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Archive for March, 2009

Sign o’ the times

The best free thing in Atlanta isn’t free anymore. The cute Korean coffee machine at So Kong Dong tofu house on Buford Highway no longer dispenses cups of sweet, creamer-y coffee-like substance for no charge. I’m sad. But it’s “a quarter only.” And this coffee seems strangely like a yummy dessert when taken after soon dubu — burbly tofu stew. 

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Congratulations, Virginia Willis!

Atlantan food star (and AJC contributor) Virginia Willis is a finalist in the American category of the International Association of Culinary Professionals cookbook awards for her book “Bon Appetit, Y’all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking.” The winners will anounced at the IACP Conference in Denver in early April.

You can find the full list of finalists here.

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Tom Catherall confirms meeting with Joël Antunes (updated)

Tom Catherall left this comment on the post about his being spotted with Chef Diaeresis yesterday in Atlanta.

Yes, yes, yes, Tom. We do wonder what you were talking about yesterday. We really do. Could it be this? Otherwise known as this.

(Click for the links…you know you want them…)

Another Update: Besha and gang over at Omnivore report that the duo has been seen sharing breakfast sliders at Flip and have dubbed them “Antunerall.”

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Restaurant Stories

Can restaurants be comfortable in their own skin? Or not?

For this week’s Restaurant Stories column, I’m sitting at the bar at Bone Garden Cantina, eating a fish taco, and considering how well it understands its space compared to the restaurant that preceded it. 

Bone Garden Cantina feels alive despite all the dead people.

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What’s up with the IACP awards?

The International Association of Culinary Professionals presents annual awards for cookbooks that are, in their field, just as prestigious and sought-after as the James Beard Awards. According to the organization’s website the finalists were supposed to be announced yesterday. The rumor is already out that a high-profile Atlanta cookbook author is up for one. 

But I can find no reference to the finalists anywhere on these here Internets, and a call to the organization’s Atlanta headquarters put my in automated phone system purgatory. 

Curious…

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Joël Antunes in Atlanta?

Overscene: Here to Serve Restaurants owner Tom Catherall lunching at Lola in Buckhead this afternoon with a companion who looked an awful lot like Joël Antunes. 

Wonder what they were talking about…

Wonder if this blog will remain in thrall to the diaeresis

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Chima Brazilian Steakhouse closes

 

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse — that huge Brazilian moo palace in Buckhead that’s not Fogo de Chao — has closed, soon after celebrating its first birthday. 

“We are saddened to close our Atlanta location,” owner Bruno Silva said in a prepared statement. 

The company operates four other East Coast locations and plans to open — catch this — 60 more by the year 2020. 

But Atlanta proved to be a tough market with the ever-popular Fogo de Chao just around the corner and the locally owned Fire of Brazil siphoning off the meat-gorging crowds at Perimeter Mall and downtown.

Chima replaced another failed Brazilian steakhouse called Boi na Braza. 

In the year 2525, will man be still alive? Will he continue to engage in this strange overeating ritual? 

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Joël Antunes speaks

It hasn’t been an easy week for Joël Antunes, the James Beard Award-winning French chef who left his famous namesake restaurant in Atlanta to take over the kitchen of a Manhattan classic — the Oak Room in the Plaza Hotel.

First, the Oak Room announced it was severing ties with him following a pair of bad reviews and a difficult time opening this high-high-high luxury concept in a crashing economy. Then, the Atlanta restaurant that bears his name felt compelled to put out a press release to quash any rumors that he might return to his old sauteeing grounds. 

Antunes called me to talk over the weeks events, and he sounded…copacetic. Ready for the next challenge. Maybe even a little relieved. He also revealed that he hadn’t been actively running the Oak Room kitchen for the past five weeks, well before the announcement of his separation. He also says at that time (just following the New York Times review), he made the decision to leave — he wasn’t pushed out the door.

Here’s his …

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Ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks

I discovered this art on the side of a sauce caddy in the cafeteria at Your Dekalb Farmers Market. It’s drawn on a mailing label.

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Drown your flight-delay sorrow in cheesecake

Café Intermezzo, Brookwood

A source at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has confirmed that plans are underway for a branch of Café Intermezzo to open in the B Concourse. 

According to airport media director John Kennedy, the new space located at the top of the escalator coming from the train will be a combination of Buckhead Books and the popular cafe, which famously serves over 100 desserts along with a menu of small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches and other light fare. No word yet on an opening date. There are two current locations in Brookwood (South Buckhead) and Dunwoody.

Café Intermezzo will join One Flew South, which opened in November on the E Concourse, as another dining destination for travelers who want to avoid the food courts. One Flew South offers inventive Southern cooking, sushi and a sophisticated drinks/cocktails program.

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