Monday, April 27, 2015

Varuni Napoli shuttered after "fire" damage

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Morningside's authentic Neapolitan pizzeria Varuni Napoli is temporarily shuttered after an incident this weekend.

A conscientious bystander noticed smoke coming from the restaurant located near the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive Sunday morning and was quick to alert the Atlanta Fire Department. The quick-to-respond firefighters entered the restaurant with water ready to fight the anticipated flames. Fortunately, and somewhat unfortunately, water was not necessary, as there was no fire.

Varuni Napoli's Italian-made tiled Stefano Ferrara ovens burn at 900 degrees and can emit smoke throughout the restaurant. What the bystander stall was just that, an every day occurrence. Naples born co-owner Luca Varuni assures us that those ovens (and their corresponding smoke) will be up and running soon after water damage can be cleaned up. Those famous Neapolitan pies will have to wait a few days, the amount of time they are expecting to be closed. Not the sort of one year anniversary a restaurant desires. Varuni first opened for business April 23, 2014.

1540 Monroe Drive N.E. 404-709-2690. www.varuni.us

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Urban Cannibals team plans three new ventures

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 12:01 PM

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Last week, we learned Calavino Donati and Doria Roberts, the duo behind East Atlanta's Urban Cannibals (477 Flat Shoals Ave.), are working to open three new ventures by summer’s end. One, their signature Urban Cannibals Bodega and Bites, will take over the former Cruzado space in Midtown at 368 5th St., while Latin American-Southern fusion concept Madre and Mason will move into the old Couscous spot at 560 Dutch Valley Road. Tipple and Rose Tea Parlor and Apothecary will open next to Surin in Virginia-Highland — at 806 N. Highland Ave. — and will offer more than 100 teas along with breakfast, pastries, light lunch items, four versions of high tea service, and apothecary items like bitters and drinking vinegars.

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Atlanta food events: April 27-May 3

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 10:01 AM

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  • Rachel Hortman

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Monday

The Cook's Warehouse, Midtown Mon., April 27, 7-9 p.m. Simple Abundance cooking class Executive chef Martin Pfefferkorn of Polaris is hosting a cooking class to benefit the the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The menu consists of yellow watermelon gazpacho, avocado, cucumber and strawberry salad, sautéed Georgia white shrimp with lobster cream and stone ground grits, and strawberry shortcake. Guests can order tickers through the website or by calling. Details

Taqueria del Sol - Westside April 27-May 2 The Giving Taco Chef Eddie Hernandez will be collaborating with The Giving Kitchen board member and local Atlanta chef, Chris Hall for The Giving Taco week. With each taco bought, Taqueria del sol will donate money to The Giving Kitchen. Details

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Quick Bites: Woodfire Grill closing, chef changes at Last Word, and more

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Woodfire Grill will close on May 20.
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  • Woodfire Grill will close on May 20.

Woodfire Grill will close next month at 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, following more than 13 years serving Atlanta foodies. Though it has not attracted a sufficient number of patrons in recent months to support the cost of business (says owner Nicolas Quinones), its kitchen has played host to an array of top culinary talents, among them Kevin Gillespie, Tyler Williams, and Matthew Weinstein. The final dinner service will be held on May 20.

While co-chefs Matt Palmerlee and (the Four Coursemen supper club founder) Eddie Russell have both departed Inman Park restaurant Last Word (701 Highland Ave.), a new cuisinier has already come along to take over the kitchen. Departing Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla at Krog Street Market to assume her new executive chef role on April 28, Layla Walk brings with her extensive experience at such acclaimed eateries as King and Duke, Bella Cucina, and The Optimist. Look for her personal twist on Mediterranean cuisine in the coming weeks.

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Crawfish for Cancer uses art to spread the word

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:28 PM

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  • Dylan York

New York is known for a lot of things: bagels, Rockefeller Center, the Yankees, and even its newest transplant, Taylor Swift. As multifaceted as the Big Apple is, however, there are some time-honored Southern customs that fade away across the Mason-Dixon Line. That’s why, when Georgia native Daniel Gura and four of his college buddies decided that they would bestow part of their knowledge — and philanthropic motives — on the Northeast with the first annual Crawfish for Cancer (CFC), it was met with open arms.

