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Chef Art Smith Makes Atlanta Debut with Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

Chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Art Smith will open the doors to Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, his first restaurant and bar concepts in the Southeast, on September 26, 2011. Southern Art will be located in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood will combine an urban eatery with classic Southern charm, offering Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails.

“I am very excited to bring Southern Art to the Atlanta dining scene, which has become one of the most progressive culinary cities in the country,” said Smith. “Southern Art will embrace my heritage and utilize the freshest ingredients from local farms to celebrate the South.”

Previously, Smith was executive chef and co-owner of Table fifty-two in Chicago, Ill., Art and Soul in Washington, D.C., and LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto, Calif., Smith served as the personal chef to Oprah Winfrey for 10 years and now coordinates and cooks for the special events that she hosts. Smith’s several television appearances include Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Nightline, Fox News, Extra, BBQ Pitmasters, Dr. Oz and Oprah. A contributing editor to O, the Oprah Magazine, Smith is also the author of three award-winning cookbooks: Back to the Table, Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families and Back to the Family. In 2003, he founded Common Threads, a non-profit organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance through the world’s great cultures. Smith was honored by Chicago magazine as a “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2007, and later that year received the prestigious “Humanitarian of the Year” award by the James Beard Foundation.

The menu will be reflective of Smith’s own family traditions with roots deep in the South, featuring a few select custom-aged steaks from the Smith family’s 100-year-old cattle ranch located in Hamilton County on the border of south Georgia and north Florida.

Sample appetizers include baked oysters with crispy pork belly, Smith’s mother Addie Mae’s chicken-and-dumpling soup, Tybee Island pickled shrimp with tomato, watermelon and lime-basil dressing and a Lowcountry seafood platter. Entrée selections range from roasted whole yellowtail snapper with smashed roasted potatoes, spit-roasted half chicken with braised greens, braised Berkshire hog pork shoulder with green tomato chow-chow, fried chicken and sour cream waffles and Smith Family Ranch grilled aged ribeye steak with red eye gravy. Side dishes include corn and okra pudding and sweet potato soufflé.

Southern Art will feature an artisan ham-and-charcuterie bar to showcase the strong craft and long-standing traditions of regional country hams. Carved to order and served with piping hot biscuits or crackling skillet corn bread and house-made butter and pickles, the artisan ham bar will be a unique focal point for the dining room and a distinctive beginning to any meal.

In addition, guests can peruse delectable house-made desserts from a vintage pie table from which classics such as blueberry cobbler, buttermilk chocolate cake, 12-layer red velvet cake, mockingbird cake with crushed peaches and Georgia pecans and summer peach pie will be served. Guests can order a house-made pie, baked to order, to enjoy in house or to take home for friends and family to share.

With seating for 74 guests, Bourbon Bar will serve as both a meeting place for after-work and post-dinner gathering. The bar will feature a  selection of American bourbon distillers, focusing on small-batch producers and featuring select bourbons only available at Bourbon Bar through exclusive agreements. In addition to more than 70 bourbon offerings, the bar will offer pre-Prohibition era drinks.

Southern Art’s main dining room will seat 92 and a private dining room that seats up to 40 people. Additionally, a outdoor terrace seats 48.

A unique collage of artwork is suspended from the ceiling glass chandeliers are hung between the artwork, adding vibrancy to the aesthetic, while a custom damask wall paper hung above a painted wainscot creates a charming library feel.

Southern Art is located at 3315 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. For more information about Southern Art, visit facebook.com/SouthernArtBourbonBar

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