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Friday, July 19, 2013

Quick Bites: The Pig and the Pearl, Folk Art, Krog Street Market update, and more

Savi Provisions has a new food truck, serving Chastain Park six days a week
  • Savi Provisions has a new food truck, serving Chastain Park six days a week

Savi Provisions - which opened a sprawling market outpost in the Tuxedo Festival shopping Center in February - has just launched a new food truck, Savi Wagon, which reports to the tennis courts around Chastain Park six days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mobile eatery offers fresh, organic juices including Mr. Cesari's organic green lemonade - a combo of fresh lemons and organic vegetables - as well as Morning Magic - a mix of bananas, strawberries, almond milk, and vanilla Greek yogurt. Additional offerings include Lavazza coffee, smoothies, snacks, and sandwiches made with house-cured meats and Holeman & Finch breads.

After more than a month-long search to replace departed executive chef Craig Richards, Midtown Mediterranean restaurant Ecco (40 7th St.) has hired a new top toque in French Culinary Institute and Le Bernardin alum Jonathan Beatty, who most recently held the executive chef post at Chicago's Davanti Enoteca. During his time at Davanti, Beatty helped the restaurant earn the tony accolade of "Best New Restaurant" from Chicago magazine. He brings an authentic finesse with Italian cuisine to the beloved Atlanta restaurant.

Earlier this week, Krog Street Market (99 Krog St.) announced its first seven tenants. The mixed-use development, scheduled to open in late 2013, is housed in the 1920s-era building that formerly housed a Tyler Perry sound stage and the Atlanta Stove Works warehouse. The forthcoming concepts include a Tex-Mex restaurant from Ford Fry and Kevin Maxey, an Americanized bistro, The Luminary, from former Eno chef Eli Kirshtein, an 800-square-foot outlet for Grand Champion BBQ, and a full-scale butchery, cheese, and charcuterie shop from Kirkwood cult-favorite The Spotted Trotter. The Krog Street Market website also indicates that Pannus Bakery, a source for homemade international breads and pastries, will join the mix.

Miller Union (999 Brady Ave.) has earned another impressive accolade from the national press, this time landing on Wine Enthusiast magazine's list of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2013. The farm-to-table eatery first made the list of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in 2011. The magazine's most recommended food pairing was the grilled pork loin with griddled grits, peach chutney, and watercress - enjoyed with a glass of Domaine Lafond's 2011 Roc-Epine Lirac Blanc from France's Rhône Valley - and the "riot-worthy dish" was, not surprisingly, chef Steven Satterfield's farm egg baked in celery cream.

Wisteria chef Jason Hill and his team will open a new breakfast and lunch spot called Folk Art at 465 N. Highland Ave., which should open in Inman Park by mid-August. Details as they arise.

Atlanta magazine got the scoop on the Shed at Glenwood executive chef Todd Richards' forthcoming restaurant the Pig and the Pearl, arriving by January 2014 in the Atlantic Station space that previously housed Geisha House (1380 Atlantic Drive). As the former chef of the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead and Rolling Bones BBQ notes, the Pig and the Pearl will be much more than a barbecue joint; instead, the smokehouse will be a source of sophisticated preparations of locally sourced meats and fish, offer a raw bar for fresh oysters, and a cocktail menu developed by The Shed owner Cindy Shera.

Virginia-Highland gourmet food shop Bella Cucina Porta Via shuttered on July 8, following owner Alisa Barry's January 2013 filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The gourmet food purveyor, whose artichoke-lemon pesto famously landed twice on Oprah's list of "Favorite Things," plans to reopen with a new retail concept in the fall. Meanwhile, Barry's 1870 Murphy Avenue production facility remains up and running, churning out the Bella Cucina products that continue to sell on the company's e-commerce site. We'll keep you posted as details arise.

Bella Cucina Porta Via's's former neighbor in Virginia-Highland, Cacao Atlanta, has closed its Inman Park chocolate factory and plans to reopen shortly at 202 Permalume Place on the Westside. Owner and acclaimed chocolatier Kristen Hard also plans to add a retail component to the facility making it the company's third retail outpost in the Atlanta area.

The news hasn't been so good for Kevin Rathbun in the last couple of weeks, considering the fire at his original Inman Park restaurant, Rathbun's, on July 4 that has kept the eatery closed for renovations, a brief electrical failure at his Buckhead tapas spot, KR Steakbar, on July 5, and an accident on July 11 that left him with a fractured ankle. A silver lining comes in the form of the chef's most recent accolade - his Kevin Rathbun Steak (154 Krog St.) was ranked fifth in The Daily Meal's list of America's 20 Best Steakhouses.

Tom Catherall and Here to Serve Restaurants, who are already opening an American eatery called SMASH Kitchen and Bar at 804 Town Blvd. in September, will open yet another Town Brookhaven concept called Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar right across the street in late October at 705 Town Blvd. Tomorrow's News Today reports that the restaurant is inspired by one of Catherall's recent trips to San Francisco.

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day (that's today, folks!), UberX is running a special one-day promotion that lets you "summon ice cream trucks" on demand via your Uber app. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and while supplies last, a $25 payment gets users five ice creams provided by Frosty Treats and Ice Cream Truck Family, along with some "Uber Swag." Extra tip: Use the promo code ICECREAM to get $20 off your first ride with Uber.

Two Atlanta institutions have just made major changes to their serving hours. Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison's Westside gourmet market Star Provisions (1198 Howell Mill Road) now offers extended sandwich-ordering hours, serving 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Likewise, Roswell global-cuisine restaurant Aqua Blue (1564 Holcomb Bridge Road) will launch lunch service on July 29. Additionally, longtime chef de cuisine and new partner Kien Sam has worked with founder John C. Metz to develop a new seasonal dinner menu for the summer months.

Chef Tony Seichrist, author and noted alum of Five & Ten, The Farmhouse at Serenbe, and Holeman & Finch, has just launched the second installment of his Food Party supper club. The sold-out event comes on the heels of a super-successful debut supper club in June that was dedicated to royal shrimp. Called "Sausage Fest," the large-format occasion will be held this Saturday, July 20 along remote and wooded acres in North Buckhead, and will showcase culinary collaborations with purveyors such as Planted Rock Farm and Gum Creek Farms.

After a highly efficient move of his original Athens restaurant, Five & Ten, to a new location at 1073 Milledge Ave. last week, Top Chef Hugh Acheson has announced plans to open a new Mexican restaurant in the newly vacated space at 1653 South Lumpkin Street. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the restaurant will tentatively be named Cinco y Diez. Helming its cuisine will be none other than Whitney Otawka of Farm 255, which will close its doors at 255 W. Washington St. on July 19.

Will Harris, fourth-generation farmer and owner of Bluffton, Georgia farm White Oak Pastures (22775 Highway 27), has been named 2013 Georgia Farmer of the Year by Swisher Sweets and Sunbelt Expo. Harris is among 10 finalists from states across the Southeast who are up for an overall Southeastern Farmer of the Year award, which will be announced on October 15 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo farm show in Moultrie, Georgia.

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