Since its launch in 2008, the charity has seen exponential growth, expanding the event to five other cities: Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; Boston, and Charleston, S.C. Last year alone the organization raised $90,000 for its charity of choice, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Whether by causation or correlation, these record numbers were attained in the same year that demand for attendance reached new heights — at one point tickets were even being scalped online. Clearly, the novelty of Southern culture (and seafood) is profitable up north.

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Atlanta food events: April 24-26

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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  • Rachel Hortman

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Friday

Aria Through April 26 Buckhead Restaurant Week Celebrate Buckhead Restaurant Week with 39 different restaurants. Some of the places include Aria, Atlanta Fish Market, Bantam + Biddy, The Big Ketch, Bistro Niko, Bricktop’s, Buckhead Diner, Buckhead Tavern, The Capital Grille, Cook Hall, and more. Guests are encouraged to make reservations through the restaurant they want to attend. Details

Coast Seafood and Raw Bar
Through April 26, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Oyster FestOyster Fest will offer oyster specials in 12 different Atlanta restaurants. The oyster event will end at Coast Seafood and Raw Bar for an all day celebration. The day will include executive chef Quentin Donnaud’s roasted oysters, live music, cornhole games and other festivities, and food items like hot dogs, hamburgers and an ice cream sundae bar. Details

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cherry Street planning bottles and cans, more sours and barrel aging

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Cherry Street Brewings Nick Tanner
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  • Cherry Street Brewing's Nick Tanner

On Tuesday, Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative founder Nick Tanner did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with Atlanta beer subreddit, ATLbeer. Amidst questions about Tenacious D and “Clubber Lang crush-mode Rocky,” Tanner revealed a number of newsy tidbits about his quickly expanding Cumming brewpub that recently turned two years old.

Here’s the rundown:

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Ann Price of Ann's Snack Bar passes away

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 10:08 AM

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Annie Bell Price, known to many of us as "Ms. Ann," proprietor of the renowned Memorial Drive burger dive Ann's Snack Bar, has died at age 72. Price was an Atlanta icon, her Snack Bar, an institution. Taking a place at Ms. Ann’s counter had become a rite of passage for both local and visiting food enthusiasts alike. Obeying her legendary etiquette rules, such as no leaning on the counter or cursing, were a small price to pay for a taste of Price’s famed chili bacon double cheeseburger, the Ghetto Burger, which gained national recognition when the Wall Street Journal named it one of the Best Burgers in America in 2007. Price's strict dining rules, which she rarely failed to enforce, meant everyone was treated the same at Ann’s; they created a unique camaraderie among the diverse diners who queued up in the joint’s slow-moving line day after day.

There’s no word yet on what the future holds for Ann's Snack Bar now that Price has passed, but we will update with details as they become available. If you would like to pay your respects, you can visit the tribute page set up by her family.

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Atlanta food events: April 20-26

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 9:27 AM

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  • Rachel Hortman

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Monday

Coast Seafood and Raw Bar April 20-26, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Oyster Fest Oyster Fest will offer oyster specials in 12 different Atlanta restaurants. The oyster event will end at Coast Seafood and Raw Bar for an all day celebration. The day will include executive chef Quentin Donnaud’s roasted oysters, live music, cornhole games and other festivities, and food items like hot dogs, hamburgers and an ice cream sundae bar. Details

Wednesday

Cibo e Beve Wed., April 22, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Administrative Professionals' Day
To celebrate the important role of administrative professionals, Cibo e Beve will offer each table a complimentary appetizer with an entree purchase during lunch hours. Reserve a table by calling the restaurant. Details

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Quick Bites: Little Bacch, Rosa’s Tex-Mex Revival, and more

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co. to open Inman Quarter location

Joe Schafer, formerly executive chef at King and Duke and most recently of Abattoir, which shuttered in March, will return to Westside Provisions to helm Anne Quatrano’s Little Bacch, slated to take over the former site of Quinones at 1198 Howell Mill Road. Diners can look forward to high-end Continental cuisine served a la carte when the eatery opens early this summer. Details as they arise.

Mother is inviting another pop-up concept into its popular kitchen. Booze Pig and Co. comes from former Holeman and Finch Public House sous chef Robert Velazquez and former Restaurant Eugene assistant sommelier Brian Bates, who cover the food and drink, respectively. Look for items like curried pork belly, gruyere poutine, and pretzel milk panna cotta, with paired wines to complement.

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