Who says pork belly is on its way out? Not true, judging by the dishes served at last Sunday’s Afternoon in the Country hosted by the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.
With more than 50 restaurants, wineries and other vendors dishing up samples, fall flavors and comfort foods dishes ruled the day. There were braised meats aplenty and some lovely soups, like the creamy smoked chestnut soup from Eleven, Bocado’s hearty turnip soup with celery and fennel, and a rich smoked duck and farro soup from Empire State South.
But pork belly reigned supreme, appearing in dish after dish. There were
pork belly tacos and banh mi, pork belly with apple chips, kimchee and more. We even slurped pork belly Brunswick stew from Suzanne Vizethann from Buttermilk Kitchen and The Hungry Peach.
And while I’m still a fan of the almighty pork belly, my favorite dish of the day had to be the smoky and juicy bacon-wrapped quail from Rathbun’s. The smoked beet salad with bacon jam and chevre from Seven Lamps had a nice balance of flavors and offered an alternative to the heavier fall fare offered. The crispy fried chicken drumettes with collard slaw from The Farmhouse were also worth a mention.
I’d also like to offer kudos to:
The chefs who worked at their tables with their teams. Chefs including Kevin Rathbun, Steven Satterfield and Kevin Gillespie were all front and center, thrilling fans who tweeted adorations like, “I can’t believe I’m ten feet from …”
Which were your favorite dishes of the day?
See below for additional photos from the event.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog