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Archive for April, 2013

Kentucky Derby celebrations May 4th

AJC Staff

AJC Staff

We are approaching one of my favorite weekends of the spring…not only will the city be overrun with Cinco de Mayo parties, but this Saturday, May 4th is the 139th running of the only horse race most of us ever pay attention to – The Kentucky Derby.

And another Atlanta tradition, Derby Day, is celebrating its 31st year this weekend. Hosted by the Shepherd Center’s Junior Committee, the event regularly draws over 1,000 big-hat and pastel wearing participants, and takes over the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers this Saturday.

The proceeds from the event benefit the Shepherd Center and will go to fund medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord and brain injuries. Guests will be bussed into the event from Buckhead starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Once there, a ticket ($60 advanced, $70 at the door) buys you a food, drinks(think – mint juleps as far as the eye can see), casino games, drawings, a live and a silent auction, and a …

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Sunday Column: Dining at Counters

The Third Space (credit: Asha Gomez)

The Third Space (credit: Asha Gomez)

Asha Gomez recently opened The Third Space — a place for chef dinners, cooking demonstrations and general culinary merriment. It brings Atlanta something the city has long needed: a dedicated gourmet dining counter. You can read some thoughts on the trend that is remaking high-end dining in the country right here.

– by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

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Make a plan for Mother’s Day at one of these spots

courtesy of West & Mill

courtesy of West & Mill

It’s sneaking up on us. Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Have you made plans for mom? Here are a few suggestions to get you planning. We won’t tell her that you needed a little nudge!


Roswell Teahouse: Tea will include a choice of soup like the signature cold cherry soup, light sandwiches, blueberry scones with lemon curd and desserts including the apple strudel. Mom will also choose a bottomless pot of tea to accompany her delectables. Seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 108 Magnolia St., Roswell. 770-643-5813. $26 adults, $15 children under 11.

West & Mill: Tea time will include a three-tier tray of sandwiches, petit fours and scones. In addition to tea service, tea-based cocktails will also be featured on Mother’s Day. 2-5 p.m. 1000 Marietta Street, Atlanta. 678-974-8953.


103 West: This Buckhead Life Restaurant will once again serve it’s annual mother’s day brunch buffet complete with piano entertainment. The buffet includes a …

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Blogger Bake Sale Benefit

bake saleOn Saturday, a whole bunch of Atlanta food bloggers are getting together at Cook’s Warehouse at Ansley Mall for a bake sale benefiting the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.

The Atlanta bloggers, including Christina Arpante of Mele Cotte, Tami Hardeman of Running with Tweezers and Broderick Smylie of Savory Exposure, boast the top No Kid Hungry bake sale in the country for the past two years, and are hoping to make it three-in-a-row this year.

9 a.m.-1 p.m., 1544 Piedmont Road,

— Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.

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Restaurant inspections, Olive Tree Restaurant

A Paulding County restaurant is anxious to get its health score back to an A after recently dropping to a failing 55/U on a routine inspection.

Olive Tree Restaurant, 37 Betty St., Hiram, isn’t used to such a low health score. Previous ratings were 93/A and 94/A.

“I know it looks like a low score but it had nothing to do with the food. It was more of the handling of it,” said a Olive Tree manager who asked that his name not be used.

Points were deducted because an employee handled cut cucumbers with bare hands when filling the prep line salad cooler, according to the inspection report. The cucumbers were discarded.

Some foods were not protected from contamination. Cut fruit, loaves of bread and some feta cheese were left uncovered in the coolers.

A container with potato slices was stored on the floor, instead of a shelf or counter.

The restaurant also had a number of expired food items. A bottle of roasted pepper vinaigrette should have been thrown away almost 18 months ago. A …

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The Atlanta 50: Where to Eat

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A taste of springtime from Bacchanalia (photo by Becky Stein)

The AJC Spring Dining Guide – with our updated list of the Atlanta 50 – drops today in all of its printed, tablet optimized and mobile-device friendly formats.

Here on the computer box, we’ve got you covered, too.

