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Front Burner: Peter Chang in ‘New Yorker,’ Pano’s no show, Zaza’s Bottle Bar

changjpegLast night I was sleepily paging through the “New Yorker” while my wife was watching the televised event I call “I Don’t Care If I Ever See a Freaking Ice Dancer Again,” when I came upon an article by the wonderful food writer Calvin Trillin.

At first I though it was another story about chef du jour David Chang. But, no, it was about Peter Chang — the chef who created such a sensation when he arrived at Tasty China restaurant in 2006. The chef stayed only briefly, but he put this Marietta restaurant on the map. (I revisited it recently.)

This peripatetic chef has moved throughout the Southeast — from Northern Virginia, to Marietta, to Knoxville, and most recently to Charlottesville, Va. — and his devoted fans follow him everywhere, often driving hours to taste his roasted fish again. It’s a great article, though you’ll have to buy the magazine to read it. Atlantan Steve Drucker, who parsed his first meals at Tasty China in an epic post, is mentioned in it.

I hear tell that a story about Chang will appear in the upcoming Oxford American food issue from its guest editor, John T. Edge.

In other news:

  • Rich Eldredge is reporting over at Atlanta Magazine’s ATL Intel blog that all four Buckhead Life restaurants invited to pass out tidbits at the magazine’s annual “Best Of Atlanta” issue party pulled a no show. Eldredge says he got word that Buckhead Life founder I. Pano Karatassos was livid over the magazine’s critical one-star review of its latest restaurant, Bistro Niko, from Bill Addison. The AJC’s Meridith Ford Goldman awarded the ambitious restaurant 3 stars, with a few criticisms. Reviews in Creative Loafing and the Knife & Fork newsletter were less charitable.
  • Atlanta Hawks player Zaza Pachulia will extend his foray in the restaurant world (Eno By Zaza) with the opening of Buckhead Bottle Bar in early spring in the former Che/Blais/Peachtree Café space at 268 E. Paces Ferry Road. His partner in this club/bar/eatery will be A.D. Allushi, former manager at Market.

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February 24th, 2010
12:51 pm

Can you blame Pano ? He is a legend here.

janet wyche

February 24th, 2010
12:54 pm

Thanks John. I was asking about Buckhead Life Group’s empty booths at the event. Big signs with their restaurant names on them and NO One in their booths. ***crickets***

janet wyche

February 24th, 2010
12:59 pm

Did not see the other post. Yes D, you can be professional regardless of reviews. Reviews are an opportunity to change for the bettter or ignore. This was a charity event – who loses Camp Twin Lakes and kids because of ego. Please. Bill was not reviewing Pano’s past/history or contribution to the food scene but “the food” etc. at Cafe Nikko. The big ? is – why so upset/ungrounded, Pano?


February 24th, 2010
1:34 pm

What a joke. The empty booths weren’t a good sign to the Best of Atlanta attendees. Rather than boycott the event, maybe Pano should reevaluate what he’s doing at Bistro Niko. I read Addison’s review and thought it was pretty spot on. I’ve been there twice since it opened and wasn’t impressed either time (can’t believe I made a return trip after trying that awful atttempt at entrecote frites the first time). That said, I think the other Buckhead Life restaurants are great!


February 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

Maybe it is something other than an ego bruise, given the “undone” deal at St. Regis as well , I have to defend our beloved Pano.


February 24th, 2010
5:22 pm

Pano should stick to supporting Jezebel, he always dominates their “Top !00″ restaurant issue………What a joke.
He needs to grow up, and realize that people don’t fall for the old [deleted] anymore.

Always Hungry

February 25th, 2010
10:28 am

I am not at all surprised by Mr Karatassos reaction. He not liked by many for good reason.


February 26th, 2010
10:55 am

I am sorry, but his restaurants suck.
Only and truly heartless and evil individual boycotts a charity event. I can only imagine the way he treats his employees.