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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Weekend

Julian Van Winkle at 2012 Food & Wine

Julian Van Winkle at 2012 Atlanta Food & Wine Fest

The Atlanta Food & Festival opens this morning in Midtown with a toast and the promise of a long weekend of Southern-flavored eating, drinking and learning.

If you didn’t buy advance tickets, there are still Tasting Tent tickets and Day Passes available at the Welcome Center at 11th Street and Juniper Street, open at 8 a.m. today, and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tasting Tents ($100) – includes all you can eat and drink during the three-hour tent session each afternoon, with a variety of Southern food and drink, and a different lineup of chefs in the tents each day.

Day Passes ($185) – includes three Learning Experiences (classes) plus one Tasting Tent session.

I’ll be back moderating a couple of the beer learning experiences this year, including a Saturday brewers round table and tasting called Southern Craft Brewers Spill It, and a Sunday tasting panel called Exotic Evolution, where we’ll explore the wilder side of beer in …

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Kale Me Crazy to open in Inman Park this weekend

AJC staff

AJC staff

It seems that I’m not the only one that is hopping on the juicing train.

It was only a matter of time, I suppose, before the whole juicing fad, of which I’m unabashedly a participant in, gets turned into a new franchise. And I know what you are thinking….yes, Arden’s Garden and a few other juicing chains have been around for years. But, when the yogurt shop guys are getting in on it, you can bet this fad is going to go full-cupcake faster than a craft burger shack slinging Neapolitan pizza.

Rol Shlomo, the entrepreneur behind the Sandy Springs-based Yogli Mogli, is set to open the first Kale Me Crazy in Inman Park this Saturday.

After taking the yogurt chain, first opened in 2009, to 25 locations, Shlomo believes that the juice bar is poised to be the next big thing in Atlanta. He tells the Atlanta Business Chronicle, “The market here really needs it…just like it needed yogurt four years ago.”

Don’t misinterpret my sarcastic tone…I’m actually down with the juicing. …

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Dinner at Gunshow

Chef Kevin Gillespie shows off some of his creations (credit: Becky Stein)

Chef Kevin Gillespie shows off some of his creations (credit: Becky Stein)

This week I visited Gunshow — the unusual new restaurant from chef Kevin Gillespie, where the chefs hand deliver their dishes like dim sum offerings.

You may recall I wrote about the ways that Gillespie and design firm ai3 managed to pull off a radical design on a tight budget.

Subscribers can read my account of my first visit to the restaurant here.

Everyone who’s planning to visit Gunshow might consider these 11 observations I had about the experience:

  1. There’s no bar, though you can sit and wait for your party in a cordoned-off area that makes you feel a bit like you’re waiting for the 8:20 train to Hoboken. Someone will offer you a glass of wine or a bottle of beer.
  2. The beverage program is pretty basic. Then again, you can get a perfectly nice, food-friendly drink for a decent price. If you’re a wine geek and want something special with this food, you might consider bringing a bottle from home. …

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Restaurant inspections, Yuka Roll and Pho

A sushi restaurant in Suwanee recently had its food permit suspended after receiving a second health score in the 40s.

A Gwinnett County inspector said Yuka Roll and Pho, 1197 Old Peachtree Road, posted its third violation of not keeping food protected from cross contamination.

During the routine inspection, multiple foods were uncovered in the cooler and freezer. Raw fish was stored in the same container as cooked shrimp and prepared fish cakes. The food prep sink was being used to thaw raw tuna and cool cooked scallops. And soap was on the sink’s drain board next to the food.

The restaurant was given a failing score of 45/U. It posted a 49/U on a routine inspection in March.

Among other code violations, points were taken off because there were no parasite destruction documents for fish served raw or undercooked in the sushi.

The restaurant menus are misleading and need changing, the inspector said. Multiple listings include the words “crab” or “crab meat,” but the restaurant …

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Hopkins and Best talk food and drink on ‘Feed Radio’

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Hopkins and Best on "Feed Radio"

Together, chef Linton Hopkins and barman Greg Best have helped build one of Atlanta’s most prominent food and drink businesses, Resurgens Hospitality Group, which includes Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch Public House, H&F Bread Co., H&F Bottle Shop and the new H&F Burger stands at Turner Field.

But their love of music and curiosity about all things culinary led them to the studios of Atlanta radio station AM 1690, where they record “Feed Radio” — a 45-minute program that’s a sort of mashup of Bob Dylan’s “Theme Time Radio Hour” and American Public Radio’s “The Splendid Table.”

