown Italian eatery Campagnolo, has taken top honors at the 36th annual Vidalia Onion Festival, held April 14 in Vidalia, Ga. He was crowned champion of the second annual Golden Onion professional cooking competition, thanks to a savory scallop-stuffed Vidalia with onion puree.

Whiskey Blue Atlanta will soon launch its Sundaze events for the summer 2013 season. Held on the WET Deck of the W Atlanta - Buckhead hotel, the series will treat Sunday revelers to DJ beats, gourmet eats, chilled towels, and "deep-end" cocktail service, starting May 5. Guests can also grab up extras like Champagne and boozy popsicles. Order them on arrival, because they go fast.

Earlier this week, Green Olive Media tweeted that Atlanta rapper-actor-restaurateur Ludacris will soon be collaborating with One Flew South chef Duane Nutter on yet another Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport restaurant. Ludacris' first airport concept, Chicken & Beer, should appear later this year, but his "hard-rocking" second restaurant will serve travelers at the world's busiest airport starting in January 2014.

Landon's Restaurant and Bar has closed after six years in Southwest Atlanta, but the 3752 Cascade Road restaurant will reopen shortly as a Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles. The soul food standby enjoys a 16-year legacy as an Atlanta cult classic, with existing locations downtown and at Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia.

Petite Auberge, the longstanding North Druid Hills French fine dining restaurant at 2935 North Druid Hills Road, has opened a new olive oil and vinegar boutique. The tasting bar and retail store, located within the restaurant at 2935 North Druid Hills Road NE, serves up a bounty of olive oils (more than 30 flavored and infused varieties) and is also rolling out new menu changes, as the chefs incorporate EVOO for healthier, adventurous new dishes. Prices for the oils range from $10.95 to $28.95 per bottle.

Props go out to Decatur's The Iberian Pig, which has taken home the big win in Atlanta magazine's 2013 Final Fork contest. It took six weeks and 6,000 votes, but the Decatur Spanish restaurant beat 63 top metro restaurants - among them, Kevin Rathbun Steak, Holeman & Finch Public House and Empire State South - to win the

Held at the Georgia Aquarium on Thurs., April 11, Share Our Strength's 25th annual Taste of the Nation raised a whopping $712,686 to help end childhood hunger in Atlanta and across the U.S. More than 1,200 guests attended the foodie event, which featured cuisine prepared by 50 of Atlanta's top chefs.

Ford Fry's new Buckhead restaurant, King + Duke (3060 Peachtree Road), won't open until May, but on April 26, 14 lucky guests will get to enjoy five courses of American-style fare prepared by executive chef Joseph Schafer and pastry chef Chrysta Poulos. in the restaurant's private dining room. Tickets for the event are $150 each (plus gratuity).

Empire State South's Ryan Smith and Miller Union's Steven Satterfield are joining forces this Sunday, April 21 at Loganville's Dillwood Farms (4000 Brushy Fork Road). Guests at the Southern Food Tour supper will enjoy farm-to-table cuisine served family-style, including cocktails, wine pairings, desserts, and a tour of the farm. Tickets to the dinner are $125 per person.

A Food Truck Thursdays event may be coming to Dunwoody this summer. The weekly street food fest, which would run for a 12-week period from 6 to 9 p.m., was proposed at a Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting on April 14 by Bettie Cagle of Redbird Events, which has had much success with previous food truck events including Smyrna's Food Truck Tuesdays and Virginia-Highland's Food Truck Wednesdays. Details on this proposal as they arise.

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