Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Atlanta Fourth of July food and drink events

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 10:32 AM

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Celebrate the Fourth by getting down with Atlanta! Great grub, live music, and of course, fireworks. Run in the Peachtree Road Race then eat ... or just eat. Wherever you are in Atlanta, may the Fourth be with you.

Wed., July 3

Haven Enjoy live music, good food and drinks while celebrating the birth of America at 7 p.m. on Haven's patio. 1441 Dresden Drive. 404-969-0700. Details

Woodfire Grill Executive Chef Tyler Williams of Woodfire Grill is preparing a star-studded barbecue feast for an Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, July 3, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-347-9055. Details

Thurs., July 4

Atkins Park Sponsored by Cornhole ATL, Miller High Life, and New Belgium Brewing, Atkins Parks' Backyard Beer Olympics will feature prizes, food, and plenty of beer. Starting at 3 p.m., a holiday special of roasted hog with three sides will be available. 794 N. Highland Ave. 404-876-7249. Details

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Quick Bites: Stationside to open, updates on Andy Minchow's Ration & Dram, a new Bell Street Burritos location, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Bell Street Burritos will open its second brick-and-mortar location soon in Brookwood Hills
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  • Bell Street Burritos will open a new brick-and-mortar location soon in Brookwood Hills

Stationside, Terminal West's new restaurant arm, will open tomorrow, June 29, at King Plow Arts Center (887 W. Marietta St.). Male patrons can preview the restaurant by purchasing a $5 ticket to the Saturday night show at Terminal West - featuring Ben Samples, Knight Riderz, and Greenhouse Lounge. Ladies get in free. The fare from chef Dan Brown, formerly of the Porter Beer Bar, includes casual eats like Cuban sandwiches and smoked tofu, and will be available on concert nights. Stationside will also be open for lunch Monday-Thursday.

Mixologist Andy Minchow has already departed his post at the Drafting Table, the drinkery where we announced he'd be hanging out until his own restaurant/bar opens. Minchow's Ration & Dram is scheduled to open next month at 130 Arizona Ave.

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Atlanta weekend food events, June 28-30: craft beer ice cream social, Peach Jam, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Peach Jam will conclude at the Grant Park Farmers Market
  • Peach Jam will conclude at the Grant Park Farmers Market on Sun., June 30.

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Check out our roundup of Atlanta Fourth of July food happenings.

Fri., June 28

Cypress Street Pint & Paint Fri., June 28, 7 p.m. Frozen Pints Craft Beer Ice Cream's One-Year Birthday Social Frozen Pints invites craft beer and ice cream lovers to join them at Cypress Street Pint and Plate as they celebrate a year of success. An adult ice cream social, attendees can create their own craft beer ice cream sundaes. Details

Proof and Provision Fri., June 28, 5 p.m. Anniversary Bash Proof and Provision is throwing themselves a birthday party with cocktail specials, door prizes, and a boozy birthday cake. Details

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Food media round-up: Paula Deen's new crisis manager, 'Downton Abbey' wine, Silicon Valley perfects ice cream, and more

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Would you care for a spot of Downton Abbey wine?
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  • Would you care for a spot of Downton Abbey wine?

Two of Atlanta's own have made it onto Thrillist's Best Burgers in the Entire Country. Do you agree with their picks?

Like to drink while watching your favorite shows? Do it right with "Downton Abbey" wine or "Breaking Bad" beer.

The best Food Vine? Watch some delicious six-second goodness.

Getting tired of the Paula Deen firestorm in the media? So is she. She's calling in the experts, (specifically, crisis manager, Judy Smith, the inspiration behind the hit TV show "Scandal."

Smitten whips up ice cream. How a Silicon Valley start-up "perfected" ice cream.

And...microscopic Pop-Tarts and cubical salads. Dishes that nobody has time to make, but hey, they are mighty fun to look at.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A server with balls: 'You did not order that'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

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Monday's New York Times devoted its "Room for Debate" column to tipping. We're not talking how much to tip, but whether the practice needs to be eliminated altogether. Servers rarely earn even minimum wage. Tips form the bulk of their pay. As the debate column points out, many servers live near the poverty level.

When I first started writing "Grazing" nearly 30 years ago, I had a pretty disrespectful attitude towards servers. But every issue, I picked a "Waitron of the Week." Most liked receiving the designation. But other servers were sometimes offended by the term "waitron." It was widely used in the culture then as a sarcastic gender-free designation. But some servers objected to it so much that they circulated a petition to fire me or ban the word's usage.

I got it pretty soon: servers must be the most patient people alive. I've heard story after story of being stiffed by diners, dealing with coked-up chefs, and seeing their paychecks shorted. I've watched dining room dramas that would make me dump plates on the customers. Yes, good servers in fine-dining venues can make a pile of money - if they get the hours they need.

But then...

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Checking in with my usuals

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM

The latest surprise at Grant Central Pizza was a pie topped with sliced peaches, prosciutto, feta, blue cheese, and arugula. It worked: sharp and sweet, crispy and chewy, a smidge of bitterness. According to my server, few ordered the pizza. Whatta bunch of pussies.

The restaurant has also been featuring fried green tomatoes fetched from owner Donny Parmer's own yard....

Grant Park Coffeehouse, with better wi-fi and pastries than Starbucks, made some radical interior improvements a few months back. Tables have been replaced with a beautiful wooden counter that wraps the windowed walls. I don't usually like sitting with my back to a room, but I appreciate the view. Summertime is turning out the kids visiting the zoo across the street.

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Frank Bruni and Anne Rice on Paula Deen

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 6:44 AM


Be sure to check out New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's column about the Paula Deen flap yesterday. Bruni's words doubtlessly have extra weight since he is the paper's former dining critic. Example of his estimation of Paula:

There's a dearth of reflection, a deficit of introspection, and that's not just a generational thing and not just a regional thing, as some of her fans and other observers have begun to assert, unprepared to surrender their image of Paula the Southern Eccentric to the reality of Paula the Deep-Fried Boor.

Meanwhile, Fox News scanned vampire writer Anne Rice's Facebook page. Samples:

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cake to die for (at Death Cafe Atlanta)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

You'd probably have to travel to Mexico for the Day of the Dead to find a cake this cool. It was on the snack table at the June meeting of Death Cafe Atlanta, held in Oakland Cemetery last Saturday.

The Atlanta group, open to everyone but requiring a reservation, is part of a national movement. Saturday's event was mentioned in a New York Times article, "Death Be Not Decaffeinated: Over Cup, Groups Face Taboo."

Among other reasons, I wanted to attend the event because of my brother's recent death. He spent the last year of his life cranking up his experience of pleasure, reuniting with old friends and drawing his two children closer to his heart.

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Food porn crime of the week

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Have you doubted that love is a burning thing and makes a fiery ring?

Doubt no more!

Allow me to introduce you to 22-year-old John McGuiness. He was arrested last Friday in a jealous rage for allegedly slapping around his girlfriend with her $200 jeans. He had covered them with wasabi sauce, which he also threw into her car's interior.

The Smoking Gun, which has the full story, reports that "McGuinness was charged with three misdemeanors, including assault and battery 'by dangerous weapon/sauce.'"

Be sure to browse the 200-plus comments on the story. They begin with this one: "Total breakdown of social norms. What a wonderful world the liberals have created." Obama is blamed for the act of wasabi terrorism (sans drone). Further discussion devolves into misogynistic attacks on the woman for spending $200 on jeans, supposedly proving that she deserved her fate.

I'm a little bothered that the story didn't explain where you get a bottle of wasabi big enough to launder a pair of jeans. Clue me in.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Quick Bites: Genki food truck, Mosaic to close, Chick-a-Biddy to open, and more

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Genkis new food truck launches this weekend, and will boast a full to-go menu and built-in TV.
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  • Genki's new food truck launches this weekend, and will boast a full to-go menu and built-in TV.

Mosaic (3097 Maple Drive) restaurant will soon close in Buckhead. The American bistro has been grappling with a landlord dispute for nearly two years, and resolutions to buy or sell the property have proved futile. Nevertheless, owner Jody Dean spent $20,000 on renovations to the dining room in 2012 following reassurances that Mosaic would remain intact. But now, an insider tells us that Broadstone Apartments will likely replace Mosaic. No word yet on where Dean will land. So far he does not plan to open another Atlanta restaurant.

Genki Noodles & Sushi launched a new food truck last weekend. The mobile sushi spot comes complete with a big-screen TV so that diners can catch the big game while noshing on Genki's noodles.

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