Monday, November 25, 2013

Quick Bites: Updates on Parish, Rawesome Juicery, new chef at Top Flr, and more

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Chef Zeb Stevenson to revamp Parish Foods & Goods
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  • Chef Zeb Stevenson to revamp Parish Foods & Goods

Parish Foods & Goods will soon undergo rebranding at the hands of chef Zeb Stevenson, who departed Livingston as executive chef back in May. In early 2014, Stevenson will revamp the restaurant's philosophy and menu as Parish's new executive chef. An "über-talented mixologist" is also scheduled to join Parish in January.

Top Flr has named Michael Kelso as its new executive chef. Kelso, who previously worked at the Lawrence and replaces Travis Carroll, arrived in October, but is already quietly putting his finesse on Top Flr's dinner-to-late-night bistro fare.

After two and a half years at the W Atlanta Downtown, chef Cyrille Holota has left BLT Steak for a new job in Bora Bora, the AJC reports. No word yet on Holota's replacement.

After losing Carvel Grant Gould early this fall, Canoe moved Matthew Brasford up the ranks to executive chef in October. Now, the classic Vinings restaurant is launching a fine wine shop called Cellar Door, operated by Canoe's wine director and Advanced Sommelier Matt Bradford. The shop is slated to open adjacent to Canoe in early December.

Ford Fry's upcoming Northern Italian-influenced eatery St. Cecilia is slated to open January 13 at 3455 Peachtree Road, Eater reports.

We've also learned that Rawesome Juicery is expanding into the glass-enclosed space adjacent to its current stand at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, allowing for cold-pressed juicing machinery and a bottling operation. Owner Chantel Jiroch began juicing in 2009 after moving to Atlanta from L.A. Her products include fresh-pressed varieties like the Mucus Buster, Brain Food, and Pain Killer, along with salads and smoothies.

Popular farmers market bakery La Calavera may be planning a brick-and-mortar space for early next year (H/T to Eater.) The old-fashioned Mexican-style bakery makes a variety of complex breads and sweet pastries by hand using sprouted whole grains, organic ingredients, and even naturally occurring yeast sourced from local apple peels. No word yet on the location of the tentative retail space. Details as they arise.

Righteous Room's second location - the first since the Poncey-Highland dive opened in 1996 - made its debut in Brookhaven last week at 2142 Johnson Ferry Road.

Mixologist Arianne Fielder (previously of Southern Art and Seven Lamps) is leaving Article 14 after just three months at her new post. TheAJC reports that Fielder may be heading to an Atlanta restaurant group. We'll keep you posted.

A third location of Tacos & Tequilas Mexican Grill will soon open in the former location of Deckard's Tavern (650 Ponce de Leon Ave.) The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Amy Wenk reports that $150,000 will be spent to renovate the space, which has been vacant for more than a year.

Last week, Zagat added blog and video coverage of Atlanta to its repertoire. Upcoming coverage will feature food news along with "curated lists from Zagat local editors," as well as "search and map-based browsing capabilities."

Christophe's To Go, the gourmet prepared foods shop from the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead alum Christophe Le Metayer, is now open in Brookhaven at 4060 Peachtree Road, as well as in Sandy Springs at 6309 Roswell Road. His existing outpost at 9775 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek (previously known as Christophe's Kitchen), has gotten an overhaul in the process. Atlanta magazine has the story on the shops' offerings, which include more than 30 daily options of sophisticated fare for every course of the meal.

Note: This post has been updated since its original publication.

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