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Archive for May, 2014

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

May 29 – June 1, 2014, Atlanta. For more information, visit Atlanta Food & Wine Festival


Georgia Food Code Briefing

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

May 21, 2014, GRA Office. For more information, visit Georgia Restaurant Association


International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event at the NRA Show

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

May 18-19, 2014, Chicago. For more information, visit International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event


2014 NRA Show

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

May 17-20, 2014, Chicago. For more information, visit 2014 NRA Show


Buckhead Restaurant Week

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

May 17-25, 2014. For more information, visit Buckhead Restaurant Week


Education Seminar: How President Obama’s Proposed Regulations May Impact Your Restaurant

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

May 13, 2014, Georgia Power Customer Resource Center, Atlanta. For more information, visit Georgia Restaurant Association


Darrell Rice and Smokebelly Fire Up Buckhead

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Smokebelly, featuring chef crafted ‘cue, will open on May 21 in Buckhead.  The restaurant is a joint venture between the team behind The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and Trey Humphreys (the Fur Bus, A Social Mess and the Pool Hall) with executive chef Darrell Rice at the helm. Smokebelly offers American barbecue influenced by techniques from several regions of the country, and also features an extensive craft beer and craft cocktail selection.

Smokebelly is situated in the former Tavern 99 location. The 6,000-square-foot interior space seats 160 guests in the dining room and bars. “The Lawn,” a 1,500-square-foot patio complete with faux grass, seats an additional 60. The space was designed by Kim Fong of Studio Song in collaboration with the partners to create a vintage atmosphere. The restaurant features ghost wood paneling on the walls, old recovered Ford truck tailgates, vintage lighting fixtures and custom murals.

Rice is a veteran in Atlanta’s restaurant scene, formerly working at Canoe, Aria, Mosaic and The Big Ketch.

Smokebelly will offer regionally sourced smoked and non-smoked meats using unique dry rubs and injections along with the perfect amount of smoke at a very low heat. Rice and his team apply distinct techniques from a myriad of barbecue regions.  In addition to an assortment of traditional smoked meats (pulled pork, sliced brisket, sliced turkey breast, smoked sausage), Smokebelly offers home-style baby back ribs, fresh fish, vegetarian selections, and more than 10 housemade sides. Healthier barbecue options, or “Skinny Fixins,” are offered, like watermelon smoked feta salad and barbecue lettuce wraps. Other savory fare includes a Southern-inspired array of snacks, barbecue tapas, appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Rice and his team are also smoking a rotation of specialty cuts such as pork belly, leg of lamb, beef cheeks, smoked alligator and other wild game.

Smokebelly has 20 craft beers on tap alongside a selection of well-known and artisanal liquors, and handmade craft cocktails. Catering will be available soon after opening, and a Sunday Gospel brunch will follow shortly after.

The rustic barbecue joint invites all kinds of artists and musicians to play alongside the restaurant’s own house band, performing classic rock catalogs from The Allman Brothers to Johnny Cash.


Executive Chef Martin Pfefferkorn to Oversee Polaris’ Kitchen

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Polaris, the legendary rotating restaurant and lounge atop the historic Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel, a symbol of Atlanta’s progress for nearly 50 years, will “re-turn” to the city skyline in June. To celebrate the reopening, the hotel will turn off, and then relight the famous Polaris blue dome before its official opening to the public on June 10.

The new Polaris will serve handcrafted cocktails and chef-inspired shared plates with a panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline. Guests will shoot 22 stories up in the hotel’s glass elevators and be transported to a space that is both completely modern and a tribute to Polaris’ retro history.

Conceived by visionary Atlanta architect John C. Portman, Jr., Polaris is one of Atlanta’s most recognized landmarks. It was Atlanta’s first rotating restaurant when it opened in 1967, and quickly became a symbol of the fast-growing city, featured on souvenirs, postcards and murals. Polaris was so popular guests lined up just to ride the elevators and take in the view. In its heyday, Polaris hosted dignitaries, presidents and celebrities, as well as everyday Atlantans celebrating birthdays, wedding proposals, anniversaries and prom nights.

Executive Chef Martin Pfefferkorn will lead the kitchen at Polaris. Pfefferkorn grew up in Austria, was classically trained in European resorts and has been a creative force at Hyatt Hotels Corp. since joining the company in 2001. He is also the creator of Sway, Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s Southern-influenced dining experience based on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

For the new Polaris menu, Chef Pfefferkorn has created plates inspired by many cuisines. The debut menu will feature tributes to classic dishes such as a deconstructed Maine lobster cocktail; Steak Oscar (locally raised beef filet topped with asparagus, crab and béarnaise sauce); braised veal cheeks; and rabbit sausage with quail eggs. Polaris will source “soil to city” ingredients from local purveyors, as well as produce from the hotel’s rooftop garden.

Visible from the restaurant, the Polaris Rooftop Bee Garden features homegrown tomatoes, herbs, peppers and other produce, ingredients that will be served in Polaris’ plates and cocktails. The garden also grows flowers, seasonal plants and the only peach tree on Peachtree Street. The garden’s most interesting feature is its bees. Chef Pfefferkorn tends two hives of more than 10,000 honey bees in the rooftop garden, busy insects producing several gallons of fresh honey to be served in Polaris and sold in the hotel’s gift shop. The bees, which were rescued from a truck accident, came to the hotel through an ongoing partnership with the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta beverage director Mehdi Natanzi heads the Polaris mixology program. Polaris’ cocktail menu will celebrate the golden age of spirits, from stiff old fashioneds and dry Manhattans, to mint grasshoppers and tart gimlets, rickeys and tonics – all served in vintage glassware. And the new Polaris will present a modern version of its throwback signature drink, the peach daiquiri. The wine list has been collected from smaller, noteworthy producers from around the world, and the bar also will offer its very own barrel of “Polaris Bourbon,” through a partnership with Kentucky distillery Elijah Craig.

The Johnson Studio is the architect and interior designer of the restaurant, which features four sections, each loosely based on the home – an open dining room with a communal table, a living room, a library and the bar While inside, guests will rotate comfortably around the dynamic kitchen where chefs will prepare the evening’s plates in full view.

And, just as it did in 1967, Polaris will rotate once every 45 minutes.


Chow Bing Offers Healthy Options to Busy “Disco Kroger” Intersection

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Owner Gary Lin is pleased to announce the second location of Chow Bing, a fast-casual Asian restaurant featuring natural, sustainable and primarily gluten-free options. The new Chow Bing is located at the bustling “Disco Kroger” intersection in Buckhead.

Chow Bing offers signature or build your own “Bing” platters that can be made with or without a flour tortilla. Proteins, rice, noodles and up to three fresh premium vegetable items are all available to customize from $9.00 and under. Sides, soups and salads such as Lobster philly wontons, Farmer Chow’s Salad with organic lettuces, avocado, edamame, tomatoes, egg, carrots, onion and more will also be available ranging from $2.09-$7.79.  A children’s menu and desserts will satisfy the young and young at heart.

A native of Fujian, China, Lin has an inspiring story. He arrived in New York City at the age of 19, knowing no English. He began his career as a restaurant dishwasher and has never left the business. Lin opened the original Chow Bing location one year ago  in the Pencil Factory Flats and Shops.


WonderFarm Combines Dinner and Art for Charity

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Atlanta nonprofits WonderRoot and Community Farmers Markets have announced the first-ever WonderFarm, an evening event featuring a seated dinner and art celebration to take place on May 10. With a dining experience curated by Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield, featuring more than 10 of Atlanta’s best chefs including Todd Ginsberg and Kevin Oustz and art installations and performances organized by WonderRoot, the event will raise awareness for the organizations’ missions and shared values while raising funds for both nonprofits.

WonderFarm will appeal to all five senses. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, gourmet seated dinner, interactive demonstrations, performances, art installations and a silent auction within the new Krog Street Market, never before open to the public. In addition to benefiting Community Farmers Markets and WonderRoot, the goal of WonderFarm is to build pathways to participation in the local farming and arts communities through an all-new cultural experience. Honorary Chairs are Camille Russell Love and Mary Laney Reilly.

The mission of Community Farmers Markets is to develop and strengthen farmers markets for long term sustainability and meaningful community impact. Our vision is to increase access to community-based farmers markets – providing neighborhoods and individuals a safe community space and access to fresh healthy food. The goal is to preserve, root and grow the local food culture by maintaining an authentic space for all people regardless of socioeconomic status to share community, fair food and healthy lifestyles while providing a sustainable living for producers who steward the earth. CFM operates the East Atlanta Village, Grant Park, and Decatur Farmers Markets as well as educational outreach programs and events.

WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based nonprofit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. Voted Atlanta’s “Best Advocate for the Arts” for six consecutive years, WonderRoot supports artists to have successful careers in Atlanta and addresses social, environmental and youth development issues through the arts. In addition to more than 150 public, educational and youth development programs each year, WonderRoot operates the WonderRoot Community Arts Center, which houses a recording studio, darkroom, digital media lab, pottery studio, performance and visual art venue for artists throughout Atlanta.

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