Topics to talk and play songs about have included the likes of “Skillets and Roots Music” and “On the Farm and Off to the Farmers Market.” Chef Joe Truex, barman Paul Calvert and poet Kevin Young have been among the guests.

Right now, there are 13 “Feed Radio” episodes available online. And Hopkins and Best will be at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival this weekend to …

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Toffee Time

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Have you ever revisited a recipe you used to make? That happened to me over the weekend when my daughter asked me to make a batch of English toffee to give to her teachers as end-of-year presents. It had been about a decade since I went on my toffee-making kick. I’ve always been interested in recipes that involve a chemical transformation but don’t require careful measurements.

IMG_6972Toffee is like this: once you’ve made it once, you can eyeball it and get it to the right stage of hardness only using sight and smell. Once the sugar-butter mixture is hot enough to toast the almonds, it’s perfect.

After I put the recipe in the paper, I started to get a few complaints from readers who attempted the recipe, only to have it break into gobs of sugar and puddles of butter. I tried the recipe again, and sure enough it broke on me. When it happened one more time, I called the great Atlanta food scientist (and great friend) Shirley Corriher to get her input.

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Restaurant inspections, Enzo’s Pizza

A Snellville pizza joint was closed by Gwinnett County health authorities after an inspection unveiled a roach infestation problem.

Roaches were crawling over exposed food and clean surfaces throughout Enzo’s Pizza, 3070 Highway 78, and that posed an imminent health hazard, the inspector said.

The inspector was there to check out a customer complaint and gave Enoz’s a failing score of 53/U.

The pests were crawling underneath a counter that was directly above the pizza make-line. They were also crawling along the walls, floors, underneath the sinks, behind equipment, near the pizza ovens and around bulk flour bags, among other areas.

Enzo’s has been warned on multiple inspections about its problem with roaches, but the infestation has now gotten worse, the inspector said. The facility has not been treated this year by a professional exterminator, and has no pest control service contract, according to the report.

Instead, the staff has been trying to tackle the problem in-house. …

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Barbecue, Beer and Bourbon

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I wrote about two of my favorite things, barbecue and beer, in a story and a column on the cover yesterday’s AJC Food section.

You can check out the barbecue story on AJC.com

You can find Beer Town on the AJC Drink blog: blogs.ajc.com/drink/

And you can eat barbecue and drink beer at two events on Thursday, May 30. But if those aren’t your favorite things, maybe you’ll like another event that night in celebration of another of my favorite things, bourbon.

Pig Out Party

JCT Kitchen & Bar’s Ford Fry and  E.J. Hodgkinson host the tailgate-style kickoff to the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival with some of the South’s best barbecue chefs, including: Chris Hall, Eli Kirshtein, Todd Mussman, Suzanne Vizethann, Greg Baker, Brandon McGlamery, Levon Wallace, Derek Emerson, Mary Jennifer Russell, Gary Crunkleton, Kelly English, and Chris Sheperd. Tickets $65 (included in 3-Day  and Connoisseur 3-Day passes) here: atlfoodandwinefestival.com

Fox Bros. Texas dinner

The newly renovated Fox …

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Now on sale: individual class passes for Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

credit: Hyosub Shin

credit: Hyosub Shin

If you’d like to get a taste of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival but are apprehensive about the investment, today brings a new opportunity for you. For the first time this year, you can purchase passes to attend individual classes. Choose one to three sessions occurring between Friday and Sunday (May 31-June 2) at $50 each. To buy individual class passes online, look for a small green box at the top right of festival’s homepage.

For more information about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, see the article published yesterday.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

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La Tagliatella Emory Point restaurant review

Pappadelle al pepe nero with tartufo al Parmigiano- cream sauce with black truffles, shaved Parmigano-Reggano and fried egg. (BECKY STEIN)

Pappadelle al pepe nero with tartufo al Parmigiano- cream sauce with black truffles, shaved Parmigano-Reggano and fried egg. (BECKY STEIN)

In an era where so many American brands are popping up in every corner of the globe, it can be easy for some of us to forget that globalization is a two-way street. La Tagliatella, a northern Italian franchise with over 130 locations in Europe, chose Atlanta as their entry point into the US market, opening two locations here in the last few months.

Head over to MyAJC.com to see how the Emory Point location stacks up.

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