To see the whole shebang on a mighty pretty webpage, go here.

To see pictures of dishes from The Atlanta 50 restaurants, go here.

To search The Atlanta 50 by cuisine or by neighborhood, go here.

To look at a gallery of the Atlanta Twitterverse weighing in with pictures of deliciousness, go here.

To go in the kitchen with Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, go here.

Hope y’all like it.

– John Kessler, Jenny Turknett, Jon Watson for the Food and More Blog

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Restaurant inspections, Huong Lan Banh Mi

A Vietnamese restaurant in Duluth had its food permit suspended last week after failing a second consecutive routine health inspection.

Employees at Huong Lan Banh Mi, 1630 Pleasant Hill Road, could not demonstrate food safety knowledge, said a Gwinnett County inspector who gave the business a 48/U. The restaurant scored a 66/U in November.

Points were deducted for uncleanliness. The inspector said several plates and bowls were stored as if clean even though they were coated in grease. The meat slicer was covered with food debris. Several utensils were stored in unclean containers and not kept clean. Mold was growing inside a teapot.

Food was not properly separated in the cooler or freezer. In the walk-in cooler, raw pork and raw beef were stored above spicy soup and sauces. Raw eggs were above ready-to-eat foods. In the freezer, raw chicken was on top of soup mix and raw beef.

Several foods were discarded because of wrong temperatures or cooling methods.

Noodles, beef, pork, …

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Sample gluten-free and allergy-friendly products

gaafwe_rgb - Copy (2)For those who avoid gluten, dairy, soy, nuts and other food allergens, the upcoming Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness event on May 5 was created just for you.

Much like a weekend market, the event will host an array of vendors, both local and national, offering samples and selling their allergy-friendly products. The almost 25 local producers include American Gra-Frutti, Mama Bakes Safe Cakes, Pure Knead and Premade Paleo. The event will also showcase Kosher gluten-free foods.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be presentations by guest speakers including Cynthia Rudert, a gastroenterologist specializing in celiac disease and Carol Kicinski, founder of Simply Gluten Free magazine.

Additionally, cooking demonstrations by prominent allergy-friendly cooks and chefs will be staggered throughout the event. See the event website for a full schedule, including times for demos by the following:

  • Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten Free
  • Charles and Julie Mayfield of “Paleo Comfort …

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Closed or Closing: Dante’s, Sun Dial, Peasant

Dante'sDante’s closing in July

After months of mixed messages, Dante Stephensen announced via Facebook that Dante’s Down the Hatch will close July 31. The iconic restaurant, as beloved for its multilevel shipwrecked atmosphere, as its jazz, fondue and wines, was an Atlanta destination for 43 years. And Stephensen was its master of ceremonies. If you missed it on Sunday, here’s a great story about Stephensen and Dante’s by the AJC’s Bert Roughton Jr.:

Sun Dial set for renovations

The Sun Dial restaurant, which has been revolving atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza for more than 35 years, will be closing for renovations on April 28. According to a press release, it will reopen in August with “a fully refreshed interior, regular special events and a seasonally crafted menu from Chef Jason Starnes with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.

Peasant Bistro closed last week

One of the last vestiges of the original ’70s Pleasant Peasant restaurants, originally owned and …

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Ford Fry’s non-profit food truck to roll out soon

Peoples-300x336Ford Fry, the man behind JCT, The Optimist, and the upcoming King + Duke, has lent his culinary craftsmanship to a good cause. Well, specifically, it is a good cause on wheels.

Enter People’s Food Truck – a non-profit food truck that will soon begin offering Fry’s creations all over town. Owned and operated by City of Refuge, a non-profit organization that works on community development though providing food, clothing, shelter, job training, healthcare, and education to Atlanta’s less fortunate. 100% of the proceeds from People’s Food Truck will go to benefit City of Refuge.

There will be a sneak peak of People’s this Friday the 26th at Atlantic Station from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. during the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue event. The initial menu includes dishes like Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales and steak, smoky onion, pickled carrot, and avocado tacos.

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

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