Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creature Comforts readies first cans and bottles for November

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Fresh off their win a couple weeks ago at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens will fittingly release the winning beer as one of their first packaged offerings. After learning that a couple other breweries already had "Curiosity Series," CCBC renamed their limited line of beers. The Curious No. 2 is the new name of CCBC's bronze-medal-winning American Brett Ale with kiwi and pineapple that will see an extremely limited release (200 bottles) in Athens in early-to-mid November.

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Scenes from Taste of Atlanta 2014

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Taste of Atlanta, a three-day food festival that takes place every October, returned to Tech Square in Midtown over the weekend. Restaurants of all kinds from all over the city came out and offered tastes of their food. There were also cooking competitions, teaching workshops, and a cocktail competition. Here's a peek at what you missed. (More photos after the jump)

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Atlanta food events Oct. 27- Nov. 2

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Oakland Cemetery will be the setting for a scavenger hunt this Sat., Nov. 1
  • Joeff Davis
  • Oakland Cemetery will be the setting for a scavenger hunt this Sat., Nov. 1

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Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party Mon., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. A Taste of India This Candler Park tea shop will host its monthly three-course Indian dinner to benefit The Learning Tea, which funds a scholarship program for women in Darjeeling, India. The dinner is the best way to stay up-to-date with the shop's multiple projects and offerings. Details


Rooftop 866 Tue., Oct. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Paint Nite Learn to paint the Atlanta Skyline on this Midtown rooftop restaurant and bar. An instructor will lead the class through the painting and the bar will offer craft cocktails. Details

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Quick Bites: Cafe Circa reopens and more

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Lunch chef Mihoko Obunai has left Southbound, prompting executive chef Ryan Smith to debut a new menu Tuesday at the Chamblee restaurant.
  • Photo by Tyler Oxford
  • Lunch chef Mihoko Obunai has left Southbound, prompting executive chef Ryan Smith to debut a new menu Tuesday at the Chamblee restaurant.

After bouncing around a few culinary destinations (namely, short-lived posts at Miso Izakaya and Joli Kobe and an uber-popular ramen pop-up at So Ba) following RePast's shutter in mid-2010, chef Mihoko Obunai has departed her 10-month-long post at Southbound (5394 Peachtree Road), as well. Chef Ryan Smith, who recently debuted a fresh fall dinner menu at the Chamblee restaurant, will thus introduce his own take on lunch this Tuesday, October 28. Meanwhile, Obunai is returning to the ramen game with a new Monday-night pop-up, Ramen Freak, at the Sound Table (483 Edgewood Ave.). Kicking off at 5 p.m. on November 3, it will feature masterful renditions of ramen and izakaya classics. Obunai is also launching a four-day Guatemala culinary tour this February in tandem with "social entrepreneur" Stephanie Jolluck. Details as they arise.

Old Fourth Ward mainstay Cafe Circa closed for renovations at 464 Edgewood Ave. earlier this year but reopened on Thursday evening under new ownership, complete with a new logo, flashier image, and a fresh concept for its rooftop lounge, the Reserve, henceforth known as CC's Rooftop. Thanks to Tomorrow's News Today for the tip.

Sweet Auburn Seafood has opened downtown at 171 Auburn Ave., on the corner of Jesse Hill Jr, Drive. Chef Sammy Davis, a former winner of Food Network's Chopped, helms the cuisine, which includes dishes like lobster bombas, Baltimore crab cakes, and blackened-shrimp burgers. Cocktails are classic yet creative, and include both Manhattans and Hemingway daiquiris.

A new juice bar, Veda Juice, is coming to the two-story shopping complex at 365 Peachtree Hills Ave. in Buckhead, What Now Atlanta reveals. Located on the ground floor of the building, called Peachtree Hills Village, it will reportedly offer 100 percent cold-pressed juices made from organic and locally sourced ingredients. Although construction on the concept should start shortly, no timeline is yet available for the opening. Details as they arise.

World of Beer, the Tampa, Florida-based pub known for offering more than 500 craft and premium brews, has opened its Midtown Atlanta location at 855 Peachtree St. Although several of the nation's 55+ World of Beer locations do not provide their own food, this one will be the exception to the rule, serving items like bratwurst sliders and margherita flatbread.

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Atlanta weekend food events Oct. 24-26

Posted By on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Taste of Atlanta comes to Tech Square this Oct. 24-26
  • James Camp
  • Taste of Atlanta comes to Tech Square this Oct. 24-26

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Truly Living Well Fri., Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Food Day Lunch and Learn This urban farm Old Fourth Ward opens its doors and its pantry for a lunch and farm tour. Details

Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center Oct. 24-26 Taste of Atlanta Starting out on Friday with an 80s snyth-pop kick off party and going on all weekend, this event includes more than 90 Atlanta area restaurants. Atlanta chefs will face off and show off in cooking competitions and shows all weekend. With a VIP ticket option that includes a wine and beer tasting, all diets and tastes will be catered to. Details

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brick-and-mortar Illegal Food coming soon to Virginia-Highland

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM


Illegal Food is making it legit with a much anticipated move to a full-service restaurant in Virginia-Highland. The beloved pop-up exited Joystick Gamebar this summer and has been on the lookout for a permanent location after such great reception from the community. Executive chef and co-owner Steven Lingenfelter will continue to serve fan favorites like "The Hank" in addition to a full menu of appetizers, entrées, sandwiches, and desserts.

Illegal Food will move into the space formerly occupied by Bar Meatball with a seated dining room, seated bar, and a covered patio. Attention to high-quality standards with the freshest regionally sourced ingredients is what Illegal Food is all about. Everything down to the sour cream will be made from scratch and in-house. Meats will be sourced from the heritage breed and pasture-raised farms of Gum Creek (pork), Brasstown (beef), and Grass Roots (poultry). Expect fan favorites like the "Fungus Among Us" burger and those cracktastic okonomiyaki-style fries with bonito flakes.

With a full-service restaurant comes a craft beer listing and a bar program. Lingenfelter, a native of Kentucky, will have a wide selection of bourbons both for tasting and as the key influences for the Southern-inspired cocktail menu.

Check ’em out in early December 2014, Tuesdays-Fridays for dinner (starting at 5 p.m.) and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.

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Mibo Ramen returns as Ramen Freak at Sound Table

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Obunais chicken shoyu ramen

Just in time for the chilly weather, one of Atlanta's most celebrated ramen freaks, chef Mihoko Obunai, is getting back in the pop-up game. Obunai's new Ramen Freak pop-up will take over the Sound Table on Monday nights starting Nov. 3. Ramen's on at 5 p.m. and will be served until they run out.

Obunai, who recently left Southbound, has another adventure under her chef coat so make sure you grab a bowl while you still can. Starting in February 2015, Obunai and collaborator Stephanie Jolluck will begin offering culinary tours of Guatemala through their new joint venture, Cultiva Tours.

Obunai has helmed ramen pop-ups all over the United States, often with Sun Noodle chief Shigetoshi Nakamura. Fans flocked to Obunai's Mibo Ramen pop-up at So Ba in EAV last fall and winter.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Notes from the Atlanta Ramen Festival

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Atlanta Ramen Festival
  • Brad Kaplan
  • Clockwise from upper left: bowls of ramen from Chai Pani, Mibo Ramen, the Lawrence, Makan, St. Cecilia, Kimball House, Victory Sandwich Bar, and Alma Cocina
Pumpkins aren't the only fall food group that inspires festivals (and/or, um, riots). Call me crazy, but when October hits, my thoughts turn not to pumpkin spice lattes, but to warm bowls of ramen. So what better way to spend an early autumn evening than slurping on eight bowls of ramen from eight different restaurants, all in one place? The inaugural Atlanta Ramen Festival, held at Makan restaurant in Decatur, offered just that on Monday night. Not only was it a great start to ramen season, but the proceeds from $25 all-you-can-eat tickets went straight to the Atlanta restaurant community's favorite charity, the Giving Kitchen. Double bonus.

Apparently I wasn't the only one smitten with the idea of binging on noodles and broth for a good cause, since tickets sold out over the weekend based on good word of mouth. Makan general manager, Michael Lo, said demand was high. In fact, the turnout and interest from local chefs was so high that Lo hopes to come back bigger and better next year, with a larger venue, more ramen choices, and more room for the soup-obsessed hordes.

It's always nice to see chefs and the community coming together to support a cause, and this year's event was boosted by the fact that the oodles of noodles needed to fill the bowls were donated by Sun Noodles, the noodle maker of choice for ramen shops all over the country. The eight chefs on hand manned stations around the restaurant, cooking noodles to order and assembling bowls full of flavor. With such a diverse group of chefs participating - from restaurants like Alma Cocina, Chai Pani, Kimball House, and St. Cecilia - traditional ramen took a back seat to unusual twists, by way of Italy, India, the American Southwest, and more.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Where to get your non-latte pumpkin fix in Atlanta

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Better Halfs pumpkin soup about to be poured table-side
  • Zach Meloy
  • Better Half's pumpkin soup about to be poured table-side

Behold, the season of everyone's favorite festive gourd is in full swing. In Atlanta, October means pumpkin fever. Unfortunately for true devotees, the delicious (and nutritious) allure of pumpkin tends to get lost in a sea of cheesy pumpkin gimmicks (pumpkin spiced Oreos, Pop Tarts, or chewing gum, anyone?). And, of course, the grandaddy of them all, pumpkin spiced lattes, which are everywhere.

Don't let the gimmicks put you off pumpkin completely. There's some good stuff out there if you know where to look. Here are our five best bets for getting your pumpkin fix without the cavities or coffee breath:

Pumpkin soup at Better Half
Soup, the elemental comfort food of fall, is perhaps the perfect thing to be pumpkin spiced. At Better Half, chef Zachary Meloy presents spiced pumpkin soup in two parts. First comes the garnishes of crisp grilled pumpkin and burned onion in a bowl. The base of the spiced pumpkin soup with espresso milk is then poured over table-side. It’s an interactive experience that allows guests to see the ingredients before liquid is added — fanfare that the pumpkin season deserves. 349 14th St. N.W. 404-695-4547.

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Quick Bites: Gypsy Kitchen, Bento Hut open and more

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Gypsy Kitchen is now open at Buckhead Atlanta
  • Photo by Brandon Amato
  • Gypsy Kitchen is now open at Buckhead Atlanta

Marking the third official restaurant to open at Buckhead Atlanta (after Shake Shack and Thirteen Pies), Gypsy Kitchen has opened at 3035 Peachtree Road. A tribute to Spanish cuisine in the Old World tradition, the exotic concept is the brainchild of JP Piemonte and Chris Hadermann (Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails), with executive chef Randy Lewis, formerly culinary director of numerous California wineries. He brings the flavors of Spain's Andalusian, Basque, Galician, and Catalonian regions to the table, offering tastes such as octopus confit with potato, paprika, garlic chips, and parsley; Serrano ham-wrapped North Carolina trout with fava-bean and Spanish-olive salsa; and a bone-in beef rib-eye with roasted red peppers, feta, capers, and preserved lemons.

Gato Cafe's longstanding Gato Arigato pop-up has ended, confirms Jarrett Stieber. Stieber is best known for his Eat Me Speak Me supper club, and operates his own pop-up out of the Gato headquarters on Sunday and Monday nights, but is changing the schedule to Friday through Sunday beginning October 24. As for the primary pop-up on site, we do know a new culinary concept for Monday and Tuesday nights is coming soon